A young guest looks on as the couple cut the wedding cake during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer – Wicksteed Park

Wedding Stories

Tanya and Steve were having a low-key and intimate wedding at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.  As part of this they wanted a Northamptonshire wedding photographer who would blend into the background, capture all the natural moments from the day and simply allow them to enjoy their wedding day as they should – with their friends and family.

As a documentary wedding photographer this is what I specialise in.  I document the unposed moments and real emotions as they naturally evolve on the wedding day.  There’s no barking instructions or ordering people about.  It also helped that I had photographed Tanya’s brother Chris and Gemma’s rural wedding in Northants the year before. So Tanya and Steve knew my relaxed wedding photojournalism approach was exactly what they wanted for their own small but unique wedding day story.

The Fun & Nerves of the Bridal Preparations

The bride's daughter during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The daughter of the bride watches as I photograph the bridal preparations

There’s nothing like the bridal preparations for capturing a wide range of emotions right at the start of the wedding day. There’s often much laughter, nerves and even the odd tear.  As a documentary wedding photography I love to photograph all these emotions as a reflection of the wedding day’s true story.

As the wedding ceremony wasn’t until early evening I arrived at Tanya’s home late afternoon, and preparations were already well under away: hair being dressed, makeup being applied, kids have loads of fun and guests turning up with bottles of fizz to be enjoyed.  All in the usual craziness of bridal preparations.

A guest arrives during the wedding bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

A wedding guest turns up for the bridal preparations with the all important alcohol

It’s these moments of the wedding day that can be emotionally charged but quickly forgotten soon after. So that’s why I want to capture the integrity of those moments so they can be enjoyed and cherished many years later.  That’s the real pleasure of wedding photojournalism.  You remember your story, not some photographer’s creation of it.

Kettering Registry Office, Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer

Sign for the wedding ceremony at the Kettering Registration office in Northants

This way for the wedding ceremony! Even the seemingly mundane details from a wedding day can form a part of a couple’s wedding story.

As a Northamptonshire wedding photographer I’ve never photographed at Kettering Registration Office, so I was looking forward to seeing it.  The wedding ceremony itself takes place in a room called the Mayor’s Parlour,  which can seat up to 42 guests and was ideal for a smaller low-key wedding like Tanya and Steve’s.

There are some small communal gardens nearby but we didn’t need to make use of them – my approach is nearly all candid up to and during the wedding ceremony.  Throughout the ceremony there were certainly more laughs than usual – given the couple’s relaxed approach to their wedding day.

Toasts, Fizz and Confetti!

The bride, groom and confetti after the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registry Office in Northant.

The bride and groom emerge to a shower of confetti

Before leaving Kettering Registration Office, Tanya and Steve decided to have the toasts and speeches  in a side room off of the Mayor’s Parlour.  I love modern wedding coupes who aren’t afraid from breaking with tradition and doing things their way.

There are no rules really and each wedding day should be as different and unique as the couple getting married.  That’s why documentary wedding photography is so perfect for modern wedding couples, in that it captures your wedding story as it happens; documenting your unique story rather than a one size all fits all template applied to every wedding.

So after the toasts were made, a few gifts handed out, it was off toe the nearby Wicksteed Park for the evening wedding reception.  As a Northamptonshire wedding photographer I was definitely intrigued to see all Wicksteed Park had to offer.

Wicksteed Park Wedding

A black white image of the couple's first dance during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A beautiful b&w wide perspective of the couple’s first dance at Wicksteed Park.

Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire is the UK’s 5th oldest amusement park, having been opened in 1921.  It’s 147 acres of grounds is a beautiful mix of rides, attractions, lakes and countryside, certainly making it one of the most unusual wedding venues in Northamptonshire.

There’s a number of wedding suites available at Wicksteed Park. Tanya and Steve opted for the aptly named Celebration Suite which can cater for 150 guests and has it’s own dance floor area and licensed bar.  As the smallest of all the suites I was genuinely surprised at just how spacious it was.

Female wedding guests take a selfie during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

It’s selfie time on the wedding dance floor!

As I am sure you will agree, from the small number of selected photos from the Tanya and Steve’s wedding story, they really did have a wedding day as fun and as unique as they are.

Book  A Northamptonshire Wedding Photographer

If you are getting married at Wicksteed Park or simply think my natural approach to wedding photojournalism would be an ideal fit for your wedding day, then I would love to hear from you.

You can call or text me on 07920 422144 or just drop me a few details via my contact page and I’ll get straight back to you.

Wedding bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Daughter of the bride is surprised at being caught on camera

The wedding dress hanging at the bride's home in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

A detail shot of the wedding dress, with a picture of the bride’s late mother in the background.

The bridal preparations ahead of a wedding in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

A fascinated young wedding guest during the bridal preparations,

Playing around during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The daughter of the bride having fun during the bridal preparations.

Putting on make-up during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The daughter of the bride puts on some make-up during the bridal preparations.

The bride and guest during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The bride greets a guest during the bridal preparations

A young boy playing in the garden during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Having fun in the garden, whilst the bridal party get ready inside.

A guest enjoys some beer during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Enjoying some beer during the bridal preparations!

A young boy dresses during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Get a helping hand with doing up a tie during the bridal preparations.

Abstract view o bridesmaid coming down the stairs during the bridal preparations.

A slight abstract view of the bridesmaid during the bridal preparations.

