Gosh it feels like such a long time since I was at a wedding! Covid-19 has certainly turned my 2020 calendar upside down, with my usual photography-packed summer looking more like lots of lazy Saturdays in the garden (could be worse) and the run up to Christmas rivalling Santa's workshop! I mean, NEVER, since my business started, has my bookings chart looked like this (below) and it's still changing every few days.
While I don't have a growing pile of new content to share with you all right now, I've started to look back at some of my 2019 weddings and remember what an amazing year I had with all of my couples. It looks like September is going to be a WHOPPER for me with a mix of new and postponed weddings, so I wanted to go back to one of my favourite weddings of last year...
I know two of my couples were meant to be getting married at this venue in May and I'm super sad for them that they have had to postpone their celebrations. It seemed fitting to revisit my last wedding there in this blog post and to remember that, things WILL get back to normal and 2021 weddings at Stanbrook Abbey are going to be the BIGGEST celebrations the hotel has known for a good while!
Stanbrook Abbey is one of my all time favourite venues. I think a lot of photographers would say the same. It's got everything - amazing grounds, stunning architecture, super-friendly staff, great food. It also boasts a gorgeous setting for each part of any couple's wedding day. From the stunning Bride's Manor with its sweeping staircase, to the very masculine and dapper Groom's Room, Callow Great Hall for an unrivalled ceremony experience, through to the newly-refurbished St Anne's Suite with the super-cool library bar and beautiful gardens. This place is a photographer's dream (and that of many brides- and grooms-to-be)!
I was so excited to meet Abbey and Ben and learn about their wedding plans. Living in Dartford, they fell in love with Stanbrook Abbey when they visited and instantly knew it was their dream wedding venue. So they, along with all of their family and friends, travelled from Kent to the beautiful rolling hills of Malvern in Worcestershire for what turned out to be one of the most beautiful wedding days I have ever been a part of.
With their elegant navy, silver and white colour theme decorated with the most gorgeous roses and hydrangeas, blossom trees in the Abbey, the bride's AMAZING dress from Dando London (which I definitely did not plan to steal when she wasn't looking...) and the gorgeous backdrops that Stanbrook has to offer, I was in my own little photography heaven bubble for most of the day!
The fact the Abbey and Ben had travelled so far for their wedding and their adoration of the venue, they wanted to spend quite a bit of time around the grounds and in the corridors taking some photographs. There are so many places to get creative at Stanbrook you can be spoiled for choice, and we managed to get a wonderful collection of bride and groom portraits all over the hotel, including a snatched moment in between wedding breakfast courses on the stage in St Anne's minutes before the band were to set up for the evening! I had to work fast for that one, but it was a shot I'd had in mind for a while and one I can happily say I'm very pleased with!
Here's a few more images of Abbey and Ben's wedding day - there were so many to choose from!