A Quintessentially English Wedding
With typical English Weather!
I’m driving into Breedon on the Hill and I’m greeted with the amazing view of the Church where Laura and Mark are getting married.
Breedon is a lovely village and so picturesque. The Church is so imposing and impressive you can see it from pretty much anywhere in the village.
The atmosphere at Breedon Hall, where Laura and her Bridesmaids were getting ready, was chaotic to say the least. A team of hair and makeup artists are sprawled around the Bridal suite tackling all six Bridesmaids at once. Laura’s emotions are in overdrive at this point and a simple look at her wedding bouquet triggers tears. Rightly so, the flowers are beautiful. There’s not just tears involved here, there is also plenty of laughter. With help from the Bridesmaids Laura very rarely not laughing out loud!
Over to the see the Groom and it’s a stark contrast in atmosphere. I turn up to the Bride and Groom’s house and there’s Mark warming up one of the wedding cars. Laura and Mark’s “Frog Eyed Sprite” Matilda, an Austin Healey Sprite. Mark parks it up next to the other wedding car, a 1987 Mercedes Benz SL named Darcey.
The atmosphere indoors is just as calm. Mark’s nephew was just starting to cook some bacon and egg rolls on the Aga. This is when Laura & Mark’s dog Monty enters having just come back from the dog groomers. Monty is a gorgeous little Springer Spaniel and has bags of character. He is also Mark’s “Best Dog”. The atmosphere remains calm up to the point I leave to rejoin the Bride.
The Church on top of the hill is awesome! It’s the Church of St Mary and St Hardulph. The reason it’s an awesome church is that the light floods in from all corners. This is a big win for a wedding photographer. The ceremony was full of laughter and some tears. There was a great reading from the Two Ronnies.
After the ceremony we tried to venture out of the church, but good old British weather stepped in and it was briefly raining sideways. It’s a good job the Breedon on the Hill Women’s Institute were on hand with hot chocolate and mulled wine for the guests.
Time to go to Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel.
Next it’s on to the Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel. This venue is awesome. The room used for the wedding breakfast is a disused pig sty. I took Laura & Mark out for their couple portrait session. We were surrounded by nothing but empty fields, and a view of the church.
After the portrait session it’s time for the speeches. There were a few emotional moments from the Father of the Bride, and some hilarious moments from the Groom. He recalled how they both met through Match.com and joked about how “Luscious Laura from Lincoln would like to meet with you”. The room was in stitches.
Laura & Mark’s first dance was something completely different. They had a projection of a Laurel and Hardy sketch which included a dance (video here). After the first dance was a well orchestrated balloon drop.
The Bride and Groom had a Ceilidh band after the first dance, again this is something I’ve never come across before. The dancing went on through the night and beyond.
Laura’s ethos for her wedding was “Keep it local”
Hair – Tip Top Hair Design, Ashby.
MUA – Chloe Simone MUA & DurmaplanePro Technician, Ashby.
Bridal Prep – Breedon Hall, Breedon on the Hill.
Ceremony – The Priory Church of St Mary and St Haradulph, Breedon on the Hill.
Reception – Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Castle Donington.