After working mainly as a wedding photographer for several years, I now devote most of my time to family photography. I do however still take on a select number of weddings every year and when I was asked about this one at North Hill Farm a couple of years ago it sounded like such a fun day to photograph I just couldn’t say no!
Rosie and Chris were planning to marry in North Hill Farm, one of the most stunning settings for a wedding I’ve ever seen. It’s located in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire and is so picturesque it’s hard to believe it’s only a few minutes drive away from the M25.
Early in August I met up with Rosie, who was getting ready at the Bedford Arms Hotel, just down the road from the Farm. I love this time in the wedding day – the excitement of the preparations, the laughter and merriment from the bridesmaids, the whole day stretching out ahead – it’s a truly special time. On this particular day there was a lot of talk of the weather, which was threatening storms, as Rosie and Chris were hoping to have an outdoor service at North Hill Farm. We were all checking the weather forecast every few minutes and it was decided, quite last minute, to throw caution to the wind and keep the wedding service outside. So it was all fingers crossed that the storm missed Chorleywood!
Once Rosie was ready she was driven on the coolest motorbike I’ve ever seen to the Farm, where Chris was waiting nervously with his four best men (yes four!) Family and friends were waiting excitedly for the service, some of them perched on bales of hay.
The service was nothing short of magical – Rosie & Chris had written their own special, very moving vows. And the weather was wonderful, if not slightly dramatic. The skies were stunning – the blue sky was dotted with swirling clouds and we could literally see the storm passing by. Not one drop of rain fell during the service, although the wind grew stronger towards the end and threatened to remove Rosie’s veil at one point!
After the beautiful service it was on to drinks, canapés and group shots, before Rosie and Chris made their way back to the Bedford Arms for a civil service with close family.
The wedding breakfast took place in huge tepees which had been beautifully decorated by Chris and his friends. Then it was on to some hilarious speeches by the groom, the bride and her father and all four best men. And then the party really got going with Top of the Pops themed dancing.