The deer park hotel in Honiton was a new wedding venue for me to discover as a wedding photographer, and that makes the job more interesting and exciting. The first thing I do is arrive very early, before all the guests get there, and talk to the staff about the various locations that look best for the wedding photographs. This hotel has plenty of interesting trees within the grounds and and an Italian styled courtyard garden with symmetrical pathways leading to numerous garden benches, hammock strewn trees and beautiful countryside views.
Arriving early also means I can photograph the little touches that the deer park hotel set up for their weddings. Trees decorated with love hearts, small delicate bunches of flowers dotted around the rooms and tea lights illuminating the paths and garden furniture. All these images will work as part of the story telling in the final wedding album.
Unfortunately, after weeks of brilliant sunshine the weather was against us on this particular day. But a good country hotel has a well practised wet weather programme and this was immediately put in place when the heavens opened and the thunder clapped.
Yes, it’s disappointing for the wedding party but these things happen and it never really takes the shine off a great wedding. Inside there are plenty of decorative areas that act as beautiful backdrops for wedding photography – grand fireplaces, ornate staircases and large arched stained glass windows.
A lovely couple and plenty of happy talkative family and friends made this day pass quickly and enjoyably. They made me feel very welcome and were eager to participate in the Bride and Grooms special day. The staff at The Deer Park Hotel were very friendly, helpful and always around which is something that cannot be said for many venues.
It really was a very relaxed, informal and romantic wedding at a beautiful country house hotel.