The bride and groom kiss near a magnolia tree

Shendish Manor Wedding Photography – Sophie & Antony

Despite living just a 5 minute drive away this was my first chance to photograph a wedding at Shendish Manor on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead. The hotel has parkland, formal gardens and a grand Victorian hotel with modern conference facilities so it’s really well suited to a lot of weddings and tastes. It’s also got a fairly decent golf course attached but I’ll save that for a day when I’m not photographing a wedding.

Sophie and Antony’s families have known each other since they were children and have grown up and still live in Hemel Hempstead so Shendish Manor was an obvious choice for their wedding. They were super easy to work with, looking for natural unposed coverage of the wedding with a few posed photos and groups. That’s right up my street and they let me just carry on taking photos in my documentary style for the majority of the day.

They were kind enough to leave the following review, although I read the first 8 words with growing fear and was extremely relieved to see the word ‘enough’ at the end of that sentence:

“I couldn’t recommend Neil as a wedding photographer enough. He has been a complete professional throughout the process, with a calm and relaxed manner, as well as being efficient at getting our photos back to us and dealing with queries. Our wedding photos are fantastic and capture the happy and relaxed mood of our wedding day, and all the people involved perfectly. We are extremely pleased that we chose him to photograph our wedding.”

It’s lovely to get feedback like that, know you’ve captured the spirit of the day and given them memories of their wedding that they’ll love for years to come.


The bride has her make up applied before her wedding
A bridesmaid laughs framed by dresses
In the bridal suite the girls are getting ready before the wedding
The bride has her makeup done in side window light
The bride is reflected in a mirror as she gets ready for her wedding
The bride looks at herself in the mirror and makes final adjustments
The groom poses for the camera
A guest looks thoughtfully on in front of a large bookcase
Helping the groom's mother put a flower on her wrist
A guest enjoys a coffee before the ceremony
Guests greeting each other at shendish manor
Guests hug each other before the wedding
Elderly guests chat in the reception at shendish manor hotel
The bride, her father and the bridesmaids head down the stairs at Shendish Manor
The groom smiles while waiting for his bride to arrive at the wedding ceremony
The bride makes her entrance at shendish manor
Smiles all round during the wedding ceremony as the bridesmaids laugh in the background
The best man delivers the rings
Exchanging rings during the wedding ceremony
The first kiss at shendish as the guests congratulate them
The newly weds talk while signing the register
The bride and groom walk down the aisle on a white carpet at shendish manor hotel
The bride and groom talk and walk towards the camera at Shendish Manor
A traditional pose of the bride and groom with the gardens at shendish manor in the background
The bride and groom look at each other near a brick feature at shendish in Apsley
The bride and groom kiss near a magnolia tree
The bride and groom walk together through the grounds at Shendish Manor
A backlit shot indoors as guests gather at the drinks reception
Guests chatting in the walled garden at Shendish Manor
The groom laughs loudly while talking to a guest at his wedding
Guests enjoy a joke in the gardens during a wedding
A small group of wedding guests chat indoors at Shendish Manor
A wedding guest drinking through a straw
A guest smiles ruefully during the wedding drinks reception
Three small children look at the water feature at Shendish Manor hotel
Two guests walk holding hands in the gardens at Shendish Manor
A father and two small children explore the gardens at Shendish Manor
The bride and groom enjoy confetti at Shendish in Apsley
A big blast of confetti at a wedding at Shendish Manor
Confetti at Shendish Manor
Father and daughter smiling as they walk together
The guys enjoying a joke during the drinks reception at a wedding in Hemel Hempstead
Wedding flowers by Amie Bone
A guest holds pretend goggles up to his face
The top table at a wedding at Shendish Manor
A smiling guest enjoying conversation at a wedding breakfast
Wedding guests take a selfie
A mother and daughter at a wedding reception
Two guests enjoying a chat at Shendish Manor in Apsley
A guest hugs a young girl
A lady in a red dress and fascinator at a wedding in hemel hempstead
The groom and the bride's mother share a quiet moment during the wedding meal
One of the bridesmaids enjoying the speeches
The bride's father looking thoughtfully at his notes during his speech
The best man delivers his speech at Shendish Manor hotel
Guests with young children at a wedding reception
The groom is humiliated by the best man during the speeches
The bride and groom loosely hold hands
The bide and groom cut their wedding cake at shendish manor
The guests look on as the bride and groom enjoy their first dance at Shendish Manor in Hemel Hempstead
The bride is backlit during the first dance at Shendish Manor
During the first dance
The bride and groom on the dance floor after their first dance
A bridesmaid laughing loudly while enjoying the dancing at a wedding
A bridesmaid with a glass of wine in her hand dancing
A black and white photo of the groom on the dance floor surrounded by guests
Wedding guests holding beer on the dancefloor
Two young children, one in a red dress, dance on the dance floor
Guests pointing while dancing to an old song
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