• The Old Palace Hatfield House Wedding

Hertfordshire wedding photographer Zoë Cooper

‘So many people mentioned how great you were, the photos are beautiful and we love them! Thank you so much!’

Hatfield House Wedding

Spring weather is unpredictable. Spring 2019 had some of the hottest days on record for that time of year, unexpected cold spells, hail and torrential rainfalls. Rosie and Oliver’s wedding in May 2019 appeared to offer up all of these in one day.

Fortunately, their wedding venue was the Old Palace at Hatfield House, where the interior is as stunning as its landscaped grounds. It offers couples the grandeur of a venue that is uncompromised should the weather confine guests indoors.

As their recommended wedding photographer, I am very lucky to photograph many weddings at Hatfield House.

Hatfield House’s Banqueting Hall is steeped in history. Used as a nursery to the three children of Henry VIII, and where Elizabeth 1st spent her childhood. Eventually, she would be held here under house arrest until she finally succeeded the throne. In her reign as Queen of England she held Council of State in The Banqueting Hall under the same roof as Rosie and Oliver’s wedding reception.

The Ceremony

Lawn House is a  recent addition to the Hatfield House estate. The 15-bedroom guest house overlooks the estate’s park and farmland. And is ideal for your morning preparations when your wedding venue is Hatfield House.

Their wedding ceremony was held at St Ethaldreda’s Church which sits only a few steps from Hatfield Houses’ Old Palace. Dating back to the 13th century, St Ethaldreda’s is a perfect choice for couples who wish to have a religious wedding service, with their wedding reception being held at Hatfield House.

From the sunshine of the morning, the grey clouds quickly loomed and the rain began to fall just before the start of the ceremony.

Sunshine greeted us as we left the church, and stayed long enough for the confetti to be thrown before the guests made a rainy dash to the Old Palace.

The Reception

By the time Rosie and Oliver’s wedding car had taken them for a short drive around the beautiful grounds of Hatfield house the blue skies had returned once again, if only for a short time.

The wedding reception took place in The Banqueting Hall, as we nipped out to the gardens at any opportunity the changeable weather gave us for photos with the immediate family and bridal party.

The evening celebrations began with a cutting of the best wedding cake provided by Marks & Spencer. Colin the Caterpillar now has a wife, and many, many mini caterpillar babies, enough for each wedding guest.

A swing band filled the dancefloor, and finally as the evening drew in, the rain stopped. The weather may have been changeable, but it didn’t dampen Rosie and Oliver’s wedding day one bit.

Thank you Rosie & Oliver for having me as your wedding photographer.

The Details

Wedding ceremony held at:
St Ethaldreda’s Church, Old Hatfield, Herts. https://stetheldreda.org

Wedding reception held at:
The Old Palace, Hatfield House, Herts. https://hatfieldhousehospitality.co.uk

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