St Michaels Manor St Albans wedding photography – Alison & Stephen

Alison and Stephen were married at the gorgeous  St. John the Baptist Church in the village of Great Gaddesdon, with their reception at St.Michael’s Manor in St.Albans.

I was amazed by the enthusiasm shown by Alison considering she was wearing a very delicate and elegant gown for a brisk winters day!  I’m sure Alison was freezing cold but both she and Stephen were determined to get some great outdoor pictures both at the church and reception venue. We had a lovely confetti aisle, and a few images in the gardens of the hotel before the sun disappeared for the day, and before we all froze!

Alison and Stephen were recommended to me by a friend whose wedding I’d photographed a few years before, so it was great to see a few familiar friendly faces at their wedding.

This was such a lovely intimate wedding, the couple booked exclusive use of St Michael’s Manor for their celebration reception. And once everyone was in the warm, the celebrations continued until late into the night.

Their florist decorated the hotel beautifully with huge arrangements of gorgeous white roses everywhere, and the overall effect was pretty spectacular! The gorgeous fabrics, colourful artworks, and the overall wow colour scheme they’ve used throughout the hotel contributed to the fabulous photographs on the day.

My favourite pictures were taken over the lake at dusk.  With my signature floodlighting, the building, lake and couple were illuminated beautifully for a really dramatic shot.

St Michael’s Manor was built by John Gape in the 16th Century, a prominent local figure, erected on the medieval foundations of a previous grand house. The Gape family continued to own the house until it was purchased by the current owners in the 1960s. It’s perfectly located in the centre of old St. Albans, where old coaching inns and stunning period houses sit cheek by jowl in pretty Fishpool Street. Close by is the River Ver and Verulamium Park, and a few minutes stroll away is the magnificent St. Albans Abbey. This Manor House hotel is set within five acres of fabulous gardens, including a one-acre lake.

Below is the message I received from Alison and Stephen:

Dear Mark,

Thank you for the superb pictures of our wedding. You have captured some stunning images and provided us with wonderful memories of such a special day in our lives.

It was great how you took the time before the wedding to meet with us and explain everything. Your insight even helped us plan the timings throughout the day to get all the pictures we wanted.

You did a wonderful job of organising us for the group photos and were very accommodating of our requests. You even managed to get us organised after the meal when some of the group were less cooperative…

The photos from the preparations, church, reception and dancing are memories that we will cherish forever.

Thank you Alison and Stephen.

Enjoy your week!

Mark