Family group photo outside The Horton Grange Hotel

Horton Grange is a regular venue for us. Jo & Carl’s wedding was to be our first of two weddings at the hotel this year. It was also our first wedding of the year. After over a month’s break from weddings, we were refreshed and recharged. To make things even better… it snowed!! Snow is like the great white whale to Halo Photography.

Snow at Horton Grange

We rarely get weddings in the winter, although they are getting increasingly popular. When we do get snow it’s generally problematic. Too much and you have trouble getting to venues and it’s too deep to go out in. Too little and it looks messy and slushy. For Jo & Carl’s wedding, it was just nice.

I spent the previous day researching ideas for snow shoots. I wore my thermals and thick socks and Lisa pulled on her Doc Martens ready for an extended day in the white stuff. But, as we were about to find out, Jo would soon burst our snow bubble.

Snow covered ground at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Horton Grange in the snow

We arrived at Horton Grange early. In Northumberland the weather conditions can be extremely different within just a few miles. Neither Lisa nor I have 4×4’s so we don’t take chances on being late when the weather is bad. At -2 degrees that morning, even cleared roads could be slippy.

On arrival with our gear, the staff greeted us and mistook us for the string quartet. Showing us where we were “setting up”. I think we all confused each other for a few minutes.

Horton Grange looked very smart and we were sure it had enjoyed a refurb. The new decoration and a very snazzy flower wall looked fabulous. The low winter sun was creating some wonderful shafts of light. We cracked on with a few detail shots to start and tell the days story and set the scene for this glorious day before splitting up and finding Jo & Carl.

Chair covers in the winter sunlight

Get your Wedding Kit on

Groom and his son getting ready at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland

We hadn’t planned to photograph the lads getting ready but happened to find Carl and his son just pulling on their jackets. They were joined by their two spaniels. Both helping in their own way. One of whom, Dudley, was to have the important job of ring bearer. He had his own bow tie which the rings were to be tied to. Jo’s dad had beaten them all getting ready and was enjoying the grounds while he waited for the young ‘uns.

Spaniel with a shoe in its mouth
Father of the bride waiting in the snow at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Brides shoes and bouqeut in front of the wedding dress
Close up of brides wedding dress

Lisa joined the girls. Jo was enjoying her prep with the maid of honour and Carl’s daughter to complete her small but perfectly formed bridal party. The atmosphere was calm and everything was on track. The girls had their makeup and hair done and were ready to get dressed.

It was at this point Jo burst our Snow Wedding bubble. She hated the snow. She knew it sounded nuts but didn’t want a winter wedding, even though she had booked in February. Jo didn’t want to set foot in the snow. Lisa thought she was joking and that we’d convince her when the time came, but she stuck to her guns all day.

Bride drinking champayne through a straw
Personalised dressing gowns for Bride & Bridesmaids
Close up of brides bouquet including a brooch
Bride relaxing before getting ready at Horton Grange
Close up of bridesmaid fastening brides bracelet
Snow on an evergreen
Button Holes resting on snow covered ground
Wedding rings in the snow

Black Tie Event

Jo & Carl’s wedding had a black-tie dinner theme, which was why Dudley needed his Bow Tie on. Not an easy task on ice, in dinner suits, with an excited wet Spaniel. The rings were to be tied to his collar for the best man to retrieve when the time was right.

Groom with his Spaniel through the door of Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Groom putting his pet spaniels bow tie on
Spaniel wearing his bow tie
A collection of champagne glasses at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Maid of honor helping the bride with her necklace
The bride looking at here bouquet at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Bride & bridesmaids laughing at each other at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Close up of bride holding her flowers

As the girls continued to enjoy their preparations, the lads greeted their guests and Carl met with the registrars. I pinched Carl & Jo’s sons to see how icy the grounds were. If two strapping lads went “head over heels” we weren’t going to get guests in high heels outside. My scouting party survived so, as soon as Carl and his best man were free, they joined us out in the snow. Dudley enjoyed his last walk before the ceremony too.

Brides son holding their pet spaniel
Bride & Grooms sons at the entrance to Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Bride & Grooms Sons at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Groom giving lads instructions before the service
Snow covered grounds at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Grooms men walk the dog at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Lads group hug at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Groom shaking his bestmans hand at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Best man pulling a face while straightening grooms buttonhole

The sun was creating lighting, that we normally only get at sunset, in the middle of the day. It was at this point I started to get a measure of Carl’s & his best man’s sense of humour. Outside the groom and his best man played out like Laurel & Hardy.

Groom talking to brides father in the grounds of Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Close up of grroms cufflinks
Groom talking to the registrar at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Grooms mum meeting guests at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Bride checking her necklace in the mirror at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Reflection of the bride in a large mirror at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
bride smiling against the wall at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland

A Beautiful Wedding at Horton Grange

Jo looked stunning and her dad’s face was a picture of pride when she came down Horton Grange’s staircase. The quartet was playing and the fireplaces made the service room wonderfully cosy. Dudley made it down the aisle without incident. The light in the room was wonderful. I don’t think we’ve ever seen that room looking as good during summer weddings.

