Wedding photography at Wentbridge House Hotel
Alex and Mark had their wedding at Wentbridge House Hotel, a luxury country house venue in Went Valley, Pontefract. Wentbridge House was built in 1700 and as well as having several indoor spaces to choose from, it is also licensed for outdoor weddings under the garden folly on their beautifully manicured grounds.
The hotel at Wentbridge House has 41 bedrooms – more than enough room to accommodate your wedding guests. You also have the option to hire the whole venue along with all its accommodation. This way your wedding day can be truly exclusive to you. With that exclusive access the opportunities for photos throughout the building and grounds are endless.
Wentbridge House | Hotel suite wedding prep
I arrived at Wentbridge House bright and early and met Alex in one of the hotel rooms to photograph bridal prep. This is my favourite time of day as there is always an air of excitement about the wedding day ahead. I also love to see what look my brides have gone for and what they have chosen to wear!
Alex opted for a gorgeous curly half up-do finished with a delicate silver diamanté hair piece. Her natural make up was flawless and the as you can see from the photos!
She had her personalised converse with ribbon laces at the ready, along with a beautiful wildflower bouquet from Botanicals Floristry featuring daisies and bright yellow sunflowers. A thoughtful addition to her wedding flowers was a charm with photos of loved ones so they could be with her during the day at Wentbridge.
Whilst Alex was getting ready upstairs, I popped down to another one of Wentbridge’s many hotel rooms to see how Mark and the boys were getting on. As I expected they were mostly busy figuring out how to attach their button holes – a recurring theme with a lot of the weddings I photograph!
Once everyone was ready, Alex invited dad, Barry, in to see her in her stunning Anna Sorrano wedding dress for the first time. His reaction was lovely to witness and after a big hug, Afterwards, Alex gave her dad a tie to wear with a note from her stitched into the back as a memento.
Leatham Suite Ceremony Photography
The ceremony took place in the Leatham suite at Wentbridge House, an elegantly styled airy room bursting with natural light.
Wedding guests watched proudly as Alex and Mark said their vows and laughed along with them as they both struggled with their rings.
Afterwards, Alex and Mark led their guests to the lawn; the perfect backdrop for photographing their confetti throw. Everyone made the most of the good weather, children enjoyed running around blowing bubbles at each other and adults enjoyed their drinks. I managed to whisk Mark and Alex away for a few minutes and we photographed some lovely natural couple portraits.
Crystal Suite Reception | Wentbridge House
Their wedding reception was held in the Crystal suite of Wentbridge House, the biggest room they offer. Alex and Mark had made their own centrepieces and wedding stationery with each table named after a place they shared a holiday together as a couple. Continuing the travel theme, each place name was handwritten on a luggage tag which corresponded with their world map table plan.
They had a stunning 3 tier buttercream cake with rubber duck cake toppers, both sporting their favourite football teams and of course, more sunflowers adorning every table!
Speeches at Wentbridge took place after the wedding breakfast, with the highlight coming from the bride’s father, Barry. After reading aloud some rather cringeworthy tweets from his daughters account about a certain Barnsley FC player he then played a video message from the man himself wishing Alex all the best on her wedding day, much to her horror and to everyone else’s amusement! I just love being able to capture natural reactions like these on camera!
Later that evening a cake cart was rolled out along with a couple of full sized arcade machines, PacMan and Space Invaders. I couldn’t resist having a little go myself but I’m ashamed to say I never made it past the first level on either. I’ll definitely stick to photography!
Alex and Mark then had their first dance in front of friends and family, followed shorty after by a father daughter dance. Huge thanks to the happy couple for choosing me for their Wentbridge House Hotel wedding photography!
DRESS // Anna Sorrano from WED2BE
BRIDESMAID DRESSES // Jolie Moi
MUA // Charlotte Mallinder
HAIR // Kate Vardy Hair Artist
SUITS // Skopes
SHOES // Converse
JEWELLERY // Jon Richards
FLORIST // Botanicals Floristry
STATIONARY // Home made by Alex and Mark
VENUE STYLING // Cover in Style
CAKE // Lindsay Marie Cake Designs
ENTERTAINMENT // Arcade Hire
DJ // Anthemz DJ
SWEETS // House of Carts
Click here for their pre-wedding photoshoot