Howell Manor is a beautiful countryside wedding venue near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Danielle & James’ relaxed country wedding was a perfect example of just that. The day definitely had a countryside vibe, although it’s hard not to when your chosen wedding vehicle is a gigantic JCB tractor.
As I arrived at Danielle’s parents’ home I was instantly made to feel welcome. Prep was in full swing and after capturing the details, I began capturing the day in my documentary photography style. One thing that instantly struck me was the amount of laughter within the room. This is something that didn’t stop all day.
As a documentary wedding photographer, one of my first jobs is reassuring people that I am not going to be forcing them to constantly stop what they are doing to pose. Instead I remind them that I am a fly on the wall, capturing the true story of the day. Albeit a rather large fly with a bald head and a beard. Wait, do fly’s have beards? Anyway I digress.
Wedding Ceremony at St Andrews Church, Heckington
In a small village like Heckington, a wedding day is something that is witnessed by the whole village. St Andrews Church, located in the heart of Heckington is a beautiful 14th Century Church. The church is full of intricate carvings, many of which are considered the finest examples in the country.
After a pint in the pub to settle those last minute nerves, The groom made his way to St Andrews Church to await the arrival of Danielle. The gorgeous May sunshine made the stroll to the church all the more enjoyable. The church’s cool interior was a welcome relief to the groomsmen in their three-piece suits.
The ceremony itself was beautiful. Delivered by a family friend, the ceremony was again pierced with several bouts of laughter, which continued the theme of the day.
The ceremony was followed with the newlyweds being covered in confetti, before mounting a huge JCB tractor to head to the wedding reception at Howell Manor, near Sleaford.
Wedding Reception at Howell Manor, Sleaford.
The beauty of Howell Manor is the fact that it sits on a working farm. Elaine allowed the couple to go to the reservoir in order to get some photos. This gave them the chance to not only get some beautiful portraits, but to get that peaceful five minutes together. As newlyweds a few minutes together is so important on your wedding day. This time allowed Danielle & James to take in the beauty of the ceremony and take five minutes together at the reservoir at Howell Manor, before they again boarded their tractor to greet their guests at the reception.
The grounds of the main house at Howell Manor are where the Marquee was placed. A beautiful, relaxed location that gave the couples ideas (such as a vintage tractor being used for seating plan) the perfect context.
As the day was perfect weather wise, a lot of time was spent in the outdoors at Howell. The hay bales completing the country look, covered with blankets that as the sun bid farewell, gave some cosy warmth to snuggle into.
Enjoy the rest of the photos and if you are looking for advice about getting great wedding photos at Howell Manor, please get in touch.
Reception Venue: Howell Manor
Hair: Lox Hair
Makeup: The Look
Dress: The Ivory Room