Woodhill Hall wedding photography in Northumberland with bride & groom Anna & Ian.
A winter Woodhill Hall wedding on the blog today. Woodhill Hall is a luxury hotel hosting elegant, private wedding receptions in the heart of Northumberland. Acres of woodland surround the 300-year-old Georgian manor, providing an exclusive retreat for brides & grooms to celebrate & party the night away with friends & family.
Ian & Anna live in Dubai surrounded by sea, sand & sunshine; a Christmas wedding in the North of England therefore seemed entirely appropriate 🙂 Ever wondered what a wedding looks like at 3pm on the shortest day of the year in the frigid, wind-swept North? Me neither, until Ian & Anna came calling. Mull the wine, decorate the tree, warm your cockles and read on…
Check out these other winter weddings:
- Roebuck Inn Mobberley Wedding Photography
- Ashes Barns Wedding Photography
- Abbeywood Estate Wedding Photography
A Luxury Northumberland Wedding Venue
Woodhill Hall had luxury accommodation for all the wedding party; the bride and bridesmaids prepared in the Carriage House, a gorgeous suite with stunning light to really showcase the wedding dress, flowers and other details. The groom and groomsmen were banished to the Hideaway, a Scandinavian-style lodge tucked away down a woodland path.
The couple were married in the orangery. Magnificent views of the Northumberland countryside formed the backdrop. The ceremony room was packed wall-to-wall with wedding guests, all eager to see the entrance of the bride. The groom’s brother (and best man) Ed seemed more nervous than the groom; probably worrying about his speech!
Following the nuptials, a magical evening of celebration continued in the walled garden, inside a tepee. A tepee wedding reception in December, I hear you cry? Not a problem; the giant heaters kept us all very toasty (along with copious amounts of coffee-based cocktails).
Wedding Speeches in the Woodhill Hall Tepee
The newlyweds made a spectacular entrance to the party; riding a sleigh being pulled by reindeer, accompanied by Santa himself no less! It even snowed (once the machine was turned on. Well done Ed), making a magical scene for the onlooking guests and especially the young pageboys.
Once a few formal family photographs were out of the way, the real party could start. The wedding breakfast was served inside the tepee, followed by more cocktails and a Christmas sing-along. The speeches were fantastic, the groom & best man both vying to make the most savage jokes about each other (typical brothers). Unfortunately for the groom, the best man pulled out the big guns with a killer slideshow revealing his brother’s various looks over the year. Mr Bean was a highlight for me.
For the photographers, if you were wondering how the Sony mirrorless cameras performed under extreme conditions, I’m pleased to report they performed flawlessly. The Sony A9 and Sony A7RIII worked wonders inside the tepee, and I bet you can’t tell which images were shot in the 8000-12,000 ISO range (in truth, most of them). This was a real test of the new technology and to handle a December wedding inside a tepee, they can handle anything.
Thanks for visiting the blog and I’d love to hear your comments. If you’re considering Woodhill Hall for your own wedding, I’d love to hear from you. If the low-light and cosy atmosphere of Christmas season really floats your boat, please get in touch for your own winter wedding!
Woodhill Hall Wedding Photography in Northumberland by Wedding Photographer Andrew Keher