When the bride’s friend gets in touch with Northop Hall to say that one of the wedding guests will be a horse, they are made to feel like it’s the most normal request in the world.
Capturing the moment that a bride realised her beloved four-legged friend had arrived, been groomed until he shone and came out of the back of a trailer with ribbons in his mane to greet her was one of the loveliest, personal moments I have ever watched through the lens.
I have been the photographer at many Northop Hall weddings now and one of the things which always sticks out to me is that nothing is too much trouble thanks to the caring and professional team who work there. All that matters is the happiness of the bridal party and that shines through in the shots I gather from the day.
It’s an easy venue for a photographer because it has everything you need.
There are beautiful grounds to take advantage of including an ornate Victorian summerhouse, a sweeping, tree-lined driveway and nine acres of private woodland which surround this 19thcentury mansion dating back to 1872.
If the rain is coming down or the wind is blowing, nothing is lost to a wedding photographer by moving inside and taking advantage of the grand staircase, the stately honeymoon suite with its impressive four-poster bed or the magnificent ceremony rooms.
Northop Hall is probably the venue I am most familiar with and one of the places I most look forward to shooting a wedding at. The photo opportunities are many and varied, the staff are warm, friendly and welcoming (to wedding photographers too!) and no matter what the weather, nothing can spoil a bride and groom’s big day here.