COCKLIFFE COUNTRY HOUSE | MARK + ALISON

bride and groom looking into each other's eyes on a winters evening. its there wedding day at cockliffe country house in nottingham. photo taken by rachael phillips photography

Alison + Mark

Cockliffe Country House

 Nottingham and Derby wedding photographer

A Winter Wedding Tale at Cockliffe Country House: Capturing Alison and Mark’s Love Symphony

wedding venue cockliffe country house in nottingham, wedding photographer, rachael phillips photography, derby and nottingham

 Big day!

As the wintry winds wrapped Nottingham in a festive embrace on Christmas Eve Eve, the enchanting halls of Cockliffe Country House bore witness to a love story destined for the ages. In the heart of this picturesque setting, Alison and Mark embarked on a journey that transcended the ordinary—a celebration that began as a simple ceremony coverage and blossomed into a full-day extravaganza.

Join me as we unravel

the chapters of this magical winter wedding, where unexpected reunions, collaborative magic, and joyous surprises created a tapestry of memories. From the windswept grounds to the heartwarming Christmas theme, every detail painted a portrait of love, laughter, and shared moments. So, grab a cup of warmth, settle in, and let’s delve into the enchanting tale of Alison and Mark’s love symphony at Cockliffe Country House.

 

Allow me to tell you about their day.

In the magical winter embrace of Cockliffe Country House, Alison and Mark’s wedding unfolded like a carefully crafted novel, with each chapter revealing new surprises and heartwarming moments. Set against the backdrop of Christmas Eve Eve, this celebration marked the union of two souls and the culmination of my wedding photography endeavours for the year.

bride and grrom infront of cockliffe country house in nottingham for there winter wedding in december

COCKLIFFE COUNTRY HOUSE

Nottingham

Cockliffe Country House | Nottingham Wedding Photography | Rachael Phillips Photography
Cockliffe Country House | Nottingham Wedding Photography | Rachael Phillips Photography

Dating back to 1678, Cockliffe House is situated in the heart of Nottinghamshire countryside but only 10 minutes’ drive from Nottingham City Centre, the perfect match of tranquillity and accessibility.

Unforgettable Moments

When I first spoke with Alison, the plan was straightforward—a simple coverage of the ceremony. However, as the days approached, the narrative took an unexpected turn. The couple realised they wanted more than just a glimpse of the ceremony; they wanted to capture every part of their special day.
What was intended to be a brief coverage evolved into a full-day spectacle, a testament to their commitment to preserving every precious moment.

As we geared up for the day, the weather forecast painted a grim picture of wind and rain. Yet, as fate would have it, the day greeted us with a dry but chilly winter’s embrace, creating the perfect atmosphere for a cosy celebration with a Christmas vibe and carols under the tree.

all the children are sitting by the christmas tree on the wedding day
the bide is getting ready as she is helped by putting her shoes on, sat on a chair in the bridal suite at cockliffe country house in nottingham

Familiar faces

Arriving a little earlier onto the grounds of Cockliffe House, I took a moment to capture the beauty that surrounded us. A delightful surprise awaited as I encountered a familiar face among the ‘unofficial’ bridesmaid—a connection from years past that added an unexpected layer of warmth to the day.

The cast of characters expanded with the entrance of Sharon, the talented makeup artist from Bush-moments. Her perpetual smile and shared understanding of the importance of finishing touches turned mundane preparations into photographic gold. A simple act, like clearing clutter and straightening the bed for a dress reveal, spoke volumes about the collaborative magic that happens behind the scenes.

Christmas theme

The decision to get ready at the venue allowed for impromptu captures, showcasing the camaraderie and anticipation leading up to the main event. The attentive staff at Cockliffe House, led by the ever-efficient Abi, ensured the day flowed seamlessly.

The love story between Alison and Mark unfolded in each smile and shared a glance, making my job as a photographer both effortless and incredibly rewarding. Moments with Alison’s mum became even more precious, prompting us to capture carols under the Christmas tree before she gracefully stepped away.

The Christmas theme added a festive charm, creating a visual tapestry that complemented the season. While the wind thwarted our drone plans, the abundance of timeless photos and cherished moments made it a negligible loss.

christmas themed table decor on a wedding day

A SUPRISE

awaited during dinner—the entrance of singing waiters, transforming the evening into a harmonious family affair. Laughter echoed as the groom’s face mirrored the shock of the unsuspecting guests. Even the behind-the-bar crew couldn’t resist joining the spontaneous celebration.

As dinner unfolded, I took myself away and found a quiet place for the creative process, weaving through photos and crafting a same-day slideshow.  The last time I was here we had a technical glitch so I had everything crossed for this time thankfully it was a thing of the past, and the visual storytelling unfolded seamlessly.

After the speeches Sparkler-lit moments illuminated the night, creating a breathtaking prelude to the cake-cutting and the first dance.

The surprise singing waiter falls over and everyone jumps up in shock to help
Everyone stands up and sings as the surprise singing waiter starts singing
The surprise singing waiter falls over and everyone jumps up in shock to help
bride and grooms first dance with the flashes making a starburst behind them

DANCE FLOOR

A FINAL GLANCE

Alison and Mark’s wedding waltz encapsulated the essence of their love story—a symphony of joy, laughter, and shared moments.
To the newlyweds, a resounding congratulations.
Thank you for entrusting me with the task of weaving your story into the rich tapestry of memories. May your journey be filled with an abundance of love, laughter, and countless beautiful moments.
Cheers to a lifetime of happiness!


A few great vendors from the wedding day: 

Flowers: Buds in Bloom
Suits: Blush-moments
Hair: Daughter Sophie
Venue: Cockliffe Country House
Singing waiters: Silver service waiters
Decor: Touch of Charm
Videographer: Will Harrison Film
Photographer: ME!

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the bridal suite as everyone is getting ready
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speeches in a christian-themed room at cockliffe country house venue
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bride and groom exchange rings during the ceremony, its a close-up photo and in black and white
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the bride with her newest granddaughter
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the bride's wedding dress is hanging proudly in the middle of the aisle where the ceremony was held on the morning of her wedding at cockliffe country house in Nottingham
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Bride and groom on there wedding day in the gardens together at Cockliffe country house in nottingham, photo by rachael phillips photography
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the back of the brides dress as shes helped to get ready, photo in black and white
make up being done by blush moments at cockliffe country house
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bride and grrom infront of cockliffe country house in nottingham for there winter wedding in december
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the bide is getting ready as she is helped by putting her shoes on, sat on a chair in the bridal suite at cockliffe country house in nottingham
The surprise singing waiter falls over and everyone jumps up in shock to help
bride and grroom making a heart with sparklers on there wedding day at Cockliffe country house in Nottingham, photo taken by Rachael phillips photography
The surprise singing waiter falls over and everyone jumps up in shock to help
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