Spring Wedding at Hatfield House
Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer
Spring weddings can often bring unpredictable weather. Spring 2019 gave us some of the hottest days on record for that time of year, along with 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 in Hertfordshire. A venue so grand inside as well as outside it is uncompromised should the weather confine you 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. As Queen of England she held Council of State under the same roof as Rosie and Oliver’s wedding reception.
The Old Palace at Hatfield House
They held their wedding ceremony at St Ethaldreda’s Church in Hertfordshire, which sits only a few steps from Hatfield Houses. Dating back to the 13th century, St Ethaldreda’s is a perfect choice for couples wanting a religious service.
From the sunshine of the morning, the grey clouds quickly loomed and the rain fell just before the start of the ceremony. After the ceremony, we left the church to some short-lived 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 rain. Whilst we nipped outside at any opportunity given for photos with Rosie and Oliver’s family and bridal party.
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.
Spring Wedding at Hatfield House by Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer Zoë Cooper.
Wedding ceremony held at St Ethaldreda’s Church, Old Hatfield, Herts: https://www.stetheldreda.org
Wedding reception held at The Old Palace, Hatfield House, Herts: http://www.hatfieldhousehospitality.co.uk