Last September I had the pleasure of photographing the stunning wedding of Lottie and Aaron at Heythrop Park Resort located at the edge of the Cotswolds in an 18th Century Manor House.
I first met Lottie and Aaron at Lottie’s twin sister Hannah’s wedding the year before and whose wedding I also photographed. It was so nice to see all the family again and to see (and squeeze) Hannah and Luke. This time Hannah had a beautiful bump. I was so happy for them.
I think one of my favourite things about my job is when I get to see my couples again, especially at another wedding or because Im photographing their tiny little bundles of joy. Seeing Lottie’s parents again at their home was so lovely and brought back so many memories.
Lottie and Aaron got married at St Mary’s church in Salford followed by the perfect celebration at Heythrop Park Resort.
It was the perfect September day, that edge of Summer, pretty light and golden sun shone as guests partied in the garden. Here is a little snippet of the images I took that day…..
Early days – Your love story
How did you meet; what attracted you to one another?
We used to go to the same pub & met through a mutual friend.
From the moment I saw Aaron I thought he was so incredibly handsome & the more I got to know him the more I loved his amazing personality. We just clicked.
Tell me about the proposal….
We went on holiday to visit with Aaron’s family & took a trip to Tahoe-one of our favourite places. We had gone for a lovely meal in a beautiful little restaurant not far from the lake, sitting in the middle of the forest. Aaron & I went for a walk after dinner & that is where he ‘popped the question’.
Your perfect day spent together would be….
Anything if we are together, whether it be going for a day out & a nice meal or spending the day on the sofa watching movies. We have so much fun when we are together, so it doesn’t matter what we are doing.
What inspired you to choose your location/venue and theme of your wedding?
L -I had spent a lot of time researching venues online & trying to book viewings when my parents suggested we just go out and start visiting places. I spent the day with my parents & twin sister visiting a few lovely places, but nothing really stuck out for me. My dad had been to Heythrop Park resort for business & suggested we try there. I wasn’t too fussed but agreed I would follow them in my car & meet them there to have a look. At first, I was very uninspired when driving down the road through the resort, but then I rounded the corner & the manor house came into view. I had wanted a venue where people would think ‘WOW’ and driving around the corner I certainly did. We had a look around & I fell in love with the venue. That, along with the fantastic service we received from the wedding coordinator Lauren, sealed the deal. It didn’t take much convincing for Aaron to agree.
As for the theme, I wanted a dark colour because of the time of year we were getting married. I initially thought purple but ended up with the midnight blue. I found my bridesmaids their dresses & fell in love with the colour on them. They all have such lovely different skin tones & the colour really complimented them beautifully. We wanted a very clean and classy wedding, so the white & silver fell into place with that-the white dressings on the tables & the silver jewellery & shoes for the bridesmaids.
Memorable moments on the day
How did you both feel on the day?
L- I was more nervous the night before the wedding. On the day I had made sure we had plenty of time to get ready & my bridesmaids were a brilliant help, especially my Maid of Honour (my twin sister) who did all 5 of my bridesmaids’ hair herself. With their help I was quite calm. The nerves only started when we arrived at the church & after walking down the aisle it took about 5 minutes before my legs would stop shaking. I was so happy to see Aaron at the end of the aisle.
•What parts stood out for you the most?
L-the part that stood out for me the most was waiting to walk down the aisle outside the church & being so nervous yet so excited to see & marry Aaron. It was an overwhelming feeling when I saw him at the end of the aisle.
Tell me about your Honeymoon…
We planned our honeymoon around going to America to visit some of Aaron’s family that were unable to fly over for the wedding. We started out with the family in Sacramento for a couple of days & then the 2 of us went on to spend 9 days in Huntington Beach at the gorgeous Hyatt Resort. After that it was a brief stop back in Sacramento for a couple of nights & a celebration with all the family. Just over 2 weeks in total.
What advice would you give other Brides to be?
We had quite a long engagement & we were pleased that we did. I did not feel any stress or pressure to plan the wedding as had plenty of time & I would recommend that to anyone.
I would also recommend not giving people too much time to RSVP to your invites as they tend to forget which results in you having to chase them. Also, be prepared for people to just email/text you rather than sending back your RSVP’s-it got quite confusing.
Bride’s dress (boutique)-The Cotswold Bridal Boutique
Make-up Hidden Beauty Cotswolds, Chipping Campden
Bridesmaids’ dresses (boutique)-Georgina Pimm Bridal Boutique, Witney
Groom’s suit (store)-www.savoytailorsguild.com
Transport-Allerston Taylor & Regency Carriages
Catering-included by Heythrop Park Resort