Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Jacquie and Kevin's Cliveden House wedding was held on a gorgeous summer's day.  The English weather really came up trumps for their celebrations.  As always, the numerous local red kites provided a dramatic aerial display during the drinks reception.  Cliveden's first floor terrace is such a perfect viewing area for the wedding guests to witness this spectacle, as the elevated location is ideal for their showboating as the thermals rise over the hilltop hotel.

For the history buffs, both the ceremony and the wedding breakfast were held in the famous French Dining Room.  The entire interiors were bought by William Astor on a trip to Paris in 1897 - the opulently gilded walls and painted panels came from the Chateau d'Asnieres, and he couldn't believe his luck when he discovered that the room exactly matched the dimensions for Cliveden's dining room.  Over the years many famous people have stayed at Cliveden both as guests or more recently as hotel visitors with their meals served in the French Dining Room.  These include Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Ghandi, Charlie Chaplin and Henry Ford.

Jacquie and Kevin's relaxed wedding gathering provided so many impromptu picture opportunities with a mix of champagne and laughter - just the way I prefer it for my candid images.

I adored Jacquie and Kevin's colourful flower displays and their divine wedding cake.  I can only imagine how much effort and thought went into these wonderful creations.

Every minute of this wonderful wedding was very special.  Below you'll see some of my favourite images from the day.

Enjoy your week,

Here is the lovely message I received from Jacquie and Kevin:

Dear Mark,

Thank you very much for the fabulous photographs; they are well beyond our expectations.

You have captured the whole day just perfectly from the ceremony entrance, through the reception on the terrace with those wonderful views, to the wedding breakfast back in the beautiful French dining room.

The quality of the photos are amazing - both the beautiful photographs in all those stunning settings around Cliveden and the natural poses taken of us and all the wedding guests as the day progressed.  It is amazing how the whole day is brought back to life just by looking through the collection.

We both really appreciated your easy style which just made everything so relaxed, whether it be the formal poses or spontaneous moments.  In fact we can honestly say we are amazed at the whole collection considering we hardly noticed many of them being taken!

So thank you once again for everything - we feel privileged to have photographs of such quality.

Kevin and Jacquie