After meeting Rebecca and Lee in Guildford back in January, they decided to book me as their wedding photographer for their wedding at the amazing Hampton Court House.
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Wedding photography at Hampton Court House
My day began very early over at Rebecca’s parents’ house. Thankfully, they live in Guildford so it was no distance at all! There was a really cheery atmosphere amongst her family as they shared food and champagne – no signs of any pre-wedding jitters whatsoever!
Rebecca’s wedding dress looked simply beautiful as it hung over the staircase, so I made sure I got a couple of shots before the bride got dressed. I got a great shot of Rebecca coming down the stairs to meet her dad, which was aided by some natural light coming in from the landing window. I made my way over to their wedding venue Hampton Court House around 45 minutes before the ceremony began. My assistant had been there a while shooting Lee welcoming his guests. As if the venue wasn’t stunning enough itself, guests were treated to a string quartet to get them in a festive mood!
Wedding ceremony at Hampton Court
I’ve seen some stunning wedding venues in my time but Hampton Court House really impressed me! You almost wouldn’t notice it as it’s nestled in opposite Hampton Court Palace, but its 18th century grand dining hall and gardens were the perfect setting for a wedding shoot. To be honest: a wedding photographer’s dream!
The ceremony was as impressive as it was emotional: with the vast pillars and the opulent lighting, there were plenty of opportunities for some beautiful photographs from all angles. We then headed outside into the stunning 8-acre gardens for some quick group shots.
Outdoor venue shots
The bright weather was quite a challenge for some of the garden shots, so I made sure my assistant was on hand with a large studio flash to keep things balanced. We managed to get the essential confetti shot before dinner, which gave me just enough time to head inside and take some snaps of the function room all set up for the festivities – a must have for any wedding photo album.
I took a quick break after the speeches before inviting the newlyweds outside for a quick 20-minute sunset photo shoot. As the evening guests made their way in, we experimented with some shadows and even took some high fashion photographs inside the ceremony room, which had now been cleared out. From a wedding photographer’s point-of-view this wedding day at Hampton Court House could not have run smoother.
Cutting the wedding cake
Rebecca and Lee could not have looked happier as they cut the wedding cake, just in time before everybody got up to dance to the rock and roll band they had hired. There were high spirits in the room as all the guests enjoyed the music, so I went back into the ceremony room and installed some lights to create a ‘dancing in the dark’ shot.
As the evening drew to a close, Rebecca and Lee insisted on having a photograph with me! This doesn’t happen very often, but I was honoured to be asked and handed my camera over to the best man. I headed off, ready to edit my photographs and video footage, details of which will be published very soon in a separate blog. Watch this space!
If you are planning your wedding day perhaps at Hampton Court House, contact me today.