Mountains Country House Photography


Photographed by Nicholas Hill

Chantelle & Liam's Wedding

Mountains Country House Photography is always such a joy. The venue is exclusive as there is limited availability. The wedding of Chantelle & Liam is a great example of how well Mountains works as a wedding venue. The couple got married in August and the weather was typically English. There was a mixture of sunshine and rain. Hopefully you will see how well the venue copes with a mix of good and bad weather.

Chantelle & Liam's Thoughts


“From the moment we met Nick, we were both filled with confidence in his exceptional photography skills and experience, but most of all we were warmed to Nick’s caring and positive nature which we knew he would be perfect to be involved in our special day. Nick made us both feel very comfortable in front of the camera and taught us how relax, allowing us to enjoy our wedding without stressing.”

Getting Ready

Wedding Details

It is so important for my Mountains Country House Photography to capture the finer details of the day as well at the bigger moments we all expect. The flowers, rings, and even the choice of socks can be equally worthy of a thoughtful photograph. I tend to put time into setting up the rings as well as ensuring that nothing important is missed.

Mountains Country House Photography Details

Bridal Preparation

The Bride

Chantelle was still living at home before getting married. It was the perfect choice for the bride to get ready there one last time. I arrived in good time before being joined by the wedding videographer. Chantelle had allocated the use of the conservatory for her bridal prep.

I realised very quickly that Chantelle, her bridesmaids and immediate family were all very emotional. It is lovely to be able to capture this emotion through my photography.

It is often a good idea to open cards and read letters prior to having the final touches of makeup being applied. You will see that there were many tears of joy shared during the morning and intact the entire day.

Chantelle’s Father arranged a surprise Horse and Carriage to take them to Mountains Country House. I was able to capture the moment Chantelle saw the horses for the firs time. I was also waiting at the venue to photograph them arrive.

Mountains Country House Photography Bridal Prep

Groom Preparation

The Groom

The groom Liam was getting ready at a country pub house just down the road from Mountains Country House. My second photographer Matthew joined Liam and his fellow groomsmen before they left for the venue.

It is always nice to photograph a military man in uniform as it elevates the day to become something quite special indeed. Chantelle bought Liam a beautiful pocket watch for his wedding day.

The groom and his groomsmen were also treated to a horse drawn carriage. Apparently they managed to hold up the busy traffic on the roads around Tonbridge. Liam was so embarrassed he could not look at the trailing traffic.

I arrived at the venue in good time. The groom was outside in front of the Mountains Country House welcoming guests. I used this time to good effect, photographing himself and his fellow groomsmen as the Mother of the Bride arrived.

Mountains Country House Photography Groom

Mountains Country House

The Ceremony

The ceremony at Mountains Country House was outside under the gazebo. Chantelle arrived by horse and carriage. I photographed them as they travelled down the pathway.

During the civil ceremony myself and Matthew are able to capture the ceremony from many different angles and perspectives. There is always one photographer under the gazebo with the couple. The second photographer is free to move about and be more creative.

The weather held out perfect for the wedding ceremony and we all enjoyed beautiful blue skies. Immediately after the confetti the skies clouded over and we were treated with a mixture of sunshine and showers.

Mountains Country House Photography Wedding Ceremony

Mountains Country House

The Reception

The reception was a mixture of taking cover from the rain followed by glorious sunshine. During the time Matthew and I will split our responsibilities. Matthew will cover the reception and try to capture as many candid portraits of the guests enjoying themselves as possible. My responsibility is to ensure we keep everything to time by ensuring the couple have their formals and portraits completed before they sit down for the wedding breakfast.

Mountains Country House Photography Wedding Reception

Mountains Country House

The Formals

The formals at Mountains Country House Photography were taken indoors due to the mixed weather conditions. Formal photography was important to Chantelle and Liam so we concentrated a good amount of their allocated time ensuring these were looking good. To lift the portraits I used additional lighting to make the images look nice and bright.

I do find that formals have an extra quality when the groom is dressed in full military outfit. Liam and his groomsmen certainly looked the part on the wedding day.

Mountains Country House Photography Formals

Mountains Country House

The Portraits

Despite the rain we were able to get a few minutes between the rain showers to get outside. Mountains Country House Photography is elevated by using the beautiful grounds around the house. There is an optional bench and Love Tree which helps to create some beautiful portraits.

I find that taking embracing the rain can still produce some very romantic portraits. Asking Chantelle and Liam to walk the grounds under a white umbrella still looks beautiful.

Mountains Country House Photography Wedding Portraits

Mountains Country House

Wedding Speeches

Wedding Speeches are always lovey, but sometimes they are elevated by a warm and endearing story. The speech from Chantelle’s Father had everyone in tears. Peter recounted the story of how Chantelle came close to passing away as a child. There was a beautiful connection between Father and Daughter on this day.

Mountains Country House Photography is definitely elevated by a Groom who is in Red Military Dress. The outfit contrasts so well with the white drapes and really allowed the military man to standout during his heartfelt speech.

Our job is to capture the connections and moments between the bridal party and wedding guests. When people laugh and cry we are there to record those moments.

Mountains Country House Photography Wedding Speeches

Mountains Country House

First Dance & Cake Cutting

Chantelle and Liam looked stunning together. I knew that Liam wanted to ensure he was wearing his full military outfit during the cake cutting and first dance. The couple opted to get the cake cutting and first dance completed early in the evening to allow Liam to then get changed.

The integrated dance floor at Mountains Country House looks great for a couple during their first dance. The background is lined in black to allow the couple to really standout.

Mountains Country House Photography Wedding Cake and Dance

Inner Temple


Once the formality of the day is complete the disco is when everyone lets their hair down. Liam’s groomsmen were very keen to offer some sexy military striptease dancing, thankfully their clothes stayed on, although perhaps some of the girls were hoping for greater display…

By staying later into the evening we are able to capture all these fun moments as they unfold.

Mountains Country House Photography Disco

Inner Temple

Photo Booth

Our Photo Booth is a great accompaniment to any evening celebrations. It is fits in perfectly just outside the entrance to the of Inner Temple Hall and allows your guests to have a huge amount of fun. Our setup means thats many people can use it. It is perfect for pictures with school friends.

Mountains Country House Photography Photo Booth