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Saturday 26 September - Mansion House Shuttleworth

Jonathan and Billy

I've known Jonathan and Billy for a while now as have photographed several of their cousins' weddings, so I was greeted as part of the family when I arrived at The Mansion House. The venue looked amazing in the late September sunshine and now that I've moved house its only 15 minutes down the road!

Old Warden and direction sign

The Mansion House

The boys got ready separately and with a 4pm ceremony you'd think this would be plenty of time. But with Jonathan running around making sure everything was 100% perfect it was still a bit of a dash. Thankfully Billy's room was much calmer and I'm so glad that I spotted his new tattoo of their initials and wedding date.

Jonathan tie

Billy hair

initials and wedding date tattoo

The Ballroom was all set up and full use of the space used as the couple had invited the maximum number of guests that could be seated. With it's ornate ceiling, chandeliers and paintings it's a really grand venue but the registrars were lovely and I knew that they wouldn't make the ceremony overly formal.

ballroom set up for ceremony

wedding rings

Jonathan and Billy met up briefly before the ceremony got underway and chose to walk down the aisle together. I know that this was the bit that Jonathan was most worried about but by the time he arrived at the front the humour took over. He even kept Billy deliberately hanging when saying his 'I will' and on exiting they acually ran down the room towards me!

grooms entrance

ceremony in the ballroom

reading

vows and exchange rings

exchange rings

exchange rings

signing the register

With the weather still mild it was great that everyone took their drinks outside and mingled around the house. Being right next to Shuttleworth airfield, I normally expect to see the odd vintage plane - even some aerobatics on occasions - but the hot air balloon take off was a complete surprise to everyone.

guest drinks

with bestman, bestwoman, flowergirl and ring bearer

Getting this couple to be serious - even for a minute - is a tough job! I've never laughed so much when photographing. I'd like to think that's part of the reason they asked me to capture the day as knew they could be themselves in front of me and the cameras.

couple in the gardens

couple kiss

piggy back

Jonathan had made sure that the Garden Room setup was to be a surprise for Billy, but we made sure he got a sneak preview before all the guests. With a black and white theme the room had been transformed to almost Vegas like style. The top hat wedding cake was a complete work of art and 'hats off' to the maker as she also turned out 120 cupcakes, on extremely short notice, after the couple were let down by another supplier. In a change to the usual confetti or bubbles I loved the use of party poppers to greet them as they entered.

Garden Room set up for wedding breakfast

cake and table details

dancefloor

entrance into meal

party popper streamers

One of the main reasons for the late afternoon ceremony was that, after the hog roast had been served, the celebrations flowed straight into the evening party. With the sparkly dancefloor all lit up the guests certainly got into the spirit. However, note to self ... don't leave any belongings up at the main house (especially your car keys) as the building gets locked up. Thankfully the team called in a key holder otherwise I would have been crashing there!

dancing

dancing

vogue

ooops up

I honestly could have stayed all night at this party as the moves (Jonathan doing the splits an absolute classic) just kept coming. Obviously I may have also joined in - I'm just hoping there's no photos of me on the dancefloor.

on the dancefloor

grooms dance

hug

 
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