All Saints Church, Hertford & The Priory Barn, Little Wymondley Sont Magnifique

I have to say, I have shot in quite a few churches and All Saints in Hertford has to be my favourite so far. Loads of space, beautiful building, and a wonderful fun and easy going female vicar. All the ingredients a photographer needs to work his or her magic! 

Emily and Andrew met 3 and a half years ago via the eharmony dating website. On their first date Emily was so against wearing high heels that she combined a nice work dress with Converse trainers. Because comfort matters! Andrew still mentions this point to this day!

After the aforementioned ceremony at All Saints we grabbed a few shots of close family and a few more of the amazing Aston Martin DB5 borrowed for the day, and everyone headed over to The Priory Barn in Little Wymondley near Hitchin for the reception party.

With Emily having lived in France for a several years, she had many friends from the other side of the channel in attendance, and some of the gang decided to spring a surprise game on the couple by getting them both up on stage sat back to back, and holding his and her cards. They had to answer questions about each other and weren't allowed to speak - just holding up a him or her sign! Combined with some entertaining speeches, a fab disco, a James Bond theme throughout and an impromptu singalong, there was more than enough entertainment for everyone!


Hitchin Priory Autumn Wedding Starring Melanie & Graham

Being a Hitchin resident myself, it's always a treat shoot weddings in my own town, and Hitchin Priory makes for a perfect venue with it's beautiful old building, and grounds. I was thrilled to meet Mel and Graham 14 months ago in a coffee shop just yards away from it to discuss their wedding plans.

Mel and Graham met 9 years ago whilst Mel was studying in Potters Bar to be a veterinary surgeon. Their first holiday together came the following summer - a 3000 mile road trip around France over 10 days with a 2-man tent and an AA road atlas as their means of survival. Needless to say they tolerated each other well enough and haven't looked back since. Apparently, Mel settles for being 5th in the household pecking order after Graham and the 3 cats, as long as Graham remembers who really wears the trousers!

Fast forward to October 2015 and the couple both prepared themselves in different parts of Hitchin Priory with people keeping watch to ensure they wouldn't see each other. Graham's groom party thought it would be amusing to stage a breakdown of his beloved BMW (often bumping Mel into 6th in the house pecking order!). Meanwhile Mel and the girls enjoyed a group shot of each other in their PJ's and pretty soon everyone was ready and the ceremony was under way. 

My 3 man team for the day including Steve Granger (Second Shooting) and my glamorous assistant (Karolina Janiszewska) pulled out all the stops to ensure we got the images we needed, and me managed to close the evening with a beautiful shot of the happy couple silhouetted against the Priory building.


Hitchin Priory Wedding

Hannah & David's Tewin Bury Farm Jewish Wedding - Hertfordshire

Tewin Bury Farm is one of Hertfordshire's most popular wedding and conference venues, and with good reason. It's well located, can cope with multiple functions at once, and offers delightful barns for wedding ceremonies and after parties!

Hannah & David both met at Oxford University, and now live together in North London. After a beautiful Jewish ceremony in the Tythe Barn, the guests enjoyed some September sunshine outside while the venue was prepared for the wedding breakfast. The speeches had many participants but the crowning glory was surely best man (and brother to the groom), Tim's epic speech that included several large cards including a venn diagram (a first for me!).

Later in the evening the bride's family Scottish heritage was indulged with everyone partaking in a wonderful Ceilidh dance that went on late into the evening.


Tri-County Wedding at Minstrel Court, Royston

The end of August saw Lorna & Gary tie the knot at St Mary's Church in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire before heading over to Royston, Hertfordshire to Minstrel Court for the reception. The day began for Lorna at Maxwell's Salon in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire the town where the couple live where I met the bridal party and grabbed some shots of them getting hair and make up. The 3 counties traversed this day was probably a record for me, however all venues were actually within 20mins of each other!

The history on how Lorna met Gary is as follows: Gary went out for his friend Surbey's 30th birthday in Cambridge, Lorna got invited because she knew Surbey's girlfriend and her sister's then boyfriend (he's now her husband) pulled out so there was a space available for Lorna on the bus to get there.  They met on the dance floor in B Bar in Cambridge, which is now known as Baroosh. That was November 2005 - 10 years ago! They have since had a beautiful little girl (Annelise) who along with Laina acted as a Flower Girl on the day.

