Nailcote Hall Hotel Wedding – Wedding Photographer Coventry
Leicester, Staffordshire and Warwickshire wedding photographer
Have I mentioned before I love weddings?!
Oh my goodness – where do I start with Lee and Paul’s wedding?! When Lee called me to discuss booking me as a wedding photographer for his special day – as with anyone; I’m always super excited, because if you don’t know by now – I love weddings!
Not only was it a wedding, but a wedding I had never yet had the opportunity to photograph before; a gay wedding! It was honestly the best day ever. I knew Lee and Paul were doing the wedding in secret; no one knew they were getting married other than the best women and me of course. I was straight up with Lee and Paul; I made sure they were aware that this was my first gay wedding – oh boy did they love that! I remember on the wedding day; when we were at Nailcote Hall in Coventry for the reception and group photos, Lee shouted out to all the guests that this was my first gay wedding. They honestly wanted it plastered everywhere; it was so funny!
Shhhh ….. Secret Wedding in process – Operation no one know’s, a go!
Lee told me that the wedding was to be, a small intimate wedding, which I am all for as sometimes the smaller weddings are the best. The main reason it was a small wedding, was because no one knew that they were getting married until the day of the wedding. The guests were all told to dress nicely – as if going to a wedding. As I have mentioned previously, the best women knew, and so did I. The guests knew as they got to the registry office in Coventry. Of course, limited guests meant more time for photos. Lee and Paul wanted me to edit a photo during the wedding breakfast so they could add it to social media to announce it to everyone – they wanted it to go viral, and so did I.
I met Lee and Paul at the Coventry registry office for photos before the ceremony of guests arriving. We also did some photos of them and the registry office setup. The wedding ceremony was beautiful, with a lot of crying from guests. It was truly, a beautiful moment, and I, for one, am so grateful that I got to capture their special day for them to cherish. I loved just how intimate the wedding was, with minimal guests but gave off a massive impact. It felt like there was more there than there was.
Anyone for a buggy ride?
The wedding ceremony was at the Coventry Registry office; after a beautiful ceremony, we then had a few group photos around the grounds before heading over to Nailcote Hall Hotel in Coventry, Warwickshire, to have the wedding breakfast. As we got to Nailcote Hall Hotel, we, first of all, did the remaining group photos that Lee and Paul had requested I take. Once we had finished all of the group photos, we did the confetti photos before I took; Lee and Paul into the gardens for their couple portraits. When I took the groom’s away for photos, I told the guests to chat and get themselves a drink while they wait. Nailcote Hall Hotel has a golf course, so it was great to know we could jump in the buggy and get driven to the grounds for photos; at this point, I think Lee got his phone out and grabbed a selfie of us all on the golf buggy. Usually, at weddings, I take the couple out after the wedding breakfast for the portraits, however, Lee and Paul didn’t tell anyone they were getting married – they wanted me to edit a photo during the wedding breakfast and upload it to Facebook so they could share it with the world that they just got married! We all wanted it to go viral but, it didn’t quite happen. We got a lot of shares and likes so, that was enough.
We rocked it – right?!
Lee and Paul wanted most of their photos taken at Ashby Castle, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, we went to the Castle for more portraits of them on the amazing grounds. I adore these photos. I was just so glad that they wanted lots of photos of them together. Considering this was my first gay wedding – I think we rocked it! I loved every second of it, without a shadow of a doubt one of most favorite days ever! I left Lee and Paul that day to enjoy the rest of it to themselves and with friends, a few days after I went to their new home for their reception, they wanted photos of them and friends around the house and in the garden – just a few more to add to their wonderful wedding album. Being at the house meant we also had the chance to do the cutting of the wedding cake made by one of their friends, I just loved how everyone gathered around the room for this and watched in celebration of this special moment. My first gay wedding, one to remember, just makes me want to do more, the pure love Lee and Paul had for one another and the amazing love, support, and happiness their friends and family showed them was truly beautiful.
See you soon,