Thursday, 31 October 2013

MISSENDEN ABBEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Melissa & Steve's civil marriage took place a few weeks ago at the gorgeous Missenden Abbey, and the drinks reception and photographs followed under glorious blue skies on the lawns of the abbey.

Steve arrived with his best man in a very rare 1960s Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon car; this immaculately restored car was truly stunning! It was parked up outside the entrance to Missenden Abbey all day,  and I've never seen so many admiring glances for any car! The DB5 was the first and remains the most famous of all the 'James Bond' Aston Martins, having appeared in no fewer than five movies of the series, beginning with Goldfinger in 1964. The only difference was 007's car was equipped with rocket launchers and various other amazing hi-tech gadgets!

Melissa chose a beautiful three quarter length wedding dress, and her bridesmaids wore elegant shimmering charcoal grey dresses. The low autumn sunlight was great for  flattering soft lighting against the piercing blue skies; if only all wedding days could offer such beautiful light!

I was particularly pleased with the images I captured of Melissa and Steve in the summer house within the abbey grounds. This charming rustic building provides the most fabulous backdrop for some very dramatic poses! The abbey is no doubt one of my absolute favourite venues to work at, there are just so many amazing options for pictures.

Melissa and Steve were such a pleasure to work with on the day.  Their lovely easy going natures made my job so pleasurable.

A big thank you as always to Missenden Abbey for recommending me for the past eight years! 


Enjoy your week!
Mark






































Friday, 11 October 2013

RAF HALTON HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Ali & Craig chose the gorgeous Halton House in Wendover for their wedding wedding ceremony and reception. This is the fifth wedding I've attended at the venue, a most stunning and very grand manor house. As always, I'm in photography heaven with high ceilings, wow architectural features, chandeliers and landscaped gardens.

Once the country home of Alfred de Rothschild, Halton House is now owned by the Royal Air Force and has made many a film and television appearance. Today, its mellow sandstone facings offer a warm welcome for junior officers during the day as they make their trek from the main camp accommodation a few hundred metres away.

Alfred de Rothschild (1842-1918) took over the Halton estate in 1880 with hopes of providing himself with a grand residence to match those of his brothers, brother-in-law and uncles elsewhere in Buckinghamshire. A powerful and wealthy family which had made its mark in the world of high finance and international banking in the late eighteenth century, the Rothschilds were ambitious, discerning and driven. 
Ali is a RAF personnel officer, hence the connection and decision to chose Halton House.

The really striking theme used throughout Ali and Craig's wedding was the clever use of the RAF roundel: it was featured within their table centres, Ali's shoes and even her striking bouquet. 
This was a very special wedding to photograph; the day was a fun and lively affair from beginning to end. The weather conditions were overcast mostly, and when the sun did come out fleetingly we would dash outside to make the most of the blue skies. My favourite pictures of the day are where I've captured Ali and Craig against the dramatic architectural features of Halton House. I also really enjoyed capturing the evening's barn dance, with all the guests in great party mood!

Both Ali and Craig were so appreciative of my style of photography, I remember Ali's very flattering comments when she initially rang me after Googling for local wedding photographers. 

Then as I said my goodbyes after a capturing a few exterior floodlit shots, Ali dashed off to the bar and came back with gift of a bottle of wine. Thank you to both of you for your kind words and generosity on the day. 

FUTURE COUPLES: Don't forget that I'm at the Dairy wedding fair this Sunday 13th October, in the village of Waddesdon, Bucks. I look forward to meeting some of you this weekend; this is such a great show in one amazing lakeside location! 

This weekend I'm attending weddings at Le Manoir in Oxfordshire, then the next day I'm at Tewin Bury Farm in Hertfordshire. 
Enjoy your week!
Mark