Eleanor & Mathew’s Wedding Photos, Newark Notts

Posted on 21st January 2019 by Mark Tierney

Eleanor & Mathew's Wedding Photos, Newark Notts - Mark Tierney, Tierney Photography.

Eleanor and Matthew had chosen a church wedding at Claypole Church Newark, Nottinghamshire.  The reception was held at the splendid venue of Kelham House, also in Newark.  Kelham house is a very popular wedding venue in that part of Nottinghamshire.

It's one of the great priveledges of being a wedding photographer is being able to be part of a couples big day, and working in such fantastic locations. 

Every Wedding photographer's day starts at the home of the bride.  Eleanor's wedding clothes were laid out and waiting almost as expectant as the bride to be.   I always like to spend some time with the families before they leave for the Church or wedding venue.  It helps to capture the anticipation of the day to come.  I always try to capture the anticipation of the bride's mother and the excitement of the bridesmaids.

At the Church, Friends and family were warmly greeted by the Vicar in the grounds of Claypole Church, which provided a lovely traditional setting for the wedding.  The bride wore a fitted white dress with her veil worn behind her hair, whilst the groom cut a dapper figure in a countryman's, pale green tweed suit.

Every Wedding is Personal

Every wedding that I photograph leaves a special memory with me, and this one had lovely touch in the church itself.   A family member was encouraged to take to the stage and to sing with the vicar,  the famous Beatles hit, "All you need is love", once they began all the rest of the congregation joined in.  The many original ideas I witness at weddings never cease to amaze me.

After the ceremony, I got some great shots of the couple leaving the church, and the chancel's gothic style Rood Screen made the perfect backdrop. Most couples ask me for the obligatory confetti shot, and I'm happy to oblige, confetti is embedded in our consciousness when we think of weddings, so why not?

Family and friends then gathered for a mixture of both posed and candid shots before heading off to the wedding reception. 

Weddings at Kelham House

A quick glance at the venue website, tells us that Kelham House dates back to 1903, when it was built by the Manners-Sutton family, relatives of the Earl of Rutland. It was a comfortable home and saw plenty of life until it was sold and turned into a hotel called the Redhouse Country Manor.  The current owner acquired the building in 2010 and have made great efforts to restore all the original features, as well as changing its name back to Kelham House.  

Guests were greeted by a Scottish Piper as they arrived at the venue as they gathered for some informal shots before the meal and speeches. Even the piper came inside to hear them.

Another amazingly original wedding cake created a talking point because it was under construction by Lego people. The bride and groom were depicted in Lego too.  I've certainly never seen a cake like it, it really was very memorable.  

After the wedding speeches were over and everyone had done their toasts to Mr and Mrs Bishop, I stole the happy couple away for a few romantic shots in the woods that surround the Kelham house.  The photos were taken around sunset and with the formal photos in the can, we all headed inside for some celebratory drinks and of course the dancing.

Eleanor's Supplier Shoutout:
Bouquet and buttonhole flowers - Linda @ The Spotted Dog in Gainsborough
(We did the table and church flowers ourselves)
Cake - Susan's Cakes, Newark
Hair and Make-up - Ashleigh @ Halam Salon, Southwell
Ava wedding dress from Jdezire Bridal Boutique in Lincoln Stunning Bridal gowns at Jdezire
Bag piper - Ed Arnold from Scottish Bagpiper

Getting Married in Newark? Kelham House is a Fantastic Venue for Wedding Photos

If you're looking for a wedding photographer in or around Newark, please do give me a call, I'm only too happy to speak to you about your needs.   
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About the author: Mark Tierney

Mark Tierney is a Yorkshire based Contemporary Wedding Photographer covering the UK and beyond.