Porters Park Wedding of Kate & Richard

Porters Park Wedding of Kate & Richard

Wednesday 28th December saw the wedding of Kate and Richard at Christ Church in Radlett followed by a reception at the Porters Park Golf Club in Radlett where Kate’s father is a member.

I already knew we were going to have a fantastic day as I had photographed Kate and Richard’s engagement session earlier last month and we had so much fun (lost dog going unmentioned of course).

On arrival at Kate’s parents house I was greeted by a sense of calm generally unknown in the wedding world, Kate was all smiles as she and her bridesmaids were preened and pampered, champagne was toasted and the call to drink water every 10 minutes was heard (an early new years resolution I believe). A shout out goes to Kate’s Dad Ian for making me the most superb cups of coffee – he knows the way to my photographers heart !

The house looked absoloutley beautiful still full of Christmas decorations and fairy lights, with the most perfect window and ceiling light I could have asked for.

Amanda Forman Photography - Porters Park
Amanda Forman Photography - Porters Park
Amanda Forman Photography - Porters Park

Kate had surprised her bridesmaids with these cosy robes to wear whilst getting ready – what a fantastic idea! – They are from Next (I will correct this if I am wrong) if anyone is looking for them for their own wedding.

Richard was over at the Laura Ashley hotel the morning of the wedding which is just around the corner from Porters Park. He was with his Best Man Spencer and Groomsmen Steve and Jason. This is one of the reasons I LOVE having a second photographer working with me on the wedding day, it means my brides and grooms get to see both sides of the wedding morning.

Laura Ashley Hotel Radlett
Laura Ashley Hotel Radlett
Laura Ashley Hotel Radlett
Laura Ashley Hotel Radlett groom preperations
Laura Ashley Hotel Radlett groom preperations

My role as a wedding photographer often involves assisting with many other aspects of the wedding day. I have been known to sew a brides top strap, give lifts to guests from hotels to ceremony locations, helped styling hair, deciding on bridesmaids shoes, fixing ties, and of course fixing the gents buttonholes.

In this case I was in charge of taking the buttonholes to Richard and his groomsmen and fixing them before the bride arrived. I have never worked faster in my life but fear not I was outside in time for Kate’s arrival.

Radlett Wedding Button holes
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography

Kate walked down the aisle with her father Ian. The ceremony was a very moving one with tears on both sides, happy of course. Kate and Richard were married at Christ Church in Radlett.

Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography

Kate and Richard held their wedding reception at Porters Park Golf Club in Radlett. It was beautifully decorated with Christmassy decorations, accompanied by little touches from the bride and groom.  They had a FANTASTIC MC, I think every wedding should have one of these he helped everything run so smoothly and assisted in getting all of the guests back out in to the cold for the group shots – no mean feat with the weather we had on Wednesday – beautiful but very very cold.

Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography

At this point I will give a shout out to the Bridesmaids Jo, Lucy and Emma. You were nothing short of amazing. Always making sure Kate and Richard had everything they needed, staying with us to hold kates dress and protect it from the ground when we were taking the couples portraits and providing Kate and Richard with champagne and canapes so they didn’t miss out. If every bride had bridesmaids like you ladies they would be very very lucky indeed.

Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography

After the speeches and Cake cutting had taken place we took Kate and Richard back outside for a few more photos. It was so cold at this point that the glasses that had been left outside had frozen to the tables. Bori (My awesome second photographer) and I made sure we set the shots up first though so they weren’t outside for long.

Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography

Before long the first dance was upon us. After a certain amount of spins had taken place Kate and Richard invited their guests to join them on the dance floor and the night began!

Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography
Porters Park Wedding Radlett Amanda Forman Photography

Kate and Richard. Thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer it was truly an honor. I have loved meeting you and your families and capturing this very special day.

I would like to wish you the happiest of lives together. Seeing you together I know you have found your perfect other half, you make each other whole and share such a wonderful closeness. Keep making each other smile and the rest will follow.

Congratulations to you both – and Happy Birthday to Alfie 🙂

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Kate & Richard Black Park Pre Wedding

Kate & Richard Black Park Pre Wedding

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On Saturday I woke up bright and early to meet Kate and Richard for their pre wedding photo shoot in Black Park in Slough. Having never been there before Kate and Richard were kind enough to take pity on me and met me at a nearby petrol station so I could follow them to a nearby parking area as the park wasn’t yet open.

I knew from our Skype call a month or so ago that we would all get along well and I wasn’t wrong. I love pre wedding sessions as it gives us such a good opportunity to get to know each other before the wedding, I even got to meet their little dog Alfie who joined us for the photo shoot and proved to be very much the diva and provided us with a lot of entertainment.

Our morning wasn’t as colorful as we had hoped it would be as the weather had taken a turn and it was so foggy but wow was Black Park beautiful! I am not often out this early but it was truly spectacular to see the sunrise in such a stunning location.

We started off at the lake as the sun was coming up and worked our way around some Kate and Richards favourite locations throughout the morning. Alfie was very excited to be there as Kate and Richard often take him there for his walk, I imagine the squirrels had something to do with his added excitement.

Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography

This beautiful spot is only somewhere you would find if you knew the park well. This is why I always ask my couples to choose the location for their pre wedding photo shoots as it is an area that means something to them and they will have favorite places to go that we would otherwise miss.

Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography

We then moved on and thought we might attempt to let little Alfie off the lead and try and get him to run to me. As you can see from my little set of images below this did not quite go to plan!! Que 10 minutes of looking for Alfie and a photographer panicking at the thought of loosing her couples beloved dog – let’s just say no more dogs will be let off leads for a photo again.

