Wrest Park Wedding Photographer - Alice & Ben

English Heritage describe Wrest Park as a grand French chateau but in miniature and it was a stunning backdrop for Alice and Ben's wedding on a sunny (if rather chilly) weekend in February.  As a successful architect Alice is better qualified than most to appreciate the architectural magnificence of this beautiful Grade I listed country house and despite being in the throws of a very harsh winter the weather gods looked down on us and we were able to enjoy a brisk walk for a few portraits in a small section of the 92 acres of award winning gardens. 

After a short drinks reception, guests followed Ben to the orangery located in the grounds of the house in readiness for the wedding ceremony. The orangery was flooded with late afternoon sun and it was a lovely, intimate occasion with civil wedding ceremony and a blessing from a family friend. With the sun setting, confetti was thrown on the steps of the orangery and then guests departed for the house while I spent a little time with the happy couple. Whilst the majority of my wedding photography is documentary and candid in it's approach, it is always nice to have just a short period of 'couple time' this adds to the overall coverage of the day and it also gives the newly weds a chance to take in the occasion and spend a little time together before returning to the reception. 

Ben is an avid Norwich City fan and tried desperately to incorporate the colours of his favourite team into the day. We had all thought that his mission had been unsuccessful until the cake was cut and a large extraction revealed a vibrant green and yellow sponge, much to the delight of Ben ! It was then straight on to the dance floor and the fun carried on well into the evening, a great day enjoyed by all. Please get in touch is you are looking for a Wrest Park photographer. Here is a small selection of images taken on the day, I hope you enjoy. 

Like me, Im sure you are all beginning to wonder where the sun has gone. However, having managed a little top up of vitamin D at the weekend got me harking back to wonderful spring weddings. One of those occasions was Emma and Mark's stunning spring wedding at Wasing Park in Berkshire. The blossom on the trees surrounding the church was quite spectacular and made for a beautiful backdrop for a few 'couple shots' during the course of the day. If you are looking for a wedding photographer for your Wasing Park Wedding (or any other wedding venue !) then click the button below and drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you. In the meantime, here's a little slideshow of my documentary wedding photography at Wasing Park. 

It's always a pleasure to work at Dodmoor House, such a great team and a beautiful venue whatever the season. Alice and Aaron were married here at the beginning of December and we were blessed with a gorgeous, crisp (if a little chilly) day. If you are considering a barn wedding with exclusive use and amazing levels of customer service I would really suggest you contact Dodmoor House and chat through your plans. As a preferred wedding photographer at the venue I'm due to photograph quite a few weddings here in the coming months, really looking forward to it ! Here's a selection of images that document this lovely wedding day. Enjoy

Catherine and George celebrated their wedding at the 12th Century church of St Andrews in Harlestone before departing with family and friends for a reception at the wonderfully intimate, Dodmoor House. Despite the weather not playing ball initially rain did not stop play and guests were able to enjoy the lovely grounds before and after the wedding breakfast. The happy couple were looking for a more documentary approach to their wedding photography, with little in the way of formality. This suited my style perfectly and I was able to move amongst the guests capturing proceedings without the photography breaking the natural flow of the day. As a recommended supplier at Dodmoor House it was a pleasure to return and capture Catherine and George's big day, here's just a small selection of images for you to look over. If you are considering a wedding photographer with a more natural, unobtrusive style for your wedding at Dodmoor House then please feel free to contact me. 

I spent a wonderful day with Rachel and Ignazio at their spectacular wedding ceremony and reception at St Stephens Church in Hampstead Heath. St Stephens is a grade 1 listed, deconsecrated church and a wonderful location in the heart of Hampstead for a civil ceremony and wedding reception. It's modest frontage gives you little indication of what lies inside, its not until you swing open its doors that you get a true sense of the buildings scale. Rachel and Naz wanted unobtrusive, documentary wedding photography coverage and other than a few groups shots all the images you see here are exactly what they wished for -  candid, spontaneous and emotive wedding photography. Why not drop me an email if you are looking for a documentary wedding photographer who will capture all of those special moments for you on your wedding day. 

Wow, what a day we had in the spring earlier this year when Georgiana and Adam were wed at Edenham Church and then celebrated with family and friends long into the night at the stunning Harlaxton Manor. The manor was built in 1837 and its architecture combines Jacobean and Elizabethan styles with a hint of Baroque  - Victorian grandeur at its best. Georgiana and Adam welcomed their guests in the beautiful great hall before enjoying some time in the stunning gardens. This location is a photographers dream (and a filmmakers) and the manor has featured in many films and TV series (most notably the second series of Victoria). Here's a selection of images that I hope encapsulate the wonderful day the happy couple and their guests had. Please feel free to contact me if you are planning a Harlaxton Manor wedding, I'd be very happy to discuss your wedding photography plans in more detail. Enjoy !

I'm thrilled to share a selection of images from Elizabeth and James' spectacular summer wedding at the always resplendent Woburn Sculpture Gallery. Woburn Sculpture Gallery is a beautiful wedding venue, whatever the season. Im lucky enough to visit several times a year and I love to revisit throughout the year to see the seasons change. If you are considering a photographer for your Sculpture Gallery wedding then please drop me a line, Id love to hear from you. 

