There’s something very special about photographing a wedding venue for the first time. I can approach it with a totally fresh prospective, finding different ways to tell the story of a couple’s big day. Recently I photographed Lizzie and Richard’s wedding at Micklefield Hall and it has now become one of my favourites.
With lovely views and stunning grounds, Micklefield Hall is such a special place to get married. It is so close to London that it is reachable by Tube, but standing in the beautiful grounds looking out at the countryside beyond, you would never know it.
Lizzie and Richard decided on a church wedding at St Paul’s Langley Bury followed by a reception at Micklefield. When I arrived the groom was welcoming the guests. The church was abuzz with last minute preparations, friends and family catching up and the ushers showing people to their seats. With so much going on, I had lots of great opportunities to capture the atmosphere.
As everyone in the church found their seats, Lizzie arrived in a white vintage Austen. The bridal party entered the church, and I got a great shot of Richard at the front calming his nerves as his bride started process up the aisle. This was one of my favourite images from the day.
After the service, the bride and groom left the church under clouds of confetti and jumped into the Austen to start the next part of their day at Micklefield Hall for the reception and wedding breakfast. Everyone gathered for drinks in the beautiful grounds around the house. As you can see, it is the perfect setting for a glass of champagne. This is often my favourite part of a wedding day – there are so many opportunities to blend into the crowd and capture moments that really tell the story of the day whilst being unobtrusive.
After drinks, the guests made their way into the marquee whilst Lizzie and Richard took a quick turn around the grounds for their portrait shots. There are lots of wonderfully picturesque corners which we made the most of.
Lizzie and Richard then made their big entrance into the wedding breakfast. The marquee looked amazing decked with huge floral displays, candles, vintage birdcages and fairy lights. After the meal and some hilarious speeches, more guests arrived in time for the first dance and the throwing of the bouquet. As the band got into full swing, I stole away as the sun set over the fields of Micklefield Hall.
Some kind words from Lizzie & Richard : “The photos are amazing, thank you so much. Really incredible. Just what we hoping for.”
If you are considering a wedding at Micklefield Hall (or anywhere else for that matter) please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your wedding photography requirements.