Sophie & Alex

Sophie & Alex came over from Dubai for their big day, Sophie originally from Cumbria, and Alex from Windsor chose Matfen Hall in Northumberland for their wedding in December last year. Matfen Hall is a dream for a wedding photographer! a beautiful historic house which dates back to the 17th century sitting in some rather stunning countryside. It has the most spectacular grand hall for the wedding ceremony, elegant rooms for the reception and preparations and even a cosy cellar for the after party.

Wedding photographer Matfen Hall

I have photographed hundreds of wedding venues and there aren’t many which work equally well in both summer and winter, rain and shine but this venue does. Matfen Hall is less than an hours drive from the Lake District so a great option for my Cumbrian based clients.

Sophie’s words;

The Beginning

We were introduced through AJ’s sister who I used to live with at University. About three years later, I was living in Dubai and AJ ended up coming out to visit me on a very sporadic trip over New Year…one thing led to another and a few visits later AJ ended up moving out to Dubai after nine months, where we moved in together. We then got engaged in Zanzibar four years later, on Christmas Eve.

Preparing for the big day

Because we live in such a sunny environment all year around, we really loved the idea of a Christmas wedding, focusing on the little details such as the Christmas fairy lighting and the magical atmosphere. Matfen Hall was a perfect venue for this, as we arranged the big log fire to take place and the candles down the aisle. The flowers and lighting hanging from the ceiling was also so picturesque. The venue was only 15 minutes away from the airport which was perfect, as around 95% of our guests were flying in from down south and close for friends and family coming over from the Lake District.

“There not enough superlatives to describe how fantastic Helen was both before and after our big day, the photos we have are absolutely incredible and beautifully tell the story of our wedding, she is ultra talented and a joy to be around, thank you Helen”