Lillibrooke Manor is one of my favourite venues to photograph a wedding. The buildings are stunning, the gardens and surrounding areas are prefect for wedding photos, and the team are just wonderful.
Lillibrooke Manor, run by Heritage Venues is an award-winning grade II listed venue, ideal for weddings with a romantic and picturesque setting. It is perfect for a quintessentially English wedding.
The morning of the wedding brides can get ready in the Cottage Room at the back of the courtyard. It is a lovely little private room and as Lillibrooke Manor is an exclusive hire wedding venue it allows the bridal party to wander around the estate if they need to. Often, I have seen bridesmaids go off and do some checks for the bride around the venue while she gets ready in the Cottage Room.
I have photographed some weddings where the bride and groom have a church ceremony, then come to Lillibrooke Manor for their wedding reception. Others hold their entire wedding at Lillibrooke Manor with the ceremony taking place in The Small Barn.
The Small Barn is a beautiful space for a wedding ceremony. The large windows fill the room with lovely natural light and the white walls and rustic beams allows couples to personalise it for their own taste and style. One of my favourite decorations I have seen in The Small Barn was a steel ornate arch which had floral decorations added from Flora Special Occasion. I especially like The Small Barn for a wedding ceremony as it is so lovely for photos. The bride and groom face the large windows which floods them with beautiful natural light.
Just outside The Small Barn is the Cloister Garden which is also licenced for wedding ceremonies. I have not had the pleasure of photographing an outdoor ceremony at Lillibrooke Manor, but I really hope I get to one day.
The Cloister Garden is a lovely location for the drink’s reception. The fountain in the centre and beautifully cared for flower beds make it such a pretty spot. There is also a covered section at one end. At Vicki and Marks summer wedding this was extremely useful as along came a short sharp rain shower during the drinks reception and guests had to run for cover, drinks in hand.
The courtyard at Lillibrooke Manor is in the centre of the venue and it is great for all sorts of photos. It is also a great sun trap and when the sun shines the whole courtyard is bathed in sunlight all day. There are a number of options for confetti photos as well. Guests lining a path from the Cloisters Garden into the courtyard is lovely as well as using the beautiful Manor House as a backdrop.
One of my favourite confetti throws at Lillibrooke Manor was Clare and Ben’s wedding which was a beautiful sunny September day, but it also had a bit of a breeze. Bride Clare had a gorgeous fingertip length veil which was catching the breeze beautifully (I love movement in a veil). Right in the middle of their confetti walk a gust of wind game and swept the veil right across Clare’s face. It was a very funny moment, and these are the types of photos I love as it was such a great funny memory from the wedding day.
Taking the bride and groom away for some photos of just the two of them, I am spoilt for choice at Lillibrooke Manor. The tree lined driveway is one of my favourite spots, as well as the gardens behind the Manor House. I also love the greenery all around, especially where is has grown up the red brick walls. As with every wedding I photograph I don’t like to keep the bride and groom away from their guests for too long. So, once I know I have a lovely set of photos of the newlyweds together I make sure they are back to their guests for a celebratory drink.
At this point in the day during the drink reception I like to pop into The Great Barn at Lillibrooke Manor to take some photos of all the beautiful details while it is empty, ahead of the wedding breakfast. The Great Barn always looks so rustic and beautiful. I really enjoy taking photos for the small details for example the centre pieces, place names and wedding favours. I feel these photos are really important to look back on and remember the smaller details from your big day.
Something that I find great about The Great Barn for the evening reception at Lillibrooke Manor is that it is very large, and the tables can all stay out from the wedding breakfast while at one end there is plenty of space for the dance floor. With the bar at the opposite end and the outdoor area for the warm summer evenings it’s the perfect venue for an evening wedding celebration.
Adjoining The Great Barn is The Engine House which is a lovely little area. It is a great spot for the guest book to be placed, the evening buffet as well as some added evening fun like a photo booth and a sweet cart. Also, it is a little quieter in there if any of the guests prefer to be away from the wedding band or DJ.
Some of the best wedding dancing I have seen took place at a Lillibrooke Manor wedding. Rosaria and Ben had their first dance with a great confetti cannon surprise, then some Italian music came on. The bride and groom where at the centre and circles of their guests surrounded them. I jumped up on a chair with my camera in hand to be sure I got a great perspective for photos. The bride and groom were also lifted up above the guests. The groom almost took a tumble but fortunately he didn’t quite hit the floor!
As well as staying late at weddings to get some great party photos I like to be a little creative with a night-time photo using some extra lighting. Lillibrooke Manor has some great little spots to do these photos. I also photographed a wedding there with the most spectacular fireworks display. This took a lot of planning and preparation to get it right, but it was totally worth it.
Photographing weddings at Lillibrooke Manor is always such a pleasure and I love working there with all the lovely couples and getting to see how different and unique all these weddings are is wonderful. It really is a wonderful venue with great staff, and I am really looking forwards to photographing more weddings there in the future.
To see some testimonials from some Lillibrooke Manor weddings as well as other weddings please take a look here.