Lillibrooke Manor Wedding

Rosaria and Ben’s Lillibrooke Manor wedding took place on an extremely hot day in July, but that didn’t stop the day being full of love, laughter and some fantastic dancing!

I first met bride Rosaria at the Lillibrooke Manor wedding fair earlier in the year and we right away got on well. I then visited them at their home the following week and met her fiancé Ben (and cat Gigi!) and a few days later when they made contact and confirmed they wanted me to photograph their Lillibrooke Manor wedding I was thrilled!

Lillibrooke Manor is such a wonderful wedding venue with a great vibe, lovely staff and fantastic areas for photos I couldn’t wait to work there again.

The morning of the wedding started with a beautiful sky and it was lovely and cool as I made my way to Rosaria’s parents’ house where she was getting ready. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and Rosaria presented her bridesmaids with some gifts in the garden. Soon it was time for Rosaria to get into her dress and a super cute moment came when her flower girl saw the bride in her dress for the first time. It was like she saw a princess!

My second photographer Joel spend some time in the morning with groom Ben getting ready. We then met at the church and chatted to the vicar ahead of the ceremony.

Rosaria beamed as she made her way down the aisle on the arm of her very proud dad. The ceremony was full of smiles and love and some lovely readings.

Back outside in the sunshine it was time for confetti which I always love, then friends and family gathered around to congratulate the happy couple. The newlyweds would be travelling from the church to Lillibrooke Manor just the two of them in their own convertible mini. I knew it was important to the couple to have photos of them arriving up the beautiful tree lined drive at Lillibrooke Manor, so at this point I shot ahead to get into position. This worked really well and I was in place ready to capture that moment of them driving up together ready to celebrate their Lillibrooke Manor wedding.

After we did some group family photos it was time to take the bride and groom away into the lovely surroundings of Lillibrooke Manor. By now the sun was very hot so it was important I kept them in the shade as much as possible. I got some great photos but as the sun was so high in the sky and they were starting to get very warm I suggested we would also come out a little later in the evening when it was cooler to do some more photos.

Now it was time for me to pop into the great barn to take pictures of all the wonderful details before the wedding breakfast started. I feel it is very important to capture all the details no matter how small, as often these little things are what gets forgotten on a wedding day.

The speeches came after the starter and they did not disappoint! Rosaria’s family originate from Italy and she had a lot of Italian family in attendance. I was extremely impressed that when groom Ben made his speech he added some Italian to be able to include Rosaria’s travelling family. One part I loved was Rosaria making a speech, I just love it when a bride makes her own speech!

After the wedding breakfast it was so much cooler so I took 5 minutes outside with the bride and groom for a few more pictures of them together. I wanted to include their wedding balloons but the wind made it a bit tricky. Fortunately I got a shot in when the balloon’s weren’t horizontal!

Soon it was time for the first dance and I had earlier in the day been informed Rosaria’s Mum and auntie would be letting off confetti cannons as they danced. The great barn looked fantastic with the festoon lighting already, but adding in the confetti shooting into the air it was spectacular!

After the first dance the DJ played some Italian music and dancefloor filled up quicker than I have ever seen! The bride and groom in the centre were surrounded by circles of people dancing. In order to get a good view and shots of the action I jumped up on a chair. The newlyweds were then lifted into the air and at one precarious moment Ben was nearly dropped! Luckily he wasn’t.

I always like to get an evening photo of the couple, using a bit of creative lighting. Joel and I went off for a few minutes to scout out the locations and options. I decided on a white barn door near the main drive as the sky looked lovely as the sun went down. I think this worked really well and I was really happy with the outcome.

The rest of the evening was spent with the cake cutting, evening guests arrived, more dancing and guests chatting outside in the cool evening air.

Rosaria and Ben’s Lillibrooke Manor wedding was a fantastic day which I was thrilled to be a part of. It is fast becoming a favourite venue of mine and I cannot wait to photograph more weddings with fantastic couples here in 2019 and 2020.

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