We often get asked by wedding suppliers to post blogs about good venues that we have photographed. So this is the first in the series, covering wedding photography at Clandon Park. The idea is not to publish images of different parts of the venue, but to offer a flavour of the photography we do at the venue, alongside a little background information.
Gary often gets commissioned for wedding photography at Clandon Park, and in fact earned the 2010 Mari Acerboni Creative Wedding (London and Home Counties) Award for his portfolio of images taken there during an autumnal wedding. Whilst the nature of the stately home itself naturally leads, in some part, to a classical style of wedding photography, a big attraction of the venue is that it still encourages creative and artistic imagery. Clandon Park is often described as a wedding photographers dream!
(The window shot above highlights that the window light at the venue offer a lovely atmosphere to the photography. It is very soft and falls off very quickly. Here the high ISO allows the background tungsten lighting to add depth to the image and this complements the mood created by the posing and expressions very well.)
Couples who have decided to hold their wedding in the Surrey countryside, and who consider wedding photography to be a key element of the day, should look very closely at Clandon Park. The Mansion House, which was designed by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni, lends itself to some dramatic imagery. After extensive restoration, it is now owned by the National Trust.
(This car shot above was taken during a day of heavy and thundery conditions. In between the showers there was break in the clouds which allowed a brief spell of sunshine. We ran out very quickly with a very cold bride and groom and directed the driver very quickly and got ourselves into position.)
Wedding ceremonies at Clandon Park are held in the magnificent Tapestry room; and whilst the tapestries prevent the use of flash, the soft light allowed by the windows behind the registrars allows for some wonderful low-light photography. The grand Marble Hall usually hosts the reception; whilst the vaulted undercroft provides the setting for the wedding breakfast. Away from the House itself, Clandon Park offers some surrounding stunning gardens for both couple and group photographs.