• 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!’

Spring weather can often be unpredictable. Spring 2019 offered us 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 of 2019 appeared to offer up all of these in one day.

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

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

The Banqueting Hall is steeped in history. It was 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.

Rosie spent her wedding morning at Lawn House. A recent addition to the Hatfield House estate, Lawn house is a 15-bedroom guest house overlooking the estate’s park and farmland.

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 fell just before the start of the ceremony.

After a poignant ceremony, we left the church to some short-lived bright sunshine, which lasted just long enough for the confetti to be thrown before the guests made a rainy dash to the Old Palace.

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 shielding guests from the changeable weather, as we nipped out at any opportunity we had for photos with Rosie and Oliver’s 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.

Wedding ceremony held at:
St Ethaldreda’s Church, Old Hatfield, Herts.

Wedding reception held at:
The Old Palace, Hatfield House, Herts.

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