Northamptonshire seems to positively heave with historic luxury venues, including stunning Fawsley Hall; once home to the Knightley family for over 500 years and nestled in gentle parkland overlooking an ancient parish church and lakes. The building echoes with the illustrious ghosts of its entertaining past with aristocracy and Royalty counted among its visitors including Henry VIII, and whether you want a small intimate party or a grand celebration in the grandeur of the Tudor Great Hall, it is just gorgeous.
I’m often asked if I have experience working at a specific venue. In the grand scheme of things knowing the venue isn’t critical to capturing great images. I have worked at many venues worldwide and sometimes the first view of the location is on the day. It’s exciting to discover a new venue and my experience and skill as a photographer enables me to ‘recce’ quite quickly and know instinctively how and where to capture amazing images on your day; whether its capturing you as mingle with your guests in gorgeous grounds, having a quiet moment together in the gardens or laughing and crying in equal measure at the speeches.
I have visited frequently being a big fan of their afternoon tea, and I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the place quite well. So, a few thoughts on how to get the most out of your day:
Capture the ancient past and walk amongst the sheep from the church over to Fawsley – it’s only a short walk and achingly romantic: The church is simple and serene, the view across the landscape just stunning. If it’s pouring with rain don’t worry, just get the wellingtons on and umbrella up. Apparently it’s meant to be good luck if it rains on your day after all and it makes for a great photo opportunity!
The hotel has a Tudor Suite, a fabulous place in which to get ready. It’s a stunning space in which to climb into ‘the dress’; interesting architectural features provide a backdrop for the dress, waiting on its padded hanger. Huge stone mullioned framed windows provide a frame for natural light, great for images of being made up and of course plenty of space to chat, laugh and just be you with your bridesmaids and those whom you want to be with whilst you are getting ready……………
High ceilings, grand space, and history in spades. More stone mullioned windows beckon to be gazed out of and throw beautiful light across the entire room, providing a perfect backdrop for informal relaxed images of you and your guests enjoying a celebratory drink.
Finally, as the light softens wonder back into the intimate gardens; walk through the formal knot garden and lose yourself in the glorious scent of lavender; a perfect opportunity for your photographer to capture beautiful evening shots at your most relaxed. I hope to see you there………………………………one day.