Country House Wedding
Have you bee thinking about having a country house wedding? Jackobean or Tudor country houses like Hatfield House or Powderham Castle fit the bill nicely. Here’s some inspiration for what it could look like.
Location Location Location
As a wedding photographer, I love shooting in interesting environments and country houses are often amazing. The setting in which you have your special day makes all the difference to how your wedding photos will turn out. If having an amazing wedding album is important to you then the venue is just as critical as your makeup, hair, dress and floral arrangements.
The main thing to consider is light! Poorly lit spaces with low ceilings, downward pointing spot lights, LED lighting and bare walls are very unflattering to you and your guests. When choosing your venue, look for large windows with lots of natural light. Grande mansions with high ceilings tend to feature lots of these as well as a wealth of interesting backdrops and wall hangings to set your day against.
Many photographers would just say if the light is bad, use a flash. To that I would say, unless you want your wedding day to be one long photo shoot, it’s best to avoid flash if at all possible. As a documentary photographer, it’s my job to observe and document in an unobtrusive manner using the available light and space around to compose the images. Accept on the dance floor, flash guns are very intrusive and distracting for everyone. The last thing you want to the photographer flashing away through your speeches. Trust me, it’ll drive you mad!
Not All Country Houses are made Equal
It is often said that beauty from within. This is true for buildings as much as it is for people. There are many large manor houses and mansions that look stunning on the outside but have been poorly refurbished internally. They often have modern function rooms bolted onto the side that look like any generic hotel in the world. Why!?
Below are some pf my favourite pics from some amazing country house weddings up and down the UK. Hatfield House is particularly outstanding.
See what I mean? The subjects – that’ll be you – look fab. What really helps things along though is the setting; the backdrop; the light; the environment.
Rex Preston is a Devon based wedding and event photographer. He shoots across the UK, Europe and beyond. To find out more about him and his work visit his home page. His full portfolio can be found here. For bookings and availability or just to say hello, get in touch here.