Hollie and Dan’s Fun Northamptonshire Wedding Story
When Hollie told me that her wedding to Dan was going to be at the Northamptonshire wedding venue of Grendon Lakes I knew I had to be their wedding photographer. After all, it was the very same wedding venue where my brother and sister-in-law held their wedding reception. As a wedding photographer I love nothing more than when a couple come to me having been guests at a previous wedding. This was most definitely the case with Hollie and Dan who were guests at Tracy and Gary’s lovely wedding at the Saracen’s Head in Little Brington in Northamptonshire the year before. In fact, Hollie is Gary’s sister – so it’s always a huge compliment for a wedding photographer to book a wedding in this way.
Pre-wedding morning preparations
The bridal preparations were already underway at Hollie’s parents beautiful house in the Northamptonshire village of Moulton – literally just down the road from where my own mum and step dad live and where I was staying whilst up in the Northampton. The first thing that struck me about the bridal preparations was how beautiful and nigh on perfect the room was; what with its white walls, lots of natural light, love hearts and wedding related decorations all around. So it came as no surprise when Hollie explained that the room, that used to be her brother Gary’s old bedroom before he marred Tracy, had been specially decorated for the morning bridal preparations. As a wedding photographer I just knew it was going to be a beautiful setting for capturing and documenting all the emotions, joy and excitement that makes up the pre-wedding preparations. With two bridesmaids and two flower girls, one being Hollie and Dan’s daughter, it really was filled with lots of laughter, fun and amusing moments which makes my job, as a documentary wedding photographer, so much easier. Hairdresser Gavin McIntyre was already hard at work and doing a great job of dealing with all the hair requirements of all the girls present!
Wedding Helicopters & Bogodas
The big secret of the day – which I didn’t know about until just before the wedding day – was that Hollie would be flying to the wedding venue at Gendon Lakes by Helicopter, via the nearby Sywell Aerodrome. Interestingly, this was my second wedding inside a year where a helicopter was used for transportation! Perhaps flying by choppers is the next big thing for weddings? So, I jumped in a car with the bridesmaids and flower girls, in order to get ahead of the bride and be at the wedding venue to ensure I was able to document her arrival in the helicopter – which none of the wedding guests knew was happening and, of course, which excited them no end when Hollie arrived.
The other coincidence with Hollie and Dan’s Grendon Lakes wedding was that it was outside and within a bogoda styled structure. Only a few weeks before, at Emily and Phil’s wonderful wedding at Sedgebrook Hall, also in Northamptonshire, I had shot my first wedding in a bogoda as a wedding photographer. Of course, bogoda’s look beautiful, especially the way it had been decorated for Hollie and Dan’s big day, but they do present a challenge for a wedding photographer. Being fairly small and confined they can often obscure and hide the ceremony a little – but having now shot bogoda weddings twice in as many weeks I do feel I know the best way to shoot around them to ensure the wedding couple do get the very best wedding photojournalism coverage. One interesting fact I did learn from the Registrar, was that as it’s the bogoda itself that is licensed for the civil ceremony, the vows do have to be undertaken under the roof of the bogoda itself. So, as I’m sure you can imagine, fitting in the bride, groom, witnesses and registrars into such a small structure is quite a task. It definitely didn’t leave any room for me, as the wedding photographer, to get in and get close-up which, as a reportage style wedding photographer, I like to do – so I did have to quickly work out the best way of shooting things which, thankfully, the experience from the previous wedding helped no end with. That’s why experience is such an important part of being a wedding photographer and, specifically being a documentary wedding photography, being able to react quickly on instinct – no matter what events throw up at you – is such a great thing to offer couples.
Fun, laughter and games
However, none of this got in the way of a beautiful ceremony or beautiful wedding photos. Much amusement was caused when the Registrar almost forgot the exchange of rings during the ceremony – but this only added to the fun and laughter (which was a feature of the whole wedding day) of proceedings and allowed me to capture those moments and emotions that I specialise in documenting as a wedding photojournalist and provide the special moments of the wedding story.
The cocktail hour, prior to the wedding breakfast, took place in the grounds of the venue itself and with the beautiful views of Grendon Lakes beyond. And, of course, with so many children at the wedding it made for so many great and natural candid shots of them playing and having fun.
The Comedy of the Best Men Speeches
The wedding speeches and toasts took place after the wedding breakfast and within the large and beautiful marquee that is a feature of this particular Northamptonshire wedding venue. Dan had chosen to have 3 best men for his wedding day and their speech was delivered like a comedy sketch, with perfect timing between the three guys. It went down really well with the wedding guests and again provided all those real and natural moments I enjoy specialising in as a documentary wedding photographer.
Wedding Magic and Jetskis
There was more time spent in the gardens after the wedding breakfast, which allowed guests to enjoy the fantastic entertainment of award winning professional magician Jamie Docherty. Jamie definitely wowed and mystified guests with his fantastic close-up magic, card tricks and other psychological illusions. There was also an impressive chocolate fountain for guests to enjoy and sample, with Chris Tabor of Passion For Chocolate, talking them through how to enjoy the dips and skewers. Outside, some of the guests even managed to be taken for rides across Grendon Lakes on the back of jetskis again making for fabulous wedding photography!
Funky Moves and Disco Grooves
Having been such a fun filled wedding day, it was no surprise that the evening wedding reception and disco was such a great time. No one was shy about getting up and dancing and being a wedding photojournalist I was right there in the middle of it to capture people’s funky moves and disco grooves! The dancing part of the evening is really the only part of the wedding day when I revert to shooting with flash. However, I always ensure I have my camera set for a slow 2nd curtain synch which means I can illuminate the main subjects whilst still allowing the frenzy and fun of the dancefloor to be evident to.
All in all Hollie and Dan’s wedding day at Grendon Lakes was such a pleasure to be a wedding photographer at – with a fab couple, beautiful bridesmaids, lovely parents and family, great guests and some familiar faces! Grendon Lakes itself is a fabulous Northamptonshire wedding venue and as a professional wedding photographer is one I cannot fail to get great wedding photography of. I hope you enjoy the small selection of the wedding photography from the day.
Getting Married Too?
If you too are getting married at Grendon Lakes, or anywhere else throughout the UK or beyond, and like my wedding photojournalism approach to wedding photography, then I would love to chat to you about your wedding plans. You can phone me on 07920 422144 or send me a message via my contact page and I’ll be delighted to get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Alternatively, you can send me a message in the contact form after the photos below. Don’t worry, no one else can read your comment and it will be sent securely to me by email. I look forward to hearing from you. For my wedding photography packages and prices please click here. Thanks!
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