I’m always so thrilled to photograph a wedding at The Lords of The Manor. It truly is a magnificent Hotel. The Lords of the manor dates back to 1649, and was originally a much smaller house, but has been altered and added to over the years, making it the incredibly beautiful wedding venue it is today. The Lords of the Manor is situated in the Cotswold village of Upper Slaughter, which is derived from the old English word “slohtre” and actually means “Muddy place”, and not something more macabre which the name alludes to. Having got engaged at The Lords of The Manor, the hotel held special importance to the couple, and so when it came to their wedding there was nowhere else they would rather get married.
On the morning of the wedding, the bride got ready in one of the large luxury Lords Bedrooms located within the oldest part of the house, which feature high ceilings and windows with beautiful views across the front gardens and Cotswold Countryside. A perfect bridal suit with plenty of natural light for bridal preparations to capture beautiful natural hair and make-up photos.
And the large windows offer the perfect spot to hang the bridal gown from. And with 25 bedrooms the Grade II listed former rectory has the capacity to accommodate all your guests too.
A Beautiful Wedding Ceremony
Located opposite the Lords of The Manor in the village of Upper Slaughter is St Peter’s Church where the bride and groom were married. A quant 12th-century church with a long pathway leading up to a beautiful entrance, which the coupe decorated with a stunning floral arch.
After a beautiful ceremony where the couple exchanged their vows, they exited the church through a confetti tunnel, which is a must-have on your wedding shot list. Before they led the processional back to the hotel.
An Atmospheric Reception on the Manor Lawns
The wedding reception took place on the front lawns of The Lords of the Manor. With eight acres of gardens, it’s the perfect setting for guests to relax and enjoy the scenery and the ambiance over a glass of Pimm’s.
Romantic & Picturesque Photography Settings
And for the uber-romantic bride and groom photos, the beautiful well-kept flower garden at the back of the house, the shady orchard, or the scenic lake makes the perfect setting for some really dreamy romantic photos. It’s this time I like to pull out my 85mm lens because the bokeh it gives just makes everything even more romantic.
A Marquee Wedding Breakfast
Tucked away to the side of the expansive front lawns of The Lords of The Manor is the croquet lawn, perfect for guests to enjoy a bit of competitive fun. It also doubles as the ideal spot for a marquee if you’re having a larger wedding.
The gorgeous couple created a beautifully elegant and relaxed environment for the wedding breakfast by decorating the marquee with tall floral displays and smaller vases of flowers on their wedding tables, bringing the meadow from the outside, inside.
The End of a Perfect Lords of the Manor Wedding
And after the sumptuous wedding breakfast, and some heart-warming and riotous speeches, we slipped away from the Lords of The Manor for a few romantic portraits in the village as the last of the hazy summer sunshine lit up the iconic Cotswold stone of the houses.
Then it was back to the manor to cut the beautiful and yummy cake before the bride and Groom danced the night away with their family and friends.