24 Dec Ashridge House Wedding Photographer – Rachel & Bruce
Ashridge House is one of the grandest venues I’ve had the privilege to photograph a wedding at. As an added bonus it’s just up the road from Hemel Hempstead and within Hertfordshire so I’m very lucky to have such a wonderful venue so close by. Rachel and Bruce’s wedding was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at Ashridge and it’s a place that has endless opportunities for bride and groom photos. The grand staircase where the ceremony takes place, to the extensive grounds mean I’m spoilt for choice as a wedding photographer. There’s almost too much to choose from and it would take a number of weddings to cover all the different spots available, so we had to be a little choosy to get back to the reception in time.
On the day we had a real mixed bag of weather, from a huge summer hailstorm just before the ceremony to brilliant sunshine after the reception. It keeps you on your toes as a photographer! However, you can’t control the weather and sometimes what appears to be bad weather can give photographers opportunities to try something a little more creative. You work with what you have and as it turned out, the afternoon was dry and warm so we did get the chance to explore the gardens. As the day drew to a close we had clear skies and the sun had set so I was able to put up some lights for more dramatic portraits in front of Ashridge House.
Finally a word to the staff, particularly Nigel the ‘in house’ toastmaster, who couldn’t have been more helpful on the day. It’s a cracking venue for a wedding and I hope it’s not too long until I get the chance to go back.
Photo highlights are below and for a more extensive look at Rachel and Bruce’s Ashridge House wedding I put another PhotoFilm together. It includes highlights from the ceremony and speeches, and is a great way to get a video style feel for the day without having to hire a separate videographer.