David and Leona’s wedding at The Phyllis Court Club in Henley On Thames
It’s been ages since I photographed Phyllis Court. I think it was back in 1994 and I remember it clearly because it was the first ever wedding to be held there just after the The Marriage Act 1994. This meant that weddings could now take place at any approved venue, not just churches or register offices. As a result it was quite a newsworthy item and I remember the local press being there to report on the day and take photos of the couple for the next edition of the local paper. I was therefore delighted to get the opportunity to return to photograph David and Leona’s wedding on a beautiful and warm September’s day.
Natural and Candid Wedding Photography
From my initial meetings with David and Leona they were quite clear they preferred the natural, candid style of photography. This is something I specialise in anyway so we were a good match from the start. So throughout the day I captured events exactly as they happened, nothing posed, set up or endless group shots. This all started when I photographed Leona getting ready upstairs in the main hotel. She was shortly joined by David and the bridesmaids before making their way across the lawn to the new pavilion for the wedding ceremony. This is a fantastic building perfect for photography with lots of light with great views across The Thames toward Henley and the Chilterns. Once I had photographed the ceremony all the guests were served cnapes and champagne in the pavilion and also outside on the lawn. During this time I managed to take many candid shots as well as a few formal groups. Luckily I could take a shot of the whole wedding party from the top of the pavilion looking down on the guest below on the lawn.
Evening wedding reception
Finally as dusk approached the large dining rooms in the main building were prepared for the evening reception. So everyone headed back in for the wedding breakfast and speeches. This included a fantatstic sweet trolley, very popular with the kids ! This went on for several hours during which the guests could relax and enjoy the informal surroundings with the option to go outside and enjoy the wonderful views across the river. This was a lovely, informal wedding in such a beautiful setting and venue. You can see from my selection of images below what an enjoyable day everyone had.
So if you are considering having a wedding at Phyllis Court and are interested in my style of photography please feel free to get in touch, I’d be delighted to hear from you.
Please have a quick look first at a slideshow I made of my favourites.
So if you are looking for a wedding photographer for your Phyllis Court Wedding please get in touch.