A classic and elegant white wedding at the beautiful Prestwold Hall

Today I am excited to share this classic and elegant white wedding at the beautiful Prestwold Hall.

Abby & Owen were married on the 16th of April 2016, and images were captured by Joanne Withers Photography.

 

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Joanne Withers is a Leicestershire based Wedding and Portrait Photographer.

Her love of photography did not start with a camera. It started as a teenager looking through the battered, old family suitcase and tins full of loose photographs.

This still inspires her as a photographer. Capturing and preserving those moments to look back on.

 

I hand over to Jo to share her recollections of the couple and their Big Day…

 

“As a lifestyle and wedding photographer, my sole inspiration is to create and capture priceless
memories for people.”

“From the little details of the wedding cards sitting on a fireplace, to the stunning images in a grand venue, every one of those images tells a story and brings out different memories for everybody.”

“I love to get to know my couples and want their day to be about them and not me taking over.”

 

“I first met Abby and Owen when Abby was a bridesmaid for her brother’s wedding.”

“We met again when they were planning their own wedding,  and I was thrilled to be asked to be their photographer.”

“I knew her cake and flowers would be fabulous, as I know those suppliers well and I adore Prestwold Hall.”

“Prestwold is one of my local venues and the way they plan a wedding day is perfect and the staff couldn’t be nicer.”

“They understand all the finer details and help the suppliers out no end.”

 

“I love that I got to start the wedding photographs in the very kitchen that Owen proposed in and the
atmosphere of the whole day was fun and relaxed.”

“I personally loved the whole white theme and when Abby asked me was it strange, I reminded her that if all white was good enough for Kate Moss, then she was right to trust her instincts.”

“Abby and Owen took everything in their stride with one of those days where it went from rain, to sunshine, to rain storms and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer couple to spend time with.”

“I love the fact that they appreciated having time together for some photos, because it is probably what every photographer recommends and the results are beautiful.”

“I also loved the fact that Abby and Owen had arranged for their romantic first dance to suddenly burst into the Conga track.”

“The looks at first, on the guests faces was priceless and brilliant when they all joined in dancing around the venue.”

 

I hand over to gorgeous Bride Abby to share the couples story…

 

Tell us how you met…

“I (Abby) was actually set up on a date with Chris, our best man, seven years ago!”

“Turned out, I fancied his mate instead!!! There was no physical attraction, but myself and Chris remained friends and when he moved into his friend’s flat, I visited for a nosey.”

“The visits became more and more frequent once I’d met his friend Owen.”

“The rest as they say is history.”

 

Tell us about the Engagement…

“Owen popped the question on Christmas Day 2013.”

“We had been staying at my parents while we were renovating our current home / first house bought together.”

“He had been waiting for us to have our own home before getting down on one knee.”

“And so he did on dusty knee in the building site of what is now our kitchen.”

“He took me there on the proviso that we were taking photos to show to his Nana who we would be seeing later that day.”

 

Tell us about your Wedding Planning experience…

“Cliche I know, but I have to say I have dreamt of a white wedding since I was a little girl.”

“I had always wanted a classic white and elegant wedding. I had no particular theme, just white.”

“I had a few comments when I had stated that the bridesmaids would be in white also, but everyone agreed it looked stunning.”

“I didn’t want to look back at our photos in years to come and think, ‘what did I choose that colour for’, or have a ‘trendy’ wedding that will look really old fashioned when you’re showing the kids your wedding pics.”

“I spent many an evening on the iPad looking for inspiration and taking screen shots of anything
pretty I found. It was literally full of images.”

“Jo our photographer did my brother’s wedding and I then bumped into her at a wedding fayre, which sealed the deal.”

“My sister in law is a florist, so that was an obvious choice there and Sharon’s Sugarcraft who did our cake has a shop next to the florist, plus they both have very good reputations locally.”

“We did attend a couple of wedding fayres but I have to say I did generally find everything else with good old Google.”

“I was quite conscious that the planning should be a joint effort, so I tried my very best to include
Owen in the decision making.”

“He knows organising is probably one of my favourite things to do though so pretty much left me to it … until it came to cake tasting!”

 

The best bit of the Wedding Day…

“I can honestly say I loved the whole day, but walking both up and down the aisle was such a rush as I was just so excited.”

“We both loved the couples shoot, we had so much fun and it was such a buzz.”

“It was also probably the only time we got to really experience the day just the two of us (and Jo, our lovely photographer), we were both on such a high!”

“Oh and the food. The food was amaaaaazing. It definitely has to go down as one of the best parts of the day and I know all of our guests would agree.”

 

What Advice would you give to other couples getting Married?

“We had been told several times that the day goes so quickly.”

“As is usual we didn’t fully appreciate that until the day was over … time really does fly!”

“Make time to spend some time just the two of you and take it all in, whether it be a photoshoot, or a quiet wander in the grounds of your venue.”

“It is such precious time, you really need to appreciate it and try to relax and enjoy.”

 

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Wedding Suppliers 

Venue: Prestwold Hall

Photography: Joanne Withers Photography

Floristry: Designer Daisies

Wedding Cake: Sharon’s Sugarcraft

Hair & Make Up: Rachel Liney Hair and MUA

Dress:  (shop has moved and changed name)

Tiara: Debenhams

Bridesmaids: ChiChi – personalised with green ribbon

Bridesmaids shoes: Next

Flower girls dresses: Monsoon

Suits: Greenwoods

Candelabras and Chaircovers – Princess Occasions

Tableplan: Bride & Groom

Entertainment: D-Jay’s Mobile Disco – Jason Gamble

Love Letters and Postbox: Wedding Venue Lighting

Photobooth: Vintage Booth

 

To Contact Joanne Withers Photography

Website: http://joannewithersphotography.co.uk/

Email: jo@joannewithersphotography.co.uk

Phone: 0116 2696494 Mobile: 07815 187583

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