So back to the day in hand. Once at Minstrel Court, the drink began to flow, and eventually the children made way for the adults on the bouncy castle. Before the first dance I was able to take Lorna & Gary out into the beautiful grounds there to grab a night shot of them from across the lake. Once back inside Lorna and Gary both led the attack on the dance floor and many other dutifully followed.


A Wedding Scorcher at St Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire

Amelia and George are an astute couple, and diligently planned their wedding for the hottest day of the year! Luckily the confines of St Albans Cathedral provided much cool shade for the wedding party during a beautiful service in one of Hertfordshire's most ornate buildings.

It all started for Amelia and George nearly 7 years ago when they met in sixth form, a couple of friends of Amelia's heard about a house party one of the boys were having and invited her along ... so she accepted and essentially gate crashed the party. After a few too many J20's (her mother may be reading) the entire party moved towards the pool and before she knew it George had pulled her into the pool fully dressed, (apparently his way of flirting). Somewhere along the way though Amelia fell for his boyish charm. Fast forward 6 years and they were standing on the bank of the River Wey in their favourite spot and George got down on one knee and proposed. The rest is history!

After the ceremony and formal photos at the Cathedral, the wedding party moved to George's parents beautiful house in Harpenden, where a marquee had been set up in the back garden and party games awaited! The weather continued to amaze right through into the evening, when following the wedding breakfast, the party really got started.

Amelia's parents led the charge on the dancefloor and were still going for it later that evening when myself and Michael packed up and said our farewells!


Essendon Country Club Wedding that's two over Par

Louise & Mark met on a random pub night out three years ago at a pub after Mark had played football and Louise had sunk a few Prosecco's. There happened to be an 18th birthday party there at the time and despite not knowing the birthday boy or girl, Louise felt it her duty to gatecrash the disco, and Mark felt duty-bound to make sure she wasn't alone out there.  In their own words "We were both awful and completely out of time to everyone else, and at least 15 years older than the eldest!" They then bonded over our mutual love of the gym and a good curry.
Fast forward to 2015 and their wedding took place at the beautiful Essendon Country Club, a well known golf course in the centre of Hertfordshire. The theme was old New York and the tables were beautifully decorated, and Louise's stepdad, Alan created some beautiful New York skyline backdrops himself. The venue kindly provided us with two golf buggies to go and get a few shots out on the golf course which of course we took advantage of!

The speeches were emotional as Louise's father, Stuart sadly passed back in 2011 but he would have been extremely proud of his daughter, and Mark.


How to Shoot a Wet Wedding at Hatfield House, Old Palace, Hertfordshire

When you shoot at a beautiful venue like Hatfield House Old Palace you secretly pray for a bright warm day with hazy sunshine and scattered clouds. Not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not wet! As wedding photographers the one thing we cannot control however is the weather, and when the sun sets so we just roll with the punches.

This particular week was my busiest all summer, with three weddings back to back with the middle one being in Lancashire, and the weather didn't play ball! However looking back at the photos from this day and the next (equally wet as the weather followed me up north), you just wouldn't know by looking at the faces of the couples and their guests. Weather does not make or break a wedding and this is a classic example of that. We managed to jump outside to grab a few group shots still, and when we were inside we had the amazing Old Palace with their artwork as our backdrop anyway.

Abigail and Onur are both teachers down in London and met through work. Onurs family hail from Turkey and Abigails from Hertfordshire, and they enjoyed a beautiful civil ceremony together. It was especially poignant that Onurs father (Gurbuz) made the trip to the wedding as he hasn't been well, and you could tell how much his presence meant to both bride and groom.

I shall now hand you over to the wonderful images we managed to capture of their day!

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Lilley Village Hall Wedding, Hitchin, Hertfordshire with Lisa & Danny

Lisa & Danny enjoyed a lovely wedding utilising the village of Lilley to its fullest! St Peters Church as used for the ceremony before everyone trotted across the green to the village hall just yards away. Their twin girls looked beautiful as flower girls and the wedding party enjoyed a lovely warm summers day before dancing their socks off in the evening disco!

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