Anna and James’ St Albans Abbey and Wrotham Park Wedding Photography
This promised to be a superb wedding to be part of, from the moment Katie from Albion Parties got in touch to see if I was available for Anna and James’ Wrotham Park Wedding Photography. Anna had seen my work, and really wanted natural, documentary wedding photography. I was available, so we started making plans for their wedding at St Albans Abbey and reception over at Wrotham Park. So on a rainy day in September, David and I headed over to The Grove in Watford to start photographing the preparations for this amazing wedding celebration.
A Beautiful, Historic Setting for a Wedding
I knew there was some heavy rain scheduled for later that day, but the morning preparations began with sunshine and great light. David met James getting ready before meeting the groomsmen in the bar for a quick drink before they all headed over to the Abbey at historic St Albans. Soon enough Anna and the bridesmaids were ready, and I went ahead so I was ready to photograph their arrival at the Abbey. I know St Albans Abbey fairly well, having lived across the road from it for several years. It truly is a fantastic cathedral, with it’s history dating back to the Roman town of Verulamium in the third century, and Britain’s first martyr, Saint Alban. It was the 14th Century extension to the church, the Lady Chapel, which would host the marriage ceremony.
Quality and Style at Wrotham Park
The ceremony was conducted by Reverend Doctor Christopher Pines, who had taught James when he attended St Albans school. Afterwards, the promised rain made an appearance just as the newly-weds left the Cathedral. But that didn’t stop them celebrating with confetti before the cars set off for the short drive to Wrotham Park in Barnet, Hertfordshire. Another magnificent, historic building, this Palladian Mansion was built by Admiral Sir George Byng in the 18th Century, and is still in the same family. It’s a stunning place for a wedding party, with the stunning downstairs rooms making the perfect setting for a champagne reception.
After the family group portraits and some champagne, the guests headed down to a fabulous Glass House marquee for the speeches and the start of the wedding breakfast. Soon enough the Mini Big Band had got the real partying going, and the dance floor was never empty until the early hours when the remaining guests waved Anna and James off.
Wrotham Park Wedding Photography by a Times Photojournalist
If you’re thinking of having a wedding at St Albans Abbey, or are interested in some Wrotham Park wedding photography, please head over to the contact page and fill in some details. I’ll get right back to you with information on availability and fees for your wedding plans. Of perhaps you’d be interested in seeing my work as a St Albans wedding photographer, or some St Michael’s Manor wedding photography in St Albans.
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