Saturday, 30 November 2013

LE MANOIR AUX QUAT'SAISONS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Lorna & James were married a few weeks ago at the beautiful and luxurious Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire. Their civil ceremony was witnessed by their parents in the Provence Suite; this was such a lovely intimate wedding celebration. Lorna chose a colour palette of lilac and cream for her flowers, which complemented her elegant full length wedding dress beautifully.


Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons is considered to be one of the UK's most elegant and prestigious dining establishments. With a history dating back to the 13th Century, Le Manoir is renowned for its comfort, service and cuisine. Raymond Blanc's two Michelin star gourmet operation feeds 78,000 people every year. This is an amazing achievement, a feat, claims Blanc in a recent Telegraph article that is only rivalled in terms of quality, consistency and sheer volume by Michel Bras and his eponymous restaurant in the south of France. Everything about Le Manoir is part of an elab­or­ate, glor­i­ous fantasy. The food is divine, the gar­dens per­fect, the staff unbelievably charm­ing. I was lucky enough to go there on my 40th birthday for a surprise dinner treat!

After the ceremony Lorna's and James' parents accompanied us through the beautiful gardens on the hotel's golf buggy. We zigzagged through the twisting paths making the most of every photo opportunity. The backdrops included Le Manoir's famous 16th Century English water garden, and the Japanese tea gardens. An unexpected surprise for Lorna and James occurred when Raymond came out in to the gardens to wish them every success with their wedding day and marriage.

This was such a nice relaxing wedding to photograph; Lorna, James and their parents were so friendly throughout the day. With only six people for me to photograph, I'm surprised they were not suffering from camera blues by the time I headed back down the M40. As I left, I was pondering that I'm definitely overdue a return trip without my camera to enjoy the fantastic food of Raymond Blanc!
   

Enjoy your week!
Mark


































Monday, 18 November 2013

TAPLOW HOUSE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Donna and Alan were married in a civil ceremony at the beautiful Taplow House Hotel; they were blessed with glorious blue skies throughout their wedding day.

Donna chose probably some of the most vibrant colours for her flowers that I've seen for a very long time! Nature offers so many amazing colours so why not go wild and crazy; it certainly added a stunning splash of colour to the wedding day! The flowers complemented her bridesmaids dresses to perfection: the dark shimmering fabrics looked amazing with the bold pink hydrangea flowers.

Taplow House have very kindly been recommending me for the past 14 years, yet I'm still  finding new backdrops to use at this wonderful hotel. Donna was certainly in adventurous mood when I suggested she might consider standing standing on the table in front of a stunning French mirror in the bar area of the hotel. She was more than happy to attempt these dramatic poses, and the stunning long train on her wedding dress really worked well for this pose. I was thrilled with the results, though we did get a few surprised glances from those walking nearby!

This was such a fun day to photograph, and the glorious weather certainly helped to get everyone into a great party mood. It is unusual so late in the year to get such lovely warm weather, so we certainly made the most of it! The wedding guests enjoyed their drinks on the lawns and terrace of the hotel whilst the pictures were taken around the landscaped gardens.

A big thank you to David Denman the toastmaster who helped so much with organising the guests for the pictures. David has been recommended by Taplow House Hotel for many years too!  

Enjoy your week!
Mark