Both Harriett and Rob loved their Hatfield House Wedding Photography. On a beautiful Spring day in May, they welcomed close friends and family to the historic Tudor Old Palace.
The Old Palace at Hatfield House is a stunning backdrop for a wedding day. Firstly, with the sky a brilliant blue on the day, the red brick exterior really stood out. In addition, the tutor interior contrasted with our modern style.
We met Harriett and Rob before their wedding day to find out more about their plans. They had wanted Hatfield House as their wedding venue for some time. We wanted to make sure that we told the story of their day and included the significance of their venue choice.
Before their wedding day, we arranged an engagement shoot in the grounds of Hatfield House. They really wanted the photographs to capture their laidback style and even brought along their lovely Staffordshire bull terrier.
An engagement shoot is a perfect way to get to know each other and practise some poses ready for the wedding day. We kept things fairly relaxed during this shoot as we wanted to offer a contrast to their wedding day pictures which we knew would be more posed.
On the morning of their wedding, Harriett got ready at Tewin Bury Farm. The grounds around the house enabled us to photograph some of the bridal details such as the dress, rings and bouquets. There was the typical buzz of excitement as she was getting ready with her bridesmaids. This was a great venue to get ready at due to the modern house and surrounding gardens.
With her blush-toned dress, Harriett had added some amazing sparkly purple shoes to finish her look. Photographing the details is an important part of the story of a wedding day. For the bride, this includes jewellery, perfume, rings, shoes, flowers and the dress. For the groom, cuff links, shoes, buttonholes and ties.
A classic Beauford car was waiting to take Harriett to a very nervous Rob, who was waiting at the St. Etheldreda’s Parish Church. Capturing images of a groom looking anxious and interacting with his groomsmen is a fun part of the day. We like to try and put the groom at ease and distract him. In another nice touch, Harriett’s dad, a vicar, led the wedding ceremony making the exchanging of vows extra meaningful.
St Etheldreda’s Parish Church is a 13th-century church that is in the grounds of Hatfield House. Outside of the church, we were able to take some formal pictures and family group shots. We always discuss this with our couples before their wedding so we know their priorities. We also give them an indication of how long this will take so that they can plan the timeline of their day. We do not want Hatfield House wedding photography to take over their time with their guests.
It was only a short walk between the Church and the Old Palace for Harriett and Rob meaning they could quickly enjoy their first glass of champagne. The gardens behind the Old Palace are big enough for the entire wedding party to congregate. During this time is it an ideal time to take a photojournalist approach and capture natural photos of wedding guests. There was a magician wandering around and entertaining the guests as they enjoyed the lovely Spring sunshine.
There were also some lovely little nooks where we took photographs of Harriett and Rob in their first moments as Mr and Mrs. The fountain made a lovely feature for some portraits of the happy bride and groom.
Our signature style aims to include stand-out images of our couples at their venue. For these images, we set up the equipment and settings and then called Harriett and Rob at the last moment so we didn’t disturb them from spending time with their guests. This is where the old building got a modern twist as our moody editing style creates that extra special image that is full of drama. Hatfield House wedding photography does not have to be traditional! We can create an interesting talking point for visitors to your home because our images stand out and make a statement.
Another feature in the Old Palace courtyard is the Wisteria tree that at this time of year was in full bloom. We took some lovely group photographs in front of the flowers. Harriet’s bridesmaids matched the flower blooms perfectly. Fun moments were captured as champagne flowed freely at this point.
For their wedding breakfast, Harriett and Rob had chosen a traditional ‘Banquet style.’ – fitting considering this room was once used by Henry VIII. There is definitely a sense of grandeur with the exposed beams and tapestries. In the bar area, the gilded candelabra framed a portrait of Harriet and Rob in front of the fireplace. We like to try and utilise all of the venue in our wedding photography. Couples spend a long time planning their day and choosing the perfect venue. It is our job to make sure you can remember every moment of the day and this includes the venue.
As with most weddings, there is usually a funny story that will be remembered and recalled again and again. Harriet and Rob had been enjoying some dancing after cutting their cake. Poor Harriet managed to twist her ankle and had to sit with her foot in an ice bucket!
In all, it was a wonderful day at a historic venue. As wedding photographers based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, we love to photograph weddings at Hatfield House. There are so many possibilities for portraits in our grand signature style as well as family formals and in the moment pictures. The bride and groom can leave their guests for short bursts for some more cosy photographs and it is not long before they are back and enjoying their champagne.
Harriett and Rob loved reliving their wedding day when they returned to view their photographs. Above all, it took them back to those details and special moments that they spent so long planning and dreaming about.
If you are planning a wedding at Hatfield House, we would love to find out more about your plans for the day.
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We love to create a beautiful slideshow of the best images from our client’s events. We find that cutting down the number of images that we show our clients ensures that their slideshow has the most impact. Would you rather see the absolute best 150 images or mix in some additional images that weaken the set? These slideshows usually end up being featured on social media for our clients to share, so are a perfect way for our couples to show off their photography to their friends and family.
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