It was a sunny Saturday in early August – a fine day for a Cranford Hall Wedding!
The journey to the altar started with me traveling to the brides family home in Corby, where Claire and her bridesmaids were getting ready.
The wedding day was always going to be extra emotional, as on their pre-wedding shoot, Claire had mentioned that one of her four intended bridesmaids, (her brothers girlfriend) was now not able to attend the wedding as she had been taken seriously ill.
With emotions running high and the bridal preparations completed, Claire and the girls looked gorgeous. I made my way to the nearby St Brendan’s Catholic church where family and friends had gathered. St Brendan’s church is particulary important to Claire and her family as they are regular members of the congregation and have been for many years. It was particularly lovely to see that some of the school children that Claire teaches, were singing in the choir.
As Claire walked up the aisle, escorted by her proud father, it was clear to see she was very emotional – as you will see in one of the photographs below. It was a very joyous and heart warming service and delightful to be part of.
Following the service, it was then a twenty minute drive to Cranford Hall near Kettering, the venue for their wedding reception. Cranford Hall is a traditional Georgian mansion, set in gorgeous grounds. Whilst being traditional, it is interesting to note that Cranford Hall is a family home, and has been in the Robinson family since 1720.
On arrival, guests were offered drinks and canopes and as the weather was so good, it was a perfect opportunity to take a few formal group shots before being directed to ‘The Studio’ where the wedding breakfast was due to take place.
The room had been beautifully prepared and tables were decorated with ornate hand made paper flowers which Claire and Andrew had spent many an hour crafting themselves. You will see from the photos below that these flowers were also used to decorate their wedding cake.
Once the wedding breakfast was complete, it was time for the speeches. The best man used a slideshow to enhance his speech and included a few embarrasing photos of Claire and Andrew. With the formallities of speeches and cake cutting over, it was time to hit the dance floor. Claire and Andrew took to the floor for their first dance and then things livened up quickly as the Scottish Ceilidh Band got everyone up to join in.
With the dancing well underway, it was my cue to head home.
Claire & Andrew were both really looking forward to their Icelandic honeymoon, and shortly after their return the images were delivered to them. Just a few days after they were kind enough to leave me this fantastic review:
“Steve was the consummate professional from the moment we first met him. At our pre wedding shoot, he was able to put us at our ease especially considering neither of us is particularly photogenic so we were amazed to have so many beautiful photographs.
The quality of his work is superb. Everyone who has viewed our wedding photographs has been bowled over by the quality and range of images. He made all of our guests, and us, feel at ease and most of the time we didn’t even realise he was there!
We have so many wonderful and spontaneous photographs which is just what we wanted. Our more formal posed shots are just as fantastic. The DVD slideshow that Steve put together with a selection of our photographs was amazing! There were very few dry eyes when we shared it with family and friends.
The photographs that Steve took tell the story of our day perfectly. He managed to capture all the smiles, laughs and tears (and there were plenty of those!). The only problem is deciding which of the photos to include in the album!
We would whole heartedly recommend Steve to other couples for their wedding photography. If you want extremely high quality service and photographs to treasure then he is your man”!
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