Woburn Sculpture Gallery Wedding Photography

As a Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer I love my frequent visits to the majestic Woburn Sculpture Gallery set within the spectacular and historic Woburn estate. With its private rose garden and terrace overlooking the Camellia Lake, it provides a magnificent and elegant backdrop for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions.

It was the perfect location for Rachael and Alfred's wonderful wedding. I started the day meeting the girls at the Woburn Inn Hotel, it's a great place for bridal prep with plenty of room for hairstylists, make up artists, bridesmaids, brides, wedding photographers , etc ! It can be a little daunting having a photographer turn up to capture intimate moments like the bridal prep but Rachael and the girls were great to work with and my candid style allowed me to blend in and capture all the fun they were having without the need for choreography and posing.

It was then off to the Woburn Sculpture Gallery to capture the pre wedding guest arrivals. I love capturing this element of the wedding, lots of excitement, hugs and kisses .. this was certainly the case here, it was clear how much love family and friends had for the happy couple. I always like to get up close and amongst the crowds for this time of day, Im not the type of photographer that likes to 'pap' people from a bush 100 yards away. Getting closer to the action creates a much more interesting and meaningful image.

Woburn Sculpture Gallery has to be one of the best locations for a bridal procession, as you can see, it can take a long time for the bride and her father to walk the length of the gallery to the foot of the temple for the wedding ceremony. I loved capturing the interaction between Rachael and her father as they walked towards us. It's unrepeatable moments like this that really make my heart sing as a documentary wedding photography. Moments like this can't be posed, you have to be there in the right place at the right time , a second later and the moment would have passed.

I like to work in a very unobtrusive way, capturing the essence of the wedding without interfering with the natural flow of the day. I do however like to spend a little time with the couple to capture a few softly posed images of just the two of them together. Sometimes it can be quite hard on your wedding day to get any time alone together to take in the occasion. This 'couple time' with me is a great opportunity to spend some time together alone for the first time as a married couple. This doesn't have to be rigid and formulaic - just spend a little time together and embrace the occasion, the photographs look so much more natural as a consequence. Here you can see how Rachael and Alfred did just that, their relaxed approach allowed me to capture some lovely moments for the two of them.

The wedding reception followed quickly afterwards with some emotional speeches and some fun and games from the best men. An impromptu game of 'Mr & Mrs' followed - it would appear the happy couple gave all the correct answers ! A romantic first dance completed the formalities and the newly wed's partied long into the night. A perfect day for both of them.

Perhaps you are considering a Bedfordshire Wedding Photographer for your Woburn Sculpture Gallery wedding. You may also be looking for a documentary wedding photographer who has vast experience of the venue. Why not drop me a line and we can discuss your plans. Why not have a look over some of my other Woburn Sculpture Gallery weddings below, they will give you a great feel for my style and coverage at the Woburn Sculpture Gallery.

The stunning interior of St Ethelreda's Church in the city of London.

" Dear David, thank you so much for the photo's. They are amazing. We've been looking at the gallery over the weekend with friends and family. We are so pleased with them. You have captured the whole day beautifully and got every detail of the day. We can't thank you enough. The photo's are everything I imagined they would be and more" Louise & James

My last wedding of the year took me to the stunning St Ethelreda's Church and Stationers Hall in the city of London. St Etherlreda's is the oldest catholic church in England and it's an incredible place, nestled right in the heart of the city you feel cocooned from the hustle and bustle outside. When the church was first built over 800 years ago, little regard was given to how wedding photographers in the 21st Century would cope with the low light levels (particularly on a very damp day in mid December). However, what the church lacks in light it makes up for in ambiance and atmosphere.

My day started in North London, meeting up with Louise at her parents house. The house was busy with wedding preparations but everyone was relaxed and enjoying the occasion.


I met up with the groom James at St Ethelreda's - by this stage the weather has turned rather damp but this did nothing to subdue family and friends (close to 200 of them) who filled the church to the rafters and enjoyed an emotional service and some stunning singing from one of the church choristers.

