Charlotte & Oli - Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire
Charlotte & Oli's Wedding in March of 2017 represented my furthest away UK wedding being nearly 150 miles away from my usual stomping ground. I always knew however that there would be no question that the travelling would be worth it, and I wasn't wrong. Charlotte & Oli's day was fantastic from start to finish and Dodmoor House quickly became a venue I really hope I one day get to visit again!
Steph & myself had travelled up the day before to make sure there wasn't a chance of being late. So journeyed over from our hotel in the morning, first to Oli who was getting ready at home, then I myself carried on to Dodmoor to meet up with Charlotte. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the venue's wedding coordinator who gave me a tour of the venue and explanation of the order of the day. This was very useful having never set foot at the venue before.
Charlotte was in the Bridal Suite, with all her bridesmaids, her Mum and Flower Girl Ellie, preparing for the day. I got to work photographing the dresses and found a lovely window frame to hang all the dresses from. As well as making sure to capture lots of natural images of the wedding party doing what they do. I made sure to make time to capture images of all the small decorative details that were dotted around the venue. Most of which had been made by the very talented Bride Charlotte, whose ceramic works of art were used for the table plan, place names and many other bits and pieces. A very personal touch. Here is a link to her website, I cannot recommend enough that you take a look for your weddings - Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics
Steph had a very chilled time with the boys as they played Xbox and had a good laugh. Once the guys had gone off to get their suits on there were even more photos to be had. The Best Man's little boy Finn was the star of the show though! He certainly seemed to love the camera.
The guests were in for a bit of a surprise when it came to Charlotte's journey into the ceremony. Unbeknownst to them, Charlotte would be riding along the outside of the ceremony room on the back of her beloved horse Dizzy. A really lovely touch and certainly different. Once Charlotte had dismounted she made her walk into the beautiful ceremony barn and down the isle. The ceremony was lovely, and it's interesting to see the differences between how a ceremony is conducted in Sussex and Northamptonshire. Charlotte and Oli's was shorter by comparison and had very different wordings. It does always surprise me how different each counties ceremonies can be.
After the ceremony was over we took the time to capture people coming up to congratulate Charlotte & Oli during the welcome drinks. This was very emotional and you could see that both the Bride and Groom were so happy that they were now husband and wife. We gathered together the whole wedding party for a group photo/confetti shot.Then it was off for a wander with the happy couple to capture images of the two together. Dodmoor House has a lot to offer in that respect, with a canal/bridge and wonderful surrounding grounds it makes the life of a photographer very easy indeed.
The evening was full of fantastic photo opportunities, including a great magician. Then it was time for the cake cutting and first dance. Once that had passed it was time for Steph and Myself to leave and make the long journey back home. Thank you to Charlotte and Oli for the opportunity to photograph such a wonderful wedding and everyone at Dodmoor for making us feel so welcome. We hope to visit again in the future.
Wedding Venue: Dodmoor House
Ceramic Details: Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics
Make-up: Candice Fuller
Flowers: Orange Blossom Florist
Bridal Dress & Veil: Charlotte Balbier
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Little Mistress
Grooms Suit: Suitors
Cake: For The Love of Cakes
Food: Limes Farm
Magician: Chris Webb
17th Mar 2017