“We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer to make us both feel so relaxed and we really wish we could repeat it!!!”
I’m officially an Ashridge House Wedding Photographer!
For a long time now I’m dreamed of shooting a wedding at this neo-gothic Country House venue. It was the royal residence of King Henry VIII in 1550 and it’s reportedly haunted!
I knew Emma from Francesca & Richard’s Swaffham Prior wedding. Emma was a bridesmaid at that wedding and it was a crazy one, so much fun. So I knew that her summer wedding was going to be something memorable.
Emma was getting ready at her parents home in Berkhamsted. A hive of activity. I love bridal prep as there are multiple stories going on at the same time and it’s a personal challenge to capture those amazing moments, layering various stories in a single photo. I’m always looking for those moments between the obvious moments and connections between people.
The groom, Matt, and his crew were at their family pub, The Crown Inn at Little Missenden. After a few nerve-calmers in the pub garden, it was time to head to Christ Church in Chorleywood. It was such a hot day it was nice to get into the cool church.
Ashridge House is a historic venue, it’s been a monastery, the home of Henry VIII, a hospital during WWII and most recently a wedding venue. It’s an architectural feast for the eye both inside and out. The main hall staircase is epic!
The evening reception was one of the highlights of 2018, live music by the HT Soul Band was incredible, they certainly got everyone dancing and moving around. Fireworks by Pains Fireworks were just spectacular.
NOTE: It’s always a pleasure working with an excellent team. I’d like to thank Alex Miller for the awesome second shooting. Also videography by Rachel and Adam from The Wedding Filmmakers, this is the 3rd wedding I have had the pleasure of working with them and it’s always so easy. If you need videographers, I can highly recommend these guys. I’m actually shooting their wedding in Tuscany in May 2019. So look out for that on the blog.