On Sunday our team of Blake, Emma and Steph photographed a gorgeous wedding, one we’ve been looking forward to for some time. Danielle and Nick got married at Hartsbourne Country Club in Bushey, and whilst records show there has been a manor house in one form or another on this scenic spot as early as the 14th Century, we somehow doubt it has ever hosted a party quite like this! Danielle and Nick secured our services for their big day a long time ago, and it’s been our absolute pleasure getting to know them in the planning process. However, it was their Engagement Shoot which ramped up the excitement, seeing that they’re both very photogenic, and madly crazily inspirationally in love.
Our day started off at Grandma Helen’s home, where we couldn’t have been made more welcome. “Can I make you a coffee or tea?” There, in very calm surroundings, Danielle got ready with the help of hair and make-up super heroes Jemma Harris and Laura Kay. Having never worked with these ladies before, it was great to do so. On the scene was also our good friend Charlotte Armitage, filming the day as it unfolded. “I’ve made some Bridge Rolls, make sure you eat!” It was also wonderful to sit with Grandma Helen and look through her own wedding album on her Granddaughter’s wedding day! Whilst things have changed a bit since then, there can be no doubt her own wedding was extremely chic, and there were some wonderful photographs of it too. Quick as a flash the mood went from calm anticipation to manic excitement, as the Bridesmaids (in their personalised vest tops) and mums arrived to a fanfare of hugs, smiles, and Champagne. “Would you like some fruit?”
At Hartsbourne, Nick spent a few quiet moments with his boys in the bar before heading in for the Bedeken ceremony, where he saw Danielle for the first time on the day. Whilst this is often an emotional moment, we also saw two faces light up, and through Danielle and Nick’s interaction everyone else in the room knew just how fun and how epic the day ahead would be. The ceremony, led beautifully by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg of New North London Synagogue, took place in a beautiful marquee outside. Danielle and Nick were sung down the aisle by the enigmatic and outrageously versatile Moni Tivony.
Once Danielle and Nick had become the new Mr. and Mrs. Miller, the rest of the day was all about having a massive party! The guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the gorgeous sunshine, the Bride and Groom took a golf cart for a spin, and everyone danced the night away. The music was provided by a collaboration between some top talents, including Moni Tivony, DJ Ryan Selsdon and Jason Lachter, but the biggest cheers of the evening came when Danielle and Nick themselves took the mic. Nick is a hugely talented rapper and showed off his skills through the evening, but it has to be said we were pretty blown away by the new Mrs. Miller absolutely ‘smashing it’ through the whole of Coolio’s Gangster’s Paradise! Remember that part when we said we doubt Hartsbourne had ever seen a party like this? We meant it. This was a slight departure from their usual social calendar. In the early 20th Century Hartsbourne Manor was the country residence of the American socialite Maxine Elliott, who hosted parties for noted dignitaries such as Winston Churchill… whilst he had some qualities, we doubt he could perform MC Neat’s parts of ‘MasterBlaster 2000’ like Danielle and Nick did! Introducing the JJ.
When all was said and done the day was made truly great by a Bride and Groom so warm, so relaxed, and so intensely in love with each other that everyone in the room could feel it. It’s tricky to pick out a selection of preview images, but here are some early favourites…