What do you get when you photograph a wedding that combines cannon hall, sun, kilts, circus skills, 30+ kids, silent disco and a ceilidh? A lot of fun. Emma and Russell’s was a dream for a wedding documentary photographer like myself.
When I arrived at Emma and Russ’ house, the groomsmen were still putting the final touches in the place while Emma was out getting her hair done at GCHQ. It looked fantastic. 2 marques provided by Will’s Marquees, fairy lights, a ton of bunting, which the mother of the bride had made by hand (2000 triangles I think she had cut and sewn) and Mustard & Punch were slowly warming up to provide the food and prep the (free) bar. The whole wedding was completely DIY (apart from the ceremony at Cannon Hall) and Emma & Russ had done a fantastic job. Even the wooden table pieces they had were from a tree cut down by Russ and his dad and chopped to size. They even had circus skills and 2 child minders for the 30+ kids they had invited, which for a documentary wedding photographer like myself, this was a dream wedding.
Cannon Hall Wedding
Emma and Russ arrived in style to Cannon Hall where their wedding ceremony was being held. Russ in his gorgeous red classic MG and Emma and her bridesmaids in not one, but two classic campervans. With it only being 10minutes away, I’ve been going to Cannon Hall for pretty much all my life with its 70 acres of historic parkland and beautiful landscaped gardens, its a great place for picnics and pre-wedding shoots. I’ve never actually been into the Grade ll listed Georgian country house where the ceremony was, but inside the ceremony room was stunning.
Back Garden Wedding Reception
A few relaxed wedding portraits with the bride and groom at cannon hall and it was time to head back to their house for the reception. With 30+ kids in attendance to their wedding, Emma and Russ made sure the parents could relax by hiring Crafty Devilz circus skills entertainment and 2 child minders to keep the kids fully occupied. I absolutely loved photographing this part of the day, there was so much going on. The evening part was even better and chaotic (in a good way) with a silent disco and ceilidh by Double Scotch all the way from Glasgow! I’ve been to many ceilidhs before, but never photographed one for a first dance. For anyone wondering what it’s like, it’s completely mental, but like the whole wedding day, so much fun.
Emma & Russ, thank you for choosing me to photograph your fun, DIY wedding at Cannon Hall.