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Another Christmas wedding, this time at Down Hall Hotel, a beautiful wedding venue on the Hertfordshire/Essex border which I am lucky enough to work at regularly as a preferred supplier.

I met Alex and Hayleigh a good year or so earlier as we began to discuss their wedding day and before you know it the day had arrived! Real good fun this one and so much effort and attention to detail had gone in to it, I’ve included quite a few detail shots in this post as there were so many nice touches put in by Hayleigh, Alex and their family.

I started the day with Hayleigh and the bridal party as preparations got under way, Alex and the gents were getting ready in the ‘west wing’ so I was able to capture some of the guys finishing up getting ready too, all seemed well with them with no visible nerves and they were getting stuck in to some jagermeister as I left them to finish up!

Wedding Ceremony at Down Hall

Their ceremony was in the Oxford Suite within the newly refurbished area which was decorated absolutely beautifully! Hayleigh looked amazing as she walked down the aisle and emotions were running high! After a lovely ceremony it was time for reception drinks and canopies, the weather was just holding up so we headed over in to the gardens for family group photo’s and some photos of them before in and around the grounds before it got dark.

Wedding breakfast in the Bridgeman suite

The fun continued with a beautiful wedding breakfast in the Bridgeman suite, the decor was just amazing, loved the Christmas stocking for all the guests and the seating plan display made by Alex! And the wooden cake base by Alex’s dad, just brilliant! Lots of fun in the speeches with equal amounts of emotion, these two are surrounded by such lovely family and friends. Not to mention the magic provided by Andy Jamieson!

So, sparklers next!!! Everyone got involved which was great, I’ve done so many sparklers photos the last few years and whilst I can’t deny they are sometimes tricky to set up etc, the results are fab!! Now the night had set in we spent a little time for some evening images of them, utilising some key locations at Down Hall such as the stair case, main lounge and outside the front with the help of a puddle!

In to the evening the fun never stopped, with LoveLight providing evening entertainment and even a visit form Santa who handed out gifts to all the children! A great finish to a wonderful day.

Thanks so much for having me photograph your wedding Hayleigh and Alex, here are some previews from the day, feel free to comment below!