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Once Kate and Richard had had their workout for the day running around and had managed to find Alfie safe and sound we continued with the shoot. Whilst they were catching their breath I took a few images of Alfie – what a beautiful little man he is.

Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography

Black Park has so many different and amazing areas for photos. There was a Park Run on on Saturday morning so we set up the picnic blanket nearby and gave them both a minute to sit down. I love it when my couples bring props like this it make the sessions so much more fun.

Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography
Black Park, Slough - Engagement Session - Amanda Forman Photography

Before long it was time to move on to our last location of the morning on our way back to the cars. We were very pleased to have made it to the end of the session without even a hint of rain – another fantastic reason for starting the shoot so early.

Kate and Richard I am really looking forward to your wedding – bring on the 28th December!! Have a fantastic Christmas xx

Black_Park_Slough_Engagement_Session_couple_shot

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Wedding of Kate & Lenny at Minstrel Court

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The weather was set to be truly British in style for the wedding of Kate and Lenny on the 25th June this year at Minstrel Court. The morning of the wedding Lenny headed over to the Hermatige Road for brunch, he was the picture of calm, surrounded by his friends joking and laughing the morning away before the days wedding preparations began. Kate was at her mums house along with her sister, I could see the excitement on her face the instant I walked through the door, the day she had been waiting for had finally come she was about to marry her best friend and even better, their beautiful little daughter Emily would be joining the celebrations as their flower girl.

The weather held out for us and Kate was able to walk the long pathway down to the beautiful outside ceremony location. Her brother took her hand to walk her down the aisle, a proud moment it was beautiful to see the closeness between them.

Kate and Lenny put so much effort in to their wedding day. The marquee looked beautiful each table decorated with beautiful flowers by Claire Ellis and they smelt divine too.

If there is one thing Minstrel Court knows it is how to throw a great party. Their resident DJ Bob Burling had all the guests on their feet until the small hours.

Kate and Lenny thank you for giving me the honor of capturing your special day, may you share many many happy years together.

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Berkeley Castle – Wedding Venue

Berkeley Castle – Wedding Venue

Berkeley castle is located in Gloucester and is an absolutely stunning venue for a wedding; this is where my husband and I were married in January 2016.

This venue is licensed for both civil ceremonies and civil partnerships, for smaller ceremonies you can say ‘I do’ in the Long Drawing Room with up to 60 guests or should you have a larger number of guests then the Great Hall hosts to up to 130.

The Great Hall was built in the 14th Century and has illustrated stained glass windows, Oudenarde tapestries and the original black and white stone floor. The Long drawing room is a more intimate affair with carved gilt mirrors and a beautiful mantel piece. The Long Drawing room also doubles up as a fabulous area for you to host cocktail receptions and after dinner drinks.

Should neither of these take your fancy then don’t worry! You can also have your ceremony outside in their glorious gardens as they have a gazebo nestled between beautiful Laurel & Yew trees.

However you have your heart set on a religious ceremony, you can walk to St Mary’s Church which is a stones throw from the castle, a church that date back to the year 1225 and is absolutely breathtaking.

If you are looking to book your wedding at Berkeley castle you won’t be disappointed, we had the wonderful Pippa and Immy looking after us for both the lead up to the wedding and the day itself. Nothing was too much trouble for them, even when we popped in unannounced to say ‘hello’. Immy without breaking her stride sat us down, got us cake and coffee and went through our day with us right down to the very last detail.

Berkeley Castle really is the venue that dream weddings are hosted at, especially given that even with the dreary British weather, if it does rain on your special day (which by the way, is good luck!) you will still be guaranteed some simply stunning photos, and the castle is exclusively yours for your wedding day.

I simply can’t recommend this venue highly enough, you will be well looked after by the team and your wedding day will truly be a day fit for a princess.

Berkeley Castle is currently offering a special Winter Wedding package to celebrate the Sixtieth Anniversary of the castle being opened to the public.

Contact Pippa by filling out the form on the Berkeley Castle Website. http://www.berkeleycastleweddings.co.uk

Image credit to my wedding photographers, Dominic Wright Photography

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A Marriage at Hatfield Registry

A Marriage at Hatfield Registry

With excitement and anticipation I waited at the Hatfield registry office for Barry and Mark to arrive for their wedding. It was a beautiful day with a clear sky which was a blessing after the torrential rain of the day before – a good omen I am sure.

They both arrived along with their mums and several family members all full of excitement for what was to be a very special ceremony for two even more special men.

Barry and Mark met online 12 years ago, Mark travelled half way across the country to meet Barry and they haven’t looked back since. On meeting them you can see straight away how perfect they are for each other, their love radiates from them and there comfort in each others presence a telling sign of their years together. Barry was kitted out in a kilt to reflect his Scottish roots and Mark had on a very dapper suit which almost didn’t appear due to some confusion at the tailor’s 2 days before the wedding!!

Hertfordshire Wedding photographer Amanda Forman's photo of a grooms buttonhole, white flowers with purple tartan
I was allowed the rings for a brief moment prior to the ceremony – I can’t even tell you how petrified I was that I would confuse who’s belonged to who!

Hertfordshire Wedding photographer Amanda Forman's photo of the grooms wedding rings

Here are a few images from the day. Thank you both for inviting me along to capture these memories for you. i hope you enjoy.

Hertfordshire Wedding photographer Amanda Forman's photo of grooms and their mums

Hertfordshire Wedding photographer Amanda Forman's photo of grooms

Hertfordshire Wedding photographer Amanda Forman's photo of grooms

Congratulations to you both Barry and Mark, may you share many many more happy years together xx

To enquire about your wedding now – Contact me 

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