I have known Lucy for about 15 years, but we lost touch when she went travelling to Australia. Little did I know while she was over there she had met the man of her dreams and decided to stay put. They had the serious part of their wedding over in OZ, but she had her heart set on coming home for the BIG wedding day which was to be taken by White Rose Ceremonies.

Lucy’s parents live on the most amazing estate in Northamptonshire called Brockhall, where only relatives of the residents can marry on site. This makes it special straight away and when I went to meet Lucy and Alain the day before, I could totally understand why Lucy had travelled half way back around the world to hold her special day there.

This was also going to be a different wedding to what I was used to, as the whole occasion was going to be outdoors. They had hired a Tipi from for the evening entertainment and to provide shelter just in case it rained, which thankfully it didn’t. The outdoor bar was run by David Wilson Marquees and seating was hay bales and picnic tables with jam jars of seasonal flowers arranged by Lucy’s mum Tricia.

I also did a bit of groom prep before I went to see Lucy, as Alain had family and friends over from OZ and wanted to include them in the pre-wedding preparations. I’d love to show you the fun images we created of the groom getting ready, but I think I might get shot if I shared them with anyone but Lucy. I will say one thing though… I love my job!

When I got to Brockhall the bridal preparation was in full swing and Holly from Tranquillity Nails in Towcester was working her magic brushes and making everyone look super glam. I then headed off to meet Alain at the big oak tree in the grounds, where they were to be married. Tragically Alain’s dad Doug died suddenly a few months before the wedding and so Alain, his mum and brother were to light a candle and say a few prayers before the ceremony began. The candle would burn throughout so Doug could still be a part of the special day.

With everything being on one site it made it easier to come and go from bride to groom and capture each side of the story. It also made for the biggest isle in history as Lucy walked from the hall to the tree, making sure everyone got a good glimpse of her and her stunning oyster coloured dress designed by Jack Sullivan from Sydney, Australia.

The ceremony itself included ring binding, where the family got to thread the rings through a long piece of ribbon, meant to pass on love to the happy couple. Then the obligatory confetti shot that led the bride and groom back up the isle and into the next field to begin the reception.

It was very much a family affair and some of the highlights of the afternoon were the bouncy castle, sweetie table and ice cream van. I can assure you, it wasn’t just the kids whose faces lit up when the van pulled into the estate! Unfortunately, the group shots were called just as the food was ready, so we missed out on the whole group. However, all other photos took place in front of the hall which created a beautiful backdrop and some lovely memories.

Once the food was over Lucy, Alain and I went to finish the bride and groom creative shots. The hall has some magnificent features, which are perfect for wedding photography, but one of the main images they wanted was by the “very British” red post box, on the chocolate box cottage nearby. There were so many lovely locations to hand, it was hard to choose which photos would do it justice.

Once the evening came and the band started playing the light became soft and the guests more relaxed. An overall feel of a very grand English day at the manor descended, I almost felt like I had been projected onto the set of Downton Abbey and didn’t want to leave.

Until next time!