Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

bride and groom at back of down hall essex 12.This civil wedding ceremony took place in November 2016.It is one of the ten best wedding venues in essex

Ashleigh and Sams amazing wedding at the fabulous Down Hall in Essex.

Title – Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Date – 27 November 2016

Bride – Ashleigh Jewitt

Groom – Sam Fitts

Bridesmaids – Shelby, Rosie, Nicki and Ellie

Best man –David  ( grooms dad )

Ushers – Billie, Adam and Harry

Ceremony – Down Hall Country House Hotel

Reception – Down Hall Country House Hotel

Photographer – John Paul O’Donnell

Video – Spotlight weddings

Singer – Austin Drage X factor 

Flowers – Stacey Stevens – Designer Flowers

Hair – Kate brides best friend

Make up – Sam Beautiful You

Magician – Lee Walkabout Magic   See The Mannequin Challenge MAGIC  video here 

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Story

I first met (Sam the groom) about ten years ago when we were both training at the same gym together. We used to chat and regularly have a steam and sauna after training.  Sam always said that when he gets married I will be his photographer. Well the time came and 8 years later he rang me to tell me him and Ashleigh were getting married.  We got together at my Studio and I was then introduced to Ashleigh.  She looked absolutely beautiful we got chatting and got on really well. She loved the storybook albums and the next thing they filled the forms in and was I now booked for their wedding.

The Wedding Day

This wedding wasn’t about the hotel, the Christmas trees,  the grounds, the sharp suits, brilliant entertainment, celebrity singer, insane styling or stunning location. This wedding was about Ashleigh and Sam their two little boys Frankie and Billie, their amazing families and their friends – an incredible couple and a truly lovely group of people. Without doubt all those things I listed were amazing features of their wedding, but really the best thing about their wedding at Down Hall Essex was the amount of love that their friends and family had from start to finish.

They planned their wedding day perfectly at Down Hall by both getting ready there at opposite ends of the hotel. The civil ceremony was early enough to take in the gorgeous setting. Their whole wedding was styled and planned by Ashleigh –who worked so hard from start to finish and the attention to detail was just immense. The entertainment was at the next level too. Austin Drage and his band played live, along with the brilliant Lovelight a great combination. I’ve worked with them all many times and I seriously can’t wait for the next time we all work together.

11.30 am.  I arrived at Sam’s room he was there with his mate Adam and his brother Harry.  He opened his present from Ashleigh which was a beautiful pair of cufflinks. Once Sam put them on the next thing he put on was his waistcoat and jacket. looking extremely sharp he was a man who was ready to get married.

12 midday.  I walked into the bridal suite Ashleigh was with her sisters and mum.  Her makeup and hair had just been finished.  All the bridesmaids had pyjamas matching the brides… so I grabbed a quick picture.   When you meet Ashleigh you see a stunning girl who has a lovely friendly personality. She posed for some lovely pictures and then Frankie came over to his mum I took some pictures of them cuddling and kissing. The bridesmaids all got into their dresses and then helped Ashleigh get into hers.. it was at this moment I went outside the room with Anthony the video man.  We got talking to Darren the father of the bride..  he was excited to see his daughter in her wedding dress, so when the door opened he walked in and saw her. Ashleigh started crying and they kissed and cuddled.  This was a beautiful moment and one that never disappoints when you witness it at a wedding.   I then had the idea of doing the Mannequin Challenge.. a craze which has swept across social media recently and id not seen it done at a wedding.  My plan was to walk in the room whilst the dress was being done up and everyone freezes.. we all did it and it was perfectly with all the people in the room doing their part by keeping dead still. #MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE see it here. The registrars came up and ran through the formalities with Ashleigh so I took this moment to head down to the ceremony and get set up.

2.00 pm.  The wedding ceremony started with the entrances of all the page boys and bridesmaids. Ashleigh had arranged for her brother Billy to walk her halfway and her dad to walk her the rest which was lovely. As she walked in sam looked up and smiled Ashleigh was crying.  The atmosphere was lovely you could feel the love in the room that everyone has for these two.

After the ceremony, Ashleigh and Sam made their way out into the gardens. They had their drinks outside and I made sure I got the group shots taken nice and quickly because it really was cold. The light was really good and the bride and groom walked around the grounds with me and we shot some beautiful Reportage and classical images. I used the main gardens at the back of the house as the main backdrop and then walked through the hotel to the front and used the balustrade and front areas for more pictures.  We then went inside where it was lovely and warm with the log fire going and took lots of pictures with their family and friends with the Christmas tree.

Ashleigh and Sam then walked into the main room to see it before all the guests came in. They checked that everyone’s places were correct.  I took the opportunity to grab a few more pictures with them. The guests all came in and took their seats .. it was then that Ashleigh and Sam made their entrance into the most brilliant applause … the guests made so much noise that they lifted the roof of the building.

The speeches started with the father of the bride’s dad then Sam, Ashleigh and finally Sams dad …four amazing and beautiful speeches full of great stories, fun and of course tears.

Once the meal finished the backdrop behind the top table was removed and revealed the light up dance floor and staging.  It was at this point that Austin Drage x factor and his band started to play. Sam and Ashleigh then took to the dance floor and had a beautiful first dance together.  The family and friends all joined in and filled the dance floor. The band was brilliant it was then that lovelight kicked in and played some great tunes.

I then took the bride and groom out to the front of the hotel and did a beautiful finishing shot with Ashleigh and Sam kissing in the doorway lit with a single off camera flash with the building all lit up.  I then said my goodbyes and the bride and groom went back to the party.

Ashleigh and Sam your wedding day from start to finish was beautiful. I really am so privileged to do what I do and I know that we will all keep in touch and that I’ve made great friends in you. JP

Here a few pictures I have selected from the day. Enjoy!

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Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

 

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

 

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Ashleigh and Sams wedding at Down Hall Hotel

 

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