Luton Hoo Wedding Photographer | Kiersten and Adriano

It was good to back at Luton Hoo to photograph a wedding. I’d been at this imposing Bedfordshire wedding venue before to photograph an Asian wedding so I knew how photogenic the hotel and gardens were. Sometimes it’s frustrating at a wedding, knowing that you could spend hours (days!) creating beautiful wedding portraits in an almost endless variety of locations, but knowing that the occasion is first and foremost a celebration for the bride and groom and their family and friends, so a much shorter time is allocated for formal photographs.

As I’m primarily a documentary wedding photographer, I don’t really mind if time is short on the wedding day for ‘organised’ photography; most of my photographs are created as the couple and their guests enjoy the day – I stay in the backround and quietly and discreetly photograph the wedding from a journalistic point of view i.e. telling the story of the wedding day through a photographic narrative. I always think that photographs of you and your guests chatting, drinking, mingling show much more of the relationships between you all than the posed family photographs. Equally, it’s always lovely to take a few minutes (and it is only five minutes or so) to make some family and group photographs as these are always appreciated by parents and grandparents etc.

I was asked along to Kiersten and Adriano’s wedding as a second shooter, accompanying my friend Stephen Bunn who is a superb documentary wedding photographer based on the south coast. The couple had specified another photographer to cover the wedding preparations of the groom and his friends primarily, but also to provide some different angles during the ceremony and the wedding drinks reception. These were held in the Mansion house with the wedding breakfast in the opulent and impressive Romanov Suite.

It was a great day! It was fun working as a ‘hired gun’ and I enjoyed working alongside Stephen – I’ve seen some of his images from the day and he’s produced some superb work. I know the bride and groom were delighted with their wedding photographs and will have a lovely reminder of their special day together.

Here’s some of my favourite wedding photographs from the day.

The sign at the entrance to Luton Hoo Hotel

A side view of the Mansion House at Luton Hoo.

Exterior photograph of Luton Hoo Hotel

 

Colour was an overarching theme of the day – the flowers and the chaircovers spring to mind.Closeup of wedding flowers, wine bottles and buttonholes.

The guests gather in the Mansion House at Luton Hoo for a few drinks before the wedding ceremony. It’s always a pleasure to photograph the friends and family socialising and enjoying the day.

Wedding guest closeups

The Sitting Room at Luton Hoo with some spectacular splashes of colour.

The Sitting Room at Luton Hoo set up for a wedding ceremony.

Some favourite photographs of Adriano and the boys getting ready.

Yep, it’s that time already…

Black and white image of the groom and friend

A quick informal group shot.

Informal group shot of the groom and two friends

Every hotel room should come with a Chewbacca mask.

Pageboy with a Chewbacca mask

Fixing those pesky button holes

Groom fixing pageboys buttonholes.Pageboy concentratingGroom and friends

For medicinal purposes.

Groom pours a drinkGuest points at the grooms tieA quick man hugGroom puts on his tie in the bathroom mirrorSwapping one tie for another

The paparazzi are out.

Pageboy takes a photograph

Always have a plan.

Close up of handwritten wedding timeline

Groom and teddy bearPutting on his jacketA big smileTwo groomsmen chattingThe boys outside for a few photosA small dog looks through a windowthe good old boxing pose

A nice relaxed group shot, just how I like to take them.

A relaxed group shotA relaxed moment in the hotel gardenExamining the loud lining of the grooms jacketCloseup of jacket, tie and waistcoatPutting on the flowers

Back to the pre-ceremony drinks.

Grandmother in wheel chair says hello to a baby in a pramSmiling wedding guestToastmaster attemping to organise the guests whilst the groom stifles a smirk.

The girls arrive for the ceremony.

Small bridesmaid on the stairsSmall bridesmaid and pageboy

Todays beautiful bride.

The bride arrives for the ceremony

I love this little moment between father and daughter. Sixty seconds to go.

Exchanging a glance with dadHer dad smilesThree of the bridal party get ready to enterThe bride is ready to go.The bride and her dad enter the wedding ceremonyHalfway down the aisleBaby girl laughs

Such a light and beautiful room for the wedding ceremony.

The wedding ceremony in progress in the Sitting RoomLow angle shot of the wedding ceremonyThe registrar conducts the marriage ceremonyA young guests watches the coupleThe first kissCloseup of the wedding certificate being signedA snap happy wedding guestThe couple leave the ceremonyStealing a quick kiss outside the ceremony roomThe brides father enjoy a quick laugh with the brideCloseup photograph of the shoe and ruffled dressA young wedding guestBridesmaids on the balcony outsideA couple of young wedding guests mess aroundBride and bridemaid portraitTwo young guests hurl themselves off a plinth.

The amazing Romanov Suite at Luton Hoo.

The Romanov Suite all set out for the wedding breakfastBeautiful colours and architectureThe bride and groom arrive at the mealA shot of the wedding breakfast in progress

With the start of the wedding breakfast my time at Luton Hoo was over. I hope you enjoyed looking through these wedding photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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