Thursday, 26 April 2012


A couple of weeks ago I attended my second wedding of the year at Missenden Abbey. The gardens were ablaze with thousands of golden daffodils for the wedding of Sarah and Jorge, and thankfully the rains stayed away for some great outside pictures. As I'm posting this blog, some of their images are already being inserted into the new Missenden Abbey wedding brochure. The abbey is just great for pictures with masses of options both inside and out. Sarah and Jorge live in Venezuela, so most of their wedding planning took place online, and no doubt with a little extra help from Sarah's parents who live locally!

No sooner than Sarah and Jorge had seen their wedding pictures online I received a lovely review on Google:

"Mark took the photos for our wedding two weeks ago and we are thrilled with the results. He fulfilled the brief brilliantly, covering all the key moments and formal pictures we asked for, as well as many lovely informal shots and all the little details. As others have said, I hardly noticed him there but looking at the photos we have, he must have worked very hard. Mark was completely professional in all our meetings with him but also a very lovely, approachable guy who dealt brilliantly with everything, including toddler tantrums! Well done Mark, and many thanks!"

My new website is running a little late, I expect to go live within the next 10 days. You'll be able to see many more of Sarah and Jorge's images under my Select-A-Venue listing of Missenden Abbey.

Here are a few pictures from Sarah & Jorge's wedding.

Enjoy your week!

Friday, 20 April 2012


A few weeks ago I photographed the lovely wedding of Kelly and Alex at Hedsor House. It's a shame the sun didn't come out on the day, but with an abundance of stunning backdrops inside I was not short of options for great pictures.

The couples guests were a very lively bunch, and this really helped when it came to taking action pictures on the dance floor in the evening! The ceremony and wedding breakfast were both at the venue.   I stayed with them through until their spectacular late evening fireworks display. A special thank you goes to their ushers and best man, who were so organised and efficient in rounding up the various guests for the group pictures.

As well as hosting weddings and events, Hedsor House is also used as a film and TV location and has hosted many productions such as The Golden Compass, Sense and Sensibility, Little Dorrit, The Boat that Rocked, Spooks and The Day of the Triffids.

References to the Manor of Hedsor can be found from 1166 when the Estate was owned by the de Hedsor Family. In 1583 Rowland Hynd built a new Tudor Manor House at Hedsor which was badly damaged by fire in 1795 and eventually demolished in 1865. At about this time the Architect James Knowles was commissioned by the fourth Lord Boston to design a new house at Hedsor. It was completed in 1868 and, unusually, modelled on the Italian Villa style but with a domed hallway rather than an open courtyard. 

My latest wedding was at Stoke Park, again some lovely pictures will follow here in the coming weeks.

Below are a few pictures from Kelly & Alex's wedding at Hedsor House.

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


A few months ago I posted some pictures of brightly coloured tents by The Arabian Tent Company, and last weekend I was asked to photograph the interiors and exteriors of probably one of their most dramatic tents, the 'Purple Palace'.

The tents from The Arabian Tent Company are regularly used by TV companies for outside broadcasts, birthday parties and weddings. This photo-shoot was near Brighton, and I arrived to take the pictures just before the 40th birthday part was in full flow. If ever I had a challenge, this was it: dark purple velvet and very low lighting, and a window of 10 minutes to capture as many shots inside as possible!

On Easter Saturday I photographed a wedding at Missenden Abbey, and thankfully the rains stayed away! All three weddings from the last few weeks will appear on my blog starting from next week, I'm just waiting for the various couples to see the pictures first before I post a selection online. This has been a really busy week for taking pictures, I've attended several birthday parties, a lovely wedding, challenging tent interiors, plus my portrait season has kicked off with the warmer weather!

I hope you enjoy the Purple Palace pictures.

Enjoy your week!