Thornton Manor Wedding Photography
This was my first experience with Thornton Manor Wedding Photography and what a fantastic experience it was. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better wedding to shoot with maybe an exception for the weather at certain times. I don’t think I could have chosen a better venue to compliment my style of photography!
When I arrived at Thornton Manor, Charlotte and the Bridal Party were getting ready in the Gatehouse Cottage. The guys were getting ready at the Groom’s Cottage which is just round the corner – this is where I started. When I joined Dan and the Groomsmen, they were in full swing of getting ready. Dan was preparing his Army uniform whilst the guys Googled how to tie a Windsor knot. One of the other lads had forgotten his shirt and was making his way to Cheshire Oaks to buy another one. After a while, I headed back over to the Gatehouse Cottage to photograph the Bridal Party. The makeup and hair had been done and they were just waiting to get into their dresses. I stayed with them for an hour before heading off to the Lakeside Marquee to prepare for the wedding ceremony.
I waited at the front of the marquee for Charlotte to arrive whilst moving between the bridesmaids and the Dan, who was looking decidedly nervous. As the bride arrived, I moved to the front of the ceremony to capture the Bridal Party making their way through the guard and down the isle. Charlotte looked incredible as she made her way down and Dan didn’t look until she was right next to him although he had to look away straight away as as the emotions were clear.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds made their way outside for the confetti throwing which was shortly followed by the champagne reception back in the Lakeside Marquee. We took the opportunity to drive over to the main house of Thornton Manor so we could get some wedding photographs with just the two of them. There is an abundance of incredible locations for wedding photography at Thornton Manor and between monsoons, we made the most of it. We had already done a pre-wedding shoot a few weeks earlier so they were well prepared and nicely relaxed throughout.
On our return, it was time for the wedding breakfast which was shortly followed by the speeches. One of the keys to capturing those special emotions during the speeches is to be in the right place at the right time. For me, that means watching and listening, predicting who is going to react and being there to capture it. After the speeches, we headed outside for a couple more wedding photography opportunities and before long, the evening guests were arriving.
The first dance was fantastic and everyone joined in the dancing half way through the song. I thought it was really good how the first dance starts with just the bride and groom on the dance floor, in private, then they lift the curtain and everybody and gather round. I’ve not seen this before so it was a really nice touch for Thornton Manor Wedding Photography opportunities.
A huge thanks to everyone who was involved in the day and all the best to Charlotte and Dan who really were a fantastic couple. I can’t wait for my next wedding at Thornton Manor!