I’ve been a wedding photographer at Northbrook Park since 2010 and have photographed over 50 weddings there so I feel I can advise on what works, what doesn’t and how to make sure you have the best experience – and photography – possible.
Getting ready at the Northbrook Park Mews cottages on the morning of your wedding is without doubt the easiest option but keep in mind that the best light (essential for good photos) is found in the upstairs rooms and that the downstairs can get busy once you move beyond a handful of people.
Unless you’re having an outdoor ceremony you’ll be getting married in the lovely Vine Room. With plenty of natural light flooding in through the floor to ceiling windows on either side you won’t be needing the interior lights – so ask for them to be switched off. This guarantees perfect skintones.
THE DRINKS RECEPTION
My favourite part of the day and also just about the only time you’ll get to spend quality time with your guests. After the drinks you’ll be sitting down eating followed by more sitting while you listen to the speeches and then you’re straight into the dancing. I always recommend 2 hours for the drinks reception, caterers alway recommend 90 minutes. Trust me on the 2 hours, it’s probably the most important bit of advice I could give you.
The wet weather plan is to stay in the Vine Room which is idea but luckily it never rains at Northbrook Park ; )
FAMILY + FRIENDS PHOTOS
Formal photos, group shots, kitten herding. Call them what you like but the “official photos” need some serious organisation. Quite often this is the single biggest thing people remember about a wedding. Get it right and you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with friends over a Pimms… get it wrong and you’ll feel like you went directly from the ceremony to the speeches.
I work with you to make sure this part of the day runs as smoothly and wuickly as possible, so you get more time to party.
The speeches at Northbrook Park are held in the Orangery where you also have the wedding breakfast. To make sure you get the best possible photos ask the caterers to clear at least the top table of used plates etc… and don’t make the mistake of serving dessert during the Best Man’s speech… all you’ll get are photos of people eating, never a good look.
Apart from that, sit back and enjoy the funniest few speeches you’ve ever heard (we hope).
That’s it, you did it! Now it’s time to let your hair down (or maybe just down a few shots) and get yourself onto the dance floor. The only question you need to ask yourself is “DJ or Band”? I know some truly awesome wedding bands so do let me know if you would like recommendations.
My coverage usually ends after the first few dances but you can extend coverage if you think your dance floor is going to be a wild party worthy of being captured forever.
Northbrook Park REAL WEDDINGS
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I’m primarily a documentary wedding photographer – meaning I photograph things as they happen rather than staging photo-opportunities – so if natural, unposed photos of genuine moments captured without any direction or interference from the photographer sounds like what your’e looking for then I would love to hear from you.
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