“Jonny is a legend who really captures the moment. We can all look and smile at a camera when we are told to, but the genuine moments he captures is priceless.”
Jen & Joel | Hampton Manor Christmas Wedding Photos
Tell us, how did you two meet? Is there a proposal story? Joel and I met at school. I was in year 8 when a cute little blonde boy started year 7. We dated for a little while but Joel had his eye on another girl. So he started being intentionally nasty to me so I’d dump him! Fast forward a few years and our paths crossed again one weekend when I was back from University. It took me quite a while, and a lot of persistence, to convince him to give a relationship a go. I was living in Wales at the time, and he wasn’t all that bothered about having a girlfriend. Our official relationship began in 2007 and we got married on our 11 year anniversary.
What was your winter wedding inspiration?
Classic, elegant and clean. By the time we started planning our wedding we’d been to quite a few weddings. It really helped us to decide what we did and didn’t like. Not having a favourite colour, we kept the colours simple and went for black and white. Even the greeny colours had a hint of grey to it to tie it all in. Looking back at the pictures in years to come we want to feel as though our choices still look great.
We knew we wanted to get married and celebrate our wedding all in the same venue. Neither of us are religious so a church ceremony wasn’t ever on the cards. Hampton Manor is a venue that kept all of our guests together. Some venues have too much space, meaning everyone is spread out which impacts on the atmosphere. I came across Hampton Manor online and instantly thought it was too good to be true. I arranged a visit and we both fell in love straight away. It didn’t feel like a wedding factory, which so many other venues did. It had a real sense of family and individuality about it. The house itself was decorated beautifully, and we loved how light Elizabeth Court was. It also helped that the bar was adjacent to it, meaning everyone would be together.
Any advice for those planning their wedding now?
Enjoy it! It can get a bit stressful at times. I felt overwhelmed with decisions at one point, and I wanted everything to be perfect. It was all so worth it. When we got engaged everyone kept asking if we were having an expensive wedding, or kept saying you don’t have to spend loads. For us it wasn’t about having a budget or extravagant wedding, it was about having the day of our dreams.
Photography is a must, and you have to invest in that to get quality. We absolutely think the investment was worthwhile. Jonny was relaxed and jolly, lots of guests commented about how nice he is! When we met with our florist they said to us you have to like your photographer, and as soon as we met Jonny we liked him. Joel hates having his photo taken, but Jonny made him feel relaxed and at ease. Half the time we didn’t even notice he was there!
Tell me about the dress. What did you love about it?
A Pronovias dress from Georgina Scott Bridal in Lye. Up until I visited the team there dress shopping hadn’t been the best experience. Wanting a completely plain dress, I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was! In one shop I was forced into trying dresses I knew weren’t going to be the one. The other stores did have dresses I liked, but all in very small sample sizes, meaning I couldn’t even get them on to see if I liked them. It was my appointment as GSB when I saw a whole rail of ‘dream dresses.’ The dresses were elegant and timeless which fitted in perfectly with our theme. The dresses were in larger sizes too, so I was actually able to try on the dresses I wanted to!
The best thing about the dress was it’s simplicity. The sleeve detail was beautiful and really made a statement, I also loved the length of the train. I had a few wobbles in the run up to the wedding about the dress. I’d ordered it two sizes too small, so had put a lot of pressure on myself to shift the weight. Luckily I lost two stone so it ended up fitting perfectly! Initially I wasn’t going to have a veil, then ended up with a cathedral length! I figured I’d never get the chance to wear one again, and I’m really glad I did. It completed the dress and added to the drama of a long train.
The winter wedding party fashion.
Joel’s suit was from Duncan James of Walsall. A friend had recommended it to us. Joel was never going to have a hire suit. He takes care of his appearance so it was really important to him that his personal style shone through on the wedding day. We decided to go for a bespoke suit and we’re really happy we did. Everything for the suit, down to the stitching and button finish, was chosen by Joel. He had his initials added to the inside of the jacket, which gave it a real personal touch and made it feel extra special. We also had the lapels removed from the waistcoat to give it a cleaner finish. Shoes were a classic double buckle from Reiss.
My bridesmaids were only ever going to be in one dress. It was the Amie dress by Manchester based designer Nadine Merabi (@nadinemerabi). I didn’t want to order the dresses too soon, so by the time I got round to ordering them they only had three dresses left. I was lucky as I had three bridesmaids, but only one of the sizes was the right one. Luckily the fantastic team at Nadine Merabi invited us up to Manchester where Nadine fitted the dresses to the girls to make sure they were the perfect fit. Wanting the girls to be comfortable and show off their style I let them pick their own wedding shoes. They ranged from Jimmy Choo to Matalan!
SHOUT OUTS TO THE HAMPTON MANOR WEDDING SUPPLIERS
Make up artists:@kathrynrose_mua // Hair:@bridalhairspecialists // Florists:@avaeventstyling // Rings: Dripgold in Jewellery Quarter. Joel had my engagement ring made there after a recommendation. The advice and service he got was first class, so it made sense to get our wedding bands from there too. Entertainment: Ben Drummond and DJ Stu Ojelay from Word of Mouth @wordofmoutheventsuk and Sax player Cal Bayliss
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