Samantha and Grant’s Black Tie Hedsor House wedding was my first wedding of 2018 with the new year still fresh on January 5th. Being a winter wedding in January would we have rain? Would we have snow? Thankfully neither and it was a beautiful, bright and crisp winters day.
I arrived at Hedsor House where bride Samantha was getting ready along with her mum and bridesmaid. It was a chilly but bright January day and the beautiful Georgian house looked as grand as ever as I made my way up the drive. Hedsor House has a luxurious bridal suite with beautiful light and so much space it is a dream to photograph.
Bridal prep can often be chaotic, not today. Everything was so calm and flowed perfectly. Samantha smiled throughout and made jokes with her bridesmaid. The entire morning was a pleasure to photograph.
It was soon time for Samantha to get into her dress and finishing touches were made to her hair and make-up. I could see only now the nerves show slightly, then more excitement as it finally hit home her wedding day was here.
Samantha looked every inch a princess as she made her way down the grand staircase at Hedsor House, through the centre hall, and out through the front doors on her way to the church ceremony. Her beauty, style and grace perfectly matched the stunning surroundings of Hedsor House.
As Samantha and her Dad got into their car for the journey to the church, I shot ahead to be sure I made it there to photograph their arrival. My second shooter for the day Paul had spent the morning with groom Grant at their home in Windsor before also making their way to the church.
As the wedding car drove up to St Andrews Church in Windsor the sun shone in the bright blue sky. Samantha was beaming as her father walked her down the path towards the church. At the church entrance Samantha was greeted by her flower girls and page boys who looked adorable in their dresses and suits. Bride Samantha’s face at seeing them was picture perfect.
The church ceremony was beautiful and full of love and laughter. Grant’s three nephews did a combined speech which was impressive and very well-rehearsed. The bride and groom had already told me they wanted to walk out of the church and straight to the car, and off to Hedsor House. I made sure I was well ahead of them to capture them walking away from the church as newlyweds. This had to be one of my favourite moments of the wedding and made a great photo.
Back at Hedsor House we headed straight outdoors into the sunken garden for some bride and groom photos. The light was fading fast being the middle of winter so my second shooter Paul shadowed me with my video light directed at the couple. Having Paul there was invaluable in this situation. At one point Samantha’s veil took on a life of its own thanks to a gust of wind. These types of unplanned moments are often the best, giving the most natural reactions and smiles for wonderful photos.
After some group photos indoors during the drinks reception it was time for the guests to make their way in for the wedding breakfast taking place in the grand ballroom. As the centre hall emptied I spotted Samantha and Grant taking a moment together sitting on the floor, champagne in hand. Another favourite moment from the day for me. I simply love photos like this of the unplanned moments.
Prior to the wedding Samantha had informed me after the wedding breakfast and speeches there were some surprise fireworks and only a very small number of people were aware of them, groom Grant was not one of them. We decided they would use me as an excuse and after the final speech ended, they would announce that all guests were needed outside for a photo. It was cold and pitch black and I knew I would not be popular, however it would not be long before it all became clear. The fireworks were beautiful and such a lovely addition, especially given it was a surprise for most. The sprawling gardens at Hedsor House are ideal for wedding fireworks.
Back inside it was time for first dance, to Cold Play’s ‘Something Just Like This’ and by the end of the song everyone was on the dancefloor. The starlit dance floor in the centre hall looked fantastic and made for a great photo from the balcony above.
During the evening party, we took the opportunity to do a couple of night shots, inside below the beautiful domed ceiling as well as outside the front of Hedsor House. I said goodnight to Paul and he finished for the day I stayed on to get some dancing and party shots. Like most weddings it took a while to get going but when it did, it really did get going! Shoes were off and drinks in the air. Groom Grant along with his best man and friends did flying leaps and bride Samantha lay in the middle of the dance floor, this was my kind of party. Before I knew it, the music had ended, and everyone was searching for shoes and starting to leave.
After saying my goodbye’s, it was time for me to head home to rest my aching feet. What a wonderful day it had been, Hedsor house is a truly spectacular wedding venue, perfect for wedding photos in any season. Samantha and Grant’s Hedsor House wedding was truly stunning and it was an honored to capture such a special and wonderful day.
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