Brad Gommon Photography - Hannah & Niall

Hannah and Niall’s wedding took place in February 2020, so was a really special one for all of us involved, as it was one of the last weddings to take place before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, and life as we know it changed so drastically! I was so pleased for them that they were able to have their perfect day before all of that happened, and it just goes to show that picking a Winter wedding date can have its advantages!

Hannah and Niall were getting ready at the stunning Dodford Grange, and this lovely B&B is perfectly situated for Dodford Manor, so I’d definitely recommend it if you are looking for a place to stay the night before (or the night of) your wedding. It was a beautiful sunny morning and, although there had been a bit of rain earlier that morning, there was nothing but blue skies to be seen by the time I arrived to photograph their wedding prep. The space available at Dodford Grange is perfect for wedding preparations, and Hannah and the bridal party enjoyed a lovely relaxed brunch with champagne, fruits, pastries and antipasti before starting on hair and make-up - what better way to start off your wedding morning?! Niall was in a separate part of the house and had the perfect set-up with a snooker table and some funny props which made for a really fun atmosphere for the groom prep too!

Back with the girls, hair and make-up were in full swing and it was a hive of activity, so I was able to get some great shots of all of the preparations and the stunning flowers, dress and shoes - I have to give a special mention to the shoes because they were so unique, and had an awesome colourful floral pattern on the soles as well, so it was great being able to get a few shots of these as I know Hannah loved them and they added something really special to her already gorgeous outfit! I also love the staircase at Dodford Grange which is the perfect place to get that all important dress shot!

After the ceremony, drinks were served, and there was an added highlight of a doughnut wall at this point - surely there can be no greater invention than this?! - alongside some more traditional and equally delicious canapes. We tried some family shots outside, but it was pretty windy, so rather than getting a bunch of photos with everyone’s hair in their eyes we decided to do some more of those inside later on when everyone felt a bit warmer and more comfortable! Generally wind is the last thing you want, both as a bride and as a photographer, but it did lead us to getting a few awesome shots of Hannah’s veil, which I love! The veil was another really nice, unique touch, as it sat over her shoulders almost like a cape. The detailing on it was so elegant, not only was it helping to keep her warm on a chilly February day, but it looked incredible too! We managed to get some lovely couples shots as well, in spite of the wind!