Kim & Andrew were married on the 11th December 2011 and the whole country had been covered with the snow for weeks. On the Friday before the wedding, the temperature rose up above 0°C and all the snow disappeared just in time to deprive Kim of her winter wonderland wedding. I have known Kim for a long time, in fact, I used to go to school on the same bus as her…and like in this instance, she has always kept her chin up. She did not let the lack of snow get her down….Kim was as lively as ever!
I started the day at Kim’s parent’s house in Fenny Compton village and I was greeted by beautiful bacon sandwich made by Kim’s mum. This is how I like to start a day of photography! Kim’s mum was buzzing around all morning making sure everyone was catered for and comfortable, while sometimes forgetting about herself. There was a lovely, laid back party mood in the air which really made for the best situation for getting the type of pictures I wanted.
Off to the wedding venue and I met up with Andrew shortly before the wedding took place. Of course, he was having a beer with the boys…what else would he be doing?! Shortly after we were all led through to the wedding room. Hellidon Lakes Hotel is covered by the Northamptonshire wedding officers who have the policy that while the wedding is taking place, the photographer has to stand at the back. This made for a very limited field of view during the ceremony. Which I personally do not think is right….this should be the Bride & Groom’s decision and not the registrar, as it is their special day that needs to be recorded. That is my 2 pence worth! I still managed to get a few nice ones in spite of this, but it was not ideal.
With it being December, we had to work fast after the ceremony as the night was drawing in quickly and we still had Kim & Andrew’s highly anticipated, romantic photoshoot. Kim was very excited about the shoot and took me to see the hotel shortly before the wedding so I could get some ideas. The Hellidon Lakes Hotel has a absolutely gorgeous, secluded spot with a pond and a resident swan. What more did I need from such a lovely location. I took some of my favourite images of all time here…so to say I was happy was an understatement. What a lovely place for your dream wedding…with views to die for!
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