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Sherborne Castle Wedding Photographers

Its was our first time shooting as Sherborne Abbey Wedding Photographers, Dorset and one that proved to leave a last impression.  The former Ancestral home of Sir Walter Raleigh, built in 1594, with landscaped grounds designed by Capability Brown – it’s a stunning part of the UK.

Sophie & Allen had a church service wedding ceremony at St Mary Magdalene, a short distance from the Castle.  The wedding reception was held in a marquee on the Castle grounds.

What stands out from their wedding day is how expressive they were as a couple.  Jointly punching the air after the church service, the joyful look on the brides face when showing the new ring off to her bridesmaids, the confetti shot, even the cake cutting.

Numerous stages that often ebb from one to another, but these guys shot their ‘lust for life’ into it all.  Great day & fun to capture.

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Asylum Wedding Photography

So I’d seen wedding photography from this wonderfully dilapidated church venue in London called Asylum, and the light in there looked amazing. But it wasn’t until a colleague of mine, a news agency photographer in London, asked me if I was available for his brothers wedding there, that I got the chance to shoot there. I’d been looking forward to this wedding for a while, but before the ceremony there, I caught up with Kat finishing her bridal preps at the nearby Shangri-La at The Shard hotel. Another great London venue, I’d shot an engagement party there before, so knew what stunning views across London there would be.

Once finished there, I headed over to Peckham, where Asylum is located, to meet Rich greeting guests there already. It’s called Asylum, not about a lunatic asylum, but in the sense that it is a sanctuary. It used to be the chapel for some Almshouses that provided homes for retired pub landlords. It was heavily damaged during the war by an incendiary device, and then renovated and restored little by little through the decades. Now it stands as an art space and is available for wedding hire. As expected, the light was gorgeous inside and made for some great documentary moments before the guests boarded some London buses for the journey to Borough Market where the evening reception was at Roast Restaurant.

Here’s some more Asylum Wedding Photography for you to look through. Or check out my Documentary wedding photography portfolio.

Sherborne Abbey in Dorset, UK

England has some amazing wedding venues with a lot of tradition, and Sherborne Abbey in Dorset is just one of those venues. It’s in the county of Dorset in the South of England, and the Abbey has been a place of worship since AD 705. Such an amazing building to photograph a wedding in, and it can be a bot overwhelming. Whenever I find myself photographing in these kinds of places, it’s good to remember that it’s all about the people and the relationships. Using the impressive building and surroundings as a scene setter, it’s important not to get drawn away from the things that matter – the people!

Although I’m based in Hertfordshire and London, I do get commissioned to photograph weddings all over the UK and some destination weddings too. I’ve photographed a couple of fine venues in the South West, including Maunsel House and the Symondsbury Estate, but this was my first time at Sherborne Abbey. Before I photographed there, I met Laura and her sister at Holbrook House Hotel for some preparation photos. They were getting ready on their own, and it made for some lovely intimate pictures of the two sisters.

The Abbey did not disappoint as far as providing such a splendid background for this wonderful wedding.

Rosie & Mike Marry In A Valley

I grew up in Dorset, not far from this beautiful valley in Cranborne Chase. It was used for the misty finale in the big screen version Pride and Prejudice. Understandably Rosie & Mike decided this was the perfect romantic setting for their big day. Although there was a tiny chapel in the valley, they opted for the comparatively spacious All Saints Church in Broadchalke to accommodate their many guests. Rosie’s Dad is a huge car enthusiast, and it looked like Rosie’s new husband shared that passion – albeit on a smaller budget!

I love how cars can become such characters in the narrative of a wedding, even appearing in the groups! Back in the DP marquee, the wedding continued into the evening. It was a lovely mix of energy on the dance floor and peaceful relaxation in front of the fire pits and slow running waters. A special secluded spot.

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Luxury Wedding at the Dorchester Hotel | London

There’s something about a wedding in the capital – the vibrancy, the buzz, and for Ijay and Tolu, the familiar landmarks of their lives and their love together. When you think of a wedding in London, there’s no venue more refined than the Dorchester, with its jewelled candelabras and glistening chandeliers. The celebration of this couple didn’t start at the Dorchester – it began in a small church nearby, a humble location that echoed the class of the bride and groom in every detail, from the pink and white hues of the floral arrangements to the matching pink traditional dress of their female guests – all set against a beautiful backdrop of stained glass windows. The delicate simplicity of the building was a pleasure to photograph, as were the wedding party, with a beaming smile in every capture.

After much singing and celebration, whilst the rest of the party waited at the Dorchester for their Bride and Groom, we took the opportunity to whisk them away to Knightsbridge for more photographs. Ijay and Tolu were so natural in their photographs, at first we were convinced they were professional models, but quickly realised we were watching the love do the talking, so evident, they needed no posing.

Stepping off of the streets of London and into the hotel’s 1930s ballroom as we caught up with the rest of the party was like taking a quick step back in time. Tall draping curtains, tables adorned with candles, a mix of roses, lillies and hydrangeas arranged in their centrepieces by NBFlowers, and a table full of pink candy put together by Gill from Sweet Hollywood, the creator of all the event’s sweet treats. Jennifer from Planned2Perfection had designed the room perfectly to suit Ijay and Tolu, and the low pink of the lights was the tipping of the hat to their theme. Traditionally after the meal came the speeches, so personal and heartfelt it was enough to make anyone emotional. We watched as they cut their classic six-tiered white cake, the groom’s arms lovingly around his bride.

Often forgotten about these days at weddings is the father/daughter dance, and we were lucky enough at Ijay and Tolu’s wedding to see such a lovely tradition, before the newlyweds took to the floor. As they began their first dance as husband and wife, beautiful petal confetti rained down on them, and it fell throughout the whole song. Capturing their happiness through the petals might just have been our favourite moment of the day, and no doubt one of theirs.

The couple’s portrait session later in the day went just as smoothly as the afternoons. We were wowed all over again by the nature of this couple, so lovingly photogenic, and there was just so much to capture with these guys that we ended up spending 12 hours sharing in their happy day. It was a pleasure to shoot for Ijay and Tolu, and we wish them all the best for their future.

Photography by: Jacob and Pauline