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Park Hall Hotel Wedding Photography | Rachel and Matt

Park hall hotel wedding photography

Well we're now into 2017 and fully getting into the swing of wedding season. We met up with the lovely Rachel and Matt for their pre-wedding shoot at Tatton Park, and from our shoot we could tell that we'd be in for a great day of photography for their wedding. In a roundabout way; having visited the venue previously we knew that this Medieval themed venue would be a playground for our camera skills. I met up with Rachel in the morning who was getting ready with her make up artist in the bridal suite. The wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses were all hung up neatly on the four poster bed, prosecco and flutes were out and the day was well underway. At the same time Emma was down the hallway of the manor house with Matt and the boys documenting the relaxed and very laid back antics of the lads in the morning.

Natural and relaxed documentary wedding photography

The light up letters provided by Brides Little Helper perfectly finished off the decorations for the ceremony room and gave off a lovely warm orange glow at the end of the aisle where Matt and his best man waited anxiously. But it was well worth the wait as Rachel approached dressed in her gorgeous Bethany Hannah bridal dress, linked arm in arm with her dad as one Charlotte Mills bridal shoe would slide slowly in front of the other down the aisle.

The ceremony itself was gorgeous; being in the medieval banqueting hall it was full of character - from the extravagant grand hall ceiling draped chandeliers to the fine detail of the candles lining the aisle, the ceremony hall was fully dressed and looked a stunning venue for Rachel and Matthew to say their vows in front of the family and friends. The hall itself was nicely lit to photograph in; having fast lenses and camera equipment meant we were able to capture clear intimate moments at the correct exposure - common practice for our photography.

After the ceremony and the confetti throwing I whisked Rachel (bouquet in hand) and Matt off for some quick portraits around the grounds and also for some stylish carpark warehouse shots before returning to capture the cocktail hour with the guests. We were also treated to an acoustic set by Paul Thornton acoustic guitarist who serenaded the banqueting hall during the wedding breakfast.

Medieval themed wedding

We stayed with Rachel and Matthew through until after their first dance documenting the alcohol fuelled dancing of their guests on the dancefloor. The newlyweds also asked whether we could possibly set up a special sparkler exit photograph with their guests in front of the medieval hall. Afterwards we were also back out again for a stunning flash lit night time gazebo photograph to finish off the day; and of course Rachel and Matt smashed it out of the ballpark!


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