A Wrest Park wedding last Saturday . A French-style chateau, built in the 1840s deep in the Bedfordshire countryside, for the aristocratic de Grey family and now managed by English Heritage. It was a tale of two ceremonies for Priya and Alex’s wedding. First a civil ceremony in the mansion’s Library, then jump into the golf buggy, as the guests had tea and cake and some pictures in the grounds ( in what turned out to the last of the tentative sunshine, more on that later ). Then a quick change and time for Alex to be led by drums, at the head of a column of guests, to The Orangery and a Hindu ceremony.
A wedding with some familiar faces too. I shot Alex’s sister’s wedding last November – Sarah & Owen – which coincidentally included the Duke of Cambridge pub in Islington, just where I had been shooting a wedding only two days before. Alex and Priya got in touch having seen the results from that cold and wet winter’s day.
But back to Saturday. Now it seems that meteorological symbols have changed recently. A yellow disc with yellow lines emanating from it, doesn’t mean warm sunshine in June – it means cloudy skies, cold biting wind and dull light. All the preceding week the forecast was for summer sunshine and warmth. Even on the day, the clouds were due to part in the evening, according to the Met Office, and bathe Wrest Park in golden light. They didn’t. It just got colder. Alex says it was my fault for sending him an email earlier in the week, saying it’s going to be hot!
It was a real shame not to get that evening light and take advantage of the magnificent gardens at this venue. But still, Priya looked absolutely stunning, and Alex scrubbed up okay too 😉
Here are some images from the day….