A guest plays with the bride's daughter during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northants

A guest plays with the daughter of the bride

Taking a selfie during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The bride’s daughter takes a selfie during the bridal preparations.

A bridesmaid selfie during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Another selfie of the bride’s daughter, during the bridal preparations.

The bride is helped into her wedding dress during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The all important doing up the wedding dress shot.

Silhouette of the bride during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Silhouette of the bride having her dress up done up.

The wedding dress being done up during the bridal preparations in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The wedding dress is slowly done up

A wedding guest outside Kettering Registration office in Northants

A wedding guest outside Kettering Registry office in Northamptonshire.

A wedding guest's snazzy socks outsideKettering Registration office in Northants

Snazzy socks outside Kettering Registration office in Northants

A nervous groom ahead of the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

“Me? Nervous?” The groom show’s he is as cool as a cucumber ahead of the wedding ceremony.

The bride arrives for the wedding ceremony atKettering Registration office in Northants

The bride arrives at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bridesmaid's bouquet during the wedding at Kettering Registration office in Northants

A beautiful detailed shot of the bridesmaid’s bouquet.

The bride smiles at the groom during the wedding at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride smiles at the groom as she arrives for the wedding ceremony.

The bride and her father during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride and her father enjoy a little moment before the start of the wedding ceremony.

The father of the bride kisses his daughter during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride and father share a sweet kiss before the wedding servive

The bride and groom hold hands during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride and groom hold hands during the wedding ceremony

A pensive looking bride during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride is lost in thought during the wedding ceremony

The bride and groom share an amusing moment during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride and groom share an amusing moment during the wedding ceremony

The bride grins at the groom during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride is full of expressions during the wedding ceremony

A young ring bearer with the wedding ring during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The cool looking ring bearer presents a wedding ring during the wedding service.

The bride and groom laughing during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

A wedding ceremony full of light heated moments and laughter

The bride and groom enjoy their first kiss during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

I love how the bride’s daughter squirms in the background during the first kiss.

An amusing moment during the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

An amusing moment during the wedding service

The bride and groom depart the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registration office in Northants

The bride is delighted to be married

A laughing bride during the post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.

The bride shares a funny during post-wedding ceremony drinks.

Toasts during the post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.

Happy toasts all round during the post-ceremony drinks.

The father of the bride with a drink duringthe post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.

The father of the bride with a drink after the wedding ceremony.

The best man speech during the post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.

The best man’s speech during the post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.

Pouring some prossecco during the post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.

Some celebratory fizz during the wedding speeches

Unwrapping a wedding gift during the post-wedding ceremony drinks at Kettering Registration office in Northamptonshire.

Young wedding guests excitedly unwrap some gifts for them.

The bride and groom with their son after the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registry Office in Northants.

The groom carries his son after the wedding ceremony.

Confetti on the floor after the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registry Office in Northants.

Confetti litters the floor after the wedding service.

The wedding dress and confetti after the wedding ceremony at Kettering Registry Office in Northants.

The bride’s daughter lifts the wedding dress train over confetti that litters the floor.

The reception furniture during the evening wedding reception at Wicksteed Park in JKettering, Northants.

The reception room at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northants.

A just married sign hanging from a chair during the evening wedding reception at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northants.

A just married sign on a chair during the evening wedding reception.

The wedding cake during the evening wedding reception at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northants.

A detail shot of the amazing looking wedding cake.

A table of remembrance during the evening wedding reception at Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northants.

A table of remembrance during the evening wedding reception.

The bride and groom pose for a portrait during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The bride and groom pose for a more formal portrait.

The children's entertainer during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The children’s entertainer arrives for the evening wedding reception.

The couple's first dance during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The couple’s first dance at Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire.

A mobile phone records the couple's first dance during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A different perspective of the bride and groom’s first dance.

A wedding guest takes a photo on their mobile phone during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A guest takes a photo on their smart phone.

A mother kisses her baby during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A tender moment between mother and child during the evening wedding reception.

Baby and father at play during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A father and baby play during the evening wedding reception.

The bride squashes wedding cake into the groom's face, during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Take that! The bride squashes some wedding cake into the groom’s face.

The bride and groom share a kiss during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The bride and groom “kiss and make up” after the cake in the face fun!

A young wedding guest smiles on the dance floor during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A young guest having fun on the dance floor.

A young wedding guest in a cool hat during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A cool young wedding guest!

A mother and son dancing during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A mother and son show how it’s done on the dance floor.

Two brothers play on the dance floor during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Some young wedding guests make their own entertainment on the dance floor.

A wedding guest laughs with the bride during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The bride has fun with a friend during the evening wedding reception.

The bride and friends take a selfie during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A slightly abstract take on a dance floor selfie.

The bride takes a selfie during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Yet more selfie fun during the evening wedding reception.

A smiling young wedding guest during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The best smile on the dance floor!

The bride and guests dancing during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The bride and friends get their funk on!

The bride is hugged by a wedding guest on the dance floor,during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire,

A wedding guest hugs the bride on the dance floor.

A wedding guest on the dance floor during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

Shake your thang! A guest gets down on the wedding dance floor.

A smiling groom during the evening wedding reception at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A delighted looking groom during the evening wedding reception.

A young wedding guest dancing during the wedding at Wicksteed Park, near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

A young guest on the dance floor.

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