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Yesterday, I headed to the border of Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire to join Louise & Paul at Stubton Hall for a catch up, a brew and for their practice photoshoot!

Stubton is a place I’ve never had the pleasure of photographing at before and before heading down I read that it’s been voted one of the top 100 wedding venues in the world!  I was understandably excited and even on a traditionally cold and overcast British day, it didn’t disappoint!   It was such a beautiful, unspoilt setting, with 24 acres of gardens and grounds, and grand high-ceilinged rooms with bursting with period charm & interior design flair…

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The vegetarian’s aren’t always so keen, but personally I think anywhere with antlers on the walls is good with me!

I want a set on which to hang my growing collection of tweed jackets…

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I love the way the place has been dressed – Apparently the lady in the painting above had her bottom out, so to preserve her dignity she’s been given a sarong!

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One of these rooms is called the white room.

I can’t for the life of me work out which one it is.

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After a good nosey around, we got down to business: The practice shoot!

I like to put all my couples through a real world photoshoot to get them used to the experience of being in front of my camera.  That way, they know what I’m looking for, are confident I can make them look ace & learn it can be a good laugh; but fundamentally, it makes the official portraits quicker on their big day, so they can get back to the party and enjoy the bubbles and canapes!

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On the South terrace is a 300 foot water feature!

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I love this sequence – ironing the awkwardness out of public displays of affection take a bit practice!

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These guys were more than relaxed in front of the camera and clearly enjoy each other’s company!

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In spite of the opulent surroundings, this rusty container caught my eye as a fun background.

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It was great to catch up with Louise & Paul and to check out their awesome wedding venue! Now I’m super giddy about their big day in April!

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