Rosaria and Ben’s Lillibrooke Manor wedding took place on an extremely hot day in July, but that didn’t stop the day being full of love, laughter and some fantastic dancing!
Lillibrooke Manor is a unique grade II listed venue, ideal for weddings with a romantic and picturesque setting. It is perfect for a quintessentially English wedding, fantastic areas for photos and lovely staff, I couldn’t wait to work there again.
I first met bride Rosaria at the Lillibrooke Manor wedding fair earlier in the year and right away we got on well. I then visited them at their home the following week and met her fiancé Ben (and cat Gigi!) to hear all about their wedding plans and their wedding photography, and a few days later when they made contact and confirmed they wanted me to photograph their Lillibrooke Manor wedding I was thrilled!
The morning of the wedding started with a beautiful sky and it was lovely and cool as I made my way to Rosaria’s parents’ house where she was getting ready. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and Rosaria presented her bridesmaids with some gifts in the garden. Soon it was time for Rosaria to get into her dress and a super cute moment came when her flower girl saw the bride in her dress for the first time. It was like she saw a princess! These moments make for such fantastic photos.
We all made our way to the church and Rosaria beamed as she made her way down the aisle on the arm of her very proud dad. The ceremony was full of smiles and love and some lovely readings.
Back outside in the sunshine it was time for confetti which I always love, then friends and family gathered around to congratulate the happy couple. The newlyweds would be travelling from the church to Lillibrooke Manor just the two of them in their own convertible mini. I knew it was important to the couple to have photos of them arriving up the beautiful tree lined drive at Lillibrooke Manor, so at this point I shot ahead to get into position. This worked really well, and I was in place ready to capture that moment of them driving up together ready to celebrate at Lillibrooke Manor.
We did some family group photos in the courtyard outside the Manor House, while the drinks reception took place in the pretty Cloisters Garden which is next to The Small Barn. This is a great area for the drinks reception on a rainy day where guests can shelter in The Small Barn if necessary, we didn’t need to worry about that today as the hot sun shone down, the guests needed it more for shade from the hot sun. It was then time to take the bride and groom into the gardens and surrounding areas of Lillibrooke Manor for their couples photos.
By now the sun was very hot so it was important I kept them in the shade as much as possible. I got some great photos but as the sun was so high in the sky and they were starting to get very warm I suggested we would also come out a little later in the evening when it was cooler to do some more photos.
Now it was time for me to pop into The Great Barn to take pictures of all the wonderful details before the wedding breakfast started. I feel it is very important to capture all the details no matter how small, as often these little things are what gets forgotten on a wedding day. My particular favourites on this day were the wedding favours, the centre pieces and the table plan. They were so pretty and rustic which suited the Lillibrooke Manor style and barn wedding perfectly.
The wedding breakfast began, and the speeches came after the starter and they did not disappoint. Rosaria’s family originate from Italy and she had a lot of Italian family in attendance. I was extremely impressed when groom Ben made his speech, he added some Italian to be able to include Rosaria’s travelling family. One part I loved was Rosaria making a speech, I just love it when a bride makes her own speech. She was so eloquent and confident and new husband Ben looked so proud.
Soon it was time for the first dance, and I had earlier in the day been informed Rosaria’s Mum and auntie would be letting off confetti cannons as they danced. The Great Barn at Lillibrooke Manor looked fantastic with the festoon lighting, but adding in the confetti shooting into the air it was spectacular! Being made aware of the confetti cannons ahead of time was a bonus, this allowed me to be sure to be in the right spot for the best photos.
After the first dance the DJ played some Italian music and dancefloor filled up quicker than I have ever seen. The bride and groom in the centre were surrounded by circles of guests dancing. In order to get a good view and photos of the action I jumped up on a chair.
Later in the evening the cake cutting took place in the Engine House just next to The Great Barn. This is one of the many reasons I am such a fan of photographing weddings at Lillibrooke Manor, it has so many different areas which all are so pretty. Often in the Engine Room of a wedding reception is where the photobooth and sweet cart are placed, which works well being a little separate from the bar and party next door.
During the evening guests chatted in the cool air outside and I took the opportunity of the pretty summer sky to do a night time photo of the bride and groom. Lillibrooke Manor is such a fairy tale setting it makes my job easier with so many fantastic spots for photos.
Rosaria and Ben’s Lillibrooke Manor wedding was a fantastic day which I was thrilled to be a part of. It is fast becoming a favourite venue of mine and I cannot wait to photograph more weddings with fantastic couples here in 2019 and 2020.
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