There are so many beautiful wedding venues across Northamptonshire, but this was one that I always enjoy revisiting. I was over the moon when Louise & James booked me for their Dodmoor House Wedding Photography. Following our initial meeting, I really hoped that they would choose me, as they seemed like such a lovely couple and listening to their plans it sounded like it was going to be a brilliant day. As it turned out, it was probably one of my favourite weddings of last year!
Dodmoor House is a multi award winning wedding venue that is located in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The 400 year Grade 2 listed barns provide a beautiful rustic backdrop, and the dedicated staff are always on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.
My day started just before noon when I joined Louise and her bridesmaids (who were both called Louise) at Dodmoor House, which is where their hair and makeup preparations by the brilliant Katie Harrison were taking place. My style of wedding photography is ‘documentary’, this means I don’t like to influence or direct any parts of the day (with the exception of a small number of group photos). So as the girls were getting ready, I worked as discreetly as possible, whilst still making sure I captured all of the key moments as they unfolded in front of me, naturally and unposed.
With the ceremony scheduled for 2pm, there wasn’t a lot of time before the guests would start arriving, so I quickly sneaked off to get some photographs of both the ceremony room and also the main barn where their wedding breakfast was being held. The flowers had just arrived and were being prepared by Hannah from With Love & Roses and they looked beautiful. The scene was all set for a great day!
James arrived around 1.30pm with his brother, who had been given the best man responsibilities for the day. James looked pretty calm and in control, but as it turned out the emotions of the day soon got to him, as he tried to hold back his tears when Louise, who looked absolutely radiant, walked down the aisle. It’s not easy taking photographs when your eyes are leaking, let me tell you!
The ceremony was a beautiful occasion and I always feel so blessed to be able to capture these special moments for my clients. This one was extra special though, as Louise and James who had been expecting the birth of their first child when we initially met a year or so earlier, had the beautiful Lily there at the wedding to be a part of their big day.
Following the ceremony, guests were able to sit around the main courtyard and enjoy drinks and nibbles. The wedding breakfast was being supplied by the talented team at Lemon Zest, so it was a given that the food was going to be special.
The speeches followed the meal and were very entertaining and moving. There was plenty of laughter and tears, which lets be honest, every wedding should have.
With the evening guests starting to arrive, it felt very much like a great garden party. The atmosphere was amazing from start to finish and I was made to feel so welcome by both Louise & James’s family. It’s days like this that make all of the long hours so worthwhile.
Below are a selection of images from the day and I hope you enjoy looking at them:
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