It’s always lovely to see one of the weddings you have photographed be featured in ones of the best selling national wedding magazines and especially when the bride is your niece and also your god-daughter and happens to be the new deputy editor of best selling A5 Perfect Wedding Magazine. Sarah & Antoni (“Ant”) got married at the totally amazing Hilles House which is in a spectacular location and has featured in numerous documentaries and advertising campaigns, including Asquascutum and Krugg champagne. The house has also been covered recently by World of Interiors magazine, and in the past by Vogue, The New York Times and The Sunday Times.
The striking Arts and Crafts style of the house and hilltop setting, overlooking five counties, make Hilles House a truly unique location. In more recent times Hilles House was the home of Detmar and his late wife, Isabella Blow, who is an icon in the international fashion world and credited with having discovered Alexander McQueen and Sophie Dahl. The house has entertained royalty and many celebrities from the music, fashion and art worlds. The decor is testament to this and includes rare original Alexander McQueen pieces as well as striking works of art.
The bride Sarah wore a beautiful bias cut silk wedding gown from Suzanne Neville which she bought from where else but Ellie Sanderson in Oxford complete with Jenny Packham tiara for the evening. Despite being over 40 minutes late for the ceremony and the guests doing a stirling job of managing the registrars and preventing them from leaving the ceremony went off perfectly with a roaring fire to boot!
Despite a very dubious weather forecast the sun shone and the view was breathtaking from the gardens and you really did get the feeling that you were on top of the world!
The wedding breakfast was held in a very cool Kata Tipi tent, which originate from Finland with dome and arch construction and it helped that the best man also runs a local pub and brews his own brand of cider (lethal!) and makes amazing bottled apple juice. My other niece Kate made the stunning cake and there were lots of little touches from friends and family that made this one very special wedding indeed and one I was very honoured to be asked to photograph. As a professional wedding photographer I’m not sure I like the tag of “her uncle photographer the wedding” as this is something I always warn other couples against (unless the uncle is actually an experienced wedding photographer) but since I have personally photographed over 300 weddings professionally I felt confident she was in safe hands!
Here thanks to the permission of the great team at Perfect Wedding Magazine is the article they published in the current issue (only £2.99 from all good newsagents!)
Here is a selection of some of my own fave images from their big day!