Hannah & Sam held their English Garden wedding in a beautiful Italian loggia, at Nymans, National Trust in Handcross in Surrey.
When Hannah emailed me to tell me about their plans to have a two-continent wedding, the first ceremony in her native Utah, the second in an English Garden I was really excited to hear about their late Summer plans at Nymans, a stone manor built in a gothic/tudor style. As an internationally famous garden, Nymans has so many beautiful backdrops for portraits and a breathtaking Italian loggia as a ceremony space.
This American-British couple had met at University and wanted to reflect both their cultural backgrounds in their double wedding destinations and Hannah mentioned that her Dad, an especially keen gardener was really thrilled to see the estate.
Beautiful portraits to mark their special day were a priority for Hannah & Sam and they opted to make the most of the gorgeous setting for their English garden wedding by holding two portrait sessions, which always has the advantage of capturing different lighting conditions. For the first, we used the pretty pale stone background of the historic wedding venue, which along with the fresh greenery was so quintessentially English. The elaborate arches in the rose garden were another perfect wild and romantic setting and Sam’s light blue suit from Moss Bros and Hannah’s stunning embroidered Needle & Thread gown were a gorgeous pastel combination.
The house at Nymans is a stunning romantic ruined manor house, which isn’t currently available as a ceremony space so Hannah & Sam held their wedding in an Italian loggia, within the sunken garden. I loved the crumbling stone, with wild roses and climbers softening the structure, the most beautiful setting where the bride and groom exchanged their own personal vows.
No English garden wedding is complete without a picnic and the sunken garden at Nymans National trust was a beautiful space to host Hannah and Sam’s friends and families from across the world, in the late afternoon sunshine. The simple three tier buttercream wedding cake was decorated with edible petals, so perfect for an English garden wedding and the backdrop of the ruined house made an epic backdrop for the speeches and cake cutting.
As the light got soft and hazy, Hannah, Sam and I went off to explore the garden a little more and found some truly gorgeous vistas for their golden hour portraits. This is absolutely my favourite time of day for romantic portraits. Pretty highlights, perfect for harmonising the soft dreamy colours of the garden and a couple all loved up from a beautiful day at their English garden wedding in an Italian loggia at Nymans, National Trust. Heavenly.
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