Photographed by Nicholas Hill
Jordan and Jordan's Wedding
There is something very cozy about Chilston Park Hotel Photography in the winter when the fires are lit and the place is full of people in good cheer. Jordan and Jordan had hired the whole of Chilston for my first wedding of 2017. I enjoy covering weddings all year round and have no problem working during the winter months when the light is generally very poor. We bring additional lighting to a venue and so are able to ensure that every aspect of the day is properly lit.
To avoid confusion during this story we will refer to Jordan and Jordan as Boy Jordan and Girl Jordan. I can only imagine how confusing this is for the family!
To add to the playful names Jordan is a pilot with British Airways, so I will perhaps refer to Boy Jordan as Captain Scarlett. I’m not making this up…
Chilston Park Hotel Photography is greatly aided by the beautiful building and grounds. I am able to take advantage of this beauty when photographing the wedding details. I find that hanging the dress framed by the four poster bed of the sumptuous suites works well. The grounds are excellent for shoes, flowers and other details.
Chilston Park Hotel Photography has a dedicated room for bridal prep which although large quickly gets consumed with everyones belongings. The lighting was not good enough to rely on natural daylight so I supplemented this with bounced flash around the room. I always like to start with the details and where possible take them outside to use the natural light and interesting surroundings.
I arrived to find Jordan and her bridesmaids in fine form. Chilston Park Hotel Photography always benefits when a bride uses the services of a professional makeup artist.
Once the makeup was finished the bridal party moved in to the adjoining suite. It always helps to have a clean room to get dressed in and elevates the wedding photography.
Jordan and his groomsmen arrived with plenty of time to ensure there was ample opportunity to get ready. My second photographer Edward joined the boys to start their Chilston Park Hotel Photography.
It is always a very nice touch to tell both sides of the wedding story. We start with the button holes and then move on to getting some portraits of the groom and his party.
It is nice when there is plenty of spare time to get some nice storytelling as the groom greets and socialises with his guests. We go about our Chilston Park HotelPhotography without anyone even noticing us photograph them.
With all the guests ready and in place it was just a matter of waiting for Jordan to come downstairs where she joined both her Father and step-Father who would jointly walk her down the aisle.
Chilston Park Hotel Photography greatly benefits from the naturally well lit Orangery. Typically I like to be up front with the bride and groom. I usually place Matthew or Edward at the back of the room. This allows us to capture the ceremony at Chilston Park from two different perspectives.
The wedding ceremony was at 1pm which ensured enough daylight to enjoy a few drinks outside with their guests before heading off for 15mins of Chilston Park Hotel Photography portraits with myself. As part of the afternoon entertain there was a musician who entertained and wowed the guests with his repertoire of songs.
It is an important part of the storytelling for my second photographer Edward to mingle with the wedding guests as they enjoy a few drinks and canapés. The guests are often totally unaware of us as we candidly take their pictures.
Chilston Park Hotel Photography Formals are always lovely to have outside. The weather had been fabulous all afternoon. I like to start with a group shot just outside of the conservatory. From here I progress round to the front of the house for the bridal party formals.
It is important to ensure that guests are not in direct sunlight where they will squint and feel uncomfortable. The house beautifully shields guests from the sun and elevates the formal photography.
I was adamant that whilst the sun was shinning in the middle of February we should head out and get some beautiful Chilston Park Hotel Photography Portraits.
Myself and Jordan, and Jordan headed off to jetty by the lake. We were able to get 5 minutes of beautiful light before the clouds came over.
In the middle of winter it is important to find the greens and blues to lift the portraits to not feel too stark. Chilston Park Hotel Photography benefits from so many great places to produce beautiful images.
In the evening I like to set up my lighting for some beautiful portraiture on the staircase. Between myself and Edward we were able to get this lovely portraits in just a few minutes before the couple returned to the wedding breakfast.
The wedding speeches are one of the most important parts of my Chilston Park Hotel Photography. From the moment Mr & Mrs Scarlett entered the room we were on hand to capture every moment.
The couple had decided to hold their speeches before the meal. This always helps when people are a little nervous at public speaking. I also find people are far more receptive to the speeches bore the food.
The speeches were full of emotion, humour and tears. Speeches really don’t get any better than this. I loved the emotion from both Jordans and the love they clearly shared with their families.
First Dance & Cake Cutting
The cake cutting took places immediately after the speeches. Situated in the Fitzhammond suite. Using an off camera flash both myself and Edward photographed as the couple proceeded to cut the cake.
Chilston Park Hotel Photography really looks good in the evening when the lights are dimmed and a couple take to the dance floor in the Orangery conservatory.
My lighting adds to the atmosphere of the evening by ensuring the bride and groom are properly lit throughout the ceremony.
In the evening the Chilston Park Hotel Photography focuses it’s attention on the guests who are singing and dancing to the music. We enjoy staying later into the evening to ensure we capture your guests as they let their hair down and enjoy the music.
Another part of the evening is the entertainment a bride and groom provide for their wedding guests. A Casino is a brilliant way to have a little fun with friends. Edward spent some time with wedding guests as they gambled the night away. No really money exchanges hands but the winner collected a bottle of champagne.
I try to encourage couples to consider having a fun sparkler shot in the evening. They are a perfect way of getting a romantic picture to close out your wedding album.
Photographed by Nicholas Hill