Karen & John Highgate House Wedding
I met Karen and John about 10 months prior to their wedding. I travelled to their home for a very informal meeting over coffee. We chatted about their day, the venue and their plans. It was a time to get to know more about each other too, and hopefully feel relaxed around each other. The couple appeared to be very relaxed about it all, which put me at ease. They wanted a very natural and relaxed aproach to their wedding too. This really suited my style, and personality. I’m very relaxed during every wedding, and love natural, candid images. It’s a really good feeling when a couple choose you as their wedding photographer. It’s a proud moment, I feel very honoured. I’m documenting their day, the memories of their special moments. It’s a very personal and intimate occasion. I take pride in my job. So yes, it’s a real feel good factor.
Online dating does work!
Karen and John met online in 2012, and got engaged in 2016. That’s when they began looking for wedding venues. Highgate House was booked for their wedding on November 10th 2017. Karen said that, it’s such a beautiful venue and the staff where amazing. It felt like home from the first time they visited. She is right, it is a stunning venue.
Highgate House Wedding Venue
The large house is situated in the small village of Creaton, Northamptonshire. It was built in the 1600’s on the site of an old Inn. It’s set in 26 acres of grounds. There is a wealth of English charm and character about this venue. Highgate House is perfect for a wedding. There is a range of beautiful ceremony and reception rooms available. I can see why it has an award winning service, as I felt truly looked after by all of the staff, and the food was amazing.
The Bridal Preparations
I arrived at Highgate around 11am, to attend the Bridal preparations. I found Karen and her Bridesmaids in the Bridal suite, hair and make up in progress, and a few glasses of Prosecco in flow. I really liked the chilled atmosphere, and got to work capturing the preps, the chatter and laughs. Karen had chosen 3 bridesmaids, her Sister, Daughter and new Stepdaughter to be. The Bridesmaids dresses were a stunning shade of blue, piercing to be a exact, as you can see from the pictures. Beautiful Bridesmaids and a stunning Bride. Tommy, the Bride’s Son was giving her away, he popped into the room just as the flowers were being delivered. Although a Step family, they were all very close indeed. I took this chance to locate the Groom and his Best Man, who is John’s Stepson. Both of the men were ready, and relaxed. We managed to get a couple of pictures outside by the red double decker bus, before I returned to the Bridal preps. By this time, the group were ready to descend to the ceremony room as the time was moving along.
The ceremony was held in the spectacular, Baronial Hall. It’s an impressive setting for a special event. It is perfect for an intimate wedding. The hall is a very cosy room, the large fire was light ready for Karen’s entrance. The Bridesmaid led in one by one, then Karen emerged with her Son Tommy to give her away. As they walked along the aisle, John’s beaming face was a picture, as he saw his Bride in her wedding dress for the first time. It’s always such a beautiful moment and an important capture from my aspect. From the pictures below, I hope you’ll agree that the emotion was captured. It was a very intimate wedding with the closest of friends and family being present. The vows were taken, rings exchanged and the new Mr and Mrs King were crowned. They walked down the aisle to be greeted with champagne and congratulations from staff. Canapes and drinks were served in the Drawing Room.
Formal Group Shots
During canapes and drinks we captured the group shots. It’s usually a good time to do this before the wedding breakfast. I prefer to have a list ready where one of the wedding party have been chosen to collate the groups ready for their photographs. This prevents large groups of people hanging around when they really want ot be chatting and having fun. Everyone was in good spirits. We managed to get all of the group shots finished in plenty of time for the wedding breakfast, and of course everyone could get back to the bar and relax. The couple married on 11th November, so the light was abosultely perfect for some twilight shots around 4pm.
The Wedding Breakfast
It was back to the Baronial Hall for the magnificent wedding breakfast. The hall once again looked stunning. The speeches ran like clockwork. There didn’t seem to be any pre speech nerves. Once they are finshed then everyone can relax, and on with the wedding meal. I was very lucky to be provided with a full meal, which I must say was excellent. The staff looked after everyone so well, including me too. I can’t praise them enough.
Cutting of the Cake
John and Karen’s wedding cake had a winter feel with a Polar Bear themed cake. I’d never seen a design like this before, the colours really completed the rest of the room and the Bridesmaids dresses. It was a very relaxed and happy event. I stole the Husband and Wife for a few last shots outside by the wonderful double decker bus and telephone box. It was starting to get quite cold. Karen must’ve been freezing but I think the love from John kept her warm.
I asked John and Karen what stood out the most from their day. Their reply: “There was nothing in particular that made their wedding day special as the whole day was amazing from start to finish”.
Congratulations Mrs and Mrs King