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Woodhill Hall Wedding

When I got asked to shoot Laura and Nikki's Woodhill Hall wedding I jumped at the chance. I shoot a lot of weddings in and around Northumberland and Woodhill Hall has been on my wedding bucket list for as long as I can remember. Couple that with my first consultation with Laura turning into a 90minute girly chat about absolutely everything, I knew it was a match made in heaven!

I arrived early and caught the remnants of what looked to be a lively night before with friends. That's one of the joys of having a Woodhill Hall wedding. You can have exclusive use of the venue for the night before as well as after the wedding and there's plenty of accommodation for friends and family to join you. Needless to say the boys started the day on clean up duty while the girls were enjoying some pampering. 

Laura's gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown fit her like a glove and Nikki (and everyone else in the room) welled up when he first saw her. The gorgeous ceremony room at Woodhill is surrounded by windows so light pours in from all angles letting me see all the emotion on the faces of their friends and family. The only person holding it together was Laura and Nikki's little daughter Heidi who did her best to steal the show in her own adorable gown.

Thankfully, the weather held out letting us get a few group shots on the steps leading up to the main hall then onto some couple shots in the surrounding grounds. In the middle of trees with lovely autumnal colours we weren't going to struggle for backdrops. The couple shoot is such a great opportunity for the bride and groom to step away from the wedding madness and have some time together.

After the couple shots were complete it was back to the party. These 2 obviously have an amazing group of people around them which was made evident in the speeches. I don't think I've ever seen a best man choke up quite as much (sorry Timmins) but he did manage to laugh at himself. The whole day you could just see how happy this brilliant couple were and how perfect they are for each other.

If you're thinking of having your own Woodhill Hall wedding I couldnt recommend it enough. To see more from Laura and Nikki's Wedding or from Rosie Images Photography please click the links x x

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Photography: Rosie Images Photography

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Suits: Next

Rings: Blue Nile

Flowers: No Ordinary Floral Designer

MUA: Laura Gemmel

Cake: Cakes Beautifully Dunn

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I am absolutely in love with this Le Petit Chateau wedding and can't wait to share it with you! Set in the quiet village of Otterburn in Northumberland, Le Petit Chateau is a gorgeous, exclusive venue that caters for everyone. Clare and Davey's Le Petit Chateau wedding was even more special than most. I knew Davey many years back when we were in school so getting to see him marry his perfect girl was a dream come true. The day was flawless from start to finish, with happy bridesmaids to help Clare get ready, lively groomsmen to keep Davey in check and possibly one of the largest families I've seen to help them celebrate in style. They got everyone involved in the ceremony singing the Turtles-Happy Together! As usual the venue staff were on fine form, keeping everything running to time, dressing the venue amazingly and the food was second to none. There are so many amazing places to shoot couple portraits but my favourite part was we managed to grab some time away from the guests to get some gorgeous shots of just the happy couple next to the lake. The scenery there was so stunning and thankfully we got just the right weather to make the most of it! At the end of the day guests couldn't wait to get their dancing shoes on which gave me a great opportunity to get some motion shots on the floor. I could not be more grateful to be a small part of this wonderful couple's day. 

Thinking of booking your own Le Petit Chateau wedding? Get in touch for a chat about your day or head over to my Rosie Images Wedding Page for more details of my packages.

Rosie x x

Photography: Rosie Images Photography 

Venue: Le Petit Chateau

Dress: The Dressing Rooms 

Suits: Moss Bros

Flowers: Katherine's Florists

MUA: Jenny Green

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So you're perfect partner has just popped the question, you said yes and now you're looking for a wedding planning guide to help you get started? Reality has hit. What are you meant to do next? Unless you've had visions of your dream wedding and been planing ahead you're likely to feel just a little bit overwhelmed. Picking a venue, date, guestlist can all sound a bit daunting and that's just a couple of things to consider.

After shooting weddings for the last 4 years and planning my own big day 3 years ago understand the need for a good wedding planning guide to help organise the chaos and help you enjoy the process. Hopefully this small wedding planning guide will help you through the begining of your wedding planning process so you can stress less and spend more time drinking champers and admiring your new bling!

1. Celebrate

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First things first, take a second to get excited with your nearest and dearest to share your news. They're likely to be just as pleased as you are. Whether you have an engagement party or just crack open a bottle of bubbly at home, acknowledge that you've just made a huge life decision and commited to spending the rest of your life with your special someone. This is your moment, milk it!

2. Think about the big picture

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Take some time to discuss with your partner some of the bigger details so there's less confusion when you come to the planning.

Some of the main things to consider are: time of year for your wedding, location, type of venue and size of wedding. Coming to some mutual agreements will help to narrow down decisions later and avoid wasting time looking at venues your partner would hate.

3. Get Appy!

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Thankfully some clever techy people have created some apps which list all the elements required when planning a wedding. Some popular ones include: Appy Couple Wedding App, Bridebook and AppyEverAfter Wedding Planning. 

These apps provide helpful checklists, guestlist and budget managers. Of course if, like me, you're slightly obsessed with new stationary I'm sure you can double up with new notebooks and sticky labels!

4. Agree a budget

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Before you begin looking at anything you need to work out exactly what your budget for your wedding is. How much can you afford to put towards your big day? Are your parent's contributing? If so finding this out in advance will help you have realistic goals. Nobody wants to be in debt when the wedding is all over if it can be helped.

Once you know the budget you can decide what the most important things are for you. Is it the venue, the amount of people, the dress and suits, the band? Split the budget according to your priorities.

5. Venue

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Finally you can start actually planning and the first thing you need is a venue and registrar. Discuss with your partner the locations you have in mind. Do you want something local or further a field? Think about the style of wedding you had in mind. Do you want a city wedding, an exclusive manor house, a country barn? The options are endless.

Once you know the type of venue you are after get googling. A great way to get a look at a few options in one go is to look through local photographers websites where they will likely display full albums of multiple venues.

Popular venues may be booked up far in advance so try and book early. If you fall in love with a venue that is outside of your budget consider booking your date in quieter months or on a weekday as discounted rates are often available.

6. Photographer

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Once your venue and registrar is confirmed and you have a date the next thing to look at is a photographer as we can only commit to one wedding per date and can book up years in advance.

The main thing to consider is the style of photography you want for your day. Do you want something formal, where you will be guided into flattering poses and good light? Something more documentary where the photographer will just catch what happens without stopping you, or do you want a mixture of both?

Editing style will also be important. Do you want mainly colour, black and white or a specific style to your final images. Narrow your selection down to a few and be sure to look at full albums to make sure the images link in with what you want for your own day.

I would always recommend meeting or chatting on the phone with the photographer prior to booking as they will be with you for the majority of your day so you really want to get along with them!

7. Pick your people and delegate!

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Think about who you want to be a part of your big day, in particular, your bridal party. Who do you want stood beside you when you say those important vows? Getting friends and family members involved early will let you get some additional support.

For my own wedding I had friends and family involved with finding dresses and suits, selecting my guest list, making table centre pieces and namecards, picking music etc. Not only does it share out some of the work but it's way more fun having people there with you!

8. Enjoy it

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When it all get's that little bit too much just take a second to breathe and remember what it's really all about. You're marrying the person of your dreams surrounded by the people you love. No amount of detail disagreements, family feuds, wedding day mishaps (trust me there will be at least one) should take away from what's really important.

Remember, you're commiting to each other for better and worse, the rest is just fluff! x x

Love 

Rosie x x

www.rosieimages.com

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