The Hartwell House Wedding of David & Susanna was certainly a wedding with a difference and exactly how they wanted it. Firstly the couple live in a several hundred year old cottage in the tiny village of Weedon in Bucks right next to and I mean RIGHT NEXT DOOR to a fabulous country pub The Five Elms which is where they went for drinks after the ceremony before heading off to Hartwell House for their wedding reception. The church is only about 100 yards from their front door so things couldn’t have been more local. Susanna wore a beautiful Suzanne Neville designer wedding gown from where else but ELLIE SANDERSON of Beaconsfield complete with ribbon edged veil and lace jacket and fur stole. Susannas make-up was by one of my fave make-up artisits Katie Reay-Scott One of the most memorable things at this wedding happened at the end of the ceremony after the signing of the register and the blessing. Just as everyone was expecting the couple to walk back down the aisle some people appeared in the doorway and a guy with a beat-box on his shoulder pressed play and in came a complete gospel choice singing “HAPPY” by Pharell Williams which was totally awesome. They led the couple outside with everyone clapping and singing which certainly got everything off to a super positive start and then off we all went to the pub 50 yards away to continue the celebrations!
To see the gospel choir in action and the moment they came in and a review of their day see the #happy “mash-up” that David’s daughter Hope created with the help of some friends and some video footage I shot with a static camera on the day here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf4os2__UbU&feature=youtu.be if you are ‘eagle eyed’ you will spot me shooting whilst the guests look on amazed!
It’s the first wedding I have photographed at the beautiful Hartwell House which is one of the Stately Homes of England, and it’s most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, who lived there with his Court. Hartwell House weddings provide a country house setting situated in 90 acres of landscaped parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury and is a stunning venue, I very much look froward to returning to this impressive Grade I listed house, which has both Jacobean and Georgian facades.
The weather was incredible, as so often is the case on the Spring weddings I photograph, and we managed to get out to the bridge for some lovely images before heading back from the wedding breakfast. Much later in the evening after I left after the first dance David, the groom, who is a jazz drummer on the side sat in with the band and played a whole set!