Wellington College wedding – Sarah & James

Wellington College wedding

 

Reportage wedding photography at Wellington College

Wellington College in Berkshire – “one of the great national boarding schools” – was the venue for Sarah & James’s wedding on a bitterly cold late October’s day.

Sarah’s old school, Wellington College was built in the 1850s by Queen Victoria to mark one of Britain’s greatest generals. The victor on the battlefield of Waterloo – ‘Old Nosey’ – The Duke of Wellington. A co-educational day and boarding school, originally, the school educated sons of deceased officers who had held commissions in the Army. Nowadays, most pupils are not from military families. Designed in a “French Grand Rococo” style, the chapel, only half the size originally intended was designed by that famous Victorian architect, Sir Gilbert Scott (Midland hotel, St Pancras, Albert Memorial, etc).

Famous alumni include Peter Snow, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Sir Christopher Lee, Rory Bremner, Will Young, Sebastian Faulks, James Hunt and the Right Reverend Richard Harries. Even, for just one term, the writer George Orwell.

(Did I mention it was bitterly cold?)

So after a few weeks ago shooting a wedding in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, stood yards from the Duke’s tomb, this time it was in the rather grand school chapel, with stained glass windows showing the names of the Duke and his generals from the various campaigns. A stunning chapel that resonates with tradition and history but also has something rare – a chaplain with a sense of humour, as we awaited wedding guests that were stuck in the traffic on the M4. After the ceremony and some confetti outside, it was into the ‘Great School’ room for drinks and canapes. Paintings of the Duke on the wall surrounding the guests. Dinner, speeches and dancing in the Waterloo hall.

Coverage though began at Sarah’s family home, as she got ready surrounded by family and friends……here are a few images from this Wellington College wedding…

Wellington College
Hair styling for flower girl
wedding dress
Bride applies her makeup
Getting ready
Flower girl watches makeup
Wedding dress going on
Watching the bride get ready
Groom arrives at Wellington College
Waiting for the wedding
Bride arrives at Wellington College
Bride and bridesmaids before the wedding ceremony
Walking across to Wellington College chapel
Bride enters chapel with her father
Start of Wellington College wedding ceremony
Wellington College wedding ceremony in the chapel
Wellington College wedding
Wellington College wedding
Wellington College wedding hymns
Wellington College wedding guests
Married at Wellington College wedding
Wellington College wedding
Confetti at Wellington College wedding
Wellington College wedding confetti
Leading wedding guests to the Great School
Laughing bride
Wellington College wedding reception
October sunlight on the bride
Wellington College wedding reception
Wellington College wedding canapes
Wellington College wedding photography
Wellington College wedding guests
Wellington College wedding
Wellington College
Wellington College wedding
Wellington College wedding speeches
Wellington College wedding speech
Bride's speech at Wellington College wedding
Wellington College wedding evening reception
Wellington College wedding cake
Bride's speech notes
Wellington College wedding first dance
Wellington College wedding dancing

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  1. My congratulations to Sarah and James. They make a perfect couple.
    Martin – as ever I found myself scrolling through your blog post more and more slowly, smiling wider and laughing along with guests in some of your images.
    From the serenity of the marriage ceremony through to the speeches and dancing, there are emotions captured here which are heartfelt and beautiful.
    I wish my wedding blog was as beautiful as your wedding photography blog.
    Every image is sublime.