Amanda and Austins Stoke Place wedding
Stoke Place wedding photography
Although they live in Towcester, Northamptonshire, Amanda and Austin chose the beautiful location of Stoke Place, near Slough, Buckinghamshire for their wedding. Stoke Place is a country house hotel with beautiful grounds, it is a pretty period building, and has plenty of accommodation for you and many of your guests to stay overnight before and after the wedding.
Our wedding photography coverage mainly covers the Milton Keynes area but it was no problem for myself and my assistant to drive down to Stoke Place for this wedding, being less than an hours drive from Milton Keynes.
Amanda and Austin chose to stay the night before as well as many of their guests, which gave everyone a relaxed and convenient start to the day, although there was plenty of black coffee being consumed by the groomsmen when we arrived mid morning for the bridal and grooms party preparation photography.
The bridal parties room for getting ready had a lovely Georgian style bay window that overlooked the gardens, and this made the room light and airy, and with enough space for the hairdresser, makeup artist and all the ladies to get ready.
Amandas attention to detail was amazing and the wedding ceremony room which is part of the hotel, was transformed beyond imagination by the use of emotive spot lighting, candles, flowers everywhere and seating for the 80 guests that was finished off with cream ribbons to match the wedding theme. The mood lighting in the ceremony room created a warm and cosy atmosphere.
A brief rain shower did not stop Amanda from looking amazing as she took the short walk to the ceremony room with her Dad and the three bridesmaids.
After the ceremony there was about an hour for canapés and champagne in the garden, and as this was July the weather was nice and warm. Giant garden chess and live music for this period kept everyone entertained whilst the room was made ready for the wedding breakfast, and the wedding photography for the formal shots was taking place in the gardens.
Whilst my assistant photographed the guests and the general socialising, I worked though the couples formal photography list for family group shots, and took some couple portraits.
The wedding breakfast was back in the same room as the wedding, being magically transformed by the Stoke Place staff into a set up for the 80 guests with round guest tables with a straight top table for the wedding party.
After the speeches the proceedings continued into the late hours with live music from the impressive band "Down for the count swing orchestra"
Amanda and Austin received all the edited photographs within a few weeks of their wedding but also decided to ask me to design a bespoke Graphistudio wedding book so that the images could be preserved in print for austerity. They have just taken delivery of their Graphistudio wedding album, which included their selection of the photographs, and an absolutely gorgeous Nappa leather cover with the images displayed on glossy rigid pages.
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