I was very excited when Vicky and Ben asked me to be their photographer, at their Harlaxton Manor wedding. It’s always lovely to discover new venues, and they don’t come much grander than Harlaxton Manor, which is located close to the historic market town of Grantham, in Lincolnshire. With family still living in the Lincolnshire area, its always lovely going back to this wonderful area, which brings back many happy memories of visiting grandparents there.
We first meet Vicky and Ben, as is the case with most of our wedding couples who marry further afield from the Bournemouth area, the day before the wedding ceremony, at Vicky’s parents address, which would also be where she would be getting ready the following day. Andy and I always travel to the wedding venue, the day before the wedding, whenever our schedule allows, as it’s just too risky and nerve racking leaving the travelling to the morning of the wedding. This allows us time to introduce ourselves to the couple, and recce the venues, making sure we know the lay of the land, and can find our way to wherever we are needed on the day.
On the day of the wedding, we met up with Vicky and her family to cover her preparations at the family home, in the beautiful village of Hambleton, which is surrounded on three sides by Rutland Water. The Family home is situated right next door to St Andrews Church, which was where Vicky’s sister and parents also got married at, and where, of course, Vicky and Ben were to be getting married, later that morning. We arrived to find Vicky in an anxious and reflective mood, obviously her nerves were getting to her a little. Being documentary wedding photographers, we set about taking pictures, as discreetly as possible, wanting to capture the mood of Vicky’s preparations, without any false cheesy setup shots to camera. Having reviewed the results, we are very happy to have captured these moments for Vicky and Ben, that will take them back to what Vicky was actually feeling and going through, the morning of the wedding.
We then popped over to the local village pub, to meet Ben, enjoying a drink with some of his guests, before they all headed over to St Andrews Church.
We then headed back to Vicky’s parents home, just in time to capture Vicky making her way over to the church. When Vicky walked down the aisle on her father’s arm, we could still see the tension in her face, she was very emotional, and looked on the verge of tears, just looking down, not daring even to look at Ben, until she was finally at his side. When she looked up and caught his eye, she broke out into a lovely smile, all the tension just fell away, with both Vicky and Ben enjoying a warm loving ceremony, surrounded by their family and friends.
After the ceremony everyone congratulated the happy couple in the church grounds, before we took Vicky and Ben back inside the church, for a few quick portraits of them both, before they got into their car, for the half hour drive to Harlaxton Manor. When we had conversations with Vicky and Ben, it was clear they preferred no intervention from the photographers, no setting up shots of them and their guests to camera, they much preferred the natural candid approach, which is when Andy and I are at our happiest.
However, Ben and Vicky had wanted us to take a few small formal family group shots, followed by Bride and Groom portraits, in the extensive grounds of Harlaxton Manor. We were spoilt for choice, and quickly led Vicky and Ben around a small section of the grounds overlooking the manor. We had to be quick, as Ben had been having problems with his speech, and had to cut the portrait session short, as he needed to go off and get the speech reprinted.
The wedding breakfast was held in the aptly named Gold Room, with Vicky’s father deciding to do his speech before dinner, after which we retired to get something to eat ourselves, returning just before sunset, to capture the manor all lit up, from the grounds. In the meantime, Ben had managed to get his speech reprinted, and it all went smoothly, even when his two best men, his brothers, entertained everyone with a slideshow of Bens’ life, which was very amusing at Ben’s expense, of course!
After the speeches, everyone moved from the Gold Room into the Great Hall, greeted by the big band sounds of a nine pice band, and the warmth of a lovely open fireplace set ablaze, where Vicky and Ben performed their first dance, which set off the evening celebrations.
The following images on this post, are the highlights from Vicky and Ben’s wedding. For a better viewing experience, and the chance to view a larger selection of images from this wedding, please select the follow link which will take you onto my main website pages Vicky and Ben. Here you will have a better idea on the consistency of our coverage.