Stanbrook Abbey is one of my all time favourite venues. I think a lot of photographers would say the same. It’s got everything – amazing grounds, stunning architecture, super-friendly staff, great food. It also boasts a gorgeous setting for each part of any couple’s wedding day. From the stunning Bride’s Manor with its sweeping staircase, to the very masculine and dapper Groom’s Room, Callow Great Hall for an unrivalled ceremony experience, through to the newly-refurbished St Anne’s Suite with the super-cool library bar and beautiful gardens. This place is a photographer’s dream (and that of many brides- and grooms-to-be)!
I was so excited to meet Abbey and Ben and learn about their wedding plans. Living in Dartford, they fell in love with Stanbrook Abbey when they visited and instantly knew it was their dream wedding venue. So they, along with all of their family and friends, travelled from Kent to the beautiful rolling hills of Malvern in Worcestershire for what turned out to be one of the most beautiful wedding days I have ever been a part of.
With their elegant navy, silver and white colour theme decorated with the most gorgeous roses and hydrangeas, blossom trees in the Abbey, the bride’s AMAZING dress from Dando London (which I definitely did not plan to steal when she wasn’t looking…) and the gorgeous backdrops that Stanbrook has to offer, I was in my own little photography heaven bubble for most of the day!
The fact the Abbey and Ben had travelled so far for their wedding and their adoration of the venue, they wanted to spend quite a bit of time around the grounds and in the corridors taking some photographs. There are so many places to get creative at Stanbrook you can be spoiled for choice, and we managed to get a wonderful collection of bride and groom portraits all over the hotel, including a snatched moment in between wedding breakfast courses on the stage in St Anne’s minutes before the band were to set up for the evening! I had to work fast for that one, but it was a shot I’d had in mind for a while and one I can happily say I’m very pleased with!
Here’s a few more images of Abbey and Ben’s wedding day – there were so many to choose from!