Olivia & Will | 01.09.18
When Olivia and Will contacted me asking me to be their photographer, you can only imagine how excited I was to hear that their wedding would be held at one of the largest country houses in Europe. With its stunning architecture and evident grandeur, Wentworth Woodhouse really is a little known gem in the North.
When Olivia first enquired, she told me they were planning to dress the ‘grand old house’ with lots of flowers – and boy she was not joking! Everywhere you looked there were stunning arrangements of pink and purple flowers, all tying in perfectly with the bridal bouquet. I arrived at Wentworth to be greeted by two suitably decorated stag’s heads and the display did not stop there. There were garlands adorning the staircase, bouquets on pillars and plinths, on mantelpieces and windowsills and anywhere else you could think to arrange them. These details really brought the place to life and I found I had to tear myself away from them in order to photograph the guests!
A number of guests met at the bride’s parents’ home in Barnsley for a celebratory drink before the wedding to then be transported to Wentworth by traditional London bus. Olivia and Will both live busy lives down in the capital, so I love that they incorporated a piece of their home into their Northern celebrations.
Long Gallery Ceremony
The main event took place in the aptly named Long Gallery with a spectacular feature window on the west wall that, once the ceremony was over, was opened to let guests through into the garden. After the huge confetti run the couple headed out to the explore the grounds in their wedding car for some one-to-one time, whilst their guests were more than happy to soak in the blazing sunshine and drink Prosecco served from a mini van.
When the time came, all the guests were led up the main staircase and introduced to another breathtaking room, the Marble Saloon, for the speeches and wedding breakfast. The later was interrupted after the main course by an Italian waiter and his friends performing Opera, much to the surprise of the newly weds as they knew nothing about it! (This was secret pre-planned evening entertainment arranged by their parents). It was amazing to watch and see all the guests embrace the performance by joining in and waving napkins in the air.
Afterwards, the guests enjoyed time to mingle on the balcony and outside as the sun went down. The Pillared Hall was dressed with hundreds of fairy lights and this along with the bar and band made for a cosy yet club-like space for the evening reception. After their first dance, all Olivia and Will’s friends and family got involved and ‘threw some shapes’ on the dance floor to finish the night.
Thank you so much to Olivia and Will for allowing me to be part of your fabulous day and I wish you both all the best for the future!
Hair and MUA by The Laurels
Dress by wtoo
Flowers from Unique Wedding Flowers and Chair Covers
Lighting by Event Light & Sound
London buses by Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company
Prosecco Van provided by Culaccino Prosecco
Cake by Cherry Cakes
Entertainment provided by Leading Lights Productions
Band are Backbeat
Also a special thanks to Victoria for second shooting!