Lucinda and Chris – 27th August 2016
Luxury Wedding in a 17th Century Mansion
Lucinda and Chris got married at a spectacular Palladian mansion in Rickmansworth called Moor Park. Situated just 15 miles from London, this historical country house is set in 300 acres of picturesque gardens in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire. If you’re looking for a Moor Park wedding photographer, just get in touch.
Lucinda & Chris’ Big Day
Preparations began in the manor house’s luxurious bridal suite with Lucinda and her six bridesmaids. The spacious room with it’s neutral interior and lots of natural light flooding through the windows made it the perfect environment to photograph in. The bridesmaids were speechless when they saw Lucinda in her stunning strapless white gown paired with a sparkly pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.
The ceremony was held in the Thornhill Room which has amazing views of Moor Park’s perfectly manicured gardens. The beautiful period features and breathtaking artwork makes this venue a magical place for any couple to tie the knot. There were lots of happy tears as Lucinda made her way down the aisle with her dad.
After the couple exchanged rings, guests congregated outside to throw confetti. The back of the mansion had beautiful stone stairs which worked perfectly for the large group photos whilst guests enjoyed cocktails and canapes in the sunshine. Moor Park has so many incredible places to take photographs so it’s the perfect spot to elope at any time of year. We decided to make the most of the great weather by taking some couple portraits in the gardens at the back of the house before venturing inside to capture the ornate ceiling in the Main Hall.
Wedding Reception at Moor Park
A delicious three course meal followed along with some heartfelt words from the groom. After the speeches, guests gathered in The Great Hall to watch the couple’s first dance. Joe and the Collective got everyone up on the dance floor and I left the couple dancing the night away surrounded by all their favourite people.
It’s always exciting to discover new venues and Moor Park certainly didn’t fail to impress. Lucinda and Chris were a delight to photograph and I’m so pleased they asked me to document their big day.
You can view Lucinda and Chris’s engagement session here: Moor Park Engagement Session
Moor Park Wedding Photos
Stately Home and Golf Club
Moor Park is well known for it’s award winning golf club but it’s also a great venue for any event or special occasion. This Grade I listed building was built in the old park of the Manor of More and now serves as the clubhouse for the private members golf club. It was originally built in 1679 for the Duke of Monmouth and was reconstructed in the Palladian style in 1720 when it was refaced with Portland stone. Situated just 15 miles from London, this stately home has a spot on the National Heritage List for England and was once a residence to archbishops and queens.
This magnificent mansion boasts an extensive art collection dating back to 1680. It is well known for the four monumental Amigoni paintings situated in The Great Hall and the ornate ceiling in the Thornhill Room representing Aurora and the Dawn.
Getting Married at Moor Park
If you’re looking for a romantic venue that’s steeped in history then look no further than Moor Park. There are multiple spaces that can be used for any elopement, from intimate civil ceremonies to large Asian weddings. People often choose to get married in the Thornhill Room but the orangery is a great alternative for smaller occasions. This luxury venue can accommodate 132 guests during the day and up to 250 people for the evening celebrations.
What makes this venue stand out?
FACILITIES – Lucinda and Chris opted for a balloon drop for their big day but Moor Park also offer additional extras like fireworks packages to give your wedding the wow factor. Couples can choose to make a red carpet entrance and a toastmaster is on hand to help the day run smoothly. There are even helicopter landing facilities if you really want to impress your guests!
GARDENS – Capability Brown was commissioned to design the landscape which includes a small lake to the south of the house. These perfectly manicured gardens provide a great backdrop for portraits and guests can enjoy the beautiful views throughout the day.
Documenting Weddings at Moor Park
The landscaped gardens and breathtaking interior provide lots of amazing backdrops for portraits throughout the day. Here are a few of my favourite spots:
MAIN HALL – This spectacular room decorated with amazing artwork surrounded by ornate gold frames is a great spot for photos. The large windows let in lots of natural light and the mezzanine level gives you different angles and perspectives to shoot from.
GROUNDS – The tall trees give you lots of control over the light on bright sunny days and there’s a beautiful view of the house as you walk down towards the fountain. The sun sets at the front of the building so it’s the best spot for portraits in the evening.
GRAND STAIRCASE – There’s a beautiful staircase situated at the back of the mansion. It can get a bit dark in that part of the house, so I always use off camera flash or continuous light to make the image pop. It’s also a great backup for group portraits in case of bad weather.
If you’re looking for a Moor Park wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you!