This Dorfold Hall wedding takes place on a typical English summer day, sunshine, wind, cloud, the risk of rain all present themselves for this lovely Dorfold Hall wedding. The day starts with the sunshine and I enjoy photographing the building and grounds. The view from the driveway of Dorfold is nothing short of impressive. As you come down the tree lined driveway you pass the lake on your right before you arrive in front of the majestic Jacobean building dating from 1616. There is a large iron statue of a mastiff with puppies that seemingly guards the entrance.
The gardens and grounds that surround Dorfold are delightful and I wander the exterior for a while before I head inside to find the groom and his groomsmen getting ready.
I photograph the finishing stages of them getting ready as they help each other adjust their cufflinks, ties, waistcoat belts, pin on their boutonnieres and then they have a celebratory drink which also helps steady the nerves and excitement. With the men ready they make their way outside and head off to Nantwich to the church.
Meanwhile, upstairs the bride and her bridesmaids are getting their hair and makeup done. I say hello to everyone and then take some photos of the beautiful bouquets, stationery, shoes, rings and dresses. With hair and makeup complete, I turn my attention to the bride’s preparations, her mother and bridesmaids help her with the closing of her dress, the accessories and veil. Once the bride is ready her father enters the living room and they share happiness and excitement together.
A white vintage Rolls Royce awaits them downstairs to take them to St Mary’s church in Nantwich. Conveniently, it is only a five-minute journey. St Mary’s Church is right in the middle of Nantwich and is one of the finest examples of a medieval church, not just in Cheshire but in all of England.
The wedding is perfect and after about an hour we exit to confetti and cheers. Time to take one large group photo before the guests and newlyweds are taken back to Dorfold Hall where there are drinks and finger food in the back gardens.
While the guests chat and congratulate the happy couple I quickly visit the marquee in the secret garden to photograph some of the decorations. Once done, I return to the cocktails and we take the family portraits and group photos. I then take the couple for a short photo session before the dinner reception and speeches start.
Entertaining amusing speeches follow. We sneak off for a few more photos during dinner but no one even realises. Later there is cake cutting and a first dance before the band gets the party going. Outside there are large barbecue pits for staying warm and roasting marshmallows as the party carries on into the night at this Dorfold Hall wedding.