I was so excited when Alice asked if we could include some smoke in their woodland shoot, I wasn’t so excited about the rain though. Turns out I needn’t have worried because these two took it all in their stride, danced as it poured and jumped in to the back of their car when it was at it’s worst. The unpredictability of it all and a dose of sugar from the doughnuts they bought mean this is one of my favourite shoots to date! Plus I took Elsie along for the ride and she was pretty darn good at making them laugh.
The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall is one of my favourite alternative venues in this area because for starters is has a blummin’ tree house as the honeymoon suite. And who doesn’t love a blummin’ tree house! Secondly, you can get married outside in a pretty little location amongst the trees and thirdly, the food is friggin epic. All the elements needed for a dream autumnal wedding at The Woodlands.
Rachel & Joe were married here in October and simply loved the laid back woodland feel and the chance to be married outside. Luckily for them the weather was on it’s best behaviour and they had the perfect autumn day for it.
Joe proposed the day they moved into their new house. The removal men had just left and he took Rachel to the bottom of the garden in the dark, with a head torch (my personal favourite touch). Rachel remembers it romantically as there’s a river that runs at the bottom of their garden and he had tied champagne to a string that was floating there.
When I asked them if they would change anything about their day they said “not one thing!” and that speaks volumes about planning a wedding that includes everything and everyone they love. Their favourite bit? “Marrying each other in front of people we love and our two amazing children!”
My favourite bit? THAT DRESS!! Look at it!
Please get in touch if you’re planning your own autumnal wedding at The Woodlands, it’s an awesome place and I’d love to be back there again soon.
Just in case you need a little convincing, then here is what Rachel and Joe had to say about working with me… “It was bloody awesome!!! You added more fun to our day.”
Job done I reckon!
Dress: Courtyard Bridal Boutique (who just won a big fancy award making them the best in the country!)
Venue: The Woodlands at Hothorpe Hall
Flowers: Lizzie Holland
Band: The Atlantics