Sarah and Andy were married back in the peak of summer, with a relaxed Hertfordshire tipi wedding at Vanstone Park wedding venue. Any wedding with Country Tipis’ will always one of my favourites. I love an outdoor wedding and their team are so great to work with!
In the morning, I went to photograph Sarah as she got ready, surrounded by her family. It was super chilled out and thank you to Sarah’s Mum for keeping me well fed!
Sarah & Andy were married at St Michael’s Church in Potter’s Bar. It was a beautiful ceremony with heart-wrenching readings, and lots of smiles and tears. Their friends also performed the music which was really special! I personally loved this church as it was so bright and photogenic!
After Sarah and Andy tied the knot, they danced down the aisle to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. I would say that sums up the vibe of their day!
Sarah was wearing a stunning embellished gown from The Wedding Gallery. With it’s lace and long train I got some serious Stevie Nicks vibes! Andy looked sharp in a blue suit which was definitely a trend last year. Lots of grooms were opting for navy over black, which I loved.
After confetti, Andy and Sarah drove to their Vanstone Park wedding reception in a gorgeous classic car, with guests following in a vintage Routemaster.
Before the guests arrived, we took the opportunity to do some couple portraits. Vanstone Park wedding venue is beautiful because of it’s extensive grounds. They are perfect for large group shots or for talking a quiet stroll for couple photos.
It was an absolutely beautiful day and guests had a drinks reception outside on the lawn, with canapés from The Hungry Hog. Vanstone Park wedding venue is a prime example of why outdoor weddings are my favourite. There’s plenty of room to soak in the sunshine with friends, play games or sit out on the lawn.
The speeches began with Sarah’s brothers who set a great bar, followed by the best man and Andy himself. Dinner was a relaxed BBQ brought to the table – another feast by The Hungry Hog! Thank you Hungry Hog / Country Tipis crew for always keeping me well fed whenever I visit.
It was peak summer, so after dinner guests had some more time to relax on the lawn before the sun went down. I took Sarah and Andy for a short stroll before their first dance, just as the light started to fade. I absolutely love the light in these shots, with the tipi in the back drop.
When we got back, Ceri from Country Tipis had lit the fire pit and the tipi was looking very cosy indeed.
It was time for the first dance, and I can honestly say Sarah & Andy had chosen one of the best wedding bands I’ve ever seen! Horning Glory had a spectacular entrance by playing their way into the tipi and then taking their spot next to the dance floor. After Sarah and Andy’s first dance, the rest of the crowd immediately hit the dance floor to dance to Horning Glory’s covers.
Vanstone Park was one of the first venues I ever shot at as a wedding photographer, back when I was still second shooting for a friend. As I left the venue that night, I took a second to look back at the beautiful venue and see how far I had come since my first visit here. I’ve now shot 3 weddings here and it remains a firm favourite. I took this little phone snap as I left. Even on my phone with a terrible camera, how beautiful does the tipi look in the midsummer evening light?
If you’re having a Vanstone Park wedding or a Country Tipis wedding, do get in touch now to book!
You can find me at Country Tipi’s Winter Showcase at Vanstone Park on February 1st. See you there!