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Saturday 3 January - Down Hall

Karen and David

This was my first time photographing at Down Hall - although I'd heard much about it and seen plenty of photos. Mind you, given that Karen and David choose the 3rd January to get married I was more interested in what the interior was like as wasn't expecting much opportunity to shoot outside. Thankfully the getting ready rooms, landing and staircase were perfect for pictures.

Down Hall exterior

dress and shoes


bride on the staircase

Downstairs, just off the lounge, the Prior Room was set up for the ceremony. The couple choose a festive red colour-scheme with plenty of sparkle and the venue's numerous Christmas trees matched a treat! Karen was walked down the aisle and given away by the couple's eldest daughter Sophie.

ceremony set up in Prior Room

entrance of the bride


exchange rings

ceremony kiss

signing the register

Following the ceremony, guests mingled and had drinks in the lounge. This included hot chocolate which proved a hit... and not just with the kids. Music was provided by Paul Arnold on the piano ( whilst the family group photos were taken.

bridal party

family group

I'd been keeping a close eye on the drizzle and when it cleared there was just enough time for me to grab the bride and groom for some time alone outside. Well, it would have been a shame not to have spent a few minutes in the grounds.

bride and groom

bride and groom kiss

bride and groom in grounds of Down Hall

We returned (needing to warm up) to find the Selwin Suite all set up for the wedding breakfast so the bride and groom got a sneak preview of everything including their cake. Mark the toastmaster ( made sure that the guests gave the couple a huge welcome as they entered for the meal.

wedding breakfast

table set up and cake

meal entrance

meal entrance

The speeches were particularly fun to capture as Sophie did an excellent job in embrassing her parents!

bride during speeches

bridesmaid speech

bride and groom cringe

After a quick turnaround and the addition of an LED dancefloor the evening party was good to go. The sweetie table made sure everyone's sugar levels were kept topped up and I'm sure the party continued well into the night!

cutting the cake

first dance

bride and groom in the lounge



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