The Dairy, Waddesdon wedding photography – Lauren & Alex

Lauren and Alex were married at the Dairy on the Waddesdon estate back in the summer on a gloriously warm sunny day, with a ceremony in the stunning waterside pavilions.

During my 20 plus years as a photographer this is one of my all-time favourite outdoor venues for a civil wedding ceremony: imagine being surrounded by huge weeping willows, beautiful gardens and tropical birds. You really couldn’t ask for a more idyllic or romantic setting; it’s bizarre to think that this is where the Rothschilds once kept their prized cattle!

Lauren was wearing a beautiful shimmering full length vintage style wedding gown, and Alex’s reaction said it all when he caught the first glimpse of Lauren approaching the ceremony. In fact the resulting picture was my favourite image from the day, it’s just full of raw emotion; if ever a picture was worth a thousand words this is it! The ceremony was witnessed by their closest friends and family, and by the colourful resident ducks on the lake! After the ceremony it was canapés and drinks in the gardens whilst their talented pianist performed for the newlyweds and their family and friends, followed by pictures in the lovely lakeside grounds.

After the wedding breakfast and speeches Lauren and Alex were keen to go up to the main house on the estate, Waddesdon Manor. Little did I know that they were planning to rehearse their choreographed first dance at the front of the property, and as a photographer it’s moments like this that I so love my job! The manor house provides the most incredible backdrop for pictures, as the gardens are always brimming with colour from spring till autumn.  For our visit we had fabulous yellows and blues in the borders, vibrant backdrops like this really bring my work to life.

This was such a fun wedding day for their guests, Lauren and Alex even laid on a photo booth and a casino for their guests to enjoy during the evening’s entertainment. The lovely relaxed atmosphere throughout this wedding certainly enabled me to capture some really special moments that I hope Lauren and Alex will cherish for many years to come.

Once again, a big thank you to Claire, Hollie Sophie and the team at the Dairy for recommending me.

Enjoy your week!
Mark