By Paul Rogers
I was really excited when Jess and Amar asked me to be their photographer for their St Michael's Manor Wedding. It's a beautiful hotel venue in St Albans, the nearest city to my home, and I'd been keen to photograph a wedding there for some time. Set by the river Ver, which gave it's name to the Roman city of Verulamium, the hotel is surrounded by beautifully kept lawns and gardens.
Jess and Amar's hopes for a sunny Summer wedding weren't looking great as I arrived - there was some heavy rain forecast for most of the day. But that hadn't dampened the spirits of Jess and her Bridesmaids who were well on the way to being ready when I arrived. I had a chance to catch Amar and the groomsmen in the hotel bar before the ceremony began as well.
There was lots to photograph at this wedding, the light inside, despite the grey skies outside, was great. And Amar's Indian family provided some fantastic colourful outfits for me to feature. Following the ceremony, the drinks reception was fun and lively to photograph, in part because of the entertaining talents of magician Lee Smith. If you're looking for a magician, or haven't even thought of having one at your wedding, I'd highly recommend checking out Lee's website. Even better, if you're near Hitchin on a Sunday, pop into Hermitage Road for their legendary Sunday Roast where Lee regularly entertains.
Back to the wedding... By the end of the drinks reception, a nifty app on my phone told me sunny skies were on the way, so I held off from doing the portrait session until a little later in the afternoon. And by the time of the speeches after the wedding breakfast we were treated to some fine early Summer sunshine.
My coverage ended after the cake cutting and first dance. It was a great wedding that I thoroughly enjoyed photographing, and can't wait to be back at St Michael's Manor again in the future.
If you're planning a St Michael's Manor Wedding and are interested in commissioning me to be the photographer, please fill in the contact form to get pricing and more information. Why not check out nearby Hatfield House wedding photography while you're searching for the perfect venue?