A Fun, Family Wedding at The Talbot Hotel in Oundle
I met Lyndsey and Luke when they had their engagement shoot with me back in 2016. We spent the afternoon in Melbourne, and had such a laugh that they asked me to photograph their wedding at The Talbot Hotel in Oundle, Northamptonshire. Well, it wasn’t quite that simple. They had a different venue booked, but that ended up closing down. Thankfully, they managed to book The Talbot for their wedding, and everything worked out!
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Getting Ready at the Hotel
Everyone was getting ready at the hotel, which is always a little bonus for me, as it means I can capture both sides of the story before the wedding. Usually when it’s just me, one side of the couple misses out on seeing what their partner got up to before the wedding ceremony, so it’s great when I get to show both angles. It’s worth a mention, though you’ll probably work it out when you see the photos, that it was ROASTING in the hotel on the morning of their wedding. There were definitely a few battles to see who got to stand next to the fan.
All Smiles for the Wedding Ceremony
Some couples are nervous or anxious in the minutes leading up to the ceremony, and you’ll see a whole range of emotions on their faces. This pair, despite the nerves, wore big smiles as Luke turned to face Lyndsey being led down the aisle by her dad.
We stepped outside after the ceremony, eager for the fresh air, to be faced with one of the more common aspects of the British summer. Rain. Still, we’re used to it, so we all did that little run-walk, rain shuffle into the reception area. There’s never anything you can do about the weather, all you can do is bring a brolly! (Wedding tip #435)
Evening Do in The Westgate Suite
The wedding breakfast, speeches and evening reception were all held in The Westgate Suite. With it’s high beams upstairs, and it’s lower bar opening out onto the Secret Garden, it’s a great place to finish off the wedding day. Even better…the rain had stopped by the time everyone had made their way over. Which gave the guests a chance to shower the newlyweds in confetti without it turning them into paper mache versions of themselves.
With the tables cleared, speeches finished and cameras ready, it was time for the cutting (and feeding) of the cake followed by the first dance. I love a first dance when there’s beams in the background, don’t you!? Of course you do!
Lyndsey, Luke, congratulations again! It was a wonderful day, and you guys were legends!
Here are a few of the excellent folks who helped to make their wedding day happen:
Wedding dress by Gowns & Garters in Thrapston
Wedding shoes by Elegant Steps
Make-up by Maxine Anderson of Make Me Amaze
Flowers by Flowers From Eden
Entertainment by Big Bopper Entertainment
Wedding planning by Janet at The Wedding Dresser