Woodhill Hall. I spend a lot of time there and have shot there on so many occasions but somehow have still only scratched the surface of what is “doable” there. Each wedding there is so unique and each time I go there I feel like it’s a completely new venue. You have a blank canvas and Lianne and Lee took full advantage of that. What you’ll see below in a stunningly stylish Woodhill Hall Wedding.
In an earlier post I mentioned how July 2015 felt more like October. Yeah….that right there. The wind was whipping across the hills on my drive up to Otterburn. Every so often there was a shower. I had some pretty cool plans for this wedding. I don’t fear wet weather on a wedding day but I felt umbrellas on this occasion would be a hinderance for what I had in mind for Lianne and Lee.
So at the Hall it was the usual relaxed feel. Most of the guests had arrived the night before. All the “getting to know you” happened the night before the wedding. In the kitchen there were snacks being prepared and folks relaxed in the courtyard. Upstairs Lianne was getting ready. Surrounded by her mum and bridesmaids she beamed the biggest smile. “It doesn’t feel real” she said excitedly. They popped open a bottle of bubbly and clinked glasses.
Outside Lee chatted. He looked calm but revealed that he was feeling a little nervous. He strolled about the hall checking that everything was in place. Attention to detail. That’s what was noticeable about this wedding from the second I walked in. It was bang on! Pink lace sashes were wrapped around the chairs. It wasn’t OTT…it was just right. It was stunning.
Now in her dress Lianne was preparing to venture down to the Orangery. As she moved from the dining room through to the hallway for the first time her smile dropped. Her brother walked her through and both had that look of “here we go”. That smile only dropped for a brief moment before they both looked up and headed for the Orangery. That nervous tension was unreal! You can’t begin to describe it…you have to experience it and witness it.
During the ceremony Lianne and Lee gazed at each other throughout. It’s not to say that all couples aren’t completely in love with each other. They are otherwise why would they be exchanging vows, but here were two people completely and utterly lost in each other. And I had the best view! It was breathtaking!
So, we’ll fast forward a bit! We had a bit of a play amongst the trees in the avenue leading to the hall where I captured one of my favourite shots of the year so far…Lianne leading Lee back to the Hall. So simple but so effective. The look, the smile.
In the Orangery the tables had been set. I was taking shots of the table details and noticed the name of the head table. “Eden”. Interesting name. I never thought anything of it. Then I noticed Ushuaia. The Mambo. Then Amnesia. Then the penny dropped. Ibiza clubs. Ushuaia was though the one that struck a chord with me. Ibiza is my favourite place on the planet and the hotel my family and I normally stay at is a couple of doors away from Ushuaia. Lianne and Lee met at Eden so naturally Ibiza is pretty special to them too! Damn I need to go back there!!!
The speeches today weren’t massively long. I think people appreciated that…it meant the food came along a little quicker! I chatted to a couple of members of staff as the final plates were being cleared away and we all commented on just how quickly the day had shot past. It had been so much fun. And it was only just beginning!
The teepee was ready to welcome everyone. A DJ had set up at the far end. This wasn’t a “wedding” DJ…we had ourselves a club DJ. No over the top lasers etc. He had sympathetically lit the teepee and had also strung up large bulbs. It was so effective. You could have been in Ibiza…if it hadn’t been for the breeze and drizzle outside!
Before we headed into the teepee Lianne and Lee jumped onto a rickshaw that I’d managed to organise for them via Woodhill Hall. It was hilarious watching Lee trying to haul the bike about. Lianne asked him to get to grips with it first before she perched herself on the seat at the front. It was a bit bonkers but a lot of fun!
Then the tunes started. A mix of dance classics and 70s funk/soul. The place was bouncing! When The Lighthouse Family’s High began for the first dance, everyone sang along with arms raised high. It was spine-tingling. And as per usual I sang along too!
I left Woodhill Hall as high as a kite! I popped a dance mix CD on in the car a dreamed of the Ibiza sun on the way home. What an absolutely perfect wedding day! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I have the best job in the World.