I recently had the pleasure of photographing Amy and James wedding at the stunning Mansfield Manor Hotel, which is surrounded by lovely gardens and a beautiful bandstand in the park opposite the hotel.
I started the day early photographing the bridal preparations of Stacey and her bridesmaids in one of the hotel rooms upstairs, while Lewis and his groomsmen were finishing the preparations and decorations downstairs.
The atmosphere was incredible, providing me with so many documentary wedding photography opportunities. After completing most of the bridal prep photos, I quickly headed downstairs and grabbed a few photographs of Lewis and all his groomsmen. They all looked really smart in their army uniforms. It is always a pleasure to photograph an armed forces wedding, nice to give something back to the people that risk their lives for us.
MANSFIELD MANOR WEDDING
After a romantic and emotionally charged ceremony, we all headed outside to grab a fun confetti photo and a few group shots.
The weather was lovely, so the guest spent must of the afternoon outside enjoying the drinks from the cocktail reception. I then went for a short walk with Lewis and Stacey to grab a few photographs of just them.
In the late afternoon, all the guests headed inside to enjoy a hearty wedding meal and the speeches by Lewis, his best man and bride and grooms family.
Stacey was kind enough to provide me with a bit more information about her day which you can view below.
How did you meet?
We first met as teenagers through mutual friends, we gradually lost contact when following our career paths but bumped into each other again years later.
When did you get engaged?
April 18th, 2014 on a trip to London
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
The planning was difficult due to Lewis being posted in Germany with the army, but we both knew the kind of day we dreamed of so it was a joint effort on finding ideas, booking and arranging where possible.
What was the best bit of your day?
For Lewis, his favourite part was seeing his wife to be walk down the aisle.
For me it was saying our vows, It was so emotional and meaningful and having our family and friends there to share it was amazing.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t stress! Don’t let planning and organising take over the enjoyment of the day, take time to just enjoy getting married, you’ll laugh about the little things that weren’t as perfect as you had planned. And make sure you pick a good group to have around you on the morning of the big day, make sure they remember your number one!
Brides – who did you use to do your hair & makeup?
Jennie Hughes was my makeup artist and Amie Philomena was my hair stylist.
Brides – Wedding dress brand and supplier?
Viva bride-page, from Wed To Be Bridal Outlet.
Brides – Information about the shoes that you chose? Make & supplier
I chose a simple barely there sandal from new look; traditional bridal shoes were not for me.
Grooms – Information about your suit, shoes & tie that you chose?
Lewis is in the Queens Dragoon Guards so wore his blues uniform.
Which Band or DJ did you use?
We chose to hire a DJ – amp & decks as recommended by the venue
Any additional details you would like me to include about things that happened on your day or the theme you chose.
We chose a shabby chic/vintage theme as it’s a style that suits us. We enjoyed hand making invitations, decorations and using a lot of hessian and lace
Any additional supplier that you used, like magicians & toastmasters
We used petals flowers in Ilkeston for our flowers.