Bride & Groom with all of their guests in a heart shape group at Eshott Hall, Northumberland

Our first wedding at Eshott Hall was a delightful autumnal day. Karis & Daniel are a wonderful, down to earth couple, with a close, loving family that welcomed us wholeheartedly on their wedding day.

Daniel & Karis took a long time to deliberating on a wedding photographer. They wanted to get the very best value out of their budget for the day. We know they looked at a number of photographers and we were so glad they chose Halo Photography.

Eshott Hall in Northumberland

Eshott Hall is a beautiful Palladian style, manor house designed by architect Robert Trollope in 1660 and is stunning, inside and out. It’s deceptively intimate inside with beautiful rooms. The grounds were stunning even in November. The wisteria still had its leaves but autumn colours were all around the grounds.

Eshott Hall in Northumberland

The Garden Cottage at Eshott Hall

Karis had decided to use the Garden Cottage for her bridal prep and as Lisa and I approached we were welcomed by Karis’s bridesmaids waving at the window, champagne in hand. Karis, her three bridesmaids and mother were thoroughly enjoying the occasion. The situation looked a little wild so I left Lisa to it, fearing being eaten alive.

Bridesmaids greeting halo photography at the windows of their cottage
Bridesmaids pouring the champagne
Bride drinking champagne with her bridesmaids

Getting Eshott Hall Prepared

Daniel arrived at Eshott Hall with his Parents and brother, laden with wedding decorations. They got to work hanging handcrafted adornments and setting up including an instant camera for everyone to add a selfie to their wedding wall of fame. A great alternative to a photo booth.

Groom creating a photo wall
Grooms mum adding decorations to Eshott Hall in Northumberland

Karis is a Disney nut. Unfortunately, Daniel isn’t so was reluctant to turn the whole wedding into a Beauty and the Beast theme. But she did manage to sneak some little touches into the day. Disney characters as table decorations and “A Tale as Old as Time” book-shaped wedding ring box. Their 3-year-old pageboy couldn’t wait to get his hands on it.

Wedding rings in their case on a bed of autumn leaves
Wedding rings sitting on their case

Daniel’s Groomsmen were a family affair. He had chosen his Dad as his best man and brother as an Usher. The room they used to get ready in was out of this world. Beautifully furnished in a shabby chic style. The lads were well equipped for the day, armed with pocket watches and flasks. We gave everything thorough testing before assembling all of the lads outside Eshott Hall.

Grooms jacket hanging on a wardrode
Grooms mens whisky flasks
Groom fastening his tie Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Usher getting ready
Grooms pocket watch in his hand
Groomsmen getting ready in their room at Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Groom fastening his shoes
Groom and his dad testing their whisky flasks and pulling faces at Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Bride having her hair styled
Bride having her hair done at Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Bride having her makeup applied at Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Brides mum having her hair styled
Bride toasting champagne with her wedding party
Pageboy getting a hug from his relative

A Tour of Eshott Halls’ Grounds

The weather forecast was uncertain for the afternoon. So, while it was fair I decided to take the lads on a tour of the grounds, just in case we didn’t get to use them later. It’s always nice when the venue has pockets of interest. Eshott has loads of these great areas around the grounds, including an outdoor ceremony area that looks straight out of a fairytale. I’d love to see a wedding held in this wooded area. Today, it was going to be the location of the lads’ fashion shoot. Later joined by Daniel’s pageboy for the day. At this point, he was either going to steal the show or run a mile when needed. He wasn’t sure what was happening. One minute he was willing the next unsure. But he was being properly coached by his Dad.

Bestman fixing Grooms tie outside of Eshott Hall in Northumberland
The Lads outside of Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Grooms Men checking their phones Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Grooms Men sitting on bench in the Grounds of Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Grooms Men ready to go in the Grounds of Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Grooms Men in the Grounds of Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Groom straigtening his jacket in the grounds at Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Page boy in the grounds of Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Page Boy looking up at his dad at Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaids ticking bride on the bed

Meanwhile at the Garden Cottage

After opening gifts from Daniel, and a little champagne, it was time for Karis to get ready. She looked transformed. Her Dads’ arrival started the tears of emotion. He set everyone off and it was handkerchiefs all around.

Bride & Maid of Honor preparing to get ready
The Bride getting into her wedding dress at Eshott Hall in Northumberland
Close up of the maid of honour fastening buttons on the brides sleave
Close up of the Brides mum fastening her dress
Brides Dad arriving to escort her to the Reading Room in Eshott
Guests waiting to leave for the Reading Room in Eshott
Groom, his brother and dad walking from Eshott Hall to the Reading Room

The Reading Room at Eshot Hall

One of the things that makes Eshott different from many of the country house wedding venues in Northumberland is the unique Reading Room. A short stroll down the drive and you’ll find Eshott’s Reading Room, a dignified former Methodist chapel. The guests had planned to gather outside of Eshott Hall and then walk to it together. I had asked if Daniel & Karis had a “Plan B” in case of rain. There wasn’t one. I didn’t have brollies for everyone! Luckily the rain held off and they didn’t need it.