Amy and Lawrence shared a magical wedding day with their family and friends when they were married at the Woburn Hotel with a reception at the Woburn Safari Lodge. Despite the weather being more 'drab UK' than 'scorching Serengeti' the Woburn Safari Lodge was transformed by Amy and her family into a cacophony of colour containing a myriad of personal touches that really stamped the happy couples personality on the day.

Steel drums provided musical accompaniment as guests enjoyed gorgeous steaks, freshly barbecued on the terrace outside,  with calories being burned later in the day when guests took to the lake in Swan pedelo's !

Amy and Lawrence wanted a relaxed and personal wedding, an occasion where family and friends could come together to celebrate and as you'll see from the images below, they smashed it ! Congrats to you both and thanks for letting me share in your Safari Lodge magic.

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I'm thrilled to be able to post a selection of images from Kelly and Adam's totally stupendous wedding day at the stunning Brocket Hall.

I didn't meet up with Kelly and Adam until a few weeks before their wedding day, but as soon as they started to talk about their plans for the big day, I knew that it was going to be a corker. As you will see from the images I've posted - their day did not disappoint !

Brocket Hall has hosted monarchs, presidents and prime ministers - but on this occasion it was well and truly the domain of the Dukes and the Daglish's, with family and friends travelling from far and wide to experience all that a Brocket Hall Wedding has to offer.

Kelly and the girls looked stunning with Kelly wearing a Pronovias wedding dress and Adam and the guys recreated the Rat Pack era looking as smooth as a cuban Cohiba cigar.

Thanks for letting me capture your day guys, it was a blast.


From the first time I met Hannah and Darren , I knew this was going to be a wonderful occasion, and oh boy, they certainly didn't disappoint.

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at Longstowe Hall, a hidden gem set amongst ancient woodland in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The intimate ceremony took place in the quite spectacular Rose Ball Room, make sure you take a look at some of the images I have posted - it really is a wonderful setting for a ceremony. Afterwards, the guests enjoyed a drinks reception on the sun bathed lawns at the front of the hall while I spent a little time with the happy couple exploring the beautiful gardens.

Hannah and Darren had clearly invested considerable time and effort into the way the marquee was dressed for the wedding breakfast, with wonderful attention to detail. Linda and the staff at Longstowe worked tirelessly to make the day that extra bit special for the happy couple and it was lovely to see the effort everyone connected with the wedding had made to make the occasion all the more memorable.

Here's just a small selection of images that capture the beauty of the location and the amazing day Hannah and Darren shared with family and friends.
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About David

I am a full time professional photographer specialising in wedding photography. Based in Bedfordshire, I photograph weddings all over the UK and overseas. Prior to forming my business I spent 15 years with BP Oil in a variety of senior management roles. As an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing I manage my business with an innovative and creative approach with a strong focus on quality photography and exceptional levels of customer service.


  • "Wow...what can we say, our wedding images have truly taken our breath away, they are above and beyond anything we could have imagined. We had an amazing day, one we will never forget and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for capturing the special memories which we can treasure forever."
    Emma & Paul at Fawsley Hall, Northants.
  • "Thank you so much for the amazing pictures, I can't tell you in words how absolutely thrilled we are with them. Thank you for making us so happy."
    Fiona & Tony at Woburn Abbey, Beds.
  • "David, thank you so much for our beautiful wedding images. I knew as soon as we met you that you would do a great job as you are passionate about your photography and most people simply don't have that. Once again, thank you SO much."
    Jackie & Simon at Rushton Hall, Northants.
  • "Dear David, just a note to say thank you again for doing such a wonderful job photographing our wedding. It was a pleasure having you there on the day and we really appreciated the friendly yet professional & discreet approach taken by you. Everyone has commented on how fantastic the photographs are."
    Wendy & Rob, The Mill House, Oxfordshire.
  • "Dear David, Sean and I received our wedding album a couple of weeks ago but waited to open it on Christmas Day (willpower or what ?!). We absolutely adored it. Thank you so much again for your amazing work."
    Tara & Sean, Villa Passalacqua, Lake Como, Italy.
  • "Your photographs are amazing and you have captured the true happiness of the day. To be honest, no amount of words can express the gratitude we feel towards you for capturing our day so intimately and yet so publicy at the same time.You are a consummate professional with an eye for the important things and a wonderful photographer. You are a true treasure to have found so thank you once again for being so fantastic and friendly and fun and relaxed during one of the most important and significant days of our lives."
    Becky and Pete, Rushton Hall.
  • "I really am lost for words and can’t tell you how pleased we both are with the photo’s. The images are just incredible and I really can’t thank you enough. They really are just perfect."
    Zoe and Glen, Highgate House.
  • "Thank you so so much for the amazing pictures you have taken. We are completely bowled over by them and it has been an emotional rollercoaster each time we look at them. Thank you again."
    Hannah and Ian, Kelmarsh Hall.
  • "Oh WOW David the images you have just uploaded to our gallery are simply stunning, you have captured our day perfectly and we can’t thank you enough."
    Emma and Matthew, Brocket Hall.


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