The day started with a drive over the Pennines, through the fog and onto the M60. As I turned off at junction one and drove down the A34, I thought this was going to be an urban wedding. However, a short 5 minute drive revealed a long winding road that cut through pretty woodland. The trees parted, and Oddfellows, a beautiful manor house appeared. Ian and Lynette had certainly found a hidden gem.
As I set up my gear and said hello to the Groom (Ian) and his 2 sons Ian and Sam, I could tell it was going to be a great day. The pouring rain had stopped and for a brief moment the sun came out from behind the clouds. The beginning of the day is always filled with nerves and excitement - it's so lovely to witness.
As I chatted with the wedding party it was clear that everyone was excited to see the bride. The excitement grew as we headed over to the lawn for groups shots of the groomsmen. Then as the time approached it was time to for me to spend some time upstairs with the bridal party. The room was full of laughter and love. Lynette was her usual bubbly self, smiling from ear to ear, enjoying every minute.
And so, the time came for Lynnette to walk down the aisle...
Introducing Mr & Mrs Jones! After a beautiful ceremony we were lucky enough to catch a moment or two of sun as the guests all wandered outside onto the veranda for a glass of bubbly. I took this opportunity to sneak the newly weds away for a walk around the grounds before returning for the portrait shots.
As the afternoon continued, the laughter grew louder as everyone started to get into the party mood before sitting down for the meal. It was so lovely to see two families from all over the world come together and enjoy each other's company. Lynette's daughter had travelled all the way from Canada and it was great to capture some lovely moments with her brothers, Mum and newly graduated stepfather.
So, as the sun set and the meal was finished, we had some lovely speeches before cutting the cake. The party started with a spontaneous dance off and the rest was history...
As the night progressed I was lucky enough to see the first dance and then the start of the real dancing before I snuck away to leave everybody to enjoy the rest of the wedding.
It was a real privilege to be a part of this special day and I wish Lynette and Ian all the very best for the future.