Published in 2012.
We’ll start off this blog post with the lovely comment we had back from the couple upon seeing their previews for the first time:
“We absolutely love them – amazing job!! We are so glad you and Sarah did our photography, so pleased. Poochie is very photogenic too 😉 We can’t wait to see the whole set!”
Nice eh? So, onto the post…
As much as we love working at the places we see on a regular basis, there’s always something exciting about photographing a wedding at a venue entirely new to us. Natalie and Andrew booked us last winter and they had chosen two Leicestershire venues – the church of St Mary & St Hardulph in Breedon on the Hill and for the reception, the Staunton Harold Estate.
Good weather was forecast for the whole day. This was something of a relief as we’d had to rearrange their pre-wedding shoot twice before we managed to get a dry afternoon! I dropped off Sarah at Andrew’s best man’s house before meeting up with Natalie at their home, just a few miles away from the venues.
The Priory Church of St Mary & St Hardulph sits atop a 400ft hill over the village of Breedon On The Hill. With panoramic views over the Leicestershire and Derbyshire countryside, the church occupies a great spot and is itself a fabulous old building.
Once the wedding service was complete everyone made the short journey to the Staunton Harold Estate. Sitting in 2000 acres of lush parkland, this a fabulous venue and they hold only 12 weddings there each year. We liked everything about Staunton Harold – the grounds, the main building, the rooms and the friendly way the place is run. Definitely a venue we’d like to return to 🙂
Natalie and Andrew’s wedding day was terrific to photograph. Everything just fell into place very well and the weather was nigh-on perfect – warm, sunny, but just a little bit of cloud to take the sting out of the sunshine. Natalie designed all of the table stationery and the Order of Service booklets herself and Andrew’s love of sports cars was in evidence with a Ferrari and Lotus taking pride of place infront of the Staunton Harold main hall. And during the speeches, the kids were kept amused by a clown.
However the personal touch went on well into the evening. All of the musical entertainment was provided by friends and family – the DJ, singers, musicians – we actually lost count of them!
This is something we don’t see very often – real records!
Natalie and Andrew chose to have a guest book from us, using images from their pre-wedding shoot done at Staunton Harold a few weeks prior.