Danelle and Adam chose Helmingham Hall for their Autumnal wedding. But as with almost all weddings this year, it was still a really hot sunny day! We did have an incredible golden hour though – which Danelle had really wished for since we met.
Danelle wanted a romantic and feminine feel to her day. She chose a gorgeous princess gown with lace tulle and a dramatic statement back – complete with a lot of sparkle. Which on such a sunny day looked amazing. Her gown came from Lavender and Jude and Danelle said that every time she even thought of it she felt like a princess! That’s when you know you have the right dress!
Danelle does love a bit of sparkle, so her shoes were blinded up for the occasion too.
Danelle and Adam are incredibly close to their families, weekends are usually spent with them and Adam even work for Danelle’s Grandad. To see Danelle and her Grandad together is just heart warming, he wanted to give her a gift on the day and it was just a quiet little moment that I caught for them both doing something as simple and yet as intimate as placing her new bracelet on her wrist.
Danelle’s Maid of Honour – Katy, who is also the wedding co-ordinator for Helmingham Hall (handy!) – was on hand to straighten and arrange the layers of tulle to make sure that Danelle floated wherever she walked.
Getting married is a time for all sorts of emotions – there were quite a few happy tears when her family saw her in her full outfit for the first time. It’s also a time for nerves and butterflies. Danelle has been really brave and spoke afterwards about her anxiety on a national wedding blog, and how it got the better of her a couple of times on the day. (www.english-wedding.com) Luckily she has fantastic friends and a very supportive husband to help her during these moments.
I saw that she needed some personal time, so I headed over to the church where I met with Adam and all his groomsmen – they were a little nervous too, but Adam was more excited that this day had finally arrived. He’s pretty much got a permanent smile on his face anyway!
Danelle had always dreamed of her Dad and Grandad escorting her up the aisle to Adam, and though she was still feeling waves of nerves, her smile for Adam was radiant. I’ll admit that this made me cry a little bit behind my camera too!
There’s no faking the happiness here. :0)
As Danelle and Adam left the church and let their guests head off to Helmingham Hall gardens for cocktail hour, this couple had a surprise in store for them all. Their arrival was by digger – one of Danelle’s granddad’s and Adam’s second biggest love!
It certainly made an entrance and got everyones attention – completed with a floral arch just for them.
Danelle was really enjoying this moment, so it was a great opportunity to get her Team bridesmaid portrait. Shades of blush and dusky pink to match the marquee decor that people would see later.
Danelle’s flowers were created by a work friend who loves to be creative and makes bouquets for friends. A simple handtied bouquet with oft pink and white and plenty of gypsophila for that added classic romance.
Danelle and Adam are such a great couple, they can’t be too serious together for long…
..and Adam ususally ends up giving his trademark huge smile.
There was no way that I wasn’t going to make the most of the digger, so of course it became a fun prop for the bridal party group portraits, as well as using the iconic bridge across the moat to the house.
I just love that this venue has so many photo opportunities – it’s always a really photographers treat to work here!
The gardens here are incredible and even though I was a little concerned that that heatwave might have taken it’s toll (the last time I was here earlier in the year was just as the summer was starting and everything was still green and lush) I had no need to be worried. The colours from the flowers were incredible, and everywhere we went just looked beautiful and fresh.
Not all portraits are posed and this moment is one of my favourites.
Danelle is a girl after my own heart, she loves rose gold and had decided that it was perfect for the wedding styling. Because it’s so on trend this year she was able to get everything she wanted to make the marquee look incredible.
A dash of sequins gave a hint of glamour to the occasion while keeping the overall look romantic and airy.
The cake was made by Adam’s talented Mum, who handcrafted each of the sugar flowers to match the centrepieces and bouquets. It was such a wonderful talking point too – I heard so many compliments about the look – and later the taste – of the cake.
During dinner Danelle needed to take a little break for herself and when she was ready I joined her and Adam for golden hour portraits. The formal and walled gardens are surrounded natural parkland, which is home to deer. They are quite nervous creatures and tend to stay away from the fences where people walk, but eventually they did come a little closer for Danelle and Adam to enjoy, before I concentrated on their portraits in the warm golden evening sun.
They really made the most of this personal time to enjoy quiet moments and beautiful portraits – and candid moments.
It’s hard to tell Adam to just smile at the camera, most of the time it turns into him laughing – and then making Danelle laugh.
As a little treat Adam and his two bestmen took some time to themselves to enjoy a beer and cigar. It was a great way for them to celebrate friendship and get ready for the evening party. And made for a great photo opportunity too!
Danelle and Katy didn’t want to be outdone and as true best friends wanted their friendship captured too. They had expected a bit of wet ground seeing as it was an autumn wedding and had got special wellies in readiness. There was no need for them in the end, but we weren’t going to let that stop us from using them. I mean, who doesn’t love sparkly wellies??!
Danelle and Adam held on to each other tightly as they danced together, showing just how committed they are to being that special person in each others life.
I love that Danelle says the best thing about being married is ‘To me it’s being Mrs Smith, me and Adam have been together for 8 years and I always felt like I should be Mrs Adam Smith’. Marriage isn’t about just the wedding day, it’s about what it means after the day. x