While I write this Aynhoe Park wedding images blogpost, it’s unseasonably warm – the complete opposite to the bitterly cold and crisp November day, at Aynhoe Park, in the company of the beautiful Natalie and the suave James.
Aynhoe Park is a very special place. One of my favourite wedding venues. It’s quirky, stylish, elegant and grand. The perfect setting for a fun winter wedding.
I arrived to the crack of shotguns. James and the guy peppering a few clays out on the lawn. My good friend and excellent wedding filmmaker Rupert Ward-Lewis was already there, capturing his contemporary cinematic footage.
Natalie, her mum, the bridesmaids and 2 very cute little flowergirls were relaxing upstairs, being pampered by the hair and make-up crew. Great light flooding in through the windows. James and the guys were getting ready just a few rooms away, so it made it possible to get some shots of the guys as well.
This was the first time that I had captured Aynhoe Park wedding images, with the service in the church next door. It’s a great space and reminds me of The Actors Church, St Paul’s in Covent Garden. Natalie took as fast dash from her car, sheltered from the bitting cold wind by the Anyhoe Butlers.
After a wonderful service, a surprise for the guests. The London Essentials were playing outside as everyone left the church. A quick dash back to Aynhoe and drinks in the foyer.
Winter this year for me is incredibly busy. These weddings call on a different skillset to summer weddings. The days are so short and when the light drops, couple and group wedding photographs have to be done inside. It requires some lighting experience to get things looking good. One of these was a full bridal party groupshot in the library. I seem to get asked for these stylised groups more and more often – fine with me, they are challenging, particualry when photographed late in the evening!
A stunning day, in the company of 2 fun people. Congratulations James and Natalie. My best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together.