Micklefield Hall Documentary Wedding Photography
I’ve always thought that running a wedding venue must be so much work. What always amazes me is when a venue makes each and every wedding that takes place look … effortless. The day just unfolds in a wonderfully organic and easy way. Micklefield Hall is one of those venues. The team led by Anna and Jamie have got it down to a fine art. I suppose that’s why it is one of my all time favourite venues to photograph weddings. And it has everything to offer - a grand stately home, a barn with wooden rafters and lake for ceremonies!Sarah and Stuart’s big day was no exception. They chose to do the whole wedding at Micklefield, right from putting on the dress to the dancing at the end. What’s so special about doing it this way is that they combined the best elements of an outdoor ceremony, a drinks reception on the lawns in front of the impressive house and a reception in the newly refurbished (and quite beautiful) barn.When I arrived, I headed up to the bridal changing room at the top of the barn where Sarah was putting on her dress with the help of her bridesmaids. Her children Isla and Jessica where particularly keen to get involved! Outside the barn I found Stuart and his ushers welcoming the arriving guests and sending them through the stunning gardens to the pond and The Temple where the ceremony was going to take place.Once everyone was settled and Stuart had taken his place at the front, the bridal party walked down from the barn. The children ran ahead holding signs little signs. The ceremony took place in the folly with guests sitting either side of the lake – very idyllic and a photographer’s dream.Afterwards, the bride and groom led the guests back along the rose walkway to the gardens by the main house for champagne and canap?s under a blue sky. Lots of mingling, lots of hugging and lots of laughter.The guest then made their way into the barn for dinner whilst Sarah, Stuart and I stole off into the grounds for a few minutes to do a little shoot. They then entered the barn to much applause. The wind blew her veil as she walked in, helping me to create my favourite photograph of the day.The speeches followed the wedding breakfast with some very funny ones including the bride herself saying a few words. As the evening guests arrived, the party spilled out into the barn’s handsome courtyard as everyone soaked up the last few rays of evening sunshine.The couple took to the dance floor before the rest of the guests got their groove on. As you can see from the pictures, much fun was had!
As I quietly stole away, I got the sense that the party was just beginning …
KIND WORDS FROM SARAH & STUART: “The photos are amazing, what a wonderful reminder of the day, you really have captured it amazingly. Once again, thank you Jack, the photos are amazing."