Nestling in 300 acres of parkland lies the little country jewel of Chippenham Park. As English country house wedding venues go it’s pretty special. And, it’s where I had the pleasure to photograph Gabrielle and Tony’s gorgeous wedding.
From bridal preparation to the fizzing fireworks, Chippenham Park dazzled its guests. Dazzled? You bet. There were so many fantastic moments that I can share with you from Gabrielle and Tony’s wedding. So let’s get started……..
Gabrielle chose to get ready in the stylish bridal suite at Chippenham Park. It’s a little oasis of calm colours and big windows. Most of all, they’re windows that flood the room with natural light and give a gorgeous view of the gardens. Altogether now………relax.
There’s space to move around and to relax with your bridesmaids over a glass of fizz. And when it comes to changing into ‘the dress’? You won’t be worried about battling for space with it as there’s space for you and your entire wedding team!
But, the morning wasn’t without a little emotional ‘wobble’. Just as Gabrielle sat to have her make-up and hair done! Still, the fabulous Bo from Botias Tailor Made Hair and Make-Up was on hand to help!
It was one of the loveliest bridal prep times I have had the pleasure to be part of. I especially loved the calm way in which Gabrielle sat for her make-up (once the initial wobble was over). And, I was able to photograph her looking through those big windows that look out onto the garden. She looked gorgeous.
Above all, I just adore the few moments she had with her little daughter before getting dressed. There’s a real bond between them that comes across in the photos and they both look so happy and relaxed
And finally….almost every wedding photographer I know loves a good reflection, me included. So, did I say how stunning the bridal suite is? Yes, I know…..but the mirrors in that room are perfect. I love the photos of Gabrielle’s reflection as she put on her veil and did ‘final touches’. Seemed like pretty much a perfect morning…
So with everyone ready it was time to walk to the ceremony at the Lake Summer House. Gabrielle looked stunning as she walked through lavender filled gardens to the ceremony. On the arm of her father, and with her bridesmaids following, everyone felt emotional. Even the scent of the lavender was unable to calm them. But, it was the quintessential English summer wedding day. And, the elegant gardens of Chippenham Park were a perfect backdrop for the outdoor ceremony.
There were a few more tears as Gabrielle walked down the aisle. So much emotion and love! But, it was all smiles by the time the ceremony started. A ceremony made all the more special with their smiling baby daughter close by…..
Cue the Champagne and canapés on the lawn…..
The sun shone. The sound of laughter and clinking glasses filled the air. How much more perfect could the day get? Guests mingled and chatted before heading off to the marquee for the wedding breakfast…a great opportunity for some relaxed photos of wedding guests.
And you know what? There was even some time for the happy couple to sneak away for a little while. A quiet relaxed moment for them. Also, an opportunity for me to capture a series of romantic couple portraits.
The laughter and romance is (as always) completely natural. I adore the photos of them sharing a joke together. And, I especially like the photo of Tony helping Gabrielle with her shoe on the manicured lawns. What a gentleman!
So, after emotional speeches and the sharing of many jokes, it was time to kick back and party. It was a fabulous summers evening with stunning light and amazing views across the lake. The street style marquee looked incredible against the night sky.
And my favourite photos from the evening? It has to be the photos from the first dance. Gabrielle and Tony slow dance under twinkling ‘starlight’. In the background a lone musician plays their song………And to finish? The fun of everyone gathering to light their sparklers was great to photograph.
Everyone relaxed, happy and joyful at the end of an awesome wedding day. Awesome
Planning your wedding at Chippenham Park and would love to have me photograph your day? Get in touch! You can call on 0370 626 5200, or e-mail me at [email protected]
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And I’d love to talk through the plans that you have for your own amazing celebration.
Thanks for stopping by and see you soon. Kevin.