It was an unseasonably warm late September day and the sun was already shining as I arrived at Hedsor House. A florist’s van was parked outside the main doors of the stunning venue which dates back to 1166. Being a Hedsor House Wedding Photographer I am so fortunate to have this amazing venue on my doorstep. Huge flowers arrangements were being ferried up the stairs, in through the entrance hall and into the ceremony room. Beautiful warm gentle light cascaded down through the glass dome in the ceiling above, people below busily prepared the room. A beautiful long cream carpet was rolled out down the aisle and it was being meticulously swept by 2 workers. I made sure I removed my shoes before going anywhere near the carpet!

I made my way up to the bridal suite and before I had even entered the room I could hear the celebrations beginning as a cork popped and the girls cheered. One of my favourite parts of being a Hedsor House wedding photographer is the immaculate bridal suite, high windows giving fantastic light and soft colours all around. The bride was sat at one end having her make up done, she looked relaxed and happy, her long curled blonde hair shined in the sunlight.

While I was photographing the bridal gown and having a conversation with the bride she explained this gown was actually her second one as the original had been stolen from the bridal boutique just a few days before the wedding. She was totally calm as she recalled the entire story. I was in awe of how laid back she was about the situation. She even laughed and said she preferred this second dress. An amazing bride!

A string quartet played from the gallery above, as the bride and her father walked down the aisle. The ceremony was beautiful and full of love. It was all too much for one young guest who took the opportunity for a little nap. After the ceremony the guests lined up outside the main doors to shower the couple in bubbles which sparkled in the beautiful afternoon sun.

During the drinks reception I was able to steal the newlyweds away for some portraits. The grounds at Hedsor House make for some lovely backdrops, including a sunken courtyard and a sprawling lawn with the gorgeous house in the background.

One special moment came when the string quartet who had played during the bride’s entrance gave a special performance before dinner. The guests clapped, cheered and sung as classic and more contemporary up-beat numbers filled the room.

One of my favourite moments of the day was the bride tossing her bouquet and the gallery made the perfect spot to do it with the ladies gathered below. The bouquet was launched and there was a melee and some squeals before it was eventually collected off the floor by one of the guests.

The choreographed first dance went off without a hitch with the groom lifting and turning his new wife effortlessly. A live band played their way into the night, guests danced and sang while a cocktail mixologist produced trays of spectacular colourful drinks. It was a fantastic day and I wish the happy couple all the best for the future.

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