Friday, 8 February 2013


Katie and Dan were married two weeks ago at Taplow Court near Maidenhead. Their Buddhist ceremony was attended by over 70 family and friends, within the 85 acre estate. This was only the second Buddhist ceremony I'd ever photographed, and the first at Taplow Court. A Buddhist ceremony is so very different to the civil and Church of England weddings I usually attend; the chanting especially created the most magical atmosphere during the ceremony. My job is so varied, weddings like Katie and Dan's bring me close to all the ceremonies of different cultures and religions.

Katie was wearing one of the most beautiful gowns I've seen in a long time - the fabric just caught the light beautifully in all my pictures. It also helped that both Katie and Dan were very comfortable in front of the camera, their smiles were nice and natural throughout the day.

After the ceremony we had access to the Gothic Revival Victorian manor house for a few family pictures. The interiors are truly spectacular; my mouth just dropped when I stepped inside for the first time with Katie and Dan. The high ceilings, big windows, vibrant wallpapers and chandeliers were an absolute dream to work with.

In the 18th century, Taplow Court was the home of the Earls and Countesses of Orkney. The first Earl fought at the Battles of the Boyne and Blenheim and was appointed first British Field Marshall. In the mid 19th century the house was given its present Jacobean-revival / French Gothic appearance by the architect William Burn.

Katie and Dan's wedding reception took place just a few hundred metres away at Taplow House Hotel. The weather was kind to us with a mix of sun and cloud for the family group poses in the hotel grounds. I was booked through till the start of the wedding breakfast; so as always lots of pressure to achieve as many pictures as possible before the meal started.

Enjoy your week!