Winter wedding celebrations at Prestwold Hall can be magical when a plan like this comes together. Edward & Catherine’s wedding was certainly magical! With a good covering of snow from the previous day, their 29th December wedding day dawned clear, calm and sunny.

The day started when I joined Catherine, her Maid of Honour Toria, bridesmaids Natalie & Lucy and flower girl Daisy in their pre-ceremony preparations. I always aim to join brides around two hours before the start of the wedding ceremony, it’s a great opportunity to capture the excitement and general mayhem as the girls are getting ready and always a lot of fun. It’s also good to be able photograph the details such as the bridal gown, shoes, jewellery and flowers etc. These images make a perfect introduction to the wedding album layout and slideshows and they really set the scene for the rest of the story the day as it unfolds. Those Jimmy Choos do need to be photographed!

Following the detail shots, it was time for the girls to help Catherine dress, with formal bridal portraits to follow. Then onwards to the Parish Church of St. Edward, King & Martyr in Castle Donnington to join Edward with his Best Man Sam, ushers Ben & Neil and pageboy Ben. A few formal portraits of the boys and plenty of informal photographs of guests as they began to arrive at church. It’s always nice to capture the last image of a groom as a bachelor just before his bride’s arrival, too!

Catherine and her dad, Richard, arrived precisely on time. The sun was shining and the air was crisp and clear and the day was shaping up to be really unique. Photographs from the back of the church are standard at Church of England weddings and this is a bonus with such a beautifully atmospheric and historic church as St. Edward’s.

The ceremony was both touching and fun and this was a feature of Edward & Catherine’s whole wedding day: a lot of fun and laughter, underpinned with a lot of love between themselves and their families and friends.

Informal photographs after the ceremony outside the church, confetti, laughter, fun and then onwards to spectacular Prestwold Hall for the reception. As a regular photographer of Prestwold Hall weddings, I love this stately venue at any time of year. Weddings during the Christmas season at Prestwold Hall are really special, though. Huge log fires and the romantic, decorative festive ambiance combine to ensure an unforgettable wedding day.

MJ and her Maverick Events staff at Prestwold Hall were ready and waiting for the arrival of the newlyweds and their guests with mulled wine, canapés and mince pies. Edward and Catherine had clearly planned every detail well!

As the sun dipped behind the hills of Charnwood in the background, a beautiful sunset began to take shape. The temperature dropped (it had barely risen above freezing all day!) and a low-lying mist began to form around the grounds to add to the spectacle. This glorious Leicestershire wedding venue could not have looked more spectacular and I took full advantage of this opportunity to create a beautiful and unique photographic record of Edward and Catherine’s magical winter wedding at Prestwold Hall.

Their Queensberry Duo wedding album is a stunning heirloom. I’m proud of it and very grateful to the new Mr & Mrs Moore for choosing me as their wedding photographer. It was a perfect winter wedding day with a perfectly wonderful couple!

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