Nottingham wedding venue Colwick Hall is a Georgian country mansion, it is situated within a few minutes from the City Centre and was the ancestral home of the amazing Lord Byron. It is certainly amongst the best wedding venues within Nottingham City and this beautiful house lies in over sixty acres of charming woods. As a wedding photographer based in Nottingham its just a pleasure to work there, so when Suzanne and Justin approached me to document their special day, I jumped at the chance. Any stately manor is a photographers dream but for me as a Nottingham born lad, Colwick Hall holds some very special memories; from Sunday dinners with my family in the 1970’s to fantastic birthday parties by the Renaissance crew in the 1990’s.
You wouldnt expect a winter wedding in the depths of February to have much life but everywhere I looked there was a smiling face, which is always the first sign of a fantastic day ahead. Every frame I took with my camera had a big beaming smile in it, totally noticeable that everybody there were so happy for this special couple. It was a strange coincidence that the best man in attendance was also the best man at a previous wedding I photographed back in 2011, Nottingham is such a small world. I even started to wonder if he worked for “rent-a-bestman”.
Even though it was a little brisk outside (bit of an understatement there, we had a bit of snow:) we got through the groups shots quickly and we even managed to have a laugh in the face of the cold. The family even came running out requesting all sorts of crazy photos, they were just dreaming them up as they went. At first I got some images of the kids running around, posing by the fountain and even a shot of all the suits and bridesmaids jumping, which we managed to get in only three attempts. I love it when the guests feel they can get involved and have some fun, they made for some truly memorable moments.
All the best wedding readings are romantic writings and poems, those which express what you truly believe about love and marriage. Love poetry would be a natural choice for any wedding reading but as Colwick Hall is the home of Lord Byron, I think the below poem would be perfect.
“She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
It was a fantastic day at a beautiful Nottingham wedding venue. Suzanne and Justin are clearly made for each other and I wish them all the happiness in their future lives together.