On the blog today is an Autumn Newton Hall Wedding featuring the wedding of Charlotte and John. Newton Hall is one of those venues I love shooting at but it had been 12 months since I was last there. The old saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” certainly applied here. What a day I’d have with these two lovebirds!
Ahead of the big day I learnt that I’d be working with Janet and Chris from One Digital Image. I love working with these guys. They are a lot of fun to work with and this wedding would be no exception. So as I arrived I passed Chris who was getting some shots of the grounds and Hall. After a brief chat I headed out to the cottage where Janet was filming Charlotte and the girls who were relaxing ahead of the ceremony. One by one they had their hair styled and make up applied. The sun was streaming through the huge windows, softened by the net curtains.
By now John had arrived. Surrounded by his groomsmen, they helped each other get ties tied and buttonholes fitted. Again, here in the main part of the hall everything was very chilled. A few bottles of beer were being sipped as one by one the guests arrived.
In the Orangery everything was set for the ceremony. I discussed with Chris where I’d like to be for the ceremony and that seemed to fit in with where he wanted to film from. By now the nerves and emotions were kicking in. As Charlotte finished putting her dress on a few tears were shed as realisation that the time was nearly upon us to make the move from the cottage to the hall. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the cottage look as stunning as it did that morning as the sun streamed in creating the perfect ambience as Charlotte was getting ready. The lighting was amazing.
Delayed by a few minutes, Charlotte made her way through the hall and through to the Orangery. One by one the bridesmaids walked down the aisle. John turned slightly to see each one. Then Charlotte made her way in, John turned. Charlotte grinned from ear to ear. As things settled down and the ceremony began I sank back into the corner behind the registrar. I lent back to get a shot, expecting to lean my shoulder against the huge sliding windows that formed the end of the Orangery. What I hadn’t realised was the windows had been opened slightly. As I lent back I fell through the opening, grabbing the wall and preventing myself from going flat on my back at the last minute!
Other than my little drama the ceremony went without a hitch! Returning up the aisle, the newlyweds were showered with confetti before grabbing cocktails in the sunshine. On a day like that the beach is the obvious place to get shots, so we made our way down the road. What I hadn’t checked was the state of the tide. Not only was it full tide, it was a spring tide so there was little to no beach to speak of! We made do though getting shots through the dunes and waters edge.
Back at the Hall, the tables were set and ready with each guest having a personalised polaroid of themselves marking where they’d be sitting. Such a brilliant idea! With everyone in their places, Charlotte and John twirled their way into the hall ready for the speeches and wedding breakfast.
With the light fading fast, we headed back outside to play. You can’t go to Newton Hall and not play on the swing! Meanwhile inside the Hall was being transformed in lightweight fast time. Livewire had set up and sound checked and were ready to begin the night’s fun and games. One by one everyone made their way back in to watch the first dance and then dance the night away!
This was such a relaxed care free day with a lot of laughter! The weather was kind to us, there were no dramas and everyone had an amazing time. After being away from Newton Hall for so long it was the perfect way to get back to this amazing venue!
Thank you Charlotte and John for a brilliant day!