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Saturday 27th June - Minstrel Court

Sabrina and Greg

Having done a pre-wedding shoot with Sabrina and Greg, I knew that their day was going to be extremely well planned and organised. When I arrived at their home to capture the preparations, even the hairdressers had a printed schedule to keep to.

bridal hair updo

brides shoes and buttoning up dress

bride ready

At the Lake Pavilion everything was set up ready to go. Unlike most venues, at Minstrel Court you can be guaranteed an outdoor setting, regardless of the weather, as they have awnings that cover the guests for both rain - and in this case - sun. There was however a hint of nervous tension from groom Greg and bestman Cameron, especially when their dad disappeared to rescue a guest who's car had broken down!

Minstrel Court

groom and bestman

Sabrina and the bridal party walked all the way from the house to the pavilion and I think she'd be the first to admit that her dress managed to collect rather a lot of debris on route! However that really didn't matter as the only important thing was seeing Greg and getting those vows said. (A team of us picked all the leaves and twigs out later).

bridal party walk to ceremony

bride and dad entrance

groom sees bride and ceremony in the pavilion

laugh during ceremony

exchange rings


The Pavilion has a great view out over the lake - complete with water lillies and huge fish swimming around! With access via the wooden bridge it feels miles from anywhere.

signing the register

exit as husband and wife

walk across bridge

Straight after the ceremony I gathered everyone up for an all guest and confetti shot. The venue is strict about only using real petals and luckily the bride and groom have a rose tree in their garden. So between the bridesmaids, mother of the bride and myself, we'd harvested a tub full of white petals earlier that morning.

all guests


bride and groom walk along the driveway

bride and groom kiss

After drinks and canapes on the lawn, the wedding breakfast was held in the marquee. The bride and groom are planning on re-using the tableplan by putting wedding photos into the frames. I also liked how they'd numbered the tables.. each one was named after a piste they'd skied down. I've been to some of the same resorts so recognised the routes! At the end of the meal they cut their cake using the venue's very own sword.

tableplan and cake

wedding breakfast in marquee

grooms speech


June is a great time of year to photograph as there's so much light well into the evening. Even though Sabrina and Greg's ceremony was at 3pm there was still opportunities for some evening photos around the folly in the grounds.

bride and groom hug

evening kiss at the folly

Sabrina was keen to keep with tradition and throw her bouquet but was convinced she wouldn't get much distance on the throw itself. Positioning the ladies (note: away from the lake) the flowers flew and there was a proper competetive scrap to be the one to catch it.

throwing the bouquet

hug for catcher

With the light fading, everyone headed into the Long Gallery to see the couple's first dance and get on the LED dancefloor for some fun. However at 10pm, the promise of fireworks got everyone back outside quick enough!

first dance

dancefloor with props

dance and fireworks

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