Lucy & Phil’s wedding journey began at Christmas, just after their trip to Edinburgh. It was the first Christmas Day spent together in their new house, and Phil popped the question after Lucy had served him a lovely breakfast! We got to know them better over an engagement shoot at the gorgeous Elloughton Woods, a location chosen by Lucy. We really made the most of it too – and tried out a ton of poses and locations to make sure everyone was prepared for the day itself!
From our very first meeting with Lucy & Phil we knew their wedding was going to be something spectacular. They both knew exactly what they wanted and had really clear plans in mind. We were even more excited when we learnt that they were getting married at The Highfield House, a recently renovated hidden gem, and our second brand new venue of the year!
It was the stunning look of The Highfield House that first attracted Lucy & Phil. It’s a really individual venue, and with it’s dramatic surroundings it matched their tastes entirely. It tied in perfectly with the vision for their wedding – a celebration based on their love of jazz, dramatic decor, and plenty of high quality suppliers! Lucy and Phil are huge fans of tradition, and self confessed lovers of pomp, they wanted their day to be a ceremonial affair with impact – and that it was!
The day itself was one of the most well choreographed days of celebration you could possibly imagine. Tom spent the morning with Lucy and her family, who were getting prepared in the bridal apartment within Highfield House itself! It was great to have everyone together in one place, and brilliant for photo taking, too. They’d designated separate rooms for hairdressing and makeup, which was great for Tom, who could simply nip between rooms to capture everything he needed!
Lucy arrived at Rise Church in style, using her Dad’s classic Jaguar as her wedding transport. The ceremony, taken by Reverend Andy Simpson, (our all time favourite Vicar) was light-hearted, but beautiful. Afterwards, it was on to the impressive Highfield House for celebrations, which was decorated with red roses – very simple, but super elegant. A black tie event, everyone really looked the part too. The entire day, in fact, felt really special, with guests enjoying canapes and drinks on the lawn, and later on, a cocktail hour in the Grand Hall!
The grounds of Highfield House certainly didn’t disappoint either. We honestly could’ve walked round for hours with Lucy & Phil, there was so much potential for portraits everywhere – but of course, we had to return them to their guests!
We had numerous favourite moments of the day. Lucy and Phil’s grand entrance to the venue, exiting the wedding car and making their way up the staircase to their guests. Or perhaps the 18 piece big band, which really had the dance floor going (and took up half of it), before topping the night off with sparklers on the doorstep! For Lucy & Phil, the favourite moment was a few quiet moments between the church and the reception. Stopping off at a canal for a glass of champagne and taking a minute to reflect, alone, together. A pretty good way to prepare for such a hectic reception, no doubt!
Take a look for yourself below!