‘Thank you really doesn’t cut it enough … all of your efforts to get to know us at the start and stay in touch with us throughout really paid off.’
Syon Park wedding photography with Jaclyn and George.
When Jaclyn and George met for the first time, she was twenty minutes late to their first date. He quipped that she was worth the wait – and he turned out to be completely right! A little over half a year later, he proposed. Not only that, he did it after serenading her with her favourite song* on the piano. (He had learnt it purely for the purpose of proposing; that’s serious dedication).
For every couple I work with, I’m thinking about how I’m going to shoot their wedding long before the day arrives. Part of my process has always been, and will always be, about really getting to know my couples beforehand. This means I’m able to make a real difference before, during and after the day itself. The photos carry that much more meaning, the understanding of what’s important to them is that much sharper. To my mind, it’s a simple equation.
So with these two, when I first sat down with them all the way back in the Autumn of 2016, it was clear to me that they had something special going on. When we met again for their engagement shoot, we followed the route of one of their earliest dates where it all began and a tiny voice in the back of my head told me this wedding would be one to remember.
When it came to covering the photography at their Syon Park wedding this Spring, I knew well in advance that it would be a stunning place to shoot a wedding. What I didn’t know was that the clouds would completely disappear and the sun would emerge from the depths of a cold winter!
Arriving at the nearby Hilton hotel with my second photographer (the brilliant Caitlin), we parted ways to go find the bride and the groom. Knowing the groom and his groomsmen as well as I do, there are some photos taken that day I can’t show here (they’re hilarious). The sun was shining, everyone was looking stunning and it had barely even begun.
In the beautiful surroundings of the park and the house itself, the ceremony was beautifully delivered by Hannah the celebrant and the courtyard provided the perfect spot for some immediate refreshment. Before too long, we headed down to the grand conservatory for the evening meal and entertainment.
There then followed amazing food, heartfelt (and hilarious) speeches, one unforgettable ‘cake cutting’ involving a giant sabre, a choreographed first dance unlike any I’d ever seen and more than a few shots of something called ‘Fireball’**…
When there was a brief lull in the dancing (it’s only ever brief!), we snuck Jaclyn and George out to take a photo they’d requested as far back as our first meeting: a sparkler portrait featuring the conservatory itself. Remember: never play with fireworks (unless you’re using them to make a photo like this, in which case go ahead).
A huge thanks, once again, to Jaclyn and George for having me photograph their day. It. Was. Awesome.
A full list of suppliers provided at the end of the post! 🙂
*’The River Flows In You’ by Yiruma (listen on Spotify here)
**Whisky with added cinnamon…who knew?
Second photographer: Caitlin Mogridge
Venue: Syon Park Weddings and Events
Flowers: Hayford & Rhodes
Cake: Jen’s Cakery
Accommodation: Syon Park Hilton
Jaclyn’s dress: Winnie Couture
Hair and makeup: Kate Hughes
George and groomsmen’s suits: Ted Baker
Guitarist: Joseph Warwick