A Woodland Wedding | Adam & Jordan
An outdoors, woodland wedding in Leicestershire
Adam and Jordan got married back at the start of July at the wonderful Sutton Bonington Hall on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. When Jordan got in touch with me last summer about filming their wedding, I knew I was in for a treat as their plans were for a very relaxed, outdoors, woodland wedding, making the most of the beautiful house and grounds at Sutton Bonington Hall.
Sutton Bonington Hall is an exclusive use country house wedding venue tucked away in the countryside, but just a stone’s throw from both Loughborough and Nottingham. The house is a Queen Anne period property with features that include a large air-conditioned orangery with vines growing up the back wall, a traditional drawing room for the ceremony and evening entertainment, a wide, sweeping staircase, and a bridal suite flooded with natural light. The landscaped grounds feature follies and plenty of space to set up lawn games and relax with friends and family. It’s a really beautiful venue, and was the perfect backdrop to their celebrations.
Over the course of the last year, my husband Ed has come on board at Opaline and films alongside me at weekend and summer weddings. It’s a great help having another pair or hands and eyes for filming and ensures that together we can capture as much footage as possible. In the morning, Ed and I arrived at the venue at about half 10 and met with the owner of the house, Edward, who kindly invited us in, showed us around and was happy for us to get on with filming the details and grounds.
The day before their wedding, Jordan and her family and friends had decorated the staircase and drawing room with eucalyptus and begun setting up the orangery and grounds with hanging glass terrariums and solar light bulbs. Even before their florist arrived to complete the floral installations the venue looked stunning. By 11am, Jordan and her friends and family were busy with the finishing touches, hanging dream catchers from a tree in the garden and inflating helium balloons filled with ivy.
As is usual when Ed and I film together, I stayed with bride Jordan and her mum and bridesmaids, whilst Ed went to film the groom, Adam, and his family and close friends get ready. Having the preparations, ceremony and reception all under one roof meant it was a relaxed day of filming for us. I could freely run up and down the stairs to set up audio for the ceremony, and we could capture the final stages of both Jordan and Adam getting ready without needing to worry about travel and parking at a second venue.
Jordan and Adam’s ceremony was a really lovely affair, with live music by Kerry and Paul of Timeless Acoustic. Jordan and her bridesmaids walked the aisle to a cover of Beyoncé‘s Ave Maria, and both Adam and Jordan had written custom promises to one another as part of their civil ceremony vows.
After their ceremony, their guests joined them in the garden and they all enjoyed drinks, lawn games and music in the sunshine before sitting down to speeches and their wedding breakfast in the orangery.
In the evening, Adam and Jordan booked a traditional Victorian ice cream bicycle from Warwickshire based Morton’s Vintage Hire, which was very popular with their guests as the drawing room was turned around for dancing and the band set up for their first set.
After cutting their cake, Jordan and Adam danced their first dance as husband and wife to a brilliant cover of James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ performed live by Get Lucky. We said our goodbyes shortly after so that the dancing could get under way properly, without Jordan and Adam and their guests feeling nervous about having our cameras rolling.
Thank you Jordan and Adam, for entrusting us with filming your day for you! it was a lovely day, and we wish you a wonderful future together.
Jordan and Adam’s suppliers:
photography by Lucabella Photography; floral design by Flowers by Stephanie; ceremony and early afternoon music by Timeless Acoustic; evening reception music by Get Lucky; naked wedding cake, eucalyptus along the staircase, glass terrariums and dream catchers all crafted and provided by the family; ice cream bike hire by Morton’s Vintage Hire; wedding dress by Maggie Sottero; suits by Next.