The story of Alice & Steph
Like many modern couples Alice & Steph met online, after only a few months they knew they'd found 'the one' and gave each other commitment rings to symbolise their commitment to each other. Some years later, a house purchase, several promotions and lots of lovely holidays together they decided to make it official and so began the search for the perfect wedding venue that exuded luxury and style while allowing them to keep the event intimate and unfussy.
Alice & Steph booked an engagement shoot to get comfortable in front of the camera ahead of their big day and they were fantastic, here's one from that session!
Orleans House Gallery
The perfect venue for them, using both the gorgeously luxurious yet surprisingly intimate space of the gallery and the light and airy stables for the wedding breakfast. Orleans House Gallery, based in Twickenham is a Grade I Listed room for up to 60 guests. Outdoors there are stunning landscaped gardens and a small woodland area as well as parking for guests and a small cafe for walkers.
I was able to grab a few close up detail, simple flat lay and venue detail shots. The big focus here was to get a macro shot of the wedding bands that the couple could print and frame for their house so I used their bouquets as a foreground interest and we also grabbed a shot with the Richmond Hill Hotel card for keepsakes as this is where they stayed before and after the wedding.
Arrival at the venue
You have to love the closeness in a car but especially so when both brides chose big fluffy dresses! We had a few minutes when we arrived to get these in Steph's Dad's Range Rover :)
During the ceremony
Of course this is awkward for all photographers and couples getting married when registrars don't step out of the way, luckily I am very experienced in photoshop and was able to remove both registrars. Would you know they'd been there?!
Alice and Steph opted for a mixture of natural flower petals and dried petals for their confetti!
The sun was shining hard and it was blistering heat so I opted to take guests inside for group shots. The combinations of group shots list was fairly long so we worked hard to get a mixture of classic standing and a more modern regal style fitting with the venue with guests seated and spaced. As a rough guide for timings if you are looking to get married and plan in posed group shots. It takes about 5-7 minutes to find guests, pose and take a picture of each group. So if you want 10 different combinations you need about an hour.
Posed couple portraits
I tend to pose my couples in classic romantic styles, with props such as dancing, walking hand in hand, kissing, cuddling and sometimes just talking to each other while I capture that magic sparkle of the day. Alice and Steph wanted to focus on the reception with their guests so we had about 15 minutes spare to get these shots.
Candid reception photos
I also took some time to capture the guests and the spirit of the wedding day really shone through their faces!
This was such a beautiful intimate wedding that ended after the meal so was very laid back and full of love. I am in love with these images and I hope having read this and seen them you can see how I might be able to capture your special day. If you'd like to discuss a bespoke package or have any special requests please do get in touch.