Lelia and Alex’s wedding at Stoke Park Club was a beautiful and very musical day, which was a joy to capture on film.
As I have probably mentioned before I love shooting at Stoke Park Club, it is such a glorious venue that just exudes, elegant luxury. The country club itself is set within 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments and as one of their recommended photographers I know all the best spots for some romantic couple shots.
Alex’s Grandfather was the famous Eddie Cassner, a music executive and songwriter from the 1950’s. A big name of the time, Eddie was responsible for starting the music career of The Kinks, and is now a character in the west end musical about the life of The Kinks called ‘Sunny Afternoon’, it’s receiving great reviews so definitely worth a visit.
It was only right therefore that music featured heavily in the couple’s day, so instead of the traditional organ music the couple walked back down the aisle and out into the sunshine with the guitar riff from ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks blaring out of the church PA.
At the reception all the table names were after songs owned by Kassner Publishing, Alex’s Grandfather’s company, and keeping up the musical theme instead of a traditional guest book the couple had a gatefold vinyl album ‘Ceremonial’ by one of their favourites Florence & The Machine for guests to sign.
The weather was absolutely fabulous; glorious sunshine all day. Sunny summer days are the trickiest to capture for photographers, as the sun is directly overhead casting harsh shadows everywhere. I spent the day either shooting into the sun or seeking top shade and using some fill-flash to cancel out the shadows. However the grounds at the venue are stunning, so a Stoke Park Club Wedding is always a joy to photograph.