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!

Brancaster Pre Wedding Shoot

Afterwards Henry showed us a great spot that I know I'm going to revisit with future couples and families, wow!

Brancaster Beach Pre Wedding Shoot
Brancaster Beach Pre Wedding Shoot

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.

Olivia Ace Make Up
Bridal Prep Photos

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!

1st look wedding photo

And natural window light makes for the best bridal portraits.

Just look how happy Kara was!

Bridal portrait

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.

To Holy Trinity Church, situated literally a stones throw from Orton Hall Hotel.

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!

Bestman & Groom

After a quick chat with Henry, the car gently arrived like only a Rolls Royce can.

Here comes the bride

Here comes the bride!

Here comes the bride
Cambridgeshire Wedding Stationary
Wedding dress detail

Rev Imogen Falvey gave a brilliant service and allowed me to get all the shots that I needed.

Wedding Kiss GIF

And then it was time to head outside for a few group photos and the newlywed portraits.

Peterborough wedding photographer
Peterborough wedding photographer
Peterborough wedding photographer
Peterborough wedding photographer

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!

Orton Hall Wedding Photography
Orton Hall Wedding Photography

You've got to laugh about these things!

Coronavirus wedding

This view is what made Laura & I marry at Orton Hall Hotel, the angle is a must at every wedding there.

Orton Hall Wedding Photography
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer

Flowers by Ridgeway Flowers, Wisbech.

Introducing the new Mr & Mrs Potter.

Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Wedding sign
Wedding prosecco

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!

Same sex wedding suits

And you can't beat speech time; tears and laughter all in 10 minutes.

Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer
Orton Hall Wedding Photographer

And the more theatrics the better!

Best man speech

Stories of getting drunk on cheap wine definitely need a couple of visual aids.....drink, drink!!!

Best man speech
Best man speech
wedding photo frame
Wedding cake photo

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.

Wedding 1st dance photo

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!

Mr & Mrs Wedding Balloons
Mr & Mrs Wedding Balloons

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'.


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