This was very much a London wedding and to maintain this theme Louise and James arranged for a Routemaster bus to transport guests to the wedding reception at the stunning Stationers Hall.

Stationers Hall is the perfect City of London wedding venue. It is one of Londons last remaining livery halls and dates back to the 17th Century. Louise and James' wedding reception took place in the stunning Main Hall and afterwards guests were treated to come traditional Irish music before the evening celebrations kicked off in style back in the Main Hall.

Perhaps you are looking for a documentary wedding photographer for your wedding at Stationers Hall. Why not drop me a line so we can chat about your plans, I'd love to hear from you.

Well this made a change for this summer, a wet wedding !!! We have been blessed some amazing weather this year but the heavens opened for Katie and Josh's lovely Longstowe Hall Wedding. But did the happy couple let the weather dampen their spirits ..... not in the slightest !!!! I always get asked the question by prospective clients, "what happens if it rains " ? My stock answer is always the same, EMBRACE IT ! and this is exactly what Katie and Josh did. Whatever the weather, Longstowe Hall always looks amazing and today was no exception. The lawns looked lush and the borders were spectacular. Here's a little feedback from the newly-weds :

"David did such a wonderful job capturing our wedding day. He was a pleasure to deal with in the lead up to our wedding and on the day, dealing with the rainy weather easily and finding several solutions for us so that we could still have some outdoor pictures. He was inobtrusive and captured some lovely natural shots which have turned out to be our favourites. We are so pleased with our wedding pictures and really will treasure them forever, we are so pleased we chose David as our wedding photographer."

Such lovely feedback from an amazing couple. 

Perhaps you are considering a Longstowe Hall wedding and you're looking for unobtrusive, candid, documentary coverage with a splash of fine art ? Im proud to be a preferred supplier at Longstowe Hall, so why not drop me a line, Id love to hear from you. Here's a selection of images from the day to whet your appetite. 

  

 

Did you enjoy looking over Katie and Josh's lovely Longstowe Hall wedding images ? Feel free to drop me a line to discuss your wedding photography requirements. 

                                                                                                      

 

If you are looking for a wedding venue that gives you the flexibility of having a civil ceremony but the grandeur and ambiance of a church setting, then look no further than St Stephens Church located in Hampstead. The image above was take at Ellie and Sam's wonderful wedding at St Stephens - it's a spectacular location and a 'one stop shop' for your wedding celebrations. 

Situated on a landmark site, at the meeting of Pond Street and Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead, stands St Stephen’s, one of the last surviving works of the Victorian architect Samuel Sanders Teulon. A Grade I listed building and national historic monument, St Stephen’s was built 1869–1873, being made redundant in 1977 and thereafter remaining empty until 2002 when it was deconsecrated and given into the care of St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust on a 99 year lease from the London Diocesan Fund. With the building having survived years of dereliction, damage and occupation by squatters, the mission of the Trust is to restore and protect the fabric and grounds of St Stephen’s, as befitting a Grade I Listed Building and to open its doors to the public as a local community asset for educational, arts and social purposes.

Perhaps you are considering a St Stephens Church wedding celebration ? If so, why not drop me a line and we can discuss your requirements in more detail. 

If you are looking a wedding photographer with a candid, documentary style for your wedding at St Stephens, then please feel free to contact me. 

Back in the summer I had the pleasure of photographing Kathryn and Luke's wonderfully intimate wedding in the stunning Swiss Gardens in Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire. 

The Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth was created between 1824 and 1832. It was the project of a wealthy young gentleman, the 3rd Baron of Old Warden Lord Ongley, whose family had bought the estate in the 1690s. At the highest point and in the centre of the garden is the Swiss Cottage. Used as a teahouse, it has a cleverly hidden lower ground floor where the food could be prepared. Today the Swiss Cottage is a stunning venue for intimate wedding ceremonies, only a handful of guests can sit inside, those without a seat can watch proceedings through the open windows (this includes the photographer !!).

