So Jess and Phil’s wedding was held at the beautiful Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham, an early Tudor Manor house and one of the most beautiful and top wedding venues in Nottinghamshire. Wedding Photography Holme Pierrepont Hall is always great to get your creative juices flowing, the building and the many different rooms absolutely ooze character and charm and definitely not for the faint-hearted of wedding photographers. Especially when the ceremony starts at 5pm in the middle of December!! Obviously you can use lots of light and flash but then you also lose all the gorgeous atmosphere and character of the place. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen bridesmaids using the light from their iPhone to help the dress going on!!
So I was recommended to Jess & Phil from a previous couple (Dan & Anna) whose wedding I had done earlier in the year (and are awesome by the way!) It’s always massively flattering to get recommended by previous couples who obviously put their trust in recommending me – and it’s also the cheapest form of advertising too!! I arrived super early and had a good scout around having not shot a wedding at Pierrepont Hall. I love this sort of venue and gives so much scope to be creative. I was straight away taken by the drawing room with its rich red and orange tones and knew this was a room I wanted to capture something really cool in. Then when I was greeted by Phil’s dad and brother, who both looked super cool in the traditional black tie, with full top hat and white gloves, I already had the above shot in mind. Love doing this sort of photo, it takes a bit of organising and the guests always look a bit unsure while it’s going on but everyone always loves the unique result!
So after Jess and the bridal party got ready aided by some beautiful makeup from Josephine Way, we headed through the medieval lodgings, outside through the courtyard and up to the long gallery for the ceremony. It was a gorgeous ceremony and while they were saying their own personal wedding vows to each other, there was a point when Jess’s emotions nearly got the better of her and I thought she might not make it through. However she managed to pull it together and I just love the shot of her at this point making a wobbly hand gesture!!
After the ceremony everyone enjoyed some welcome drinks in the drawing room, we then managed to get a few formal family shots while everyone was also enjoying the beer tent outside. After a few fun groomsmen and bridesmaids shots outside (kudos to the girls braving the evening December temp!), I managed to steal Jess & Phil for a couple of relaxed and fun portraits. Unfortunately, throughout all the pictures we were constantly being photo-bombed by a little tag along, Jeremy the penguin!! Turns out Jeremy is a bit of a party animal and is always getting drunk as the token guest of honour at all the staff parties and nights out from when Jess & Phil both used to work at The Johnson Arms (who also supplied the great real ale supplied in the beer tent!) Apparently he’s normally a bit rude when he’s drunk but was on his best behaviour for the wedding day!
We then headed back to the long gallery for some food and some cracking speeches. They weren’t your traditional top table speeches but I love the angles and perspective it allowed me to get, and I absolutely loved some of the reactions. Once the cake was cut and Jeremy had photobombed his last shot, we headed downstairs to the drawing room with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The room, gorgeous couple, and super cool evening attire just screamed to create something different so we went for a bit of a ‘Gatsby‘ theme and it has to be one of my favourite shots of the year!!
I absolutely love to capture Wedding Photography and the different people, personalities and unique days and Jess & Phil’s day was a cracker. Hit play on the image below to see the highlights from the day and if you like my style of natural story telling wedding photography and you’re looking for Wedding Photography at Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham then get in touch here, thanks, Gareth Newstead Photography