Sunday, 12 February 2012


Set in beautiful grounds, Missenden Abbey in Great Missenden was originally built as a monastery for Augustinian canons in 1133. The Abbey was dissolved in 1538 and the chapel deliberately smashed; it was then converted into a palatial house after the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid-1500’s.  Elizabeth 1 gave it to her favourite, Robert Dudley.  He sold it to William Fleetwood whose family lived there for 200 years, modifying the building and demolishing a substantial part of it. In 1787 the Abbey was bought by James Oldham who almost wholly rebuilt it in the ‘Venetian’ style, with plain white stucco walls.  He also landscaped the grounds, creating lakes and planting trees including the magnificent cedar at the front of the house.  This did not suit the next owner, who restored it in the ‘Gothick’ style with turrets and battlements. 

Today Missenden Abbey is available for couples wishing to get married at this stunning location. The abbey have been recommending me for the past eight years, and my pictures can be seen throughout their website and wedding brochure, not to mention my display album in their reception. 

Two weeks ago I photographed the wedding of Carrie & Malcolm.  They selected  probably the mildest January day I can remember in a long time. We were outside taking pictures on the lawns in the sunshine, and you'd think looking at the photographs it was a lovely spring day. The civil ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast all took place with the warm sunlight streaming through the huge stone mullioned windows, which lit up the interiors beautifully. In the evening I took a number of floodlit pictures within the grounds.  These are without doubt my favourite images from the day; the full moon was an unexpected bonus! 

I was so inspired by these night shots that I went back within ten days to repeat some of the building shots in the snow,  blog to follow with some of these striking images. 

I hope you enjoy looking at the selection of pictures from their wedding.

Enjoy your week!