Waddesdon Manor wedding photos

14th July 2014
In: News
Joe and Lizzie were every wedding photographer's dream client. Both families were so fun to be around and they all obviously and openly loved each other very much. Lizzie is an artist she appreciates photography and everyone was very relaxed in front of the camera. They saw the camera for what it is - a chance to have some fun and enjoy yourself and feel like a celebrity for the day.

Bridal preparations
The day started with the bridal preparations at Lizzie's parents home in Milton Keynes. Despite the rain pouring down everyone was in great spirits - nothing was going to phase this fab family on their special day.

B.L.I.N.G!! - rocking heels and handbag!

I created lots of images of the banter and emotions as everyone got ready. We then did some lovely, elegant portraits of Lizzie in the gorgeous light of their arched window. These are some of my favourite images of the whole day.

I met up with Hazel Meeks, Lizzie and Joe's videographer from Heartfelt Productions. Hazel and her team were a dream to work with as we were all respectful of keeping out of each other's shots and sharing the best vantage points. Being a wedding vendor is all about teamwork and Heartfelt Productions seemed to understand this implicitly.

One everyone was ready Lizzie and her father then got into a vintage Beauford to transport them to the church. I drove like a maniac to get to the church well ahead of them, although they seemed to know a sneaky short cut that my brand new sat-nav wasn't aware of and they appeared out of nowhere, right behind me about one mile from the venue. Fortunately the rest of the wedding party was well behind so we had plenty of time to get some images before the ceremony began.

The wedding ceremony at St Michael and All Angels Church Waddesdon
A lovely long avenue of trees leads up to the church and the sun started to sparkle through the leaves. The wedding ceremony was like the rest of the day - full of beaming smiles and a few chuckles.

The church is right opposite Waddesdon Manor so the wedding party could walk to the reception in a couple of minutes, but not before hurling some confetti at the bride and groom.

Wedding reception at Waddesdon Manor

I'd already scouted Waddesdon Manor so I new where all the best locations were for the romantic photos at the group photos. A lovely willow tree made a great spot for the groups because it protected the guests from the now scorching sunshine, but also let some light sparkle through in the background and off the water in the lake.

The group photos were extremely lively - I've rarely seen wedding guests have so much fun posing for the camera. I think the photos clearly demonstrate that!

I always try and find some shade for the group photos so people aren't squinting or suffering with any shadows under the eyes from the harsh directional sunlight.

Lizzie, Joe and I went for a stroll around the lake and beautiful gardens for some more intimate images. With such a stunning couple and sumptuous surroundings I was in dreamland.

The speeches were a riot and again, the images clearly show how much fun everyone was having. When you look at their faces in these photos you can actually tell what their laugh sounds like from their face and shape of their mouths. Their personalities bounce out of the photos.

The disco was brilliantly managed by Gary Huggan of Equinox Storm and the dry ice for the first dance was an excellent addition to the photos. The classic disco hits were cleverly chosen to ensure everyone was up dancing, from toddlers through to grandparent. By 10pm I had to leave them still partying hard. The next day was my birthday and I had to catch an early flight to Italy and Switzerland. I got home at midnight and got all the images downloaded and backed up to ensure these precious images were safe from harm while we were on holiday. I then edited all the images while sat on our chalet balcony under the shadow of the Swiss Alps. I love being a wedding photographer!

...but we're not finished - I can't wait for their 'Trash the dress' session in Brighton!

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