What can I say! Niels is from Holland, Harriet is British and they met eight years ago at University. They celebrated their special day in style at Huntsham Court in Devon on the 8th of August 2015 and they had a great party with wedding guests coming from as far away as the US and New Zealand. Harriet and Niels are moving to Singapore soon after their wedding where they are going to start a new chapter in their lives, and I wish them all the best for their new venture.
It was a beautiful sunny summers day and even the drive to the venue through green hidden valleys of Devon was a pleasure for the eye. I knew then this is going to be a perfect day. They booked me from the ceremony till the first dance, so I arrived at the venue an hour before the ceremony to look around the venue and gardens. The stunning mansion is situated in beautiful Devon countryside on the border of Exmoor National Park. It’s always a great pleasure shooting at a stunning location like this. With it’s five acres of private gardens set in such a breathtaking area there are plenty of photo opportunities!
The ceremony was held outside under an arbour accompied by a talented string quartett, and with all the greenery surrounding us, it felt like a fairytale wedding. After the ceremony everyone went mad blowing soap bubbles resulting in a great alternative confetti shot. This was followed by champagne and canapes on the front lawn. Just before we went inside for the wedding breakfast,
I took Niels and Harriet for a walk around the grounds resulting in some great couple shots.
The table decorations had a very special personal touch: Niels’ grandmother supplied tulips from Holland as wedding favours for each guest. They also added their favourite spirits to each place setting, a small bottle of Hendrick’s Gin and Bols Corenwijn, a special Dutch liquor. The speeches were epic and Niel’s even had each table carving there own beef in chefs hats! My highlight was the first dance in the Great Hall with ‘The Rebel Party Band’ absolutely rocking the night away… I wished I could have stayed a bit longer to get my rusty dancing legs swinging again!
Do tell us a little bit about yourself?
I feel privliged to live and work in the Southwest. As a surfer and photographer I can’t think of anywhere better. There are so many great places to visit and shoot, and I am always amazed at all the new places I get to visit when shooting weddings. Over the years I been fortunate to travel extensively and worked on numerous travel stories for national and international magazines. I love to uncover the heart of the places and people I visit with my images. This passion has flowed into my wedding photography.
How would you describe your photography style?
My style is reportage – natural and candid. By mixing reportage/photojournalism styles with my constant desire to produce fresh and honest images, I create wedding photos that capture those special moments, feelings and personalities that tell the story of a wedding day. I rather record the moments as they happen, to create more natural photos. I love to shoot weddings when I am able to blend in and feel part of it. This makes it easier to observe and to capture those special moments that happen when you least expect it.
What did you love about the day?
Huntsham Court creates an athmosphere of relaxed grandeur in a boutique country house wedding. The staff were really helpful, they make you feel at home and really helped to make the day run smooth. The weather was perfect, the venue beautiful and everyone enjoyed themselves.
When the couple and their guests are this happy at a stunning venue like this it gives great opportunity for lots of unplanned documentary style shots, that tell a great story of a very special day.