Ellie and Ross’s Bisham Abbey wedding took place at the end of July so you would think the weather would be lovely and sunny. Unfortunately not, and we had heavy drizzle. Thanks English summer! But in the end that didn’t matter. We made some changes to my photography timeline and it all worked out really well and it was an amazing wedding.
Bisham Abbey is a beautiful thirteenth century wedding venue which is also the former home of Henry VIII. Sitting on the banks of the River Thames the photo opportunities are fantastic and it is always such a joy to work there.
I arrived nice and early at Bisham Abbey where bride Ellie and her bridesmaids were getting ready in the Elizabethan Room. This room is fantastic for bridal prep as there is so much space and lots of light which I love for photos.
I took some time photographing Ellie’s beautiful bridal accessories and wedding dress from Sapphire Dresses. I never take a wedding dress outside for photos the morning of a wedding (think of the mud, bird poo, grass stains!) however Bisham Abbey gave me lots of options for inside photos.
Sometimes at bridal prep there can be a lot of nerves but not this morning. The atmosphere was great and there was lots of laughter. The bridesmaids got into their dresses then it was time for Ellie to get into her wedding dress. The Father of the bride arrived, and it was a lovely moment when he saw his daughter for the first time.
After a couple of photos outside Bisham Abbey it was time for me to jump into my car and head over to St Lawrence Church where the wedding ceremony was to take place.
St Lawrence Church in West Wycombe is one of my favourite churches, the interior is so pretty and perfect for wedding photography. The inside of the church was used for the wedding scenes in the film Bridget Jones’s Baby where Bridget marries Mark Darcy. When you see the church there is no wonder it was used for a Hollywood film it’s just stunning.
Groom Ross was already at the church welcoming guests when I arrived along with his groomsmen. The skies were a little grey and I was hoping the rain would hold off for Ellie’s arrival. Fortunately, it did and soon Ellie, her bridesmaids and Dad were making their way down the gravel path to the church.
Ellie walked down the aisle on her Dad’s arm with a beaming smile. The ceremony was so wonderful and full of love. A very special visitor made an appearance as ring bearer, it was Ellie and Ross’s adorable dog Fynn. He came flying down the aisle at lightning speed and did an excellent job. The bride and groom exchanged rings, had their first kiss and signed the register with loved ones looking on and smiling throughout.
After the ceremony it was time for confetti and Fynn joined Ellie and Ross as they smiled and were showered with handfuls of confetti. Everyone then got into their cars and headed back to Bisham Abbey to carry on the wedding reception celebrations.
At Bisham Abbey I took some time in The Great Hall taking photos of the room and the wedding details as it was all set up for the wedding breakfast. The floral centre pieces by Flourish florists were beautiful and the room looked elegant but also grand. The perfect setting for a wedding breakfast.
Ellie and Ross arrived in their wedding car and not long after a heavy band of drizzle surrounded Bisham Abbey. At this time in the day I usually start the group photos and then take the bride and groom away for their photos around the venue. However, at this time there was no way it was going to happen outside. I chatted to the bride and groom and we decided we would now do these photos after the wedding breakfast. Being flexible is really important on a wedding day, especially when it comes to the weather. As it was summer it meant we had plenty of daylight for long into the evening so doing the photos later worked out well.
While the rain came down the wedding guests gathered in The Margaret Dickinson Lounge at Bisham Abbey where they drank champagne and enjoyed the afternoon drinks reception. The rain died down and some guests ventured outside before it was soon time to head into The Great Hall for the wedding breakfast to begin.
At this point I took some time photographing the bouquets, also from Flourish florists, as well as the brides and grooms’ rings. I really enjoy taking photos of these items and getting creative with how I photograph the rings. The colours of the bouquet were so beautiful and elegant I made the most of using Ellie’s bouquet as a background for the ring photos.
After the wedding breakfast it was time for speeches which were both touching and funny. The father of the bride speech was particularly lovely and after he was done, Ellie’s dad looked very relieved. Also making an appearance were 2 pieces of toast and a medal for Ellie, courtesy of two of the groomsmen.
Thankfully the rain had now stopped, and it was a lovely evening, time to get the photos done we couldn’t do earlier. Firstly, we did the group photos, which after a few drinks during the wedding breakfast were a lot of fun! Then it was time for photos of just Ellie and Ross. Bisham Abbey has so many lovely spots for wedding photos we didn’t have to venture far to find some perfect spots. The River Thames and the lawns make lovely locations, as well as the stone archways and all the beautiful greenery around Bisham Abbey.
A little later on evening wedding guests arrived, and Ellie threw the bouquet to the group of awaiting ladies on the lawns outside. She used one of the bridesmaid’s bouquets, not wanting to ruin her own, I don’t blame her. It was one hell of a throw and it sailed over the group and was collected off the lawn by one of the bridesmaids.
Soon it was time for first dance and from that point on the dance floor was not empty all evening with Dave The Disco as the DJ keeping the music lively for wedding guests to enjoy. The newlyweds also cut their beautiful cake from Cuppy Cakes which was so unique, and I loved the large hoop and greenery which framed the cake wonderfully.
As always at weddings I like to do a night-time photo, so later in the evening I went for a wander around inside and outside Bisham Abbey to see what inspiration I could get. With the grass being wet and it being pitch black now I didn’t want to drag the bride and groom too far. There is a lovely wall which is red, black and white tiles, almost like a mosaic and I have always thought it was great for photos. I decided to do the night-time photo here and silhouette the bride and groom against it. It worked really well, and I was very happy with the photo.
The rest of the evening was full of more drinks, dancing and fun. Ellie and Ross’s Bisham Abbey wedding was a wonderful day and a pleasure to photograph. The English summer rain forced us to change our plans, but it all worked out fine in the end and it was a fantastic day. I have learnt you have to be very flexible on a wedding day, especially when it comes to the weather and this wedding is a great example of how plans change but it all works out alright.
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