The Dairy, Waddesdon wedding photography – Kayleigh & Jonathan

Kayleigh & Jon were married on a beautiful summer’s day at The Dairy, Waddesdon.  I really made the most of the glorious natural lighting with many dramatic and striking poses of Kayleigh and Jon showcasing the backdrops of the Dairy and Waddesdon Manor.

I can’t think of a more magical setting for an outdoor wedding ceremony than the waterside pavilions at The Dairy; it is the most serene experience for anyone lucky enough to be invited to a wedding at this fabulous venue. The lakeside location is a haven for the local wildlife, and the exotic ducks that occupy this corner of the Waddesdon Estate provided a fabulous background chorus for Kayleigh and Jon’s heartfelt civil wedding ceremony, and a lovely splash of colour too.

The newlyweds’ choice of car was an elegant 1920s convertible Bentley, and it looked spectacular in the gleaming sunlight as they were waved off by their guests after the ceremony. Once they returned from their trip through the local countryside I captured a few group poses, then it was time for them to join the celebrations with their family and friends for champagne and canapés.

After the meal we drove up to the main manor house for a few extra pictures; Waddesdon manor is truly out of this world as a backdrop! Many couples who have their wedding at The Dairy ask me to capture lots of shots for them in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor.

I was very impressed with the couple’s attention to detail throughout their wedding. Kayleigh’s choice of beautiful wedding gown, vibrant bridesmaids dresses, warm colour scheme, flowers and table decorations provided stunning opportunities for my camera.

The wedding had a great buzzy atmosphere throughout the day, and everyone invited was certainly in high spirits. Since most of my pictures are reportage style, Kayleigh and Jon’s wedding was dream territory for me as the guests partied non-stop!

My favourite pictures from the day were captured at the main Manor House, and then later in the day at dusk when my floodlighting was used to illuminate the fabulous Dairy setting.

Waddesdon Manor was built (1874-1889) by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world.  Fascinated by the history and culture of France, he commissioned a French architect to build him a Renaissance-style chateau based on those in the Loire Valley, and employed a French garden designer to lay out the grounds. The Manor was only used for weekends in the summer months for Ferdinand’s famous house parties, and was the last word in luxury with electric lights, lifts and under-floor heating. The Dairy was again built on a grand scale with no expense spared to house his prize-winning cattle.

Kayleigh and Jonathon were kind enough to send me the below note:

Dear Mark,

The words thank you just don’t cut it for how extremely grateful we are for the stunningly beautiful photos you have given us of our special day. From the initial visit to The Dairy you were first choice and boy did we make the right one! Your knowledge of the venue and where the best lighting would be are second to none!

To say wow is an understatement! Looking through them all took us right back to the day from start to finish; it was as if we were there doing it all over again. You truly and completely captured every little detail of our day, making the hot pink colour scheme really shine against the incredible back drops at The Dairy and Waddesdon Manor with the results being so fairy tale and magical. On the day you captured the photos with such ease, never taking us away from our guests for too long and the speed in which you organised the group shots was amazing.

Throughout the whole process you were extremely professional and friendly, listening to what we wanted and also giving you own recommendations in line with our vision. You even went above and beyond helping the groomsmen with their button holes! Not only did we love you but so did all our wedding guests who have done nothing but sing your praises since. You didn’t feel like our photographer at all during the wedding; you felt like a friend there celebrating with us.

The images you have given us of our perfect day are nothing but perfect themselves. You really are a master of photography!

We’ve already begun recommending you to other couples!

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. 

Kayleigh & Jonathan

Enjoy your week!