Bisham Abbey Wedding Photography
History of Bisham Abbey
Bisham Abbey near Marlow dates back to the 1260s, built for soldier-monks called the Knights Templar.
Queen Elizabeth I spent a number of years imprisoned here during Bloody Mary’s reign.
Many say this is the most haunted house in Berkshire. One of the more active paranormal residents of Bisham Abbey is in fact believed to be that of Lady Elizabeth Hoby, who in a tragic accident killed her son William. Her phantom has been seen since the early 1600s wandering the grounds.
It now belongs to the National Sports Council, and the England football team trains here.
Photographing Weddings at Bisham Abbey
On a far more cheery note, Bisham Abbey now hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions. The lovely riverside gardens provide fabulous wedding photography opportunities.
The abbey has so many dramatic backdrops. For example, its colourful gardens and dramatic interiors are always an absolute pleasure to photograph. Oak panelling and high ceilings are a dream for my style of wedding photography! I adore all the huge leaded windows, the arched doorways, and the quirkiness of this charming old venue.
Sometimes us photographers get a little lucky with the light, and sometimes we make our own luck! The gorgeous summer sunset photographs you see above are mixture of the two, and the secret is to seize the moment when it happens as it never lasts long.
The evening drinks reception at this gorgeous Bisham Abbey wedding were in full swing, and then all of a sudden the skies turned beautiful in the blink of an eye!
Naturally I sprinted over to the bride and groom and pointed to the sky, so together with their bridesmaids they made the short dash to the waters edge. I was pretty content with the colourful skies and the reflections on the water, then as if by magic we had so many birds join us in the skies above, not to mention the swans gliding past on the river too. Backdrops and lighting don’t get any better than this!
Even when it’s not quite that dramatic, the waterside location is peaceful. Watching the world go by from the grounds is so relaxing for your guests, and it’s spectacular for my photographs of your wedding day.