In this country, you can never be quite sure what weather you will have on your wedding day. You can choose a season, and hope that it turns out as you had imagined, but there is always a sense of apprehension when you peer through the curtains early on the big day.
And when Hannah looked out of the window on her wedding day in mid April it was a misty scene which greeted her.
Unphased by the somewhat limited visibility, it was out with the glasses and Prosecco and full steam ahead with the hair and makeup. The girls prepared themselves in the cottage next to Manor by the Lake, while the boys got ready in the Rock Bar.
The many Groomsmen took full advantage of John’s nerves, not missing any opportunity to take a little dig. What are mates for? Suits on, there was plenty of time to down a few Jagermeisters to take the edge off any remaining nerves.
Meanwhile, the mist disappeared transforming the sky to glorious blue. The Bridesmaids seemed to have been inspired by the F1 drivers and decided they could spare a bottle of fizz to spray outside in celebration.
Team Bride then moved to the Bridal Suite in the Manor House to complete their preparations, and as is the case on so many occasions, the compulsion to climb into the roll top bath fully dressed was too much for some.
The guests arrived at Manor by the Lake in the sunshine, upstairs, the tears began to flow as a proud Dad saw his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress.
The ceremony was held in the beautifully appointed Maximilian Room, and having completed the declarations & vows, the happy couple left the Manor building to be showered with confetti.
Drinks and canapés in the garden followed, whilst the guests were entertained by the well honed skills of magician Richard Parsons. As he continued to wow them, the happy couple and I had the opportunity to get some Bride and Groom shots in the garden followed by a walk down the Yew tree lined gravel path.
The wedding breakfast was served in the main ballroom at the manor, which was decorated with flowers and candelabras on the tables.
The speeches went down a storm, with a mixture of laughter and tears (all in the correct places)
In the interlude between before the evening got underway, drinks were served on the sun drenched patio and there was an opportunity to capture some more pictures with Hannah and John during golden hour around the lake.
It was then back to the ballroom to cut the cake, and for the couple to have their first dance. The party then began with the tunes provided by Tommy and the Fuse. Before I left everyone to the festivities, there was of course time to get some night shots in the Manor grounds with the happy couple.
Another great wedding at Manor by the Lake.
From a personal perspective huge thanks again to the amazing staff at Manor by the Lake.
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