When Matt & Emily got in touch to book me for their wedding I felt honoured because I’ve known Emily for a long time and to be able to capture their day giving them photos they will look back on for years to come is just a huge privilege!
It was also the first time I had heard of Blaithwaite House, so after a quick google and a browse of the website I got excited! It’s a gorgeous 17th century building set back from the road down a driveway lined with trees, so many photo opportunities were going through my head!
In April 2018 they both let me know the venue was having an open day and asked if I wanted to come along. It was a chance to visit the venue with Emily & Matt to go over their plans in more detail. They were wishing for an outside wedding down at the summer house which is in the centre of a large pond followed by afternoon tea for the wedding breakfast and then hog roast later on in the evening.
It only felt like a couple months had gone by and the couple were already counting down the weeks left to their wedding, it was fast approaching and the weather was looking to be sunny for a change, the outdoor wedding was a go!
Emily & Matt let me know they didn’t like posing and wanted a documentary approach to their wedding, something to do with looking like Chandler from friends when asked to smile. Cue the Chandler GIF!! I fully understand how people feel around this topic because that is how I am when asked to smile!
On the morning of the wedding I arrived at the house to meet Emily and her bridesmaids; Mel & Vicki. Hair and make up was almost done and it was just the final touches left to do. At Mel’s wedding back in 2016 I got a photo of the 3 of them eating chocolate muffins during bridal prep and with Emily having doughnuts (there was a doughnut tower as part of the cake, it wasn’t just some random doughnuts) I thought it would be great to recreate the shot for Emily’s wedding!
I left the girls to get into their dresses and went to find Matt to get some photos of him opening his surprise gift from Emily, a pocket watch. Matt had been wanting to buy one on the run up to the wedding, luckily Emily had put him off saying they were crap and a waste of money, good thing he still wanted one!
Shooting back off up to the room I was able to grab some shots of the dress before Emily with help from her bridesmaids got into it. Below the rooms balcony we could see guests were being directed down to the summer house as it wouldn’t be long before Emily’s dad walked her down the path. Excitement was building up along with the nerves and after a few photos outside the house we all made our way down to the wedding. The entrance music was started and it was… The Imperial March?! Guests didn’t know whether to laugh or not but as soon as Emily got to the top step it was suddenly changed back to a more normal wedding entrance song! (for anyone who doesn’t know what the imperial march is, its the music used in Star Wars for Darth Vader. link is here - Imperial March Music )
It was a lovely short ceremony with readings from Matt’s sisters and then signing of the register in the Summer House itself. For the confetti shot I asked the guests to line the path back up to the house and what an amazing shot we got even though Emily’s hair, which looked amazing, was now covered in tiny pieces of confetti which couldn’t be removed without spoiling the hard work of the hair stylist!
Welcome drinks & canapés were served and everyone had a chance to chill out, relax and soak up the sun. The barn was getting dressed out for the wedding breakfast, afternoon tea. Before everyone tucked in to that though there was the speeches which included an emotional speech by Matt about how Emily improved his life. It was then followed up by a hilarious game show speech by his two best men, “How Well Do You Know Your Son/Son In Law”. They asked each parent a multiple choice question about Matt and if guessed correctly would win the newly weds a prize! Never heard a speech quite like it!
Group shots were done in the courtyard and Emily and her bridesmaids wanted a photo pretending they were back on her Hen Do in Prague when they visited a Horror House, the photo didn’t look spooky at this lovely venue in the low afternoon light so I added some extra magic…
As the sun was setting I only had half an hour left, I asked the couple for a none posey shot of them having a stroll down the driveway whilst the deep golden rays of light cut through the trees, both agreed and I think the photos speak for themselves, below is the sunset shot
Photos are below but before that, some suppliers that helped make the day happen are:
Venue - Blaithwaite House
Hair Stylist - Number Twenty Eight
Makeup Artist - Beautylicious By Dan
Wedding Breakfast - Liz's Country Kitchen
Singer - Nat Dempsey
Band - Kings of the Dance Floor
Doughnut Tower - Bruce & Luke’s