Nicky and Dave chose Whalton Manor, just outside Morpeth, as the backdrop to their wedding. A very English wedding and venue, this magnificent 17th century house boasts a three-acre garden. With mature planting and magnificent architectural structures it’s a hidden gem in Northumberland’s list of wedding venues. I had an interesting discussion with the current ‘lord of the manor’ about his gun collection.
Married in the Lutyens-designed Italianate summerhouse, Nicky and Dave didn’t appear to have any nerves on their big day. In addition to the glorious sunshine an acoustic guitar provided a lovely soundscape to the ceremony. The music continued into a champagne reception on the lawn. I’ve rarely photographed a couple who laughed as much as they did and it just added to the relaxed laid-back approach to the whole day. My approach to the bride and groom portraiture on the wedding day is essentially a walk and natter. Shoots may take place anywhere – perhaps a forest with nice light or in this case, in the mature gardens. The photos are simply a bi-product of this little wander. If it feels right to sit or lean on something, if it’s natural, then we might do that too.