The Reading Rooms construction date in Eshott
Groom, his brother and dad outside of the Reading Room in Eshott
Groom checking his pageboy has the rings outside of the Reading Room in Eshott
Groom and his brother messing about in the phone box outside the Reading Room in Eshott
Bride & Bridesmaids posing in their room at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Bridesmaids Laughing at Eshott Hall, Northumberland

Escorted by her parents, bridesmaids and pageboy, Karis bravley made the short trek to the Reading Room. Her bridesmaids were ready for the challenge to keep the dress perfect as they walked through the Autumn Countryside.

The Bridal Party walking to the Groom getting emotional as the bride walks up the aisle at the Reading Room in Eshott
Groom and Bestman looking at their pocket watch and waiting for the Bride at the Groom getting emotional as the bride walks up the aisle at the Reading Room in Eshott
The Bride Arriving at the Reading Room in Eshott
Brides mum emotional waiting for the Bride to arrive at the Reading Room in Eshott
Girls waiting to enter the Reading Room in Eshott

A very emotional ceremony

As the music started, Daniel pulled some of the best faces I’ve ever seen a groom produce as he fought desperately not to get emotional. Sometimes you just want to stop and give people hugs to get them through it. Luckily his dad was ready with a hanky. What was even more priceless was Karis giggling at him and then bursting into tears herself minutes later.

Emotional Groom at Eshott Wedding Chapel
Bride walking up the aisle at the Reading Room in Eshott
bride & groom laughing during the wedding service in the Reading Room in Eshott
Bride catching a tear during the wedding service at the Reading Room in Eshott
Bride & Groom during wedding service at the Reading Room in Eshott

It was Daniel & Karis’ Pagesboy’s big moment and he delivered the rings perfectly. The Registrar was very impressed.

Page Boy with his heart sign in the Reading Room in Eshott
Page Boy handing the Registrar the Wedding Rings in Reading Room in Eshott
Page boy handing the Groom the weddings ring at the Reading Room in Eshott
Bride & Groom having their photo taken while signing the wedding register
Daniel & Karis Kissing under the flower arch outside of the Reading Room in Eshott
Guests laughing outside the Reading Room in Eshott
The Confettii throw outside of the Reading Room in Eshott
Bride & Groom walking out of the Reading Room in Eshott
Close up of Daniel & Karis after the confettii throw
Bridesmaids pointing at the wedding couple in front of the Reading Room in Eshott
Wedding party walking back from the Reading Room in Eshott
Bride walikng back from the Reading Room in Eshott with brides maids lifting her dress.

Family & Friends

From our first meeting, Karis & Daniel had an image in mind for their grand group shot. They wanted everyone in the shape of a heart, shot from above. Lisa did a great job directing everyone on the ground into the heart shape as I barked suggestions from above. I always get the fun of dangling out of bedroom windows. It worked really well though and apart from adding a little bit of symmetry to the Wisteria framing one side, the final shots need little or no editing.

All of the guests looking up at Halo Photography for a group photography
Bride & Groom with all of their guests in a heart shape group at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Daniel with Karis & her Family in front of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Family group in front of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Family group in front of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom with all of their friends at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Daniel & Karis with their friends pulling faces behind them
Maid of Honor & Bride hugging
Bride & Groom sitting in tree swing chair
Daniel & Karis sitting in the wicker seat
Daniel & Karis hugging in the grounds of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom in the grounds of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom in the Autumn sunshine at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride flashing her shoes on the grass with autumn leaves
Groom cuddling the Bride against Wisteria Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride posing against the Wisteria at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom enjoying the grounds of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Groom kissing Brides forehead in the grounds of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom posing in front of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom smiling at each other in front of Eshott Hall enterance
Groom standing on a park bench in the driveway of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Groom kissing the Bride on the drive way of Eshott Hall, Northumberland

The Drawing Room at Eshott Hall

We really squeezed as much out of this November day as we could. As the light started to fail we headed inside. We weren’t going to get a sunset but we couldn’t complain. The weather had held well past our expectations. Eshott Halls’ staff made the final preparations to the Ballroom where Daniel & Karis would be joining their guests for afternoon tea. We used the elegant Drawing room for some quiet time with this great couple.

The Bride enjoying the fire in Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride and Groom relaxing on the sofa's of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom Kissing at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Mr & Mrs Scotts Wedding Cake
The Ballroom at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride and Groom entering the Ballroom at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom laughing at maid of honors speech
Maid of honor making her speech
Bestman's speech at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Father of the groom making his speech at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
The Groom making his speech at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Everyone laughing at the Grooms speech
Afternoon tea at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom playing with their page boy on the stairs of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom having their photo taken by a guest at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom walking onto the dance floor
Guests watching the first dance at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
First Dance at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
The bride & groom on the dance floor of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Grooms hands & the back of brides dress at Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Girls on the dance floor of Eshott Hall, Northumberland

Eshott Hall at Night

Earlier in the year we invested in some location flash and had struggled to find opportunities to make use of it until today. There hadn’t been a gust of wind all day so we felt safe in leaving the unit standing without Lisa holding onto it so she could get Karis’ dress looking perfect. Seconds after Lisa took her hand off it a little gust of wind took it over. The diffusion brolly took one for the team and saved it from being a very expensive first outing. After picking up the broken bits of brolly we said our goodbyes for the night. It had been an amazing Wedding. Full of emotion and love from all involved. We wish Daniel & Karis all the best in their future together.

Close up of Bride & Groom at night infront of Eshott Hall, Northumberland
Bride & Groom at night infront of Eshott Hall, Northumberland

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