Well, what can I say about being a Keythorpe Manor wedding photographer? It’s amazing!
Located in the stunning South Leicestershire countryside, Keythorpe Manor is an ideal wedding venue offering a bespoke service and catering for all types of weddings, along with corporate events too. When looking for a location for your dream wedding, Keythorpe Manor can give you a truly unforgettable experience, accommodating all your requirements. This beautiful venue caters for all party sizes, whether it be smaller, intimate events or large extravagant parties! The large outdoor area is perfectly suited for reception drinks and live music, all to be enjoyed by your wedding guests. Your guests can also enjoy scenic panoramic views of the surrounding countryside while they enjoy their wedding breakfast drinks!
Brides and grooms who would like a completely bespoke event can customise the large marquee, or for those going for a more rustic vibe, the newly converted Oak Barn is available. Both are well suited to wedding receptions and ceremonies. Keythorpe Manor also has a bridal cottage, which can be used as accommodation the night before the wedding, as well as a honeymoon suite for newlyweds to be used on the day of the wedding.
The surrounding English countryside is a picturesque backdrop for some great wedding photos. The setting is so secluded that newly married couples can arrive to their wedding reception in style by helicopter if they so wish! The helpful and hardworking staff of Keythorpe Manor offer a blank canvas from which you can create your own bespoke wedding tailored to your tastes and 100% unique to you.
When I arrived at America Lodge for bridal prep I found a very busy kitchen where our bride and her bridesmaids were having their hair and makeup. It was my first time I had photographed a bridal prep….in a kitchen! Gayatri was relaxing with a cup of coffee, chatting and laughing with her friends and family. She was certainly excited, but this laid-back attitude stuck with her all day. Of course Gayatri’s friends and family also got involved the make-up process which helped which made for some funny moments as the younger generation applied make-up to the older.
Gayatri’s wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous and once she had put it on, the bridal party, and especially the mother of the bride, were in awe. Her dad too was clearly also very impressed and they shared a loving hug immediately after he had seen her. Gayatri then put her earrings and jewelry on in the mirror while her mum tided and admired her dress.
Moving outside everyone shared a glass of bubbly and while posing for a few photos for the make-up artist. A few photos on the bride in her dress with the lovely Leicestershire countryside as a backdrop and we were ready to go to the church. I was slightly surprised – but certainly extremely impressed – by Gayatri and Tom’s choice of wedding car…an old school Volskwagen Beetle! What a cool, quirky choice!
Gayatri pulled up and was laughing as soon as she got out of the car. She was about to enter the church with the father of the bride but just then, some late guests arrived and she had to wait while they ran past! Gayatri’s bridesmaids were waiting for her in the entrance of the church and were clearly very pleased to see their friend on her wedding day.
Gayatri looked beautiful as she was led down the aisle by her dad, and she shed a tear as she reached Tom. The church wedding ceremony was lovely. Two readings, a few hymns, the exchange of rings and then the first kiss! The priest did not say ‘you may kiss the bride’. Gayatri and Tom just took the initiative at the right time J. It was a lovely moment. A couple of little girls added a little childish charm to the occasion.
As our bride and groom left the church they were all smiles, so happy to be married! At Gayatri’s request we walked round to the back of the church for a few relaxed and natural couple photos by a pretty white gate she had seen on a previous visit. It did make for some very nice photos indeed, and your truly had to jump over a small wall to get a few shots from the other side of the gate, much to the amusement of the awesome videographers, Sakura Productions. Meanwhile the guests waited outside the front of the church, armed with plenty of confetti…..
With so many guests the confetti run was quite a long one. Tom and Gayatri were completely covered with flowers by the time they reached their car. One cheeky guest even managed to sneak a bit inside Tom’s jacket and shirt! Amazingly, when they arrived at the car, there was STILL confetti left. One of Gayatri’s bridesmaids had the great idea of placing a load on the top of the car….but when they drove away it just sat on top. I can tell you that wasn’t there when they arrived at their wedding venue, Keythorpe Manor, so who knows what happened!
Before driving round the corner to meet their guests, Gayatri and Tom decided to have a few couple photos in Keythorpe Manor’s beautiful grounds. This was great for me as a photographer – a lovely natural setting with a really nice couple to work with. When Gayatri and Tom drove their car round to the marquee, all their family and friends were there to meet them. Pretty much as soon as they got out of the car mobbed with hugs and kisses!
A few drinks and everyone sat down to dinner…except not quite. First we played THAT game! You know, the one where the bride and groom are asked questions about themselves and they have to raise signs indicating which one does it the most. This was hilarious! Both Tom and Gayatri had moments of trepidation as they slowly raised their signs in the air. What had the other picked??!?!
The first dance was great. Gayatri and Tom had asked one of their friends – a professional singer – to provide accompanying music, and what a great job she did! Parents were quickly asked onto the dance floor and then guests followed in quick succession. Ceilidh dancing followed shortly afterwards, accompanied by the (band) who did a fantastic job. All the guests were pumped to be on the dance floor and were not worried about the camera in the slightest as they ducked under each others arms and ran round like crazy. At one point they formed a ring with me at the centre and egged on by the band ran towards me as quickly as possible. You only have to look at their faces to see how much fun they were having! Disco dancing followed and it was a great ending to a fantastic fun-filled wedding at Keythorpe Manor. Massive congratulations to Gayatri and Tom!