Holly & Matthew – Beaumanor Hall
It was the beginning of September 2016 and Holly & Matthew’s Wedding Day. Beaumanor Hall is a Victorian country house located in Woodhouse, set in 34 acres of idyllic Leicestershire countryside. Beaumanor Hall is the perfect venue for Weddings and for us a first. It is so rich and varied in history. Built between 1842 and 1854 by architect William Railton for the Herrick family, it remained in their possession until World War II when the estate was requisitioned by the War Office. Throughout the war the Hall was used as a secret listening station to intercept encrypted enemy signals. Such a stunning venue with the most beautiful stained glass window and gallery staircase, I couldn’t wait to get started. Holly was in the final preparations of hair and make-up when I arrived. Her Mum and Bridesmaids were busily running around making sure everything was perfect for our Bride. Matt meanwhile was patiently waiting downstairs with his Bestman and Ushers. Being early September I was expecting beautiful autumnal weather but with good old Britain you can always guarantee rain and chuck it down it did! The first photographs that we took of our Groomsmen were all in the rain…. thankfully I was the only one that got wet. The time soon came around for Holly & her very proud Dad to decent the magnificent staircase and get this show on the road. It was a perfect wedding in a perfect setting, complete with harpist and Holly & Matt’s own little security guard who was looking after the wedding rings so professionally 😉 After the ceremony we took the majority of our photographs inside Beaumanor Hall, praying for a break in the weather, eventually it did. Taking full advantage of the dry spell we ran outside to grab a few shots before it started again. Matt and Holly decided to have their speeches before the wedding breakfast, and they were hillarious. Especially our Bestman who had the room splitting at the seams with laughter. Everyone was then treated to a High Tea which was absolutely beautiful. Then it was onto the casino, a particular highlight for Matt who is MAD about Las Vegas…. Family & friends had a great time playing roulette and cards and we sneaked back outside for a few more photographs. Finally it was time to kick off your shoes and get partying, which is what everyone was happily doing when we left. Thank you Holly and Matt for choosing us to photograph your very special day, we wish you a very long and happy life together. The newlyweds are Honeymooning in Australia, have a wonderful time.
A big thank you to all the staff at Beaumanor Hall for making our first visit so enjoyable, for your generous hospitality and all your hard work. A great pleasure for us and I hope we get to photograph with you again 🙂