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a Mid-Summer Wedding at Syon Park

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New York glamour and London history combined for this beautiful UK destination wedding

a Mid-Summer Wedding at Syon Park, a couple are seated on an antique sofa
a Mid-Summer Wedding at Syon Park, a wedding cake in the cactus room, decorated with flowers
a Mid-Summer Wedding at Syon Park, the great conservatory lit up at night

glasshouse wedding

a Mid-Summer Wedding at Syon Park

J & H travelled from New York with their friends and family to London to host their mid-Summer wedding at Syon Park, a beautifully historic house and the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, planned perfectly by Lucy Meehan Events.

The couple opted to include some of my favourite American traditions, which I also see becoming more and more popular in the UK in recent years. By planning a first-look before the ceremony, the couple were able to spend some quality time together for photographs, without missing out on time with their guests during the reception. We made use of the beautiful courtyard at Syon House and the intimate space, filled with scented plants and pretty paths gave us lots of flexibility for stunning portraits.

The Great Hall at Syon Park is a dreamy space for a ceremony, with classical columns and statues, cream coloured walls and lots of natural light. Mary Jane Vaughan had created a floral alter in a water-colour palette, the coral and white roses set off against spires of blue delphiniums, and delicate foliage. I especially loved using this to create a floral frame of the couple when photographing down the aisle, from behind the pillars.

After a tour of the house, cocktail hour took place in the courtyard around the cooling fountain, with canapes from the Admirable Crichton. Because of the time dedicated to the first look earlier in the day, the bride and groom were able to fully relax with their guests, and there was plenty of time for informal guest photographs too. The long gallery at Syon House is also wonderful for couples portraits so we took 10 minutes to capture some here, which give another entirely different setting, with historic interiors, gilded ceilings and elegant furniture.

Syon Park is unique in offering such a variety of spaces. Beyond the main house, via a private woodland, guests were invited into the Great Conservatory for the wedding breakfast. With it’s impressive height, abundant natural light and ornate structure, dining in the conservatory feels particularly special. The fine dining menu prepared for this couple was served amongst round tables and more beautifully elegant florals for a glamorous but relaxed celebration which felt especially intimate. As the sun lowered, it created beautiful light streaks through the glass, adding natural spotlights for the speeches.

I love it when a cake is given space to shine, and the cactus house made for a perfect space for the cake cutting before we staged one final entire group photograph in front of the conservatory, certainly a fitting backdrop!

As guests made their way in for dancing, I took some final sunset shots with the couple, golden light highlighting the planting around the conservatory. But as darkness fell more completely, the glasshouse came to life with the spectacular ironwork frame lit up against the sky. The party was full of good times, emotional first dances and romantic swoops. I can’t think of anything that would have made this wedding more beautiful and it was such an honour to photograph it, working alongside a fabulous team.

If you would like to speak to me about photographing your wedding at Syon House, please do get in touch via my contact page.

VENUE: Syon Park
FLORALS: mary jane vaughan
BRIDAL GOWN: allison webb
BRIDAL SHOES: loeffler randall
hair and makeup: team glam bridal
GROOMS OUTFIT: alan david custom suits
invitation suite: love letter paper company
on the day stationery: the lovely little details
CAKE: louise hayes cake design
BAND: the kitts
CATERING: the admirable crichton


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