10 Sep Beautiful Kilworth House Wedding
With it having rained so much at the beginning of August, I was praying to the weather gods for some dry weather on Saturday 12th August when I was doing a Kilworth House wedding over the course of 18 hours (!)…fortunately, our prayers were answered and as well as being dry it ended up being sunny at times too. Never great for photography as the light is constantly changing, but brilliant for the bride and groom…
My day began somewhere past 4 but before 5 and I headed out to Kilworth House to get some early morning photographs of the house and grounds before anyone was up.
Up until the point I met the bride and groom at the house before the wedding, I had never been to Kilworth House. I never knew it existed, but from that first drive it was enchanting and I love it. A Grade II listed Italianate country house it was built at the end of the nineteenth century as a family home for the HIgh Sherriff of Leicestershire, John Entwisle. Not too shabby being a sherriff then!
When his second wife died in the sixties, the house was passed on to the Snowdown family who converted it into apartments. It didn’t look so hot by the end of this – you can see the photographs on the Kilworth House website and it’s hard to imagine when you see how glorious it looks today. In 1999, Celia and Richard Mackay (current owners) restored it to its former beauty. My favourite aspect is the first image below, from the lawn at the back, looking onto the orangery.
Apart from the odd member of staff milling around and preparing the orangery, it was quiet. I dashed around and got some photos – soaking my trousers on the wet grass as I tried to get some shots of the house from the lawn. I didn’t realise until stepping back that there was actually a ditch running part way down the full length of the – fortunately, I did think to look as I stepped back so avoided falling into it – would not have been the best of starts.
Perfect picture window, below,…love the dawn sky in the background.
I love the image below. I think the combination of the warmth of indoors, half opened stained glass door and grounds outside makes this photograph so interesting.
I could have wandered around for longer but being conscious of time I drove across countryside to the bride’s parent’s house, where the bridal party awaited me. It was the hive of activity when I arrived with the bridesmaids having their hair and make up done and the bride soaking up her day. Their children were enjoying the activity and there was bubbly for everyone (not me because champagne and photography do not mix!) and lots of laughter. I spent the next 4 hours photographing the experience and capturing the moments…the groom arranged for his children to give his bride to be a box and she opened it to find a beautiful white gold diamond necklace…fit for a princess.
The beautiful white Rolls Royce arrived on time and everyone headed off to Our Lady of Victory Church in Market Harborough. For me that meant getting the shots of the bride as she came out of the house and into the car, but dashing ahead so I would be already at the church when she arrived. The cross country road to the church is a fast one, but I didn’t anticipate the three tractors en route. Still made it ahead of time…most of the guests had arrived and were in the church with the groom’s party, while a few milled around outside waiting for the bride.
I’d been to the church the week before and was surprised at how big it is. When I first met the bride and groom I asked them about photographs in the church and they said they would ask the Father performing the ceremony. They explained that he was not the Father at the church but the priest at their own church. I asked his name – Father. John Lally. There could only be one. What are the chances that I book wedding photography for a couple whose priest is the founder of the credit union I used to work for and have done brand and marketing for! Seriously. Such a lovely coincidence.
The ceremony was beautiful, with some very funny moments…instigated naturally by Father Lally.
Kilworth House Wedding Reception
The last leg of my journey although by no means at this point the end of the day, I dashed back to Kilworth House, ready for the arrival of the new Mr & Mrs and all their guests.
After a drinks arrival reception we headed out onto the beautiful lawn where I had started my day some 7 hours before. Guests spilled onto the lawn and we began operation group photos. With a little help from their friends we managed to get through the gargantuan list of group shots with ease! I loved that the ushers picked the bride up and the guys picked up the groom too. I had many more creative ideas for group shots but there simply wasn’t time to set them up – they turned out beautifully, just naturally and I love the candid shots; in the moment and creating part of the story…just lovely.
Afternoon Reception and Speeches
Weddings run on, just how it is. We captured some lovely photos on the stairs, first floor under the skylight and in the courtyard before a few in the orangery ahead of the guests coming in. The reception and speeches went on through the afternoon and into early evening…but you only get married once right – why worry about the time. Speeches were sensational…brilliant.
There was one more chapter to the day and that was the evening, with the cake cutting and first dance. Much to everyone’s surprise the happy couple had also planned a fireworks finale which kicked off at 10:30 pm. The evening was as sensational as the day itself with an LCFC ice sculpture and a fish and chip supper to warm everyone up enough to step outside and enjoy the display….the perfect end to a perfect day and just beginning for the new Mr & Mrs….
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