Zuzana and Martin chose to get married at the beautiful Mercure Newbury Elcot Park Hotel in Berkshire. The benefits of getting married in the hotel is that the couple and the guests didn’t need to travel between venues which gave everyone more time to enjoy themselves :)
I met Zuzana and Martin at the wedding of one of my previous couples - Lenka and Alastair (see their wedding here) and I was delighted to be asked to be their photographer too. In fact, you may see Lenka and Alastair photographed below with a lovely new addition!
All morning the girls were worried about the weather as there had been a storm overnight and there was a real threat of rain - they need not have worried though as the sun came out moments before the ceremony. Zuzana and Martin chose to have a first look before their ceremony as they were both feeling pretty nervous about seeing each other for the first time in front of all their loved ones. I had suggested the first look as it worked so well at a previous wedding I photographed in Australia (here) and they were super happy with the idea. The bridesmaids worked hard to ensure that none of the arriving guests could see Zuzana as she walked through the hotel grounds to meet Martin. Their first look was really emotional and beautiful 💛
The ceremony itself was also incredibly moving. Martin has a wonderfully emotive face and he couldn’t hold back the tears as he saw Zuzana walk down the aisle, it was really sweet!
After the ceremony the newlyweds and all the guests spent some time in the gardens playing around with the autumn leaves (ok ok that was mostly just the one four legged guest 😉). I reckon that autumn is my favourite time of year to photograph weddings - although the weather can be unreliable (tbf we’re based in the UK, the weather is unreliable all year round!) but when it plays ball the light is beautiful and I adore the red and golden leaves that litter the ground. These leaves also make excellent eco friendly confetti!!
After this Zuzana and Martin smashed plates in front of the hotel and worked together to clear them up. I’ve seen this tradition a few times and it can be pretty fun! I love the reaction of the guests as they try to clear it up with the help of the cheeky groomsmen 😉
Later on in the day we also had smoke grenades - you only need to take a look around my website briefly to see that I adore these in couple portraits! In this instance I loved the juxtaposition between the traditional Manor House and the bright pink smoke.
All in all, a fantastic autumnal wedding full of love and laughter!
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