Last Saturday Larissa and Richard tied the knot at Rossington Hall in Doncaster. I’ve been excited about shooting at this venue ever since I discovered it a couple of years ago – tucked away behind the Riding for the Disabled and Northern Racing College.
The hall itself was originally built as a family home in 1771, but later burned down before being rebuilt in 1881. Since then it has had a number of uses including a training college for missionary priests and as a school for children with learning difficulties. After falling into disrepair, Rossington Hall was bought in 2011 and restored to its current glory and has been open as a wedding venue since 2012.
So now I’ve set the scene for you I want to tell you about Larissa and Richard’s wedding day! After all, it had been 10 years in the making and, as Larissa’s dad put it, “about time.” haha!
As always I was super early and had a lovely walk around the grounds and hotel, where I bumped into Larissa who was worried as she was running late, but meeting them upstairs in the new dressing room it felt very relaxed.
Richard and his best man were getting ready in one of the rooms, struggling to figure out how to get a massive ring box in his pocket!
The ceremony was a lovely intimate and short affair, and it was soon time to head outside for a few relaxed group photos and lots of candid moments. Anna, their daughter had picked a couple of flowers and having given some to Larissa decided to use the rest as confetti.
During the speeches I kneeled in front of the top table, and Anna came to join me to introduce me to her teddy bear. How sweet! and Grandad had brought them a lucky horse shoe – a real horse shoe!
There was a bit of a tea party theme running through their day – and even the table names were called after different types of tea.
I had two people convinced that they had seen me before, and we puzzled over it all day and still couldn’t fathom it out between us! haha!
I was treated to a sneak preview of their first dance as they practiced it in one of the rooms, complete with a romantic dip! The song they’d chosen? “I’d lie for you and that’s the truth” by Meatloaf – I LOVE that song – one of the first singles I ever bought on tape (showing my age now!) and it was all I could do from singing along and doing an air guitar solo.
They later wowed their guests with the real thing in the ballroom to kick the evening celebrations off.