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Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Intimate Wedding of Julian and Hayley at Stoke Park

 I loved shooting this wedding for so many reasons but the biggest one is that I know Julian's family and am very fond of them.

Julian and Hayley chose to have a really small wedding at the stunning Stoke Park Hotel.   I didn't know Stoke Park before this wedding and I was so impressed by every aspect - particularly the stunning grounds - but also the wonderful staff.

I've had some really wet weddings this month and the forecast was very 'variable'.  And the weather was variable but we were SO lucky with timings - look at these amazing blue skies for the golf in the morning.  I had a buggy of my own and was blamed for every bad shot...  It was great fun and gave me a chance to meet Julian's friends.

 On my way to find Hayley I bumped into Macarena, Mia and Rocio arriving. They happen to be my next door neighbours - so I was able to catch a few shots of the girls who had been looking forward to being bridesmaids for months.

 Up in Hayley's room all was calm and relaxed.  With Hayley out of earshot, Chris, her fab 'man of honour', had a practice run of the poem he had written for them.  They have a wonderful friendship.

 The atmosphere was lovely and relaxed as Julian waited for Hayley with his brother, Ali, and their parents Ken and Barbara looked on.

 This is the moment that Hayley reached Julian's side - he was very emotional.

 The vows and exchange of rings.

 And the first kiss that I never tire of.

 The blue skies of the morning had given way to torrential rain but shortly after the ceremony it cleared again and we had half an hour of the most incredible light right on schedule for me to have some time with them both.

Here are a selection of images that I captured in this weather window before it rained for the rest of the evening.  I really like these images but I'm looking at them more as a friend who was lucky enough to be trusted to capture a very real love.

Shortly afterwards I took the girls out to this fountain for some pics before the guests went through to have drinks and dinner.  

I'm really looking forward to sharing the rest of the images with Hayley and Julian who I think are just home from the Maldives.  I hope you've had an amazing time.  See you both soon. xxx


  1. Beautiful Kate. Stoke Park is a wonderful venue, it's literally minutes' walk from my in-laws house so I know it well, and you have captured it perfectly, along with so many lovely moments. Gorgeous couple too, they must be thrilled with these! x

  2. Hey you two lovely people! I loved this wedding - every part of it. x



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