An all-round fantastic day with Victoria & Paul photographing their Saddleworth wedding.
A simple and elegant wedding
From my initial meeting with Victoria and Paul, it was clear that they wanted a simple, relaxed wedding day, with the minimum of fuss, and a venue such as the White Hart is perfect for that approach. The wedding venue within the property has been recently refurbished, though the building itself dates back to the 18th century, and at one time has served as a Police Station, a school, and a lookout point during wartime.
Located quite literally on top of a hill, the views across Saddleworth and the Pennines are stunning. With a maximum of 200 guests capacity, the White Hart is licensed for civil ceremonies in a number of rooms within the venue. The complex now has an outdoor area that serves as an area for drinks receptions, with a Pavilion offering shelter (which was helpful on Victoria and Paul’s wedding day)!
A perfect set-up at the White Hart
Paul was ready especially early as the couple defied convention and both stayed the night at accomodation in the White Hart, Saddleworth. Guests began to arrive early and it wasn’t too long before the ceremony was set-up in the outdoor area to the rear of the property ahead of the ceremony. Victoria looked fantastic as she made her way through the dining area to the ceremony. Close friends and family made sure that smiles and good natured laughter accompanied the proceedings throughout.
The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and ushered guests in to the Oak Room, which was resplendent with flowers decorating the roof beams and atrium above. Just before the meal, Victoria and Paul found at little time to get a few photographs outside the White Hart on the hillside overlooking the moors. Being a wedding photographer, you often have to adapt to your environment, so it was wasn’t unusual that I found myself lying on the floor to get an angled shot of the couple (whilst lying on a plastic sheet)!
A spectacular ceilidh reception
Following the sit-down meal, the night’s entertainment came courtesy of a Ceilidh band, which was certainly a first for this wedding photographer! I was keen to capture people enjoying themselves as the band began to play, but was perhaps unprepared for quite how physical a tradional ceilidh can be! Lots of running, spinning and changing of partners, it was difficult to keep up at times!
It certainly made for some fun photographs, despite initial reluctance from some guests, everybody joined in and were soon shedding the calories from the wedding breakfast for sure! The band weren’t full on all evening, they played on in the background while guests had a breather, but the band leader was keen to get people up and dancing at regular intervals, and by the end, everybody was up, whether they remembered the dances or not!
The ceilidh was going on past midnight, and I think I captured almost every guest enjoying a spot of traditional folk dancing. It was certainly a different approach to a typical wedding reception, but one I’d recommend, especially if you like the idea of dancing to a live band who’ll be sure to put the guests through their paces! Looking back at the images, even the most reluctant guests enjoyed it and wonderful memories were captured in the photographs.
Wedding Photography – Get in touch
If you are looking for a White Hart, Saddleworth wedding photographer then please don’t hesitate to contact me and ask for a copy of my wedding brochure. Photography for me is all about capturing those candid moments as they happen, with very little posing (if any) involved. To me, this is the way to capture the true essence of a wedding day. Please get in touch to see if I am free on your wedding date.