Whilst I’ve visited the park many times, this is the first time I’ve been a Tatton park wedding photographer. Usually, our visits consist of cycling around, building dens and having picnics. It’s definitely one of our favourite National Trust venues for a day out. So when Emmeline and Sakib asked me to photograph their wedding at Tatton Park I was pleased as a peach. I think that’s a saying, isn’t it?
This was actually part one of Emmeline and Sakib’s wedding celebrations, with part two in the city of Bath to follow.
Wedding Photography at Tatton Park
Tatton Park is located on the outskirts of Knutsford in Cheshire. It’s about 1000 acres in size and has landscaped parkland, lakes, gardens, a farm (which I would recommend visiting if you have young kids) and various buildings. The main building being the neo-classical mansion which sits imposingly looking out over the park. It’s within the mansion that Em and Sakib got ready for the day ahead, with the celebrations taking place in the Tennant’s hall.
A relaxed documentary approach to wedding photography
Whilst it’s important to get the whole family together for a photo or two, my main aim in shooting a wedding is to capture real, authentic and natural moments as they unfold. These are the photographs that will stand the test of time and help couples to truly remember the day as it was. This kind of approach requires me to do 100 things at once, which I might just write down at some point. Several of those things are related to my own experience and judgment, but also my ability to empathize with what’s happening in front of me. It’s my job to understand what elements of the wedding are most important to my couple and make sure I’m on their wavelength.
Here’s what Emmeline and Sakib had to say about their Tatton Park Wedding Photography…
Steve was fantastic – calm, aware of his surroundings, kind and considerate. We approached Steve, predominantly as we liked his documentary style of photography and flashes of creativity with his own voice. He had an interesting eye and photographed shots that at the time we were uncertain about but our doubts were dispelled once we received the final images. Steve was wonderful on the day, he felt very much as part of the wedding party. We were super happy with the results and hope he had fun.