When Amy and Darren booked me for their Whalton Manor wedding, the brief was simple. No formal group photos and as relaxed and laid back as possible – perfect! Their main priority was for the day to be fun and stress-free, which suits my approach to wedding photography perfectly. Too many formalities can get in the way of the good stuff and there was plenty of that on offer here!
The majority of the rain that was forecast had the good grace to get itself out of the way early in the day, as the boys were getting ready at the nearby Shortflatt Tower. When I could bear watching them struggle with irons and windsor knots no longer, it was over to Whalton Manor to see how the girls were getting on. Whalton Manor is a privately owned grade II listed building in the picturesque Northumberland village of Whalton. It has a beautiful 3-acre garden, and is perfectly suited to the kind of relaxed and intimate wedding that Amy and Darren wanted.
Amy has to be one of the most laid back and easy going brides in the history of weddings. She was as cool as a cucumber throughout, and was even making her own canapes about 5 minutes before the ceremony! A cheeky little rain shower as she was due to make her entrance for the outdoor ceremony wasn’t even enough to ruffle her. And what a beautiful ceremony it was. The ceremony at a Whalton Manor wedding takes place in a beautiful stone-built summerhouse, which Amy had had adorned with the most stunning floral arch. The couple had also written their own vows to add a nice personal touch to the formalities.
After the ceremony it was time for some fizz and canapes in the beautiful gardens, and of course we had to make use of that amazing floral arch for some portraits. The evening saw the party move into the Papakata tipi for some delicious street food and speeches, followed by dancing under another of florist Jay Archer’s creations – a huge hanging 12 foot floral display complete with tea lights in glass baubles.
An amazing day spent with amazing people – here’s a few of my favourite images from the day.
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