The Secret Garden Wedding Photography, Gringley | Charlotte & Lucy
The Secret Garden Wedding Photography. The Secret Garden is a gorgeous Grade II listed building set in it’s own secluded gardens. Ceremonies take place in the conservatory which is lovely and light, followed by a marquee reception (and optional ice cream cart – why wouldn’t you?!).
Charlotte & Lucy both got ready at the nearby Mount Pleasant Hotel, which was great for me as there was lots of space and I got to nip back and forth between the two of them. They stayed at opposite ends of the hotel so that they didn’t bump into each other, so it was an extra workout for me as well 😀 I love photographing the bridal preparations, partly because I’m obsessed with pretty details, but also because I love the happy and excited atmosphere.
The morning was very well coordinated, with Lucy leaving about 20 minutes before Charlotte so that she could get safely tucked away inside the house at The Secret Garden, ready for walking down the aisle. I saw Lucy leaving with her dad in a fab VW Camper, and then waited for Charlotte to come down. Unfortunately her VW didn’t make it in time (cue mild panic) but her stepdad was on hand to offer an emergency lift in his Jaguar (not bad for a back up vehicle!) and I quickly followed. I was working solo for this wedding so I waited outside the house to see Lucy and then Charlotte walking down the path to the ceremony, and then managed to nip in to the conservatory in time to see Charlotte making her way down the aisle towards Lucy.
After the I Do’s it was time for drinks in The Walled Garden and then a few family photos. The Secret Garden has about 5 different areas, all lovingly cared for and filled with gorgeous trees, flowers and other little details. I took Charlotte & Lucy for a stroll and some photographs at my favourite spots (we had met here for Charlotte & Lucy’s engagement shoot, so I already had a few locations in mind). Faves for me were the lovely white wooden door on the main house, and the greenhouse surrounded by plants and flowers (naturally – floral addict!).
I then let the girls head back alone to chat properly with their friends and family whilst I captured the marquee all set up for the wedding breakfast. Charlotte and Lucy had gone for a garden picnic feel, with lots of petty blooms in glass vases including pink Roses, white Stocks and Nigella in a lovely pale blue. Instead of the traditional 3 courses, everyone had their own little picnic baskets filled with goodies. Each place was set with vintage china plates and napkins, plus a hanging heart decoration with each guests’s initials on – love the little touches!
Before long everyone to pile in to the marquee, and Charlotte and Lucy made their entrance via confetti bomb. After the speeches it was time for ice cream (which I may have sampled) and drinks back outside and then back in for the first dance, cake and the start of the silent disco.
Thank you Charlotte & Lucy for trusting me to capture your wedding, it was a complete joy! As always here are my favourites from the day x