On the 22nd September we took the short drive north to the wedding of Lora and Matt; genuinely two of the loveliest people you could meet. Lora got ready at Breedon Hall, the sister site of Staunton Harold, the main venue for the day. Much like Staunton Harold, it had slightly more of a homely feel and was beautiful to work in. These Bridal preparations started off busy but calm and by the time the final touches were applied by the magnificent Alicia Powell make Up and Victoria Jenkinson Hair the tension was starting to build. The tears and nerves set in as Lora donned a beautiful Martina Liana off the shoulder dress clasping onto her beautiful blooms by Fruits of the Florist. Matt’s day started at the couples home surrounded by his Dad and the Groom’s team. It was evident that Matt was on quality assurance duty with cuffs, ties, and buttonholes all subject to his scrutiny. Given the all ready, the boys set off for the short walk through Wollaton to the Rodney for a few drinks. The boys arrived at Staunton Harold Hall first and it never ceases to surprise us how idyllic this venue is. Nestling in rural Derbyshire it simply oozes class and heritage. Arriving guests mingled in front of an impressive open fire in the entrance hall before being ushered upstairs to the ceremony room. Running a tad late, Lora arrived looking stunning and swiftly negotiated formal proceedings before gracefully climbing the stairs with an emotional Dad. Beautiful. Bridesmaids first then the big moment. Magic. The ceremony was lovely with poignant readings from Matt’s uncle and Lora’s mum and they were back down the aisle as Mr and Mrs! The weather had closed in by this time and the wedding party were happy to head back to the grand entrance hall to mingle and congratulate the couple. Leading up to the breakfast Lora and Matt were able to both hold court with their guests and give us time for some creative portraits. As photographers we have been spoiled this summer and it was really nice to be challenged again by working indoors with shade and window lighting. The speeches were brilliant and the Maid of Honour’s monologue and props really cut to the character of bride and groom. Hilarious! After a gorgeous dinner (provided by Black Peppermint) the rain stopped and the sun made an appearance providing a soft glow as Bride and Groom took a relaxed stroll (and dance!) through the impressive grounds. Back indoors for coffee o’clock it had to be Espresso Martinis. This fuelled the party vibes further and when the great live sounds of Soulfire kicked in, people danced, laughed and drank right up to the fireworks (Star Fireworks). Sometimes . . . when it rains the guests and the newlyweds party that bit harder and these guys certainly did. What a day, what a night!!
Thank you so so much Lora + Matt and all of your guests for making us so very much part of it all. We had a belter of a day and can totally see why so many people stood up and praised the two of you as individuals and the perfect couple. Lots and lots of love for a splendid future together! In the words of your mum Lora, ‘remember when life gets crazy do something normal and when life gets too normal do something crazy’!! We will certainly try. xx