Woodborough Hall weddings are always a big favourite of ours to photograph, and with Sarah and Stephen such a lovable couple to be around we were really excited about their wedding day. Woodborough Hall is steeped in history, with records of a hall occupying the land dating right back to 1086, so it’s beautiful that Sarah & Stephen’s wedding will now become part of the wonderful history to this tranquil part of Nottinghamshire.
I joined Sarah and the ladies whilst they were having hair and makeup in one of the Woodborough Hall rooms. It was at this time that I put a face to the tweets of the fabulous hair stylist James White, not only did I witness him as being a true professional when it comes to styling hair but his warmth and humour made it, he’s a real treasure to have at your bridal preparations!
Once hair and makeup were finished and dad’s cravat had been found with a big sigh of relief and ‘Yippee!’, it was time for Sarah to get in to her stunning Ian Stuart dress, with the addition of elegant cathedral veil, I saw the moment of the glance in the mirror at the point which all brides experience ‘this is it!’.
Meanwhile Neil was capturing the journey of what many grooms experience before the wedding ceremony, a decent pint at the pub around the corner, a final beer with the groomsmen before the vows, whilst the best man continually pats his pocket to ensure he still has the rings.
As Woodborough Hall’s Orangery began to fill with excited wedding guests, the talented Jason Hart prepared his piece of music for Sarah as she was to walk down the aisle. With Stephen ready at the front, Sarah was led by her father (with cravat!) down the elegant staircase and through the hall to meet her groom. With readings by a couple of family members it was a personal ceremony and what had started as a big smile with a little hint of nerves, Sarah’s smile continued to get bigger but it was now just happy, happy, happy!!
As the rain shower dried everyone went out into the grounds, whilst the Tillyboo team worked their magic to create a beautiful room for the wedding breakfast. The Tiffany’s theme was echoed throughout including the fabulous cake design by Jo at Cakey Wakey.
After some relaxed wedding photographs in the grounds, everyone went through for dinner which was concluded with a game of True or False hosted by Best Man Ash. As guests made choices about the possible antics that Stephen may have once upon a time been a part of, it was a fun addition to the speeches.
It was not too long then after this that the evening guests began to arrive, with Jason Hart and his band providing the music the evening reception came to life. As Sarah & Stephen’s first dance started off the evening to Jason singing Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, it was without doubt the best first dance song I’ve heard.
Stephen & Sarah, it’s been a real pleasure getting to know you both, your love and care for each other is very special and it’s easy to see how much you make each other smile. We wish you great happiness and success in all that you do as Mr & Mrs Wood. Neil & Becky x