Froyle Park Wedding Photography
My Froyle Park wedding photography for this bride and groom in November last year was one that I’d been looking forward to for a long time! Not least of all because the celebrations had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but also because this was my first Froyle Park wedding. Having photographed weddings at many of the best wedding venues in Surrey and Hampshire in my career, Froyle Park was one that until now had alluded me. I’m so pleased to say that the day lived up to expectations 100% and there were so many photo opportunities that suited my documentary style of wedding photography.
Photographing a beautiful Nigerian wedding at Froyle Park
Having said this was my first Froyle Park wedding venue photo opportunity, I had in fact met the bride and groom a few months earlier for an engagement photo shoot in the grounds of Froyle Park during one of their wedding open days. Doing a pre-wedding portrait shoot is a great way to build a bit of confidence in front of the camera, and get to know your photographer. Although it might seem at odds with my documentary approach to covering the wedding day, you will see below that I do portraits on the wedding day and if you feel comfortable with your photographer then everyone wins because you’ll feel more relaxed on the wedding day.
The day began early for me and I was able to scope out some locations for later in the day, before beginning my Froyle Park wedding photos in earnest with bridal prep. I also had my good friend Paul at Tansley Photography covering the groom and his ushers getting ready in a different part of Froyle Park country estate. Having a second photographer is an option that’s available to all my couples getting married, and is a lovely way to add to the story of the day because they’re able to get some of the less obvious wedding moments.
The ceremony itself took place at the church next to Froyle Park. I was so grateful that we were able to discreetly capture so many beautiful moments during the wedding ceremony. The fact that there is this option for wedding photographer Froyle Park to have a church right on the doorstep is perhaps unique among Surrey and Hampshire wedding venues, and something that future couples will no doubt want to look into, as well as the options to have an outdoor ceremony at Froyle Park or use the Great Hall.
The wedding reception is perhaps my favourite part of the day to photograph, and this being a Nigerian wedding, I was well prepared for many of the traditions and what great photo opportunities these can provide. Although this Froyle wedding photography was a winter wedding, and therefore there was little time spent outside and we were conscious that it would be dark by around 4:30pm, we were able to capture some lovely portraits and group photos before the games, dancing and speeches began!
Why I Love being a Froyle Park Wedding Photographer
- I’m looking forward to shooting many more weddings at Froyle Park. What I’m looking forward to most is shooting wedding ceremonies in the outdoor space at Froyle Park. The Dome in the gardens at Froyle, in their own words is “an elegant outdoor dome, with a backdrop of panoramic views of the Hampshire countryside…perfect for wedding ceremonies, with seating for up to 240 guests.” Other spaces at Froyle Park that are able to cater for ceremonies of different sizes include The Grand Ballroom, The Great Hall and The Drawing Room.
- What I also love about Froyle Park is that they seem very open to weddings of all kinds including Afro-Caribbean, same-sex, Jewish, fusion and Asian celebrations. The variety of park wedding photographer froyle makes the job of being a wedding photographer so much fun, whilst there is still the option of a more traditional English white wedding, with the church next door.
- I do enjoy weddings in which the couple choose to get ready at home. The detail in the home where you may have grown up, is great to include in the photos and adds context to every shot. But for those situations where getting ready at home just isn’t possible, or you have your heart set on a particular venue , Froyle Park is a great option because the couple are able to get ready in different areas, which has the advantage simplifying the timeline and also makes wedding photography at Froyle Park a little easier, in that I can capture more of the in-between moments instead of worrying about logistics like traffic and parking at different locations.
- A wedding venue also gets a big tick of approval from me when the couple have exclusive use of the venue for their special day. Froyle Park is without doubt a very popular venue, but on your special day it will feel all your own. It’s not so big as to feel overwhelming, but just the right size for guest to enjoy the gardens and smaller rooms for parents to have a bit of quiet time with their kids, or for your elderly guests to perhaps chill out when the party really gets going!
- Last but not least are the great portrait locations around the grounds of Froyle Park that make the portrait part of photography Froyle Park wedding so enjoyable. The gardens are so well managed that even in winter there are paths to walk around the garden and the light stone of the building make a nice bright backdrop to your first photos together as a married couple. Even if the British weather isn’t playing ball on the day Froyle Park has some great interior spaces for portraits.
Venue: Froyle Park
Wedding Planner: McQueen Events
Makeup: Beauty Boudoir
Hair: Lizz Davies
Florist: Fiona Curry Flowers
Dress: House of St Patrick
Groom’s suit: Edit Suits Co.
Caterers: De’Osa Catering & Events
Videographer: Emmanuel Films
2nd Photographer: Tansley Photography
DJ: Deejay Bayo