Anita and Michael’s wedding took place at Ashridge House, a beautiful mansion located in the Hertfordshire countryside. I’ve photographed several weddings at this venue and I seem to discover new places every time I visit. Anita wore a beautiful white lace gown with diamante detailing at the waist whilst the bridesmaid had pretty floral dresses in shades of pink and purple. The bouquets were beautiful with lots of green foliage, lavender and thistles to compliment the colour scheme.
The first part of the ceremony took place in the main hall and Anita looked absolutely stunning as she made her entrance down the grand staircase. Once the couple had said their vows, everyone was taken through to the chapel where a blessing took place where the tall stained glass windows and ornate ceilings provided the perfect backdrop for the couple to elope. After the service, the bride and groom exited the chapel to applause and lots of confetti.
The drinks reception took place on the terrace looking over the beautifully landscaped gardens. I find this tends to be the best part of the day to get some more formal group pictures. The arched entrance at the back of the house provided a graphic architectural background and the overcast sky created a beautiful soft light for me to work with. At Ashridge I’m always spoilt for choice when it comes to photo opportunities but the pathway through the foliage was a great way to get some photos of the couple whilst incorporating the beautiful landscape.
The wedding breakfast was held in the Lady Marion Alfred room with its softly draped windows and ornate gold ceiling. The tables were adorned with posies of purple flowers which matched the bouquets, decorative table numbers and bubbles for the guests. After the meal, the father of the bride, groom and Michael’s two best men gave some hilarious speeches, complete with some embarrassing poster sized pictures of the groom! Anita and her family are German and one of the traditions is for the bridesmaids to surprise the couple with a Mr & Mrs style game, which provided some fun entertainment and lots of laughter before the cutting of the cake.
Anita and Michael it was a pleasure to document your fantastic wedding and I hope you both enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.