Avington Park Wedding in Winchester | Katie + Chris

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Katie and Chris | Avington Park Wedding

Why do you want us to capture your wedding at Avington Park? How do you think you’ll feel watching everything back in years to come?

I’ve heard from friends that the day disappears so quickly. I’d love to have a forever memory of our special wedding at Avington Park. We are both quite emotional so I definitely think there will be tears. We feel so lucky to have found each other and this marks a special day for us which we wanted to be captured.

How did you guys meet?

Hinge. We took about 4 weeks to finally meet up, but it was worth it. We pretty much spent a whole day together as our first date. 

Tell me about the proposal? 

 The proposal happened on a roof top in Kalkan, Turkey. Only a few people knew it was coming. We’d had a week of glorious weather and the proposal was saved until the end of the week. The plan was to ease into a few drinks and then propose, but it started raining! The plan had to be quickened, so I dropped to one knee and asked a shocked Katie. She said yes and we were able to have a lovely evening celebrating.

When you’re not planning a wedding at Avington Park, what do you guys do for a living? What makes you tick? How do spend your free time? What’s your ideal day?

Chris is an underwriter for a Lloyds of London syndicate. Katie is Director of business development for a US headquartered law firm. We love to travel – experience new cultures, eat lots of good food and drink yummy wine. We both enjoy the sunshine and Katie likes sharing her passion for art with Chris. Our ideal day would be lunch by the sea with lots of oysters and wine. We are also both very close to our families and friends so they would likely be there too.

Why did you choose an Avington Park for your Wedding? What was special about it when you seen it for the first time?

Katie had known about Avington Park for a while as she comes from Winchester. As soon as we saw the venue for the first time we both knew it was the one. It has a traditional elegance but has also recently been renovated with stylish interiors. It had the wow factor but also felt classic.

Tell me about your vision for the day itself. You can go in to as much detail as you like. Colour schemes, decor, food, atmosphere, the dress? What experience do you want to give your guests at your Avington Park Wedding? Tell us everything and anything you like.

We mainly want our friends and family to have the best day celebrating our love. Lots of great food and dancing. I’d love to get lots of candid photos of our guests enjoying themselves. Nothing too staged. The bridesmaids (3) are in a green and white floral dress. This matches the florals which are very classic predominantly white with a little green. The tables for the reception have gold touches with the charging plates, cutlery, menu and place cards. The ushers will wear blue waistcoats.

Is there a honeymoon planned?

Yes we are going to the Amalfi coast. A place we have both wanted to go to for a while. We are so excited! We plan to see Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi coast.

Where do you see yourselves in 10 years time?

Still very much in love. Living our best life. Enjoying time together along with our family and friends.

Meet the Team

Photo and Video – Philip White

Venue – Avington Park – https://www.avingtonpark.co.uk

Flowers – Little and Bloom https://littleandbloom.com

Strings – Quattro Strings quattro-strings.co.uk

Chandeliers – Crescent Moon https://crescent-moon.co.uk

Furniture Hire – The W Studio https://www.thewstudio.co.uk

Band – Boujee Music boujeemusic.com

Cake – Little Olives Bakehouse – https://www.littleolivesbakehouse.co.uk

Catering – Calm Kitchen –  https://kalmkitchen.co.uk

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St Patrick’s Cathedral Wedding in New York | Catherine + Hamilton

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St Patrick’s Cathedral Wedding in New York

We arrived into New York in the middle of a September heatwave to photograph Catherine and Hamilton’s St Patrick’s Cathedral wedding in downtown Manhattan. It felt tropical and at times felt unbearable in the busy tourist lined streets. The added bonus of persistent rain and an incoming storm scheduled for the wedding day made things just a touch more exciting.

I was booked to shoot Catherine and Hamiltons wedding at St Patrick’s Cathedral on the Saturday but arrived early on Thursday to acclimatise and scope out the locations well in advance. I travelled with my wife Kat and we had booked a week long vacation in the city. The first 3 nights we’d spend at Ink48 hotel and for the remainder of the trip we moved over to Greenpoint in Brooklyn. 

Catherine and Hamilton’s day was planned to be a pretty simple affair. Their wedding at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th avenue was obviously the main event before a return to Ink48 for a rooftop drinks reception at the press lounge restaurant. No huge meal or party or toasts. Just the always successful combo of music, alcohol, food and great people.

I met Catherine and Hamilton the day before the wedding. We jumped in a car from ink48 to the cathedral in downtown manhattan. If there’s a rehearsal happening, no matter how small I want to be there. When it’s a wedding at St Patrick’s cathedral in New York it’s kinda essential.

Weddings at St Patricks Cathedral from a photography perspective aren’t that simple. The last Catholic wedding I’d photographed took place at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican but in terms of do’s and don’ts, shooting at St Patrick’s was a whole new level of strict.

Before photographing any wedding at St Patrick’s the photographer is sent a list of rules months in advance. They MUST be signed and returned. I won’t lie, the list of rules and regs, combined with a hand of ever present security guards made me feel slightly nervous. I needn’t have worried though. Experience in this game prevailed and I captured enough creative angles without breaking any rules or infuriating anyone from the Catholic Church.

The wedding day started pretty relaxed at Catherine and Hamilton’s penthouse in Ink 48. I’d agreed to arrive early and film some interviews with them. Hopefully, you’ll have watched the short photo-film above but my intention was to create an almost hybrid wedding film. A grown up, documentary style piece that overlayed my wedding photography with the story of Catherine and Hamilton’s relationship journey. 

