Slaters Country Inn
Not sure how many weddings I’ve been to where I’ve been able to have a good kick about with the bridal party before the wedding – much kudos to the hair stylists, their hair still looked as immaculate after!! With football ticked off the Things to Do list, it was time for them all to get into their beautiful dresses and smart suits, ready for the day ahead. Travelling in style to the beautiful Slaters Country Inn the bridal party arrived in a 4-door Beauford classic car. The rain falling did nothing to dampen the spirits and Michelle is definitely not the type of person to let a little bit of rain stop her fun – I don’t think she stopped smiling and laughing the whole day! Slaters Country Inn offers a bespoke wedding house, which meant that walking down the aisle was, in part, out in the open. A quick hitch up of the dress and Michelle and her son were ready to walk in for the ceremony. Slaters Country Inn is a beautiful setting dedicated for weddings, with exposed brick work, timber beams, and a red carpet it gives a really classy feeling to the ceremony. Neil’s face when he saw Michelle was full of pride and excitement. The ceremony itself was beautifully conducted and full of emotions, with readings from one of their bridesmaids. Walking out of Slaters Country Inn the newlyweds were showered with confetti and bubbles.
After a drinks reception to give the couple chance to welcome the guests as Mr & Mrs, Neil and Michelle had asked if we could go for a drive to have a take some couple portraits. Near Slaters Country Inn there is a stunning narrow tunnel, decorated in ivy which provides a beautiful backdrop for some photos – luckily the rain had stopped by then so there was no need to shelter for too long! Then it was time to head back to Slaters Country Inn for some more mingling with the guests, and food time! You can always be sure to eat and drink well when you visit Slaters Country Inn – their catering is always excellent and Neil & Michelle’s wedding was no exception. The meal seemed to zip by in a flash and then….the speeches. Hands up who, at 11 years old, would be up for making a speech in front of a roomful of people….anyone??!! Well, it was a task that Michelle’s son took on and he did absolutely brilliantly, aided by some audience cue cards held up by Michelle. Seriously though, his speech was great and I could tell that both Michell and Neil were very humbled and proud of him!! Neil struck the right balance of humour and emotion, and didn’t get ‘too’ ripped to pieces by his best man!
It seemed that the weather had been saving its best for the evening, as after the wedding breakfast had finished the most beautiful sunset started to appear. The building of and grounds around Slaters Country Inn are fantastic as backdrops and an advantage to having done quite a few weddings there now is that I know all the best places to get some cracking couple shots (with the occasional photo bomb!) By the time we returned to Slaters Country Inn the party was really beginning to get started, with the thoughtful additions by the happy couple of a sweet cart and a photobooth – throw alcohol into that mix and you’ve got some very happy guests up for a party!! The cake was cut (check out the cake topper, it was awesome!) and the first dance had. And that was it, the dance floor fill to bursting….apart from when guests popped outside to make themselves a pizza using Slaters Country Inn own stonebaked pizza oven!!
This wedding was an absolute joy to capture. I consider myself so lucky to constantly be part of pretty awesome people’s pretty awesome day!!! Michelle & Neil’s family and friends were so lovely and welcoming I really did feel more like a guest than anything else, I really hope you love the photos as much as I loved taking them 🙂