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Saturday 5 September - Garden Court at Hanbury Manor

Nicola and Brendon

I knew Nicola and Brendon's wedding was going to be good as even from the first time we met, we just never stopped talking! They are however both very tall, so I really wished I could photograph in heels just so that I didn't feel like I was looking up at them the whole day. Nicola also chose to wear flat shoes which meant I could take her all around the grounds at Hanbury Manor withouy worrying about her sinking into the grass!

dress

shoes

popping champagne cork

champagne with bridesmaids

bouquet

bride ready

I'd actually bumped into Brendon and bestman Mark earlier that morning in their slightly less formal attire (shorts and t-shirts) so I was glad that when they arrived at Garden Court they were fully suited and booted. I loved Brendon's IronMan cufflinks and the fact that he shunned tradition with buttonholes being worn on the opposite side to usual... obviously a clever plan not just a mistake!

groom and cufflinks

groom and bestman

Garden Court itself is a lovely space for a ceremony - especially the black and white checked floor. It's part conservatory, part summer house, part marquee and all looking out onto the walled gardens. However, the venue had decided that as it was September that they needed to put the heating on. This was not required so myself and the registrar opened the doors to stop everyone from wilting.

conservatory set up for ceremony

bride entrance

ceremony

vows

kiss

signing the register

Whilst the bride and groom hadn't asked for a confetti shot, so many of the guests had brought it with them that it seemed a shame to not use it. However this did mean that they needed to be brushed off and bits of it picked out of their hair before I could start the family and friends group photos.

confetti

guest drinks

bridal party

groom with bridesmaids

The walled gardens are big enough that we could sneak off for some couple photos without all the guests wanting to get in on the act. I don't mind other people taking pics but I like the bride and groom to have some that no one else will have seen.

bride and groom in the gardens

bride and groom sat on bench

hands and rings

bride and groom at hole in the wall

bride and groom kiss in the gardens

I thought their cake was just brilliant - especially the figure of Brendon in his suit shorts. I'm actually slightly surprised that he didn't have some shorts to change into for the evening! The couple made their entrance for the wedding breakfast down the staircase - yet another good reason for Nicola wearing flats. Each of the tables was named after an Orlando theme park as that's where they'll be going on honeymoon very soon.

wedding cake

cake topper

wedding breakfast

Having scoped out Hanbury Manor in advance we headed to the 1st tee of the golf course for the last bit of sunshine and a great view over the Hertfordshire countryside. This gave the couple the chance for a bit of a first dance practice but it was their idea to head into the long grass - but where my bride and groom go of course I must follow. Nicola then changed into her personalised and colour themed Converse trainers for the real first dance for which that checkered floor really worked!

evening kiss

sunset

converse trainers

first dance

 
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