Sophie and James chose the stunning Fort Henry in Exton for their wedding day this July. I can’t believe I have been photographing weddings in Rutland for years now and have never had a wedding here (especially as the one the following weekend was here too!)
Fort Henry is a wonderfully gothic folly, sitting beside a large lake in Exton, Rutland dating back to 1788.
I was so excited to photograph Sophie and Jame’s wedding, I did know however that my sense of direction is poor at the best of times, and although I had seen Fort Henry from the other side of the lake during one of my many lockdown walks I had never actually driven there. With this in mind, I decided to do a site visit beforehand and the wonderful Connie from Barnsdale Lodge allowed me to follow her down and take a look around Fort Henry. I have never been so thankful to have carried out a pre-wedding site visit! I would never have found it on my own. The guests managed it but there were a few hairy moments so I am told.
Sophie was getting ready at her family home with her wonderful bridesmaids and her parents and grandma whilst James was at their home for the morning. As they had opted to book my second photographer for the day, Dan was with James for groom prep so we get to share some of those here too. I love it when my couples book a second, it is always so nice to see the other side of the day and from another set of eyes.
As you can see, the guests didn’t have as much trouble finding Fort Henry as I would have done, although I understand from later conversations they had all left early and followed the signs rather than the sat nav!
Fort Henry is simply stunning, the views across the lake and the lush greenery all around is just so perfect, and with the weather we had for Sophie and James’ wedding it was even more perfect.
The ceremony was outdoors, at the moment couples still need to be stood underneath a roof to be married so that is why in the photos you will see that Sophie and James are on the step just at the door of Fort Henry but this didn’t diminish from the beauty of the setting.
The guests were expertly looked after by Liz and her team from Barnsdale Lodge on the day fixing buttonholes and furnishing the guests with refreshments after the ceremoy.
After the wedding ceremony, we all headed back to the Brides family farm for a marquee reception in the grounds. I had been here with Sophie in the morning and took a few photos before we left, the room wasn’t completely finished but I am so glad I did because by the time we caught up with the rest of the wedding party they were already seated at their tables ready to welcome Sophie and James in as the new Mr & Mrs.
Before sunset we managed to capture a few images of Sophie with her childhood pony, she was wearing the cutest little floral head collar and obligingly smiled for some photos with the bride
The images are fantastic, thank you so much!. We are really happy with them all
Steal their style
Venue – Fort henry
Marquee – Stamford Marquees
Florist – Passifloras
Cake – Love Life Eat Cake
Hair – Charlie Darlow
Make-Up – Rochelle O’Brien
Wedding Dress – Anna Sorrano
Bridesmaid Dresses – Pretty Pink from Asos
Shoes – Jimmy Choos
Jewelry – Tiffany’s
Grooms suit – Ted Baker
Videographer – Lifestyle Visuals