You know when it's going to be a good day. When I met Steff and Karl on their engagement shoot, with their big smiles and twinkly warm eyes, I just knew their wedding day was going to be brilliant.
I arrived at the hotel full of my good vibes and was warmly greeted by Steff and Sarah getting pampered for the day ahead and recognised two familiar faces doing the hair and make up. I love how in this industry I get to meet amazing, talented people and working with them time and time again is such a privilege and such joy. The girls were so relaxed and just enjoying the morning and discussing how incredibly lucky the weather was, especially after a week of some weird snow/rain/wet precipitation and horrid winds. Yeah today was a beamer.
After rearranging the room (as I do!), I bounced off to meet Karl and the guys getting ready over at Dodmoor. I just love being in this venue, I have worked here several times now and count myself super lucky to say that. It's just utterly gorgeous. The setting, the buildings, the staff, it's just all top notch. The newly refurbed bridal suite had me giddy with glee and I got a bit snap happy as I photographed the guys desperately trying to get their pocket tissues folded just so (I wasn't much help by adding pressure to their folding skills!). They all looked really amazing in their Marc Darcy attire, I really love that look and it just fit so perfectly with the setting and atmosphere of the day.
We jumped outside into the warm sun and floated around the grounds for some pics, with Jeffery the mascot of the venue keeping tabs on us, and even partaking in a few photos. Guests started to arrive and everyone was doing little dances to keep warm outside as it was rather chilly!
Steff then arrived in the most beautiful Beauford Tourer which was a surprise for her and Karl from her parents. She just beamed, her smile said it all.
The ceremony was brilliant, with giggles and jokes and even the registrar had to stop to compose herself as we were all laughing so much. This set the tone for the day, and everyone was on super high spirits. Afternoon tea was served (I was in awe, I love afternoon tea, and to have it at a wedding I think is just the bees knees), with witty cracking speeches to follow. Hot chocolate and little beautiful cakes were served in the evening, displayed against the most unusual magnificent cake masterpiece that Karl and his dad had crafted, with their little gorgeous cupcakes surrounding.
The evening was topped up with a cigar bar (seriously how cool are these two?!), followed by a spectacular sparkler arch (honestly, no one does it better than Dodmoor...), followed by a heartwarming first dance with Steff and her dad, and then her new Mr White for their first dance as Mr and Mrs.
It was, all in all, the best start to the wedding season for me. It was beyond my expectations, I am so thrilled and feel so blessed to have been there. Just the coolest. Wedding. Ever. You guys rock, and I wish you bucket loads of happiness and joy xx
Venue: Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire
Cake: (Stand made by Karl and his dad!) Gardner's Bakery
Wedding dress: The Tailors Cat
Hair: Elizabeth Jane Wedding Hair
Makeup: Sarah Evans Makeup
Groom's attire: Marc Darcy
Flowers: Green Room Flowers