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Fit for kings: Hampton Court Palace wedding

Hampton Court Palace wedding blog photography Pippa McKenzieIsn’t it incredible to think of the wonderful wedding celebrations we can create these days – from tipis to castles, marquees to manor houses and more.

As I sit to write this wedding blog post I’m more than a little overwhelmed by Ellie and Dean’s wedding venue: the former home of Henry VIII and a succession of kings and queens after him, architecture designed to rival Versailles, with 60 acres of beautiful gardens…

Back in King Henry’s day who’d have imagined a lovely couple like Ellie and Dean would be getting wed in his palace… but if you ask me it’s days like this that Hampton Court Palace was made for. You’re going to love this wedding blog feature.

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Hampton Court Palace wedding photography by Pippa MacKenzie – I think she’s fantastic!

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Ellie’s wedding dress is Duyen by Cymbeline, which she bought from Miss Bush Bridal Wear in Ripley. I love the classic shape of the dress with all that beautiful lace… and it looks incredible on Ellie.

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During the day Ellie wore French Sole flats – in the evening these cute silver sequin sneakers came out fully prepared for dancing the night away!

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How do you put a tie on properly for a wedding? Watch and learn…

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Ellie and Dean’s church wedding was held at Saint Nicholas 12th century historic church in Thames Ditton – this collection of images by Pippa MacKenzie is just beautiful – the glowing sunlight seems to pour in through the windows and pool just where it should for some incredible wedding photographs.

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An unforgettable moment – all that time spent planning a wedding comes down to these few incredible seconds in church, and doesn’t it show…

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Ellie told me, “My jewellery was my mother’s diamond and emerald necklace and earrings were diamond studs (wedding present from my husband). I wore silk roses in my hair from Miss Bush Bridal.” – Those flowers are gorgeous and I love wedding jewellery with a story behind it!

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Dean wore a grey morning suit and sky-blue tie from Parkes in Leamington Spa, with shoes by Samuel Windsor.

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Traditional Travel provided some cool buses for the journey from church to Hampton Court Palace – and I love how Pippa found a red phone box to hide behind for the photo!

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I love this classic image – the gardens are sculpted to perfection, the sky is pure white and Ellie’s wedding dress takes centre stage… and yet you really get the feeling the bride and groom were completely alone on the planet for this moment.

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Palatial, stunning, mind-blowingly beautiful – a top wedding venue for a fabulous couple and an imaginative and talented documentary and fine art wedding photographer.

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I’ll leave it to the wedding photographers reading to add their comments below about these images… I’m stunned by the light, the lines, the shine, the composition… but I’m not an expert, I just admire beautiful images. And I’m blown away by these!

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Ellie recommended some of her favourite wedding suppliers: “Dawn Jennings did amazing flowers, Patisserie Valerie made our delicious and beautiful cake, and Pippa was the best photographer!”

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Ellie said, “The most memorable moments in a day full of them was taking our vows and our first dance – both felt so private and special, even though everyone else was watching.

“We also had the best party dancing the night away with our families and best friends, such a great way to end a perfect day.”

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I asked for any advice she’d give to brides reading the blog and Ellie told me, “Remember that you are marrying the person you love, and that is the most important thing- not whether things match or all the details go right. It’s about the two of you, and everything else is just nice fluff.”

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Huge thanks to Pippa MacKenzie Photography for sharing such beautiful images and pointing me to her wedding photography blog where I first saw Ellie and Dean’s wedding day.

Congratulations, love and thanks to Ellie and Dean for sharing their wedding day with us here on the blog. You guys make a gorgeous couple and it’s been a joy for me to write about your wedding and admire your photos. Have a wonderful marriage!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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10 COMMENTS
  • Jenny McAvoy
    8 years ago

    Fabulous images. Adore the image of Ellie from behind in the arch, love the colour scheme and how amazing does Hampton Court Palace look at night?

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks for the comment Jenny. I love the lighting on the palace at night – and the reflection in the daytime… too many beauties to choose from in this blog post, Pippa spoilt me rotten!
      xx

  • Tina Ashley
    8 years ago

    Stunning photos! I particularly love the ones of the bride and groom in the archways!

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Tina, it’s great reading which photos are people’s favourites. I must admit I found it hard to choose a fave – Ellie in the archway is a gorgeous shot but there are so many to choose from. xx

  • chris hanley
    8 years ago

    I’m delighted to see my friend Pippa featured here Claire. Her photography along with her husband Ian Hearnshaws work is inspiring. A pro’s pro, her work oozes quality. You’re on a role my friend keep up the quality submissions.
    Chris H x

    • Claire
      8 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you for the comment Chris. I’ve been blessed this week haven’t I! It’s lovely to know you’re reading. And yes, Pippa’s blog is sooo inspiring… I’ve spent many a happy minute on there this week!
      When’s my next CHP wedding… it’s been too long. 😉

      • chris hanley
        8 years ago

        ive got an two for you, both gonna have you reaching for the theasurus 😉

  • Martin Roe
    8 years ago

    Stunning venue, gorgeous details, and incredible photography. Love this feature!

  • Pippa Mackenzie
    8 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your lovely words. Ellie and Dean had such a beautiful wedding…Ian and I loved every second of it and we are so thrilled to be able to share it on http://www.english-wedding.com Thank you Claire!
    Chris…looking forward to seeing your next feature 🙂
    Pippa x

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