Preparations in the penthouse ran over schedule as they more often than not do. I managed to grab a few frames of Hamilton and his best man getting ready before orchestrating a quick ‘first look’ on the private rooftop the penthouse ink48 offered. After a pretty relaxed start to the day, the chaos that comes with almost every wedding began to kick in.  

We left the hotel pretty much on time to head to the wedding at Patrick’s cathedral but we’d heard that there was a rally in 5th avenue which would inevitably affect our journey time. Outside ink48 we were collected by our driver (see pics) who managed to navigate us expertly through the busy streets of Manhattan. He also told us he’d been married 6 times which kinda made me chuckle on route to a wedding ceremony! 

Catherine and Hamilton’s wedding at St Patrick’s Cathedral was the last ceremony of the day which allowed a little flexibility with our arrival time. We were dropped off a few blocks away and made our way on foot towards the Cathedral, grabbing some casual shots en route.

Catherine arrived just 25 minutes later and was allowed a few quiet moments with her mother whilst the last few guests arrived and took their seats. As Hamilton watched on from the main Altar, Catherine along with her Brother and Mother made their way down the huge aisle, almost dwarfed by the grandeur of the surround architecture. Catherine and Hamilton’s wedding at St Patrick’s Cathedral unfolded seamlessly and after exiting through the huge wooden doors onto 5th avenue they were greeted by cheers and applause from dozens of onlookers, keen to grab a glimpse of the wedding.

Following Catherine and Hamilton’s wedding at St Patrick’s Cathedral we spent around 15 minutes in the immediate area grabbing a few photographs before jumping in the car and heading back to Ink48. The rooftop bar (the Press lounge) was already filled with the couple’s closest family and friends awaiting their grand entrance. The vibe was chilled and informal with DJ’s, food and cocktails taking centre stage over stuffy speeches and sit down dinners.

I spent a further week in the city with my wife Kat. We walked the streets, tried (but failed) to avoid tourists hangouts and ate way too many buffalo wings. We spent our final few nights in Greenpoint, Brooklyn editing the images from Catherine and Hamilton’s St Patrick’s Cathedral wedding and checking out as many local breweries as we could healthily do so in a single day. New York always captures my heart but being able to work and travel alongside Kat is something truly special.

Until next time NYC.

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Heckfield Place Wedding in Hampshire | Kurt + Chloe

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A HECKFIELD PLACE WEDDING IN HAMPSHIRE | KURT + CHLOE

Heckfield Place, situated in the picturesque Hampshire countryside, bore witness to an extraordinary event as Kurt and Chloe, a wonderfully creative couple hailing from Taiwan, embarked on a memorable journey to exchange vows and celebrate their union. With their beloved baby boy, Lionel, in tow, the couple, along with friends and family from afar, made their way to this enchanting venue to create lasting memories at their Heckfield Place wedding. 

The festivities commenced with a delightful welcome evening, offering guests a taste of the magic that awaited them. I had the pleasure of setting up a professional photo studio, capturing expressive portraits of every guest in attendance at their Heckfield Place wedding.

Embracing their Taiwanese heritage, Kurt and Chloe’s Heckfield Place wedding day began with a traditional tea ceremony, held within their spacious apartment at the venue. Surrounded by their closest family and friends, the couple donned elegant Taiwanese clothing while serving tea in accordance with age-old customs. Heartfelt words were exchanged, evoking profound emotions and further strengthening the bonds between Kurt, Chloe, and their loved ones.

As the day unfolded, nature played its part in the proceedings, with rain showers gracing the occasion. Undeterred, the main humanist ceremony was scheduled to take place outdoors, at the back of Heckfield Place. Adorned in formal black tie attire, Kurt and Chloe, along with their guests, gathered around the grand fountain, encircled by breathtaking floral displays. At the centre of Kurt and Chloe’s Heckfield Place wedding ceremony was a magnificent floral arch standing tall at the top of the steps, serving as a symbolic backdrop for the couple’s vows and exchange of rings.

The ceremony, led by the wonderfully eloquent Nat Raybould, beautifully narrated Kurt and Chloe’s love story. Adding a personal touch, Kurt’s best man, Chris, also delivered a heartfelt reading. However, nature’s whims persisted, and the rain grew heavier. Determined to forge ahead with their Heckfield Place wedding, guests valiantly shielded themselves with umbrellas, but eventually, the downpour necessitated a move indoors to complete the ceremony. In this unexpected turn of events, Lionel, the couple’s adorable baby boy, took centre stage, adding an endearing touch to the proceedings. Kurt held Lionel in the air in true Lion King fashion as guests cheered and threw confetti.

Following the ceremony, guests were treated to live music and a captivating performance from a traditional Chinese dragon, whose vibrant dance added a very unique touch to this Heckfield Place Wedding. Kurt and Chloe shared a moment of unity by pouring champagne into a towering display before raising a toast to their guests. The dining room, adorned with red-themed floral arrangements, elegant candles, and hanging red Chinese lanterns, exuded a sense of enchantment as everyone gathered to savor a delectable dinner.In a thoughtful gesture, each guest received beautiful, handcrafted blue stationery, complemented by a gift of chopsticks, symbolizing the couple’s appreciation for their loved ones’ presence on this momentous occasion.

As speeches from close friends and family resonated with heartfelt sentiments, the atmosphere shifted to the bar, where four signature cocktails, carefully chosen by the bride and groom, awaited the guests. Kurt and Chloe’s Heckfield Place wedding was a true testament to the power of love, resilience, and the coming together of diverse cultures. Amidst the rain and the challenges it posed, their celebration remained imbued with warmth, joy, and an unwavering spirit. It was a day that will forever be etched in the hearts of all who witnessed their union, reminding us of the magic that can be found even amidst unforeseen circumstances.

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