Sarah and Dale’s Ufton Court Wedding was the most wonderful day, a wedding that simply had everything, and it took place at a wonderful venue that gives back to the community which is very special. All the proceeds from weddings at Ufton Court are donated to their children’s charity. How fantastic!
Ufton Court is a Grade 1 listed manor house as well as a 16th century timber framed Tithe Barn. Set within 16 acres of grounds on the Berkshire/Hampshire border. The sweeping driveway lined by ancient oak trees is a spectacular entrance to a wonderful venue.
Sarah and her bridesmaids were getting ready in the Manor House at Ufton Court with their hair and make being done by Kate Edwards. Bride Sarah seemed happy and relaxed as they drank champagne and laughed all morning.
I also took some time taking photos over in the Tithe Barn which was now ready for the ceremony. It looks stunning with the flower arch at the end of the aisle and the lanterns hanging from the wood beams on the ceiling. Their wedding cake by Vanilla Spice Cake Company looked gorgeous and the fresh flowers perfectly matched the bouquets.
My second shooter for the day Alex spent some time with groom Dale and his best man in the morning before heading over to Ufton Court with them.
The morning seemed to fly by and soon it was time for Sarah to get into her stunning Morilee wedding dress with help from her bridesmaids. Hair and make-up was touched up and their flower girl Lara arrived looking super sweet in her dress.
Wedding guests made their way into the barn and it was time for Sarah and the wedding party to make their way over from the Manor House.
Sarah looked beautiful and elegant as she made her way down the aisle on her father’s arm. The look the bride and groom gave each other when they met in front by the flower arch was so lovely. Groom Dale’s son who was also their page boy gave a lovely reading during the ceremony, he was so confident and did an excellent job. The ceremony was full of so many smiles and so much love.
After the ceremony, guests lined up outside the tithe barn at Ufton Court while the newlyweds had a few minutes to themselves. Wedding guests filled paper cones with petals ready for the bride and groom. When everyone was ready Sarah and Dale made their way through the lines of guests and were completely showered, it was so pretty and made for some great photos.
The drinks reception was to take place in the gardens behind the manor house but before all the guests made the way through, we did a big group photo in front of the house. It looked very grand having the manor house as a background for the photo.
While guests enjoyed their drinks and chatted in the beautiful surroundings of Ufton Court we did some group photos on the lawns. By this time the barn had now been turned around ready for the wedding breakfast, so Alex and I popped over to do some photos while the room was empty. The centrepieces were so pretty and matched the bouquets, buttonholes and flowers on the wedding cake, all supplied by VFB The Florists. The deep red roses matched the barn venue perfectly.
It was now time to take the bride and groom away for a short time to do some photos of them together. The grounds of Ufton Court are so beautiful we were spoilt for choice when it came to wedding photos. One of my favourite spots was the beautiful red brick walls as well as the smaller gardens with all the greenery. I had done an engagement shoot with Sarah and Dale earlier in the summer, which meant when it came to their photos on the wedding day, they were a lot more relaxed in front of the camera and this showed in the photos. They looked so wonderful and in love.
Before long it was time for the wedding guests to make their way back to the title barn at Ufton Court, ready for the wedding breakfast. When Sarah and Dale entered the barn there was a huge amount of cheering and clapping, then everyone took their seats to enjoy the beautiful food provided by Total Hospitality. Alex and I also got a serving of the risotto and it was amazing!
While the wedding breakfast was taking place, I took the bride and grooms wedding rings for some close-up photos. I noticed their rings were engraved with the wedding date, which always think is such a lovely touch and I want to be sure I capture this in a photo.
Once the wedding breakfast was finished it was time for speeches, which did not disappoint. Father of the bride Nigel’s speech was so funny as well as touching. He said some wonderful things about his daughter, as well as embarrassing her a little. I really love taking photos of speeches at weddings as you get some lovely emotions as well as hysterical laughter. Groom Dale did a wonderful speech, he told me her was nervous about it, but he did an excellent job. Last up was best man Steve, and he certainly saved the best until last. As well as some really funny stories about Dale he also brought out a very large picture of the groom dressed up on his stag do. The barn erupted into laughter and thankfully Dale saw the funny side as well.
Later on, evening wedding guests arrived, and it was soon time for cake cutting and first dance. The barn at Ufton Court provides a wonderful backdrop for first dance photos with the high ceiling, wooden beams and paper lanterns. The dance floor filled up quickly and I don’t think it was empty all night with music from Innovents keeping the wedding guests very happy and dancing.
I love getting a bit creative at night with photos at weddings and try and do a night-time portrait at all the weddings I photograph. Alex and I went outside for a little walk around to see what caught my eye in terms of a good location. The sky behind the manor house at Ufton Court looked beautiful and blue as the sun had just set. We did a bit of practice to see how it would look in a photo but before we knew it the blue sky was gone. Unfortunately, being in September the sun just went down too quickly.
Time for some more investigating and back in the courtyard outside the barn some flame torches had been lit alongside the path and it looked great. I decided this would be our location for the night shot and we got it set up. I went and asked Sarah and Dale to come outdoors for just a few minutes and they were happy to do so. It was very chilly by this point on the evening of the wedding, so I didn’t want to keep them outside for too long.
The photo came out great and Alex did a wonderful job as my light stand, despite having a very achy arm I imagine.
The rest of the evening was full of lots of dancing, some very lovely cheese and crackers and a great bouquet throw by the bride.
Sarah and Dale’s Ufton Court wedding was just wonderful and a pleasure to photograph. The venue was beautiful, the people lovely and so much fun was had by all. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be able to spend wedding days with such wonderful people capturing the moments and memories.
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