Kathryn and Luke particularly loved my style of candid, documentary wedding photography. There were no formal shots at all, it was wonderful to just go about my business as if I were part of the small wedding party, capturing those special moments in an unobtrusive fashion. Due to the intimate location I used my fuji mirrorless cameras and fast, prime lenses to capture the wedding. They were perfect for this occasion, exceptionally quiet and very light to carry (it was a hot day !!)

Perhaps you are considering a Swiss Garden Wedding and you're looking for an unobtrusive, candid style for your wedding photography. If so, why not drop me a line  - I'd love to hear your plans. In the meantime, here's a selection of my favourite images from the day.

 

I LOVE photographing Woburn Weddings !

Woburn Sculpture Gallery is a stunning venue for a wedding and it's somewhere I am fortunate enough to return to on a very frequent basis and I can't wait to return there again in 2019 for some lovely couples who have booked me for their weddings. Whatever your wedding plans, Woburn Sculpture Gallery always delivers - amazing gardens and internal space and architecture coupled with superb customer service provided by the team there. 

It was so good to return to Woburn Sculpture Gallery for Sam and Scott's wonderful wedding in May. We have been blessed with some amazing weather this year and it was no different for Sam and Scott as they were married in a lovely intimate ceremony in Maulden. It was then off to Woburn to enjoy a sun-kissed drinks reception. As a documentary wedding photographer based in Bedfordshire, the majority of my wedding photography is unposed and candid but it's always lovely to have some couple time so we can explore the grounds and I can capture the happy couple together. I always make sure that this time doesn't interfere with the natural flow of the wedding day and after a little time together Sam and Scott were able to enjoy the company of their family and friends and the wonderful wedding breakfast in the Sculpture Gallery. After the speeches it was time to party, with guests enjoying the grounds as the sun set on a wonderful day. 

Perhaps you are considering a Woburn Sculpture Gallery wedding ? I'd love to hear from you and chat about your plans.

Here's just a small selection of images from the day, hope you enjoy looking over them. 

                                                                                

What do you get if you mix a couple who are now officially 'Mr & Mrs Marriage' with the beautiful Essex countryside, stunning summer weather, an ancient church, a wonderful family home, THE BBQ OF ALL BBQ's , archery, a classic E Type Jag and a stunning marquee accommodating over 120 very happy guests ? That's right, you get a sensational wedding day....  and I was lucky enough to be invited along to document Faye and Mikes spectacular countryside, marquee wedding in my candid, unobtrusive, documentary style. 

I think the images speak for themselves, you won't be left wondering if everyone connected to this wedding had a good time or not ! Mike is a filmmaker, director and writer and it was important to both Mike and Faye that I capture the day in a very unobtrusive and candid manner. Other than a small amount of time with the couple later in the day, I was able to fully immerse myself into the occasion. Capturing the emotional ceremony, the wonderful drinks reception, speeches and finally dancing on what was a never to be forgotten experience for the bride and groom.

So what did you think of Faye and Mike's Marquee Wedding ?

Perhaps you are planning a marquee wedding of your own ? 

If you like my candid, unobtrusive style of wedding photography why not contact me to discuss your plans. I'd love to hear from you. 

Back in the Spring I was lucky enough to visit the amazing Ashridge House for Sam and Jonny's wedding. It was everything a wedding should be, family and friends, love and laughter - a perfect combination. Ashridge House is a stunning venue for a wedding ceremony and reception. Dating back to the 11th Century, Ashridge is one of the most beautiful and historically significant parks and gardens in England and it made a stunning back drop for Sam and Jonny's big day. Here's a selection of images from the day, if you're looking for an Ashridge House wedding photographer I'd love to hear from you.  

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. 

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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.

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  • "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.
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  • "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.
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  • "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."
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