I was delighted to be second shooting for Kate today as the venue was the stunning Blenheim Palace – a venue that needs not introduction. I met Kate at the gates and we headed over to meet Sarah at the hotel in Woodstock where she was getting ready with her mother and sister. The room was buzzing with activity but Sarah sat cooly by the window having her make-up applied by Cat the amazing make-up artist. Sarah’s dress and accessories were in her mothers room so Kate and I headed upstairs to take a look. Sarah’s dress was just breathtaking with so much detail and all her accessories looked stunning too – we couldn’t wait for Sarah to put it all on. Kate headed off to see the Groom and I headed off to the Palace – the couple had decided to get married in The Orangery inside Blenheim Palace itself which was so exciting. On arrival the room was having the finishing touches put in place and Richard waited nervously at the front while all the guests arrived. The room was simply beautiful and then Sarah entered to a string quartet playing – she looked so happy and relaxed. The service was really heartfelt and they looked so in love.
After the service, drinks were served in the courtyard and Kate and I took the newly weds off for a few couple photos in the grounds of the Palace. Kate is one of a few selected wedding photographers for Blenheim Palace and so has some special places to take the couple for some romantic shots – Kate is an inspiration to watch – how she interacts with the couple and how she uses the light. It was the most glorious sunny day, as the sun struck the palace it turned a golden colour.
The couple then took to the receiving line and welcomed all their guests before the wedding breakfast. After, Sarah’s mother made a sweet speech then Richard’s father, Richard and his Best Men all delivered very funny speeches which had the guests all laughing.
After the wedding breakfast, the guests make their way to the Great Hall for a special drinks reception and private guided tour of the Hall which was amazing before they all headed back to the Orangery for the dancing. It was a real day to remember set in such splendour. To see more of this wedding head over to Kate’s blog http://blog.katehopewellsmith.com