Andy & Marie's Royal Holloway Wedding
Andy & Marie are some of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and came to us through recommendation last year.
When talking to Marie on the phone we instantly hit it off and I couldn’t help but get excited about the wedding venue they had planned for their wedding day. We arranged to meet at Costa coffee in Sevenoaks for a consultation and a few drinks. The guys had been after a Videographer as well so I suggested another great supplier and friend Ryan from Talking Fly.
We all met for coffee at 10.30 on a Saturday morning and I was instantly excited about the prospect of shooting such a great wedding. Marie is the sweetest girl with Italian family roots and Andy a true British petrol head! Vintage cars are his passion and a big part of the wedding day. I began to put a detailed photography agenda together which included bridal prep coverage at the Christopher Wren Hotel in the heart of Windsor.
I always use the consultation to get a good idea of what to expect throughout the day and make sure the photography fits in and around the wedding plans. It wasn’t long before we were talking about Marie’s dress, the venue and the gilded chapel at the Royal Holloway which I must say is spectacular! And open to the public if you ever wish to have a look around yourself.
I couldn’t wait to shoot this wedding and it didn’t take long for the date to finally come around. I had the pleasure of working with my super talented partner on this assignment and because of the dreaded M25 traffic decided to stay in Staines the night before to ensure a fresh start to the day without travel complications. After breakfast we headed to the Royal Holloway for 8am and managed to gain entry to the chapel and grounds for some location shots. Once we had all the shots we wanted it was time to meet Marie at the Christopher Wren hotel in Windsor for the bridal prep.
The Christopher Wren hotel is set in a picturesque location backing on to the river Thames, on arrival we still had time to spare for a quiet coffee out on the terrace before starting with Marie. Knocking at the door to room 28 we could hear music and laughter and were greeted by the nicest bunch of girls! After a quick introduction and camera checks we began to record the day as it started to unfold. Marie looked incredible closely followed by her mum. We were soon feeling like part of the family and have loads of fun while we were taking photos. We were soon joined by Ryan from Talking Fly, a good friend and supplier with a real talent for videography. Gemma broke off to shoot Andy getting ready and before we knew it 2pm was fast approaching leaving me with just the final stages of bridal prep to record. We finished with some stunning photos of Marie in her dress and a few fun shots with mum and the girls.
Leaving for the Holloway and praying for the weather to clear up we made good time and on arrival guests were making their way into the chapel, ready for the ceremony. I couldn’t wait to see Andy’s face upon Marie’s grand entrance to the chapel. Andy seemed pretty laid back and as expected Andy’s grin reached from ear to ear as soon as he could see Marie making her way up the 70 foot isle to the alter. The ceremony was beautiful and at one stage the choir sang with great voice making my hairs stand on end! Not that I have much J
The Ceremony ended with some great confetti shots and the arrival of vintage cars. Andy helped Marie into the back of the car and fashionably chauffeured his new wife around the grounds of the Holloway in style!
Glasses of Pimms and Champagne were poured for guests and it was time for the group shots and romantics. I utilised the amazing double staircase for the larger group shots and as always I threw a few fun ones in for good measure. Marie had request one particular shot for their romantics using the south pods at the rear of the venue, with the Holloway as a striking backdrop. I decided to put a spin on the original photo she had shown me and in my opinion managed to pull off the best shot of the day!
The evening reception was stunning! Vicky from Floral impact had been hired for the floristry and table centres, which as always looked perfect. Vicky is a great supplier and friend, known for her creative flair. I especially liked her buttonholes and bouquets. The reception was held in one of the Gallery rooms decorated with panelled walls and lined with oil paintings. Guests were introduced by the familiar voice of Barry Sims, a superb Toastmaster. As guests made their way to the tables and settled with a glass of wine in hand, Barry made an announcement requesting guests to stand and put their hands together to welcome Mr & Mrs Radford to the head table. A roar of applause and clapping greeted the newlyweds as they made their way to the top table followed by food and some really great speeches. In particular Marie’s father’s speech which had me and most of the guests in fits of laughter.
It was soon time for the 1st dance to be sung by the popular Karizmaduo. Andy and Marie’s song of choice was a favourite of mine and a cover of the original “All of me” by John Legend. I used off camera flash to capture stunning intimate shots of the guys as they shared their first dance together as husband and wife. It was Talisha Karrer who continued to sing and get people fired up! Throwing some shapes to some great covers both new and old.
Evening guests started to arrive getting stuck into the great food and drink, making good use of the photo booth Andy and Marie had arranged for the evening celebrations.
To be honest this has been one of the longest blogs for one of my favourite weddings of 2014. Great venue, fab suppliers, the nicest family and friends and a bride and groom who I now consider to be more than clients but more like good friends.