St Michael’s Manor Wedding Photography
Photographing weddings at St Michael’s Manor
St Michael’s Manor was built by John Gape in the 16th Century, a well known local tanner and prominent figure, erected on the medieval foundations of a former grand house. The same family continued to own the manor house until it was purchased by the present owners in the 1960s. It’s ideally located in the heart of historic St. Albans, where old coaching inns and gorgeous period houses line the pretty area in Fishpool Street. Nearby is the River Ver and Verulamium Park, and a short walk away is the magnificent abbey. Although the manor house was never intended to be a hotel, the owners were careful to retain many of the original period features when the restoration and conversion took place. To this day it’s still under the independent ownership of the Newling Ward family.
The hotel is set within five acres of manicured gardens including a one-acre lake. I is believed the lake was once used to stock fish for the Romans and nearby monks.
Recently the hotel has been completely redecorated, and the interiors now have the absolute wow factor. The vibrant fabrics, vivid artworks, overall colour scheme, and the designer wallpapers they’ve used look fabulous.
As for my favourite backdrops, I love capturing wedding pictures on the wonderful sweeping staircase, and the Oak Lounge is great for dramatic classic poses of the bride and groom. In the gardens, with a wonderful waterside location like this there is an abundance of opportunities for your wedding photographs. On my last visit my favourite picture was of the bride and groom taken over the lake with the manor beyond at dusk, and for this dramatic image I used my signature floodlighting technique.
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