Cast your minds back to March and how innocent we all were of what would unfold. That was the vibe of Anne and Neil’s wedding. It was my last wedding before the first national lockdown and a pleasure to document. They tied the knot in the grand old Ecclesfield Church, before moving on to Whitley Hall’s brand new reception suite to continue the celebration. Anne and Neil were the first couple to hold their reception here, so it was great that the weather gods were smiling on us and sending bright sunshine. It really lit up the Spring blossom on the trees and the venue’s fabulous ‘Garden Folly’ area.
The ceremony was moving and fun, with plenty of flowers and kids in attendance. When the bride and groom grinned at one another upon the announcement of ‘husband and wife’, we all knew we were witnessing something special. I took quite a few photos of the guests on the church lawn and path; some reportage, but others more staged to allow for group shots. Of course, I took plenty of bride and groom portraits too. I then captured even more memories when we arrived outside Whiley Hall. The interior of the reception suite was a cosy contrast to the chilly outside. It was all dark wood and rustic grandeur, with beautifully laid tables and big smiles all around. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the speeches. When the big skies suddenly turned dark and dramatic, I managed to persuade Neil and Anne to come for a walk with me, through the grounds. We ventured out later after it got dark too - to photograph the new strings of lights on the folly in the background.
In the meantime, a great celebration was had by all. I’d like to wish Anne and Neil all the very best.
Anne's Supplier Shoutout:
Dress was by Kate Beaumont
Make up was Amanda Humphreys
Hair was ‘Jodie’s pin ups’
Flowers were from Etsy…Lillybee Flowers
Neil Suit was from Walker Slater
My mum made the cake.