The wedding venue
I’ve spoken a lot about Stubton Hall in the past as I was the first wedding photographer to work here when Ken first opened for business many years ago. Since then it has become a regular venue for me and one which I always look forward to returning to. It is as beautiful inside as are the surrounding grounds so it makes a particularly good venue for winter weddings when we may not be able to make use of the outside space. The long lake at the back is the main feature of the grounds and is always used at some point during the day to capture you both together. I did have a snoop around the back of the wedding breakfast room where there is a lovely hidden walled garden. Unfortunately it’s a bit run down but one day I’m sure they will make better use of the lovely area.
The ‘Formal’ Wedding Photos
The schedule for Sarah & Bens’ wedding was tight and there was an unusually high number of formal groups to capture and at different locations too. I always help my couples organise the formal groups before the wedding as it’s the one aspect of the day that really needs organising well and that I will take over and deal with for you in a calm and professional way. I always advice large groups rather than lots of combinations, and I usually try and get you to narrow your groups to about 10 maximum. If at all possible I also strongly suggest you have all your formal groups taken at the one location. Whilst I’m here to advise you of all this I am aware that it is your day and I will accommodate your requests in every way. Sarah & Bens’ Stubton Hall Wedding Photos are a good example of what I can do for you but I wished we had more time to spend with just the two of them. This is usually where we lose out if the formal groups take too long.
If ever there was a chocolate box village setting this is it. Having grown up in the neighbouring village in Cambridgeshire I didn’t quite appreciate the beauty of this special place until I was a lot older. It has just the one main street lined with thatched houses, a great local pub and restaurant, and that is about it. The Falcon pub and restaurant is a regular wedding venue for couples to hold their wedding reception after their church wedding and their is a really nice B&B in the village where you can stay too – Castle Farm Guest House.
If you are a regular to my blog you’ll know I often declare wedding venues as my favourite but never before have I had a favourite church. Well this is it and for many reasons. It’s a beautiful setting and a handsome church too. And inside there is so much light and room it’s a pleasure to work at. There is a beautiful walk from the road to the entrance which is framed by trees which always makes for stunning sots of the bride arriving at the church or the happy couple leaving. And there is even enough space for the formal groups. As a wedding videographer or photographer you couldn’t ask for anything more.
If you are searching for a videographer or photographer with experience of Fotheringhay Church Weddings please give me a call or send an email with your wedding date.
Strangely, I haven’t had the opportunity to work at this fabulous wedding before even though it’s local to me in Northamptonshire. I genuinely thought I had worked here many years ago but it was a pleasant surprise when I met Jessica and Paul here prior to their wedding and realised I actually hadn’t. Sometimes a wedding venue does a great job of promoting wedding supplies including photographers and couples generally like to go with a venues recommended supplier list. And sometimes because there are so many great weddings surrounding me here on the Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire border I miss a few. But now thanks to Jessica & Pauls’ wedding at Kelmarsh Hall I have a wedding to add to my portfolio I hope I get many more weddings here. The gardens in particular offer so much for photographers to work with and I loved venturing around the grounds preparing for Jessica & Paul’s mini photo shoot.
Jessica & Paul
Paul was a gentlemen and very accommodating all day. Above all it was apparent that he was very much in love with Jessica and would make a great husband but I really want to talk more about Jessica- It is very rare to find a bride who is extremely photogenic like Jessica. And it was another lovely surprise to see her brilliant smile light up the ceremony for the first time. Having looked at the camera-back regularly during their mini-shoot I could see the potential in her looks and made the most of it with another impromptu mini-shoot in the evening. We just got out before it get a little bit too dark.
The Photo Shoot
With every wedding I always spend a little time with the couple alone to capture a variety of posed and unposed photographs. I like to work in my own unique way which requires the happy couple to stroll together, hold each other, and snuggle up nice and close in their own natural way. It’s really important to me that the couple stay as relaxed as possible and allow themselves to bring their own personalities to their mini-shoot. I do include a selection of more traditional poses and portraits but I do not man handle you into any rigid poses and defiantly never ever place you in super cheesy positions. If you want a calm wedding photographer and a relaxed wedding photography experience at your wedding at Kelmarsh Hall please get in contact.
Rachel & Darren
It’s always an extra boost when you receive an enquiry from a couple who rate the wedding photographer as one of the most important aspects of their wedding. And so it was with Rachel and Darren who were so complimentary about my work. It’s not only a confidence boost but I believe it also helps me to produce my best work knowing that the couple love what I do and allow me the complete freedom to go about my work. Rachel & Darrens wedding was also a winter wedding, something we do a lot of at The Haycock.
According to local folklore, the name Wansford-in-England comes from the tale of a local man who fell asleep on a hayrick and upon awakening found himself floating down the River Nene. He asked a traveller on the riverbank where he was, and upon hearing the reply “Wansford”, asked, “Wansford in England?”. The name stuck.
I’m not sure how many haycock hotel weddings I have photographed here but I know its a lot! If you are looking for a full time professional wedding photographer or videographer to cover your special day please get in contact.
The wedding venue
South Farm is becoming a very popular wedding venue and its obvious why with so much to offer couples and photographers. We’ve been here twice in the last few months and hope to be back many more times in 2015. Jasper & Jo’s South Farm wedding was a very straight forward event with everything happening at the same event and the wedding planner keeping the schedule on track.
The happy couple
Jasper & Jo are a very interesting couple- Jo is an ex ballet dancer and Jasper an ex military man. Both were extremely relaxed and clearly a great match. I particularly loved the fact they were both so relaxed and easy to go with the flow of the day. I guess they are both used to pressure. This really helps me get the shots I need not only of the couple but of their guests too.
My personal highlights from Jasper & Jo’s wedding was seeing my old friend Steve Bean after such a long time. Steve is an excellent classical guitarist and I’d recommend him to everyone getting married. I also received some great comments form Jasper & Jo’s parents regarding my style and approach on the day. I often get asked if I know the couple personally which is probably the greets comment I could wish for. In terms of Jasper & Jo’s wedding photos I was really pleased with the off camera photos taken during the very end of the sunset. It took me a while to get Jasper & Jo away from their guests but we just caught it in time. I also had just 10 minutes to set these up before the first dance so once agin it’s a case of getting a lot in a small amour of time. I hope you enjoy viewing Jasper & Jo’s photos and if you require a wedding photographer to cover your wedding at South Farm please get in contact.