There is no “right” way to host a wedding. With so much scope to personalise every aspect that today’s couples can easily make their big day into precisely what they want. Daisy and Michael are a couple who fully embraced the opportunity, filling their wedding at Pendley Manor with unique touches that really summed up who they are and what their relationship was all about.
At your first glance of the photos or video highlights, you might think that the couple had merely planned a traditional English wedding in the country. While there were undoubtedly plenty of elements of that, the layers of personalised detail they had worked into the day was staggering and very exciting, particularly from a wedding photographer’s perspective! Daisy’s shoes are a great way to look at it. From a distance, they look like a standard pair of heels, but when you get close, you can see that the white fabric is patterned with blue flowers (for a “something blue”) and decorated with lace, glitter and pearls. Look closer again, and the sole is covered with brightly covered floral fabric and, finally, inside, bespoke embroidery. All these details are lovely on their own and when combined, form something uniquely beautiful.
Some favourite details from the day are:
● The Lego cake! At one angle it looked like a regular, stacked wedding cake but the tiny Lego bride and groom on the top and the figures around the side told another story. The Lego theme continued in details like Michael’s cufflinks and the toys given to the younger guests.
● The bride’s hennaed hands were an unexpected but beautiful touch.
● Having Elvis Presley’s “Wonder of You” as their choice for the first dance. It was perfect. The band was also fantastic, and the floor shook with the energy of the guests’ dancing until late.
● The singing waiters, who surprised guests with flash-mob style service.
● The brilliant band who played fantastic songs of disco, soul and funk with incredible energy!
The wedding party fully embraced the couple’s sense of fun, and this shows in the group photographs. Daisy is particularly knowledgeable about photography and videography, and this helped when we were planning the different types of shots.
Pendley Manor is a fantastic wedding venue. The Grade II listed Victorian manor house was a private home until the 1980s, and it retains a homely appeal which is strengthened by the welcoming staff who are highly skilled at running weddings. There is a variety of beautiful rooms of varying sizes that can accommodate up to 200 guests, including a beautiful Ceremony Room which is filled with natural light thanks to enormous windows that overlook the gardens. From a photographer’s perspective, it is excellent, as there are so many different locations for photos to suit the weather, the time of day and the season, and the number of guests.
The choice of setting is key to creating the desired mood for any event. Wedding photography and videography in Herts is very different from photographing a wedding in London, for example. The settings are often country churches and elegant country houses rather than smart hotels, and, in many ways, more relaxed. It was not only the happy couple and their guests who enjoyed the day from beginning to end, because we enjoyed ourselves too and ended up staying quite late to make sure we did not miss capturing any of the fun.
During his vows, Michael pledged to keep Daisy smiling and, if their wedding day is anything to go by, he will make good on his promise.