Hampton Court House Wedding
We are excited and so delighted to share this stunning wedding today, a lovely couple, a beautiful dress and some gorgeous photography. The wedding of Harriet & Alistair was captured by wedding photographer Tony Hart.
Harriet & Alistair are some of the loveliest people I’ve worked with in the last few years. Great fun, chilled out and they knew exactly what they wanted from their day and their photography. My approach is about narrative, story-telling and keeping things as relaxed and hands off as possible and Harriet and Ali were very much on the same page.
The hustle and bustle on the morning of the wedding is always special. There’s an excitement and tension in the air that is quite distinct. The only thing I can compare it to is the feeling before a play or musical performance. Harriet got ready at her parents house in Hampton, along with her bridesmaids and Ted the Tibetan Terrier – a complete dude of a dog. Harriet’s friend Jamie works in a Bridal Boutique and was on hand to help Harriet into her stunning Stewart Parvin dress. Having a bridal wear ‘pro’ on hand is a rare thing and it made for a particularly elegant, calm and beautiful moment.
Both the wedding and the reception took place just round the corner at Hampton Court House, a perennial favourite of mine. Hampton Court House is a venue full of character and although I’ve shot there many times, in the past the ceremony had always been elsewhere. It was therefore a real treat to shoot in the Central Hall, which looked absolutely immense, bedecked with beautiful floristry by Fairy Nuff Flowers. Ali arrived fit, present and correct, and suitably chipper and soon enough it was time for the doors to open and Harriet to appear looking truly stunning, proceeded by her lovely bridemaids. Ted made a point of barking during the “does anyone here present know any lawful impediment”, to unanimous hilarity (he secretly told me later that it was a poorly-timed bark of approval) and, once the ceremony had whistled past, it was out onto the front lawn for reception drinks and canapés.
The wedding breakfast was magnificent and the speeches were filled with heartfelt emotion, great humour and more than a few tears and lumps in throats. The weather largely behaved itself, aside from a brief duck under an oak tree during the portraits, and as for the dancing, let’s just say that this crowd seriously know how to party. The evening closed with one of the best sparkler send offs I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing and a delighted Mr & Mrs L departed into the night.
Photographer & Style – Tony Hart
I’ve been shooting weddings as a pro for the last six years and it’s been an incredible experience. I got into the business after meeting and working with an accomplished Reuters news PJ, Kieran Doherty; and, in the beginning, his sage advice and deep experience was indispensable. After shooting a few friends weddings and meeting with favourable reviews I chanced my arm and decided to jump in with both feet. Many weddings later I’m glad to say that I did!
My emphasis is on the documentary side of photography, both because I love the truth inherent in naturalistic images, but also because I think it’s important for a photographer to be a spectator and not a director. Wedding days are about the couple, their family and their friends and I think the experience of the day should revolve around that rather than hours spent in the company of a chap with a camera!
What Did you Love about the Day?
- Stunning dress
- Fantastic people
- Gorgeous venue
- Ted the Tibetan Show Stealer Terrier!
If you would like to view more of Tony Hart’s work and get in touch with him about your special day then you can do so via his profile page here.