Orton Hall Hotel Wedding Photography / Kara & Henry
Back in 2013 I got married at Orton Hall Hotel, so when Kara contacted me and enquired about her wedding there, I was every excited to return to capture Kara & Henry's day.
We 1st met up at Henry's parents home in the lovely Norfolk village of Brancaster.
There we had a great chat about how they met online, travelling from county to county and how new jobs brought them closer back to their origins.
I do remember the great biscuits that Pat, Henry's mum offered, all conversations are made better with biscuits!
After we got to know each other we went outside and walked around the house and gardens for Henry & Kara's pre wedding shoot.
I thought it was a great touch to be shooting these at Henry's childhood home!
Afterwards Henry showed us a great spot that I know I'm going to revisit with future couples and families, wow!
Now let's talk about the wedding and let's talk about the wedding date in particular; Covid-19 put at a stop to the original summer 'I do' so Kara & Henry then had to make other plans.
1st moving the date to October, reducing the guest numbers and then only a matter of weeks before the big day having to reduce the guest list again.
I think both Kara & Henry deserve a round of applause for still sticking to their guns and getting married when everything around them was trying it's best to put a stop to the celebrations.
The morning of the wedding day came and it was time for me to join Kara at her parents house for the preparations.
Hair by Abbie & Olivia Ace Make Up were in charge of getting Kara ready for her big day.
The dress was from Young Romantics of Wisbech.
Shoes from Paradox, London
It's always on my mental checklist to get dad's 1st look.
Being a father, I guess one day I'll see my little princess a wedding dress, that's a long way off though!
And natural window light makes for the best bridal portraits.
Just look how happy Kara was!
I then raced away from Murrow over to Peterborough ahead of Kara and her dad, Richard, who were travelling in style in a Rolls Royce provided by Peterborough Wedding Cars.
There Henry was waiting with his best man; Pete.
Coronavirus weddings mean face masks and reduced numbers but it doesn't have to stop weddings entirely!
After a quick chat with Henry, the car gently arrived like only a Rolls Royce can.
Here comes the bride!
Rev Imogen Falvey gave a brilliant service and allowed me to get all the shots that I needed.
And then it was time to head outside for a few group photos and the newlywed portraits.
What a beautiful car, they didn't look too bad either!
Whilst the newlyweds enjoyed a ride and a little peace and quiet together, I headed over to the hotel and to the conservatory to document the wedding breakfast set up.
Well done to Kara's brother Aaron & partner Simon for making the room look so good.
The cake was made by a friend, what a very talented friend that must be!
You've got to laugh about these things!
This view is what made Laura & I marry at Orton Hall Hotel, the angle is a must at every wedding there.
Flowers by Ridgeway Flowers, Wisbech.
Introducing the new Mr & Mrs Potter.
For all the decorations, Aaron & Simon deserved a few photos together, I think matching suits on a future wedding day are in order, hint hint!
And you can't beat speech time; tears and laughter all in 10 minutes.
And the more theatrics the better!
Stories of getting drunk on cheap wine definitely need a couple of visual aids.....drink, drink!!!
We set up a quick 1st dance for Kara & Henry, 1st dance photos are always some of my favourites, as everyone stood back and watched.
And as the evening drew to a close and the rain was coming down outside; window light did it's magic for this new Mr & Mrs!
Henry & Kara thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your big day together.
Everything around us was trying to say no but you two still said 'I do'.