An Autumn country Stansted House WEDDING!
What a Wedding! I loved this Wedding and awesome couple, they are not only gorgeous and every photographers dream, but also have amazing taste in everything from dress sense, colours, venue choice, food, music, fun ideas, the list is endless. Despite a fair bit of rain and grey clouds in them morning Sam’s friends from Canada were doing rain dances and Amazingly this worked, as although the rain lasted into the ceremony, Edward and Samantha walked out into sunshine and blue sky with puffy white clouds!!!
Samantha is from Canada with Columbian roots, while Edward is a true Hampshire gentleman. They both live and work in London, but with Edwards Mum running garden shows at Stansted Park in Hampshire, when they saw this beautiful Country Manor they knew it would be the perfect location for their dream Wedding.
I spent the morning with Samantha and the girls at a beautiful country house they had hired in Lavant. The talented Christina Jessel (she is amazing) was on hand for Sam’s hair and make-up, while her colleague was there for the bridesmaids. There were lots of giggles, presents and I even got to meet another photographer; Sam’s talented friend Carissa from Canada. Carissa owns Carissa Didier Photography and we clicked straight away, and it was really nice to meet another wedding photographer and see her at work too, Carissa was also taking some photos as a friend just during a few sections of the day.
When I first entered the bedroom to photograph the dress, I was so chuffed to see that Carissa had already had her photography head on and been in there to today up and even move the furniture around to compliment the photos. The room looked amazing and Sam’s dress and shoe choice was even better…… Manolo Blahnik and Badgley Mischka
When arriving at Stansted House wedding venue I was super excited to see a huge beautifully lit traditional Carousel, I knew this would make for some great shots later in the day.
Edward and Samantha’s Wedding ceremony and reception was held here, situated on acres of countryside, beautiful gardens, and even a garden centre and tea room. Their ceremony took place in the Music room within the House, and with lots of guests they had to spread the seating across two rooms. With huge sash windows the natural light fell beautifully onto Edward and Samantha during their vows, Edward and his best man both caused some giggles during the ceremony with muddled words and more, which gave me the opportunity to capture some beautiful natural photos of this gorgeous Bride and Groom, although I also managed to capture some happy tears of emotion, my personal favourite!
We spent time in the adorable and romantic chapel at Stansted House and in the gardens for photos of Edward & Samantha alone. The gardens are full of colourful flowers, perfect for photographing through to create a stunning shallow depth of field – you know, that pretty blurry bit. One of my favourite photos was taken in front of a great Redwood tree, I studied the tree to see where the light was falling and managed to capture this lovely couple perfectly with the sunflare rays pouring through the leaves.
After capturing lots of natural photographs as well as the formals, we entered the fantastic marquee from Lewis Marquees. This was one of the nicest looking marquees I have seen, and I’ve seen a lot! Obie (Orlando) and his team were amazing on the day making sure everything was set perfectly and that it all ran smoothly (Highly Recommended by Samantha & Edward).
Samantha chose florist Lizzie Thorne, who is uber talented, she decorated candelabras using a mixture of David Austin Juliet Roses, burgundy smoke bush for the foliage, green Amaranthus, William Morris Roses (David Austin), and berries to give a warm Autumn feel. To complete the look in the marquee, they hung paper lanterns, and chandeliers. The reception was topped off by the superb catering by Tim at Blistering Woodfired Ovens with canapes by his sister, Edward’s cousin, they were all an absolute joy to work with.
Now I have to mention the band, WOW, what a band, seriously, one of the best I have seen. I can honestly say, if I ever marry, no let me correct that, WHEN I meet the “one” and when I marry him I will definitely be booking these guys. They literally do as they their name says, they Flood the Floor, and ALL night.
Samantha changed into another dress after the first dance. I was outside when this fun rock chick bride strolled out in a short ruffled dress by Ivy & Astor, which she’d bought from Lovely Bride in TriBeCa whilst in New York, paired with Badgley Mischka shoes and a leather jacket, our own Rock n’Roll Bride! She looked awesome and jumped straight onto the Carousel with Edward, before hitting the dancefloor for some serious rocking out! There were dance-offs, salsa, drum n’bass, everything, all mixed in with the tastiest fish n’chips I have ever tasted, again served by Blistering Woodfired Ovens.
It was such a wonderful night with a great crowd of guests and friendly attentive staff. The whole wedding was one of my favourites from this year and perfect to end off the busy Wedding season, from the look, couple, atmosphere to design, it was pretty perfect for an English Country Wedding.
A huge congratulations to you both and I really do wish you the very best for the future as husband and wife!
See more photos from Edward & Samantha’s Wedding below, and be sure to check out those sunset shots.