Wedding of Iris and Andrew; a wedding in Wonderland
Iris, originally from Hong Kong, first met Andrew 6 years ago where they both worked as architects.

They were recommended to look at my photography by their chosen venue, The Grove in Watford. In additional to a traditional church wedding the couple had planned a fairytale Alice in Wonderland themed reception for sixteen of their closest family and friends.

I arrived at their cottage in Watford in good time to be greeted by the bride and her best friends and was ushered into the lounge where Yandis was finishing Iris’s makeup and hair.

The lounge was adorned with large fuchsia and baby pink paper balls both hanging delicately from the ceiling and around the walls, and there in the centre of the lounge was the beautiful dress designed and made by Lusan Mandongus and purchased from The Wedding Wardrobe in Kennington Road, Waterloo.

I could sense immediately that Iris had gone to great lengths to focus on every detail of her special day when I glimpsed the hand made invitation that read

“ Iris & Andrew Invite you to join them thru the looking glass and down the isle to the wonderland of marriage“

Even her shoes had been adorned with that extra touch; ‘I’ ‘Do’ had been painted on to the individual soles.

Once she had slipped into her wedding gown the next step was to add the exquisite jewelry and bridal tiara all made by Glitzy Secrets.

With the lounge dappled in beautiful light I was able to take the most natural and beautiful documentary bridal photographs and once finished I could see outside her chauffer standing next to the highly polished Windsor Blue Rolls Royce waiting to transport her and her father to the catholic church; The Holy Rood, where Father Paul McAleenan would join their hands in marriage.

Iris began the decent down the isle to the waiting Andrew and with just 16 guests looking on. Thanks to a very compliant priest I was able to get many documentary wedding photographs of their small but beautiful ceremony. Her best friend Hannah sung Avia Maria.

After the short ceremony it was back in the waiting car and a short drive to the five star Spa hotel The Grove.

Once all the guests had arrived the couple held a traditional Chinese Tea ceremony held in the Garden Room room that also held the most fantastic cake I have ever seen, made by Choccywoccydoodah, it was made to match their Alice in Wonderland theme.

Details were everywhere you turned from the wishing tree, the very English teacups to the old copies of Lewis Carroll’s books, with the centrepiece being The Mad Hatters hat and his pocket watch.

With the advantage of The Grove’s beautiful gardens as my backdrop, I decided to take advantage of the soft light and photograph both the small family groups and then the beautiful bridal portraits for their wedding album, whilst their guests enjoyed ice cream and canapés all washed down with ice-cold bubbly champagne.

After mingling with their friends for the reception a little later they were all invited into the Donneraile room where the wedding breakfast would be served. Again the attention to detail could be seen every which way you turned, including the most amazing favor boxes, the Alice in Wonderland playing cards and the hand tied menu’s with ‘eat me’ messages.

Iris now wearing a beautiful bonnet and Andrew a Mad Hatters Hat, were announced to their guests where they enjoyed a beautiful meal served by the staff at The Grove and music by harpist Isabella.

After dinner they retired back to the Garden room where they took their first dance.

Their entire wedding was captured in a reportage and documentary style enabling the couple to enjoy their wedding day whilst I captured them and their guests engaged in enjoying the experience of this very magical day.

Alice in Wonderland themed wedding at The Grove
Alice in Wonderland at The Grove Hotel

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