Braxted Park – Summer Wedding
The sheer magnificence of the Braxted Park has dazzled revellers and guests for many a year, as soon as you turn the corner at the top of the driveway, you know you are in a special place. Situated in Essex, living in London makes it an easy reach for me!
As you gather among family and friends to celebrate and begin a new life together, the house and grounds’ timeless majesty offers a powerful reminder of its history, the house itself being built in 1680. Even more incredible is All Saints Church that lies within the grounds which was originally built in about 1115!
Nathan and Vikki were blessed with the most outrageous sunshine to compliment their beautifully designed and crafted wedding. So much so that they were able to move the ceremony outside! It was beautiful, from a photographic point of view the whole ‘have to get married under a canopy law’ throws some new problems my way. The couple being stood in shade makes the light difference between them and the guests huge! So you cant really avoid blown out backgrounds. A real sweet touch was Nathan shedding a tear as Vikki glided down the aisle, the bridesmaids had stitched him up in the morning and put a bet on that he would!
Now then, the car – what a beast! I cant remember for the life of me what it was called, but its a Shelby cobra replica, and boy did it make a racquet, you know, a beastly car desirable racquet. Turns out you have to be dead careful getting in and out as the exhaust pipes down the sides will burn your ankles! I love the shots we managed to get in the grounds, the colours are just epic – fortunately our timing was perfect, an epic downpour followed as soon as we’d finished. The meal kicked off with singing waiters, I’d never seen this before but the bride and groom weren’t in on it and it was amazing, everyone was in pieces it was so funny – napkins waving, Sinatra blaring, couples dancing – epic. Such a fun day, I love Braxted Park, genuinely one of my favourite places, if you’re getting married there too and in need of a wedding photographer – give me a shout!
Chilston Park Manor sneak preview.
I was fortunate enough to have shot my first wedding video at Chilston Park, whenIi saw the staircase I couldn’t resist lining up this shot for the front cover of the film!
Chilston Park is a Grade 1 listed building and is an exclusive wedding venue in Kent. Set back from tree-lined lanes, the manor house at Chilston Park Hotel in Kent is set in 22 acres of parkland and features a two AA rosette restaurant.
Dodford Manor – A Barn Wedding
Dodford Manor is an exclusive use barn wedding venue set against a most magnificent backdrop of rolling Northamptonshire countryside. This is the type of venue you pull in to and instantly imagine where your shots are going to be taken. The rolling driveway and endless views over the countryside make it a fantastic venue to work at.
I’m told Dodford Manor underwent a massive restoration project in order to get it to its current state of splendor and it has really paid off. The layout of the venue is perfect, providing an intimate and secluded location whilst maintaining focus on the superb views.
Andy & Sarah contacted me quite some time ago, its amazing when a wedding day finally rolls around and it dawns on you that you’ve now known the couple for nearly two years. In that time I also shot the engagement session at stowe gardens which you can catch up on here if you missed it. Dodford Manor is packed with charm and the layout is excellent photographically speaking, it allows a sense of openness yet keeps the guests all in one place to make co-ordination much more efficient. As I’m sure you can guess my favourite shot is the sunset right at the end of the day, its just so epic! As soon as I saw that hill when I entered the venue I knew it had to be done. Have a browse through this brilliantly happy day and if you’re getting married at Dodford Manor in the future drop me a line!
Whittlebury Park Intimate Wedding
A glorious setting for a wedding, not having been to Whittlebury Park before it was a fantastic opportunity to visit a venue I’d heard so much about. Being local to Northampton again its a super opportunity to tick off another venue in the surrounding area.
Now then, the venue! Whittlebury Park has three separate areas where one can be married; the Orangery, the Pavilion/Marquee and the Atrium. The orangery is fantastic, huge windows at one end let the light flood in, even on an overcast or rainy day you could manipulate the venue in so many ways in order to get quality photos.
A charming feature of the layout is the positioning of the staircase. The bride can glide down the stairs in ethereal fashion while the adoring guests look on before emerging at the end of the aisle, and with those huge windows is completely backlit which gives a fantastic clean white canvas to work with. Upon further exploration the second entrance has some unique features which again would work in a couples favour if the weather took a turn for the worse. I sound like a salesman, back to the important bits!
Shortly after contacting me Aidan & Alia sent me a photograph of themselves, as soon as I saw them I instantly recognised them, both were in the year below me at secondary school! (go Denbigh!) Arriving on the day I was greeted with so many familiar faces and knew it was going to be awesome. These guys are so sweet, and two of the loveliest people I’ve met, just look at the pictures to see what I mean, such genuine joy at being together. Just around the corner from the orangery is a walkway lined with greenery which is perfect for group pictures and couple portraits. Some quality heckling made for a brilliant set of speeches, the boys then not being able to resist the urge for some more shall we say, relaxed pictures. ( the superhero thing was my idea, worked quite well I think!) rounded off with an amazing live band blasting out classic stevie wonder hits and you’ve got an amazing wedding day, congrats guys, so happy for you xx
On a glorious day where better to test out the video features of the Canon 6d than at Chicheley Hall in Northampton. No events were on but the grounds still make for an interesting jaunt. I wanted to capture the tranquility of the place, one of the great things I think about Milton Keynes is how fantastic countryside is such a short drive away.