Ellingham Hall Wedding Photography | Yorkshire Wedding Photographer

Peta & James held their wedding celebration at Ellingham Hall near Alnwick. They hired the entire venue out for the whole weekend; treehouse, cottages, stately home, and hot tubs to boot. The party began on Friday night as many of the guests were staying on site, and as its so far from home, I also stayed so that I could start the photography the following morning bright and early. This posed no problem as the resident peacock ensured that I was well awake before my alarm went off and I greeted the last stragglers from the night before as they sloped into bed well after the sun had risen. I knew from the offset that this wedding was going to be one to remember and good fun for me as the photographer.

I called in on James and the groomsmen first and spent some time with them before meeting up with Peta, her ten bridesmaids and both mums. Since photographing this wedding I haven’t covered a bridal party as large and when potential brides ask if I’ve had much experience of working with groups of girls in the morning, I show them the photo of these ten bridesmaids leading Peta and her dad down the staircase into the ceremony. Despite being the only male in the room during the preparations I was able to blend in such a way as not to cause any discomfort or distraction by my presence. A large part of how I work on a wedding day has to do with how I interact with others so as to be a accepted as part of the group, and I think that this photo helps to illustrate this.

After a beautiful ceremony, the sun shone and the grounds, complete with a giant redwood, provided the perfect location for a leisurely reception before the meal was served and everybody literally danced the night away. I stayed till after midnight at this wedding and the band started at 7.30, and as I was driving away down the drive I could still hear them playing, which is another good reason to hire out a large venue far away from anywhere for your wedding, as there are no neighbours to upset and no curfew for the evenings entertainment.

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