Earlier this year I photographed the wedding of Lolly & Stu at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire.
Lolly and Stu chose the most amazing colour scheme for their wedding day. Every detail including the bridesmaids’ dresses – bouquets – wedding cake – room decor – chair covers – and the men’s ties were in the most vivid and vibrant coral. With the kaleidoscope of corals and other colours from the abbey’s many stained glass windows, it was the most dazzlingly beautiful treat for the eyes! Lolly and Stu must have had so much fun planning their colour scheme.
During the civil ceremony, the warm sunlight streamed through the abbey’s huge stone mullioned windows and the gorgeous light illuminated the interiors through the numerous stained glass panels.
After the drinks reception in the abbey gardens, I captured the family pictures on the lawns in the glorious June sunshine. Then I strolled around the garden with the newlyweds and their attendants to capture some more candid and classic poses against the abbey’s many wonderful backdrops.
They booked a fabulous videographer, Spoolfrog, for the day whose sole responsibility was to capture all of their guests singing a single line from the song “It Takes Two”, with each couple performing for just 5-10 seconds. Watching and capturing this on camera was hilarious – I’ve never seen anything quite like it! I bet both the finished video and the inevitable outtakes were a joy to watch after the day!
My good friend Paul Megram the magician was also booked for the day, and he truly amazes me every time I see him perform. His tricks are out of this world; the look on peoples faces in the pictures below says it all!
In the evening I took a number of floodlit pictures and fireworks shots within the grounds. These are without doubt my favourite images from the day, although I also love the silhouette shot of Lolly and Stu in the stained glass window.
Set in beautiful grounds, Missenden Abbey was originally built as a monastery for Augustinian canons in 1133. The Abbey was dissolved in 1538 and the chapel deliberately destroyed; it was then converted into a palatial house after the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid-1500’s. Elizabeth 1 gave it to her favourite man, Robert Dudley. He sold it to William Fleetwood whose family lived there for 200 years, modifying the building and demolishing a substantial part of it. In 1787, James Oldham bought the Abbey and almost wholly rebuilt it in the ‘Venetian’ style, with plain white stucco walls. He also landscaped the grounds, creating lakes and planting trees including the magnificent cedar at the front of the house. This did not suit the next owner, who restored it in the ‘Gothic’ style with turrets and battlements.
Today Missenden Abbey is available for couples wishing to get married at this stunning location. The abbey have been recommending me for the past 15 years, and my pictures can be seen throughout their website and wedding brochure, not to mention my display album in their reception.
I certainly enjoyed photographing this gorgeous wedding, the fact that Lolly and Stu were such great fun to work with was an added bonus.
I hope you enjoy looking at the selection of pictures from their wedding.
Here are the kind words I received from Lolly and Stu:
We are so glad we met you at Missenden Abbey wedding fair, as we were struggling to agree on a photographer.
Your work was unique and we had never seen your style of photography before now. Your portfolio sold it to us so there was no doubt we had to have you photograph our big day.
The day finally arrived and you made everyone feel at ease. We did not want all of our photographs staged, we wanted the moment captured of friends and family enjoying themselves, so when we received the gallery a few weeks after the wedding (great to come back to after the honeymoon, as we didn’t expect them that soon) we were elated.
Our first words were WOW! you took so many beautiful photos, without being intrusive, you even managed to get our page boy to smile :). You have made choosing the photos for our album very difficult, we may have to get someone else to choose them for us.
Once again Thank you for capturing our big day. And giving us memories to keep and share for years to come.
Lolly and Stu
Enjoy your week!