Ashfield House Wedding Photographer

There are many reasons why I love photographing weddings  at Ashfield house. Hopefully in the next few paragraphs, you’ll discover a few of them. 

No matter the time of year, the weather outside or the way the light falls, there is a guaranteed photo opportunity to be had. And Olivia’s wedding (featuring Chris) was no different. 

Olivia and the girls got ready in the beautiful sitting room, Ashfield’s very own private bridal preparation room. It’s filled with the most amazing light, which for me means flash isn’t required, allowing for a better fly-on-the-wall approach.

Chris and the boys headed into the private bar downstairs to grab a few portraits of themselves before the guests arrived. The bar is one of my favourite spots, and as that morning light shines through the beautiful bay window, it oozes some awesome atmosphere and gives the boys that ‘Gentleman’s room’ look. Always a winner, especially for lads that don’t like being photographed. 

The ceremony room is very bright and has a perfect balance of being ‘blank slate’ so you can dress it up however you like, while also being detailed/decorated enough for it to be left untouched. Minimal effort required as they’ve done the styling for you! I’ve seen loads of variety from couples wanting to put their own stamp on the day. From a circular ceremony to potted plants right from their living room, I’ve seen it all!

I get that this is starting to sound like a love letter to Ashfield House, and in a way that’s what it is. I would urge any couple who have yet to decide on a wedding venue to check it out!

Olivia and Chris’ wedding vows were FULL of smiles, and laughs. I loved capturing such genuine emotions both from the couple as well as from the guests looking on. 

Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests eased into their surroundings, enjoying the canapés and the views from the front of the venue. We managed to zip right through the group shots, (nobody wants to be bossed around stood in a line for hours!) before heading into the grounds a little for some photos of the couple on their own. Nothing too formal, and we had some laughs along the way!

Dad Gav was introduced to me as ‘The Wild Card’ and his speech made clear exactly the reasons why. He had everyone in stitches, not least Olivia and Chris. Grandad also gave a very heartfelt (and unplanned!) speech at the end. 

One of my favourite parts of any wedding day is the dance floor. From my perspective, the guests have completely let loose and everyone from ‘The Wild Card’ through to the newly arrived evening guests let their hair down, throw caution to the wind and have a proper knees up. I love photographing reactions – I like to think we have integrated into the day extremely well by this point, although the alcohol may have something to do with it too!

I left this evening reception with a lasting memory of Olivia, Chris, their family and friends. They were so welcoming, and made me feel so welcome in their celebration.

I’m at Ashfield House quite a few times this year, and I hope the weddings are just as good as this one was! 

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