Bride walking do the stairs of Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Brides father watching his daughter walk down the stairs of Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Quartet playing during service at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Bridesmaid walking down the ailse of Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Brides son walking the family dog down the aisle at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Bride waiting with her father at Horton Grange Hotel in Northumberland
Carl seeing Jo for the first time at Horton Grange
Bride & Groom listening to Registrar
Jo & Cark smiling during wedding at Horton Grange
Grooms son during his reading
The Reading at Horton Grange
Close up of Carl & Jo's hands
Carl & Jo facing each other during the wedding service at Horton Grange
Jo & Carl laughing during wedding service at Horton Grange
Best man getting wedding rings out at Horton Grange
Jo placing a wedding ring on Carls finger at Horton Grange
Close up of brides wedding rings at Horton Grange
Carl & Jo Kissing at Horton Grange

Jo & Carl took the ceremony in their stride. It’s always emotional during the candle lighting but otherwise the service was full of laughs. Dudley’s bow tie didn’t give up the rings without a little fight, but the best man took it in his stride. Dudley did steal the show a little when he wanted to get cuddles from his mum & dad at the signing table.

Jo & Carl talking during wedding service
Dog bored at wedding service
Jo & Carl Kissing after signing the register at The Horton Grange Hotel
Bridal Party signing the register at Horton Grange
The Family dog wanting to sign the register at Horton Grange
Bride & Groom waiting to walk up the aisle at The Horton Grange Hotel
Bride & Groom greeted by drinks after their wedding at Horton Grange
Bride hugging Grooms mum at The Horton Grange Hotel
Groom having a sneaky drink at The Horton Grange Hotel

Cold Toes & Slippery Steps

After the service, we sat back to let Jo & Carl greet their guests and catch their breaths. It gave the Horton Grange staff time to move the service room chairs to the conservatory. Risking life and limb carrying stacks of wedding chairs aroun the outside of the building.

We then had to handhold everyone over the front steps of the hotel. This was the only time Jo had agreed to go outside, as long as they could stay on the steps. Of course, the best man had to take a pot shot at the groom with a snowball. No one would miss an opportunity like that and definitely not these two.

Sun peaking through the trees at The Horton Grange Hotel
Best man ready to throw a snow ball at The Horton Grange Hotel
Family group photo outside The Horton Grange Hotel
Large group photo outside of The Horton Grange Hotel
Guests waving outside Horton Grange Hotel
Bride & Groom being showered in confetti at Horton Grange Hotel
Bride & Groom laughing outside Horton Grange Hotel
Bride & Groom surrounded by confetti outside Horton Grange Hotel
Groom joking with his friends outside Horton Grange Hotel
A family photo in the snow at Horton Grange Hotel
Groom with his step children at Horton Grange
Bridal Party in the snow at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Guests in a scrum at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Bride and father of the bride warming themselves infont of the fire at Horton Grange Hotel
Carl & Jo enjoying the open fire at Horton Grange in Northumberland
The Bride & Groom Hugging on the stairs at Horton Grange

Horton Grange’s new flower wall was a great background for Jo & Carl’s wedding cake. It’s amazing how many venues place hundreds of pounds worth of wedding cake in front of a nasty radiator or in a dark corner. It’s refreshing and makes our life a lot easier.

One downside at Horton is the lack of space in bad weather. The bar area is only small. Add a string quartet and 30+ guests and it becomes a little cramped.

The Wedding Cake at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Bride & Groom cutting their cake at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Table Favours at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Table placings at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Reflection of the Bride & Groom in the table plan mirror at Horton Grange in Northumberland

Jo still wasn’t budging on going out in the snow. Even my best charm offensive didn’t persuade her. 30 seconds on the conservatory decking was all the “snow-loving” we were going to get. Given that she was wearing a sleeveless dress in sub-zero temperatures, who can blame her!

Bride & Groon next to a frozen pond at Horton Grange in Northumberland
The grrom looking at the bride outside Horton Grange in Northumberland
The bride keeping warm in the snow at Horton Grange in Northumberland
The wedding party pulling faces at Horton Grange in Northumberland

Speeches & Pranks

As you might’ve already guessed, Carl & his best man had a micky-take and practical joke, relationship. Carl had been planning. Somehow he had managed to separate his best man from his reading glasses. Without them, he was as blind as a bat. We were sworn to secrecy of course and happy to play along. Carl & Jo loved pulling funny faces and seemed to love doing them as soon as I wasn’t pointing the camera at him but I caught a few. Eventually we thought we should make it a feature with the newly created family.

Groom hiding bestmans glasses before his speech at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Guests cheering Bride & Groom at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Bride & Groom walking into Horton Grange Wedding breakfast
Father of the bride during his speech
Bride holding back tears at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Bride & Groom laughing at Bestman
Horton Grange's function room for the wedding breakfast
Table Centre at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Toast after grooms speech at Horton Grange in Northumberland

Jo’s dad’s speech was lovely. Full of emotion and love for his daughter. As the speeches progressed we could only watch as the best man began to panic, looking for his glasses. As it came to the best man’s speech he got desperate. Asking the staff to help to look for them. As the wedding co-ordinator headed to interrogate the waiting staff to see if they had moved them I had to fill him in on the prank. Carl finally let the cat out of the bag much to the best man’s relief. Allowing him to dive into his epic speech.

Bestman looking for his glasses at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Best man realising the groom had stolen his glasses
Groom watching the bestman read his speech at Horton Grange in Northumberland
Bestman reading his speach at Horton Grange in Northumberland

We had a blast photographing Jo & Carl’s wedding at Horton Grange. It didn’t go to plan at all but those often make you think outside of the box and push you out of your comfort zone. We left them as they enjoyed their meal and the sun was setting outside. We wish their new family all the best in the future and can’t wait to see them all again.

Horton Grange at night and covered in snow

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