Classic, elegant Losehill House Hotel wedding
Wow, what an emotional Losehill House Hotel wedding celebration. Although truth be told, Alice & Simon were pretty full of emotion right from the beginning of the morning during their preparations….although Simon did manage to squeeze in a few games of garden golf to calm his nerves of course! Alice & Simon’s whole wedding day was such a classy affair. They had clearly put a lot of thought and effort into the details and everything came together to be what I would describe as understated and elegant. Alice’s dress was just stunning, with lace detailing all over and her veil, well, that wins the ‘Best Veil of the Year’ competition hands down!! Check out the photos to see just how beautiful it was!
During the morning of Alice & Simon’s wedding, they were both surrounded by family and friends. I really enjoy being part of the morning preparations as it’s when you see the dynamics between the wedding party and lifelong jokes and stories are shared. Champagne flowed and everything went by without a hitch. Alice travelled to the church in style, in her vintage wedding car, and it was at the end of this journey where Alice’s emotions really started to spill over – I think this is quite often the case – brides hold it together brilliantly during the morning, focused on ticking off the things on the to-do lists, that have been made in the months of preparation, and then when they finally get time to sit down and reflect on what is about to happen it can get quite emotional and very real.
Alice & Simon became Mr & Mrs Offord at St Helen’s Church in Treeton, Rotherham. A beautiful grade 1 listed building dating back to the 12th century, the church is a focal point of the village. With Simon waiting with anticipation inside Alice made her entrance with her 3 bridesmaids, flower girl and page boy. The service was beautiful, with the happy couple secretly smiling at each other throughout the whole thing – very cute! With the weather holding at this point in the day, we were able to gather all the guests after the ceremony for a confetti tunnel – one of the most fun shots I get to do, I can’t really decide which I love more- taking the photos during a confetti tunnel or looking closely at the photos afterwards, particularly at people’s faces – you are always guaranteed some awesome expressions. With the formalities done it was time for Alice & Simon and their guests to head off to Losehill House Hotel for their wedding reception.
This was my first Losehill House Hotel wedding reception and I sincerely hope it won’t be my last. I can completely see why Alice & Simon picked to have their celebration there. Nestled in the heart of the Peak District, it would be easy to miss this 4* boutique hotel & spa if you didn’t know it was there. Travel along a quiet, leafy, country lane and all of a sudden it opens out to a beautiful white building with views that would be hard to be beaten! Inside, Jules and the rest of the Losehill House Hotel wedding team had created Alice & Simon’s elegant theme absolutely brilliantly with spotless white linen and simple but effective flowers and place names. The table names were stunning too, beautiful carvings from wood of important locations to the couples. Unfortunately, as soon as we arrived the heavens opened. Considering the amazing grounds and outdoor games that were ready to be set up I was a little disappointed in the great British weather but luckily we managed to get a 10-minute window to do some close family group shots outside. It then started spitting again but luckily Alice and Simon, as well as their guests, were absolute troopers and we managed to get everyone outside for a large group shot. The next time the weather eased again, just me and the newlyweds made a dash outside for some couple shots. It lasted all of 5 mins before the heavens opened again but I still managed to get a couple of my favorite shots of the year of them having a laugh in the wet! After this, we headed inside and the wet theme continued but this time it was from some super emotional speeches. Simon’s dad stood up and said a few words as well as giving out some flowers which had nearly everyone in tears including myself.
With all my weddings, I love to do a mini sunset portrait session during the evening of the wedding, as it’s such beautiful light and it’s always a sure way to get some cracking shots. With Alice & Simon’s wedding being in August, I had high hopes to capture some amazing shots with the stunning scenery surrounding Losehill House Hotel during the evening. The weather, however, had other ideas! It got dark early and rained pretty much non-stop when we got there, but that is never going to stop me from trying to get some awesome shots of the newlyweds. Armed with an umbrella and a flashlight, and, luckily, a willing couple, off we went for a portrait shoot. I know I’m a complete softy but not sure there are much more romantic shots than a new Mr & Mrs, snuggled under an umbrella in the rain!
Alice & Simon, their guests and the Losehill House Hotel wedding team sure know how to create a good party atmosphere. Alice & Simon cut their cake, which fit with their understated, elegant theme beautifully and then opened the dance floor with their first dance. And that signalled the start of the party – so much dancing, so many laughs, and even an indoor/outdoor game of quoits was had! When I left Alice & Simon’s wedding their celebrations were still in full swing. Surrounded by friends and family, all there to celebrate their happy day with them, Alice & Simon really did look as if it was the best day of their lives. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Offord, may your married life be as happy as your wedding day 🙂