Jillian and Stephen held their wedding at Hotel du Vin Henley on Thames on a very rainy day in September. I love to photograph a wedding at the Hotel du Vin Henley as it is such a quirky venue and perfect for a small, intimate wedding party. A former brewery for 300 years, the hotel is made up of several historic listed buildings and is one of the most interesting hotels in the Henley area.
I arranged to meet Jillian just prior to the ceremony which gave me enough time to capture her wedding details, flowers and capture the atmosphere before the ceremony.
A few emotional tears were shed at the wedding ceremony in the Canata Room at the hotel especially as they read their personal vows to each other. This was followed by a drink reception in the adjoining room. Despite the fact it was raining heavily, I love when couples embrace the rain and are happy to go outside with an umbrella. We used the hotel reception for some couple shots, door ways and hallway, incorporating the character of this beautiful boutique hotel in Henley.
Jillian and Steven liked my style of photography and were keen for their wedding photographs to be as natural and relaxed as possible.
After the drinks reception, Jillian and Stephen had hired Consuta II, a luxury passenger launch from Hobbs of Henley to cruise the Thames for an hour. We all walked from the hotel along the river front stopping to take photographs under umbrellas and boarded the boat opposite the Red Lion Hotel in Henley. I was made so welcome on this party cruise and everyone on board had such a great time despite the weather. Their first dance on the boat was one of the best I have witnessed all year.
It was then back to the Hotel to the Henley Suite for a private dinner before I headed home. Such a lovely intimate, family wedding and if you are planning a small wedding in Hotel du Vin Henley, it is a beautiful wedding venue to consider.