Ashridge House Wedding Photography
On a beautiful May day I had the pleasure of photographing Stephanie & James’ wedding at the stunning wedding venue – Ashridge House.
Sitting in National Trust woodland in the rolling Chiltern Hills, Ashridge House is a dream wedding venue. The Grade 1 listed mansion makes a lasting impression and I enjoyed the many opportunities for lovely wedding photographs.
I could apologies for the number of images in this blog, but I loved every minute – Ashridge House is a wedding photographer’s dream.
I spent the morning with the bridal party at Ashridge House. Stephanie’s beautiful Sassi Holford dress was beautiful offset by wedding bouquets from Rebecca Marsala flowers.
My good friend Lloyd Richard joined me for the day to second shoot and spent the morning with James and his groomsmen. Starting with a wet shave and ending with a beer, it was a very traditional start to a very English wedding.
The wedding ceremony took place at St Mary’s Church, Old Amersham.
Stephanie arrived in brilliant orange Citroen CV and there wasn’t a dry eye in the Church as her mum walked her down the isle.
In a beautiful ceremony there was music, reading and a lot of joy (and tears – James!).
Travelling in Style
After confetti at the church, Stephanie and James took the Citroen back to Ashridge House while the wedding guests followed on a vintage green bus.
Confetti and Canapés
The beautiful terrace, landscaped gardens and sweeping lawns provided the perfect location for champagne and canapés.
Stephanie, James and I headed into the landscaped gardens for some brief couples portraits. I normally try to take 15 minutes at this point in the day with another 15 minutes in the early evening to capture the different moods and different light.
The wedding breakfast was held in the palatial Lady Marian Alford room. Decorated in beautiful Italianate style the room was beautifully offset by the traditional flower displays. The Dapper Magician entertained the guests while they enjoyed the wedding breakfast ahead of some excellent speeches.
The stunning cantilevered staircase was a perfect location for the bouquet toss and the cake cutting. Having two photographers, we were able to capture the action from all angles.
Everyone loves golden hour. But with such an amazing wedding venue, we decided to make great use of the light flowing through the windows onto the staircases to take some really intimate portraits.
Wedding Coordinator | Hayley Whitaker
Florist | Rebecca Marsala Flowers
Hair | Katie-Jane Whitlock
Make Up | Lauren Wheeler
Dress | Sassi Holford
Suit | Tweed Addict
Magician | Dapper Magic
Cake | Cakes of Good Taste
String Quartet | Dixie Strings
Transport | 1950s Vintage Bus Hir