the bride and groom pose for a photo in the gardens at grims dyke hotel

Grim’s Dyke Wedding – Samantha and Hamish’s Tea-Party

I photograph a lot of weddings at Grim’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow Weald, and every now and again I’m asked to cover a party where the couple have been married elsewhere. Samantha and Hamish (brilliantly self labelled as Sam & Ham) live in Canada but Samantha’s family are from London and her parents were married at Grim’s Dyke. It was an obvious location for their wedding celebration back in the UK.

In fact, a year before this, Sam’s sister had a similar type of party at Grim’s Dyke but this was more afternoon tea than the ‘2nd wedding’ that Kate and Brett had, who also married in Canada. They wanted a few posed shots in the gardens but after that it was business as usual just capturing the day unfold naturally.

The weather couldn’t have been better for them and with bright sunshine all day it can make the photography a little difficult. In these conditions I like to look for open shade for the most flattering light, or back lighting for a more dramatic look. With a limited time frame we took a short walk around the grounds. They look after the gardens so well at Grim’s Dyke that it’s an obvious choice to incorporate them into the posed photos.

Afternoon Tea At Grim’s Dyke

A traditional afternoon tea was served before the speeches and that was my day done. A shorter day than normal but it was great to see some familiar faces again from Kate and Brett’s wedding the year before.

a close up of the bride as she hugs a guest
the bride and young children interact in the gardens at grim's dyke hotel
the groom kisses the bride and the bride blows an air kiss at the camera
the groom kisses the bride on the cheek and she smiles genuinely
the bride and groom pose for a formal photo in the sun
a close up of the bride and groom holding hands
the bride and groom walking and holding hands in the rose garden at Best Western Grim's Dyke
a small boy holds onto his mother's leg at a wedding
the bride and groom pose for a photo in the gardens at grims dyke hotel
a woman hugs and smiles widely as she greets another guest at a wedding
a young casual man lit by window light
a mother touches her young son lightly on the cheek
guests talk in the music room at grim's dyke hotel
the bride and flower girl share a funny moment together
the bride's mother gives a big hug to a guest at the wedding
the bride and groom greet guests warmly
groups of guests gather in the music room at grims dyke hotel
the bride's grandfather makes a speech
a man lit by window light at grims dyke hotel
guests seated around a table during the wedding meal at grims dyke hotel
a selection of cakes and sandwiches for afternoon tea at grims dyke hotel in harrow
afternoon tea at grims dyke hotel
the bride and maid of honour talk to guests during the meal
a small boy smiles at his mother during the wedding reception
a black and white photo of the maid of honour during the wedding speeches
the bride's sister makes a speech while guests look on
grims dyke groom laughing at the speeches
A bride smiles broadly at the groom
a mother and child watch the speeches at grims dyke hotel
at grims dyke hotel the bride and groom share a joke with side window light
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