Simon & Katherine’s wedding at Chicheley Hall

May 9, 2014

There was no mistaking the time of year Simon and Katherine chose to get married. Blossom, tulips and daffodils everywhere!

About Simon & Katherine

I met Simon and Katherine at one of Chicheley Hall‘s wedding shows and instantly felt a rapport with them. They’re both very easy-going and fun to be around. So it was little surprise that they wanted to enjoy spending time with their favourite people on their wedding day more than anything else.

Our documentary style of wedding photography works perfectly if you want a relaxed day like this; you can just concentrate on having fun and being fabulous while we capture you having fun and being fabulous!

Simon and Katherine chose the perfect venue to have the personable feeling they wanted for their wedding. The architecture and gardens of Chicheley Hall have obvious wow factor but the inside is perfectly sized for smaller weddings (Simon and Katherine had around 60 guests). Balancing traditional elegance with a cosy relaxed vibe isn’t easy but Simon and Katherine pulled it off.

Spring had sprung so there was an abundance of daffodils and blossom, but only on the far side of the lake, which was a bit of a walk (and quite windy)! We hadn’t planned to go that far for the portraits but the opportunity to bring the season into the photos was too good to miss. Simon and Katherine were incredibly chilled out and just enjoyed the time together as they walked. The unplanned pictures are often the best so it’s good not to pack the schedule too tightly and allow time for the magic to unfold.

Simon & Katherine’s wedding style

Simon and Katherine went for a simple classic look. The bold royal blue accents were smart and striking but at the same time had a softness from being teamed with lots of ivory and soft lines in the dresses, ribbons, flowers and cake.

My favourite photos from the day

Katherine, her Mum & sister were padding around the house in PJs chatting nonchalantly about make-up when I arrived to photograph the morning preparations. The house had the air of a chilled out Sunday morning. It was so calm I almost wondered if I’d got the right date!

Simon and Katherine’s ceremony was held at All Saints Church in Milton Keynes village.

David (who helped me out while Abby was on holiday) and I worked together to photograph from a variety of angles as the guests arrived, through the ceremony and the hubbub and excitement coming out of the church.

The time before and after the ceremony is my favourite part of a wedding to photograph – the anticipation, excitement and celebration is palpable and I love nothing more than capturing those feelings on people’s faces.

You’ve got to love a Vicar who obviously enjoys his work!

It’s very rare to be able to photograph the signing of the register as it actually happens. Usually it has to be staged after the moment. So it was refreshing for me and lovely for Simon and Katherine to be able to have real photos of this moment.

The first thing on Simon and Katherine’s agenda when they arrived at Chicheley Hall was to have a drink and spend a little time with their guests. David and I took that time to photograph all the little details that they’d planned, like their cake and table settings.

Once Simon and Katherine had had a chance to enjoy a drink we whisked them off to the lake for some portraits and with a little help from their Ushers we blasted through their family photos and had them back with their guests as quickly as possible. As much as we’re all about documentary wedding photography we think portraits and group photos are important too, in moderation.

The rest of the day was captured just as it happened; with David and I working closely together to cover different points of view.

Tips for couples planning a similar wedding

  1. Allow plenty of time to get ready. More than you think you’ll need. Feeling calm and relaxed is the best way to start your wedding day.
  2. Also allow plenty of time to revel in the excitement after your ceremony. Those first moments after getting married are FULL of great expressions and make brilliant photos.
  3. If you want to achieve a truly relaxed wedding then put picking the right venue and keeping your list of formal photos short at the top of your list of priorities.
  4. Leave your wedding photographer to pick the best spots for portraits according to the light and weather on the day. Relax and go with the flow. The spontaneous, unplanned shots are often the most magical.
  5. Relax, enjoy yourselves and be ‘in the moment’. That way all the relaxed pictures are there for the taking.