The great thing about being a documentary wedding photographer is that you get to work at lots of lovely venues. This was the case with Jo and Advait’s Stoke Place wedding in Buckinghamshire at the end of August.
I had been recommended to them by a groom from a previous wedding from a couple of years back. As they are busy people, but wanted to make ‘meet’ face to face, they suggested using Skype as they use it all the time. Fair enough, time to sort myself out with the necessary webcam and software and we’re away…. and it was all very painless. Despite this virtual meeting, I could tell they were just a lovely couple, which was confirmed when we finally met for real.
On the wedding day, as I hadn’t been to the venue before, I did my usual thing of arriving an hour early to have a look round. Stoke Place is a lovely late 17th century Queen Anne Manor House surrounded by extensive gardens designed by the legendary Capability Brown. This was going to be a good day. I left and made my way up the road to Jo’s parent’s house where all the preparations were taking place. Jo’s family were great – everyone was so welcoming and accommodating and just let me get on with things. Jo looked amazing and I really love the shots of her sister holding up the mirror while she checks herself out, with the bridesmaids looking on. She has that ‘this is it, it’s really going to happen’ look on her face.
As I headed off to Stoke Place ahead of Jo and the bridal party, the guests were arriving and being greeted by Advait, the groomsmen and his family. The ceremony room and interiors looked lovely with lots of personal items and pictures displayed on the walls. The guests were seated and Advait waited nervously with his two best men and ushers.
Jo arrived with the bridal party and they took a moment to have a group hug outside before entering with her father, Nigel, beaming as she walked up the aisle…
Part 2 of Jo and Advait’s Stoke Place wedding will be up soon, so please come back again. If you like the pictures, feel free to leave a comment and share this link with your friends.