I’m a big fan of single location weddings and a Hockering House wedding provides a one stop shot. A wonderfully located venue just off the A47 Hockering has a lovely room for indoor ceremonies, a lovely garden in which outdoor services can take place and a lovely field which not only serves as a home for a large marquee on such occasions but also parking for guests.
The bride and groom on this occasion got themselves ready at a friend’s home and salon, and home address respectively. With lots of bridesmaids, a great bouyant mood and the wonderful salon facilities the benchmark for the rest of the day was set. Meanwhile back with the boys the groom and his sons were dressing the groom with some personal gifts from the bride and in return the bride was presented with a surprise hamper full of gifts and photographs from the groom. Interestingly, they’d both bought each other the same card!
The bride and six bridesmaids were soon ready and in the most wonderful room in her friends’ home we photographed them all decked out in their dresses. Thanks have got to go out to the friend and her husband in question. Often one of the most difficult photographs to take on a wedding day is that of the bride’s dress. On this occasion the dress was already hung in a wonderful position and as a bonus so were all of the six bridesmaid’s dresses.
With the hour growing closer and the weather looking undecided as to whether the bride would get an outdoor or indoor ceremony we headed to Hockering for a safe indoor ceremony in the marquee. The bride arrived and was seen first by the registrars in the main house at Hockering, in the same room which would be later used for the official signing of the register as the ceremony was a duo ceremony.
There followed a lovely ceremony in the marquee and then a procession over to the signing room in the main house. The main house is in the top flight of signing rooms for official purposes and made for great photographs lots of lovely light and even more emotions on show from the close family and friends witnessing the second part of the ceremony.
It was then canapés and drinks time with the guests on Hockering’s lovely lawn, with group shots and entertainment from Magician Ed Crafer before some couple photographs with this stunning couple and then a great wedding breakfast complete with a toast of Rum for the guests in honour of the groom’s former career. After speeches and breakfast there were more garden games next to the marquee before evening guests arrived and the fire pit and the dance floor came alive.
The rest of the night was spent being entertained by a great local wedding singer and the dance floor was heaving particularly given the inspiration of the bride and groom taking to the floor for their first dance.
I had a great day photographing the wedding with my second photographer Pete. Big congratulations to a great couple, their family and friends on making it such a memorable day.