Aynhoe Park Elegant Real Wedding
About the couple
A&A wanted an elegant fusion of the Chinese and French elements of their wedding. Allowing them to showcase their love as well as show off the already luxury elements of Aynhoe Park and not to take away from it by overwhelming the space.
About the day and how it went
The day wedding day itself fell on a Saturday with the events being held over 3 days at Aynhoe Park which really allowed their family and friends to be able to immerse themselves in wedding. On the Friday guests checked in and had an amazing welcome dinner put on by the Anyhoe park kitchen as well as a happy birthday event for the brides sister and friend. The main wedding day was the Saturday with an early start for bridal preparations and the amazing floral displays in the orangery. This was created by SS Flowers who did a stunning job of adding in the autumn vibes.
The orangery has amazing light and being a photographer at Aynhoe Park was a dream to photograph the ceremony in this location-one of the main features of the venue.
This was dressed elegantly and adding in the taxidermy zebra at the back of the room with the Aynhoe Park giraffe hanging proud as always watching the ceremony. As this was a wedding at the end of Autumn we were tight on time for the daylight after the ceremony so once this was done it was straight into couple and group photos before the light changed and the orangery had a very quick turn around time for the remainder of drinks receptions with some toasts.
I manned to wish my couple away just before dinner to get the last of the sunset across the back garden of Anyhoe, one of the sweet spots of their gardens which resulted in a chilly autumn sunset photos where this was undirected and just allowing the couple to be together.
I think one of my favourite photos is the hug he gives her, completely in love! The day was then followed by a whirlwind of speeches, cake cutting and some epic dancing! I think these are some of my favourite first dance photos where the orangery is turned into a stunning light festival of colour for the first dance. I think it is really important that couples spend time in constricting the right setting for the first dance and these guys certainly did! Day 3 was the farewell lunch as well las the Chinese tea ceremony.
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a London , Oxfordshire and destination wedding photographer having been a photographer now for 9 years. Having moved to London from Devon to work more in fashion and with couples who really want to make creative wedding photos- not to just take a snap.
How would you describe your photography style?
My style fuses my fashion style with my wedding clients to create images that are elongate but have a fashion twist. I look heavily at the backdrops and how things should be composed. I do love candid moments in the wedding day- which is about 80% of the day- so it is about getting the right angle and light for those moments to make them stylish and relatable.
What did you love about the day?
I adored the ceremony- wanting the bride walk down the isle and getting emotional as she saw him. As well as the fathers speech in the conservatory- the reactions of the couple were so lovely. I loved being able o photograph at aynhoe Park- as I have done a styled shoot here but to be able to come back and do a real wedding here was a dream. More please!
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
Make sure to structure your day with enough run off time. Elements can take longer than you think and as suppliers we can be running around typing to play catch up. So make sure you give everything enough time so you can enjoy it.
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for being absolutely incredible during our weekend at Aynhoe. We saw the initial photographs and were so stunned. You have been amazing during the weekend, so patient with us and running around everywhere all the time to create the best photos! Your passion and dedication definitely shows!! Thank you as well for being so accommodating when we made last minute changes to the schedule – we are so grateful”