Northbrook Park Winter Wedding Photography: So here we are clinging on to 2013 with a thread (it’s the 30th December…) and I’m back at Northbrook Park for my fourth and final wedding here this year. Here’s how it went…
I’d first met Zoey and Rishi in a London pub briefly a couple of months before when we went through their wedding plans in more detail and I shared my experiences of the gorgeous Northbrook Park with them to whet their appetites and to let them know what lovely pictures could be in store for them if they were adventurous enough!
The day started…wet. The forecast had been for heavy rain and winds in the morning and it wasn’t wrong. The one glimmer of hope was that it was due to brighten up in the afternoon and I so wanted that to be true so that we could use the wonderful grounds and get some magical pictures in and amongst the trees later on. I decided to keep inside and take shots of Zoey and Rishi in their chalets as both of them were staying on site. The on site accommodation is one of Northbrook Park’s best attributes: photographer’s can cover both bride and groom getting ready shots and still have plenty of time for the detail pictures before the guests have even started to arrive.
Everyone was in fine form and wasn’t going to let the rain spoil what I knew was going to be a unique and special day – an English and Indian ceremony back to back…wow. Time passes quickly when you are a wedding photographer and before I knew it I was taking my place ready for the first of two ceremonies. Zoey had decided to wear an Indian dress for the English ceremony and looked wonderful – I’ve never seen such proud parents. Then it was on to the Indian ceremony and I’d already checked if there were any do’s and don’ts when taking pictures. The words ‘just get in there!’ still resonate.
I must say it was a privilege to be a part of both ceremonies but the Indian one was particularly beautiful; made all the better by the person conducting the wedding taking the time and care to explain things so that everyone understood the ceremony and remained completely enthralled. Next it was outside and the smiles when everyone saw the sun had come out was a wonderful moment. A hastily organised group shot in front of the house and then it was just the three of us. Knowing what Northbrook has to offer, I was able immediately to take control and steer the newly-weds to the best spots. I loved these two: completely up for it and trusting, smiles a plenty and looking fabulous in the magical late afternoon sun. Perfect.
Not much more to say really apart from the speeches were hilarious, the dance floor packed all evening and there was the best curry I’ve tasted for a good while. I should also mention that there were some of the nicest people I could hope to meet and that it was the perfect way to see out what has been a great year.
It is very difficult whittling a whole wedding’s worth of fab shots down to a few but here goes…