Photographing a wedding at Stowe House in Buckinghamshire is a firm favourite for me – it’s a stunning venue with an amazing wedding coordinator and only about 10 minutes from where I live. I visit regularly with my family and know the grounds and gardens well, so I can take my couples directly to the best spots for their couples portraits. The gardens are huge though, so to make the most of them I would always advise hiring a golf buggy to get around and allowing a bit longer for couples portraits.
I photographed a wedding at Stowe House last month and it was glorious. Verity and Josh were married in the Marble Saloon which is oval with the most incredible glass domed ceiling. It opens out onto the South Portico with views stretching over the lake to the Corinthian Arch. The Marble Saloon seats 200 guests for a wedding ceremony and Verity and Josh had decided to make the most of the elliptical shape by getting married in the centre of the room with their guests seated around them – I believe this was a first for a Stowe House Wedding. The unusual seating arrangement was great for photographing the ceremony as my 2nd shooter and I were able to move around behind the guests and find some interesting angles that aren’t usually available to us.
The grand South Portico was chosen for a drinks reception, overlooking the beautiful grounds of Stowe Gardens. The gardens provide the perfect backdrop for group photos, but under the cover of the portico would have been equally as lovely if the weather was not so kind. As a wedding photographer, it’s always a relief to have a wet weather back-up plan that’s equally as wonderful as the dry weather plan, and with a Stowe Wedding I really am spoilt for choice!
Verity and Josh chose the Music Room for their wedding breakfast and it looked breathtaking. Their florist ????? had worked magic with the table centrepieces, each one slightly different and the chair drapes they had chosen suited the room perfectly. It’s a dream to photograph a wedding breakfast in this room as soft light cascades through the huge full length windows, which is so flattering and highlights the exquisite details in the room to perfection.
The guests were treated to secret singing waiters at Verity and Josh’s wedding, the West End Singing Waiters. The guests genuinely had no idea they weren’t part of the catering team but when they revealed themselves and sang a selection of West End hits, they had the guests standing up in their seats and singing and dancing along with them. They were incredible and definitely know how to get a party started!
The evening came to a close for me in the Temple Room where I photographed the happy couple’s first dance followed by the action on the dancefloor as the band played some of my favorite tunes.
Photographing a wedding at Stowe House is utterly brilliant – the only problem is that there are so many amazing spots for photographs that there isn’t time in one wedding day to make use of them all! I can’t wait to go back and photograph another wonderful wedding day there.