THORESBY RIDING HALL NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

bride and groom on dancefloor

Oh la la! Check out Sabine and Nathan’s beautiful Anglo-French wedding!

I loved every second of this shoot. We all know that the French are beautiful and stylish people, and Sabine, her family and her friends certainly gave the day that little bit of  je ne sais quoi (though that’s all of my A level French used up)

Sabine gave me a few tips before the shoot, and those tips gave me a taste of what to expect. She told me that they loved nature and the woods, and she also said that her two dogs were going to be a big part of the day. Without realising, they’d ticked all my boxes – canines plus countryside equals a happy Melissa Maloo!

The ceremony was held at St. John’s church in Perlethorpe – a cute little village in North Notts. As you can see from the pictures, it was a beautiful day; Sabine and Nathan love nature, and nature clearly loves them.

I had a real stroke of luck during the ceremony – I got the rare chance to photograph the happy couple from the front which is normally not allowed – so thank you Mr Vicar! As everyone spilled out of the church, Sabine and Nathan’s lovely pooches were on hand to congratulate them, and I really love these photos; I’m so glad they joined the party.

From the church, the congregation took a lovely stroll through the woods to the nearby Thoresby Park – one of the hidden jewels of Sherwood Forest. The walk was so much fun, and added another lovely natural touch to the day. Sabine looks so elegant and Nathan so handsome as they lead their woodland wander.

When we reached the Park, the reception quickly got into full swing. The speeches were great: it turns out Sabine’s quite the cook in the family, and she was presented with a chef’s hat (which I think works rather well with her dress!) Clearly there’s a lot of talent in her family, because her sisters are also amazing singers – they serenaded the happy couple during the speeches, and then once more during the first dance!

Talking of dances, it was really nice to shoot the dad-and-daughter dance that Sabine shared with her father.  They busted some serious moves which was brilliant to see. House of harmony got everyone up dancing and having a great time and I am sure the party continued well into the wee small hours.  

Congratulations, guys – and thanks for having me!

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Thoresby Park is located in the heart of Sherwood Forest. It’s a beautiful wedding venue, based in the heart of one of Britain’s most iconic natural spaces – somewhere you’ll be able to go back and revisit together for years to come.

The Park has an excellent – and very experienced – in-house team of wedding coordinators. They’ll work with you to bring whatever you want to life: in their own words, no idea is too big! The team works exactly to your own tastes, and it’s really convenient to have the catering, bar and entertainment facilities dealt with under one roof. The team are friendly, very professional, and extremely flexible – if you’re feeling the pressure at any point, they’re there to make sure you can concentrate on the fun stuff!

Thoresby Park has everything covered – from early access to the venue (8 am) to a handy late license (1 am). The venue transforms throughout the day, from a cosy ceremonial space to a stylish, 200-capacity reception venue.

Ceremonies take place in The Riding Hall – a beautiful 120-person venue that’s brimming with rural charm. This venue gives you the intimacy of a barn wedding, but with more scale and space – it’s full of “wow factor”, and your guests will be blown away by the old wooden beams, romantic chandelier lighting and beautifully restored brickwork. It’s the ultimate Victorian-era venue, marked by its stripped-back elegance – and your wedding team are on-hand to add in any additional decorative touches that you want.

The Riding Hall also comes with its own private garden, giving you and your guests some wonderful views over the hills, fields and trees of Sherwood Forest. It’s the perfect selfie spot, and the cherry on top of a truly beautiful venue.

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