Photographed by Nicholas Hill
Wilma & Ernest’s Wedding
My name is Nicholas Hill and I had the opportunity to produce my very first Hever Castle Photography was an exciting prospect. The castle is steeped in history and the Italian Garden is one of the finest wedding venues in England. The beautiful lakeside Loggia is offer a breathtaking backdrop from which to celebrate the union of marriage.
From the very first moment I met with Wilma & Ernest I knew that their Hever Castle Photography was going to be a huge amount of fun. The couple grew up in Singapore but were both educated in England and the United States. As couples goes they were not typical and this meant the opportunity to go things a little differently. Wilma and Ernest were all about having fun and being a little silly together on their wedding day and wanted to ensure this was captured by me as their photographer.
Wilma & Ernest’s Thoughts
“Thank you so much for being our photographer. We are really fortunate to have found you! And thank you for these amazing photos! Looking at the photos that you and Matt have taken for us, we have to say that we are over the moon to have an absolutely amazing collection in front of us which bring back all the wonderful memories of the day, and help us fill in the gaps of what we’d missed!“
Depending on where the bride is getting ready I will take advantage of my surroundings. Because Wilma and Ernest were getting ready in the same hotel it meant that unfortunately I could not take the dress and shoes outside but instead had to settle for photographing the details in the bridal prep suite.
I like to take my time with photographing the outfit and other small details a bride might have on the day.
I always arrive with the bride 2 hours before she is due to depart for her wedding ceremony at Hever Castle Photography and the couple were both getting ready in separate suites at the Lingfield hotel about 15 minutes from the venue.
Wilma and her bridesmaids had use of a beautiful suite which was spacious and great to work in. It is much easier to obtain clean bridal preparation pictures when there is good room to move around.
I often help the bridal party tidy up, this ensures that the pictures I take of the bride in the final stages of getting ready are uncluttered.
As we reach the final hour of bridal prep this is the time I like to concentrate on producing the images that will make a wedding album. The bride’s makeup is approaching completion. The bridesmaids are dressed in order to help the bride into her dress. I always try to ensure that everyone is ready for the Father of the Bride’s first look too.
Ernest and his groomsmen were staying at the same hotel as the bride and bridesmaids. Myself and Matthew ensure that we are in communication to ensure that the parties do not run into each other. The groom party were all about having fun, from proposing to each other with the rings to using the beds as trampolines.
Matthew had time to get outside with the boys and take some fun superhero shots which Ernest had been wanting to take, they look great and reflect the fun nature of the entire wedding party.
I have had the opportunity to cover many beautiful wedding venues. I consider the Loggia in the Italian Gardens at Hever Castle Photography to be one of the best in England. The castle and grounds are quintessentially English.
Hever Castle close the gardens to the public to ensure complete private use of the grounds with no unwanted distractions.
Wilma arrived by Range Rover with her Father through the side access gate. This brings the bride out by the side of the Loggia and ensure she does not have far to walk.
In the build up to the “Show” everything had been choreographed to ensure that first the groom party and then the bridal party danced their way to into a grand entrance to various sound tracks. It was enormous fun to be part of something so different and entertaining.
The Hever Castle Photography ceremony was far more traditional with beautiful readings from friends and even an old school teacher.
The settings for the reception by the lake is perfection itself. Hever Castle Photography benefits from our ability to look down on the reception area. It allows us to capture the candid moments as guests eat their ice-creams and drink their champagne.
I typically leave Matthew to capture this time with the guests as I focus on photographing the portraits for the couple and the formals for the family.
Hever Castle Photography is normally a very traditional affair. Today however the bride and groom wanted to ensure that their humour was present even during the formals. Once I had completed the traditional formals we concentrated on the fun formals. You need to see the photo’s to understand the fun we hall had producing these images.
By the time we got round to the portraits with Wilma and Ernest time was starting to get tight before guests were due for the wedding breakfast.
With the help of the staff at Hever Castle Photography was as efficient as possible. We got access to all parts of the castle but needed to be escorted around certain parts of the grounds.
The main castle is very to walk to and along the way we were able to produce some very beautiful wedding portraits.
During the evening I even managed to get outside access to the lake with the bride and groom for a great sunset portrait of Wilma and Ernest.
The wedding speeches are always a great part of the wedding day. The Hever Castle Photography in the Guthrie Pavilion benefits from two wedding photographers. The room is long and with guests positioned throughout the entire pavilion it allows us to cover the entire room.
I typically concentrate on the bridal party and top table for speeches and immediate family reactions. Matthew is responsible for covering the rest of the room and captures the candid reactions of the wedding guests.
First Dance & Cake Cutting
Ernest and Wilma arranged for the wedding cake to be positioned in front of a very rich Hever Castle Photography tapestry. True to form the couple decided to have fun with Wilma try and failing to push Ernest’s face into the wedding cake.
The first Dance was something truly special. I always consider it impressive when a couple have practiced a first dance. I had never till that day witnessed a couple who had written and recorded their own first dance song. This was matched with a beautifully choreographed dance that involved multiple parts to the performance and the music changed!
I like to ensure that myself and Matthew stay later into the evening. It allows us to spend time with the guests as they relax and let their hair down on the dance floor. Hever Castle Photography looks great with everyone strutting their stuff on the dance floor.
Photographed by Nicholas Hill