Houghton Lodge weddings are simply beautiful. The Houghton Lodge wedding experience is fantastic. From the beautiful setting, to the historic house it all leads to a fabulous setting for the wedding day. N & W were very excited for their wedding day. They had chosen a venue that they loved and they were looking for a relaxed day of fun with family and friends.
The day started with a little bit of rain that had N worried but it cleared very quickly and had totally stopped by the time that the bride made it to the ceremony. The morning was peaceful, busy with the bride getting ready with bridesmaids and family members. Everyone was very happy and the excitement was palpable. The venue has cottages on-site where the bride and groom and families can get ready and spend the night before or after the wedding. It is a lovely set up with everything in one place.
The wedding ceremony took place in the main house, which is the residence of the owners of the venue. It is a great place and it look great. The ceremony was a civil one. It was beautiful and included two readings. After the ceremony and a confetti run, guests were invited to the walled gardens for the drinks reception
By the time the bride and groom and guests were enjoying their prosecco (and beers and other lovely drinks), the skies had partially cleared letting the sun in. The bride was delighted and added to the magic of the day. It was a relaxed afternoon with guests mingling and enjoying the gardens. We had a some time to take family photos too before everyone headed down the hill to the marquee for the wedding breakfast and reception.
The marquee is by the river and it is a beautiful setting with the house still visible in the distance. The speeches preceded the meal. It is something that I am seeing more and more often at weddings which is great as the speakers can then relax during the wedding breakfast. The speeches were all fun and meaningful. The bride did a speech at the beginning also which is great, this is another trend that I am seeing more of and long may it continue.
The speeches were followed by the wedding breakfast. After the meal, we went to take a few portraits around the wedding venue before the bride and groom returning to the marquee for their first dance. It was a beautiful moment with guests joining in at the end. The bride and groom asked me to say for the evening celebrations and it was great fun to see everyone dancing to the music of the live band. A few guests stayed outside instead enjoyed the last rays of sunlight and chilling by the river. It was a really good wedding!
This wedding is the sort of wedding that I really love to document. A lovely couple, fun to be with and clearly very much in love with each other. The guests and their families made me feel very welcome and I really had a great day with them, it was a lovely experience and day for me. Below are some of my favourite images from their day, I really hope that you like them! If you are booking your special day and considering Houghton Lodge weddings, I can certainly recommend the venue and the staff, it is a great wedding venue!