Blenheim Palace – Nick & Isabel’s Wedding

Second Shooting for Kate Hopewell-Smith at Nick & Isabel’s wedding – Blenheim Palace – May 2013

I was so excited to be assisting Kate Hopewell-Smith at the wedding of Nick & Isabel at a gorgeous Saint Mary Magdalene church in Woodstock followed by the reception at Blenheim Palace.  The weather forecast for the day was going to be gorgeous and sunny.  I arrived in Woodstock and all the spring flowers were in bloom with beautiful wisteria decorating the gorgeous stone houses along the sweet market town -it was picturesque and quaint.

Kate and I headed straight over to Hope House Hotel where Isabel and her bridesmaids were getting ready.  There was a flurry of activity and excitement for all the girls as they giddily moved from room to room making sure they had everything organised.  Isabel was very calm and cool and was taking it all in her stride.  She looked absolutely stunning as she put the finishing touches to her make-up.  She couldn’t wait for her bridesmaids to see the dress which had been kept a secret – Isabel called the girls into her room to see the dress and they stood gasping at it and how stunning it looked.  The girls all seemed so close and so happy for Isabel it was really sweet to witness.  Kate and I photographed Isabel getting into her dress and then I headed off to the Church to meet Nick.

The church was a short walk from the hotel and the Groom, Best Men & Ushers were all ready and welcoming the guests as they arrived.  Nick seemed to be as cool as a cucumber and was really taking the day in his stride.  We all headed inside as Kate walked with the Bridal party through Woodstock to the church for the ceremony.  Everything was in place and she looked just perfect.

The service was very sweet and heartfelt and the choir almost moved me to tears they sang so beautifully.  After the service, Nick & Isabel raced off to Blenheim Palace in an open top car while the guests walked the short distance front the village along the sweeping drive up to Blenheim Palace.   At the reception the guests drank champagne and listened to a string quartet while Kate and I whisked the happy couple off for a few lovely shots along in the amazing grounds of this stunning Palace.  Kate is one of a select few Blenheim Palace wedding photographers and so she knew of  all the really lovely places to take the couple for their romantic couple shots.   It was truly a wedding fit for a Princess and Nick told us while we are going off that Isabel has said she wanted to get married in a Palace so it really was her dream come true.

The whole day was unbelievable.  The lighting was just perfect as the afternoon sun hit the Palace it almost illuminated it with a golden glow.  The guests all sat down to the wedding breakfast in the Orangery and after the well delivered speeches the couple took to the dance floor for a very cool first dance and perfect end to a perfect day.  For more on this wedding pop over to Kate’s blog http://blog.katehopewellsmith.com

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