My return to Wotton House for Maria and Phil’s pre-wedding shoot was really exciting, especially because we’d arranged it to perfectly coincide with golden hour and sunset, something I always like to make use of for the best warm light. Wotton House wedding venue is absolutely stunning with so many wonderful places to shoot, whether it’s taking advantage of the beautiful architecture inside, or outside in the many different areas, front, back, above and beyond.
We got started straight from the car, shooting a few images on the gravel driveway leading up to the house, to set the scene, before heading into the Italian gardens. The temple is a great spot for some portraits before climbing the many steps to the very top above the temple for the very best views of the house. I do enjoy the challenge of shooting with a couple I’m meeting face to face for the first time and for a couple who were very camera shy it didn’t take long for Maria and Phil to feel comfortable in front of the camera. The purpose of a pre-wedding shoot is threefold, to learn how to relax in front of the camera, to learn what style you love and can expect on the wedding day and to take home a beautiful set of images to mark your engagement. I say it time and time again, but it really is more like spending an hour with a friend who just happens to have their camera. Here’s a selection of shots to set the scene on a lovely spring evening ahead of their Wotton House wedding later in the summer.
See my recent Wotton House weddings.