Firstly, another apology. This time to Claire & Daniel, for the delay in getting their Prestwold Hall Springtime Wedding feature live here. In short, this feature should have been live 18 months or so ago, but as I explained in my last post, last year was my busiest year to date and something had to give so I could keep on getting weddings processed and the backlog of work down. Consequently, posting regularly on social media, writing articles and blogging real weddings was the sacrifice I chose to make.

However, I’m now on the case again. Subsequently, there’ll be a steady stream of written articles for you to read on a regular basis. Firstly, I’m going to be writing lots of wedding advice articles aimed at couples in the throes of planning a wedding. Furthermore, I’ll provide a little more insight into my approach to wedding photography through some other types of posts. And finally, I’ll make an attempt at penning some articles that other photographers might just find useful. Watch this space.

So, on to Claire & Daniel’s Prestwold Hall Springtime Wedding from 2017. Here’s the story of their day, in particular the wonderfully emotive ceremony, and a selection of my favourite images from the day to add to the written narrative.

Prestwold Hall at Springtime
Prestwold Hall Bridal Preparations
Prestwold Hall Groom Preparations
Bride getting ready at Prestwold Hall
Bride getting ready at Prestwold Hall
Bride getting ready at Prestwold Hall

So, how did you meet? – tell us a little more about yourselves.

We met through my cousin Matt on a night out. Danny and Matt have been friends since school, and we’ve now been together for 6 years. Danny’s mum used to care for me when I was one year old, so you could say I came into Danny’s life then.

The proposal – who proposed, where, when, how?

Danny’s birth country is Germany, and while we were on a break in Berlin, he’d decided to take me & my daughter Ruby for a meal. We ended up in the revolving restaurant in the sphere at the top of the Berlin Tower. Danny proposed at the end of our meal.

How was the wedding planning process for you?

The wedding planning was fab, I loved every single bit of it. Even though at times it was stressful, it was well worth it! I am a very organised person, so I started with a wedding planning book and my Pinterest board. I did have to be careful with Pinterest, though, as it gave me so many ideas, I kept changing my mind!

Danny had extensive involvement in our day. I thought that it was vital that we made every decision together, so we made sure that we found time to sit down together and make the right decisions.

Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall
Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall
Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall
Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall
Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall
Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall
Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall
Wedding ceremony at Prestwold Hall

Where did you get married, and what was it about the venue that appealed so much? 

We married at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough in March. Prestwold is stunning; it was our first choice due to it not being too far away from where we lived. We did visit other venues, but we fell in love with Prestwold straight away. Halfway through the show round, we both looked at each other and said: “this is the one”!

Tell us a little more about the style of your wedding at Prestwold Hall.

I would describe our wedding as floral, romantic elegant with a little bit of German. I’d always wanted a spring wedding as it is my favourite time of the year. So that’s where it all started. Prestwold Hall is stunning as a backdrop, and that means that you don’t have to go overboard with any kind of theme, so my focus on styling was lots of flowers. We had pastel arrangements, and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were blushed pink. Danny’s suit was blue, and his Groomsmen looked super smart-suited in navy. My daughter Ruby had her dress made to look just like mine in ivory.

Cuisine. What kind of food and drink was served and why?

Our menu was English cuisine. We had Pea and Mint Soup with Sourdough croutons for starter, and the main course was a 20-hour ale braised blade of beef with a celeriac & potato gratin. Dessert then followed, which was a dark chocolate delice & honeycomb. Our evening buffet was German food.

Bride & Groom at Prestwold Hall
Bride & Groom at Prestwold Hall
Bride & Groom at Prestwold Hall surrounded by Daffodils
Soraya Vermeulen Harpist
Dining room at Prestwold Hall

What was the most memorable part of the day, and what was the funniest moment?

There are two for me. The first was getting in my dress and walking down the aisle – the feeling was incredible, and I will remember that forever! The other memorable moment was Danny giving Ruby her own ring during the ceremony to say how much he loved her. The funniest part of the day was the best man’s speech.

Did anything go wrong on the day and were there any surprises?

Nothing went wrong, it was perfect! Surprise wise, Ruby and I were given a gift from Danny which was so special. It was a little heart puzzle which we had to put together to be able to read a message from him to both of us. Danny’s surprise was a watch from me.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

Not at all. We wouldn’t have done anything differently.

Do you have any advice for other couples in the stages of planning their own dream day wedding?

Our advice would be to plan the day together. Talk about everything. Your big day should be what you both want. And on the day, make an effort to spend as much time together as possible – it really does go so quickly.

A few words about our photographer.

Ian is fantastic. A lovely person inside and out and very talented at what he does. He listened to everything we wanted; he was just great. The images from our Prestwold Hall Springtime Wedding are perfect, and they bring back all of the memories of our day!

Our Wedding Day Supplier Roll Call

Hair: Alison Jenner
Make-up: Ali Gunn
Dress: DressPlace / Morilee
Band: The Indie Killers
Flowers: Michelle Gledhill
Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Suits: Reiss (Groom) and Slaters (Groomsmen)
Cake: Julia’s Kitchen
Venue Styling: Mad Philomena
Harpist: Soraya Vermeulen

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