At their Cliveden House wedding in the lush landscapes of Berkshire, Sally & Brian, a couple from New York, found the perfect setting for their UK destination wedding. Their journey from post-grad lovebirds to saying “I do” in this historical estate is a tale of true love and elegance.
As a London-based editorial wedding photographer specializing in capturing luxury destination weddings in Europe, capturing their love story against such a grand backdrop was an honour, blending romantic editorial photography with moments of genuine emotion.
Every element of Sally & Brian’s Cliveden House wedding reflected their unique story and style. Sally’s white Prada kitten heels, her chic black clutch with pearl handles, and the striking icicle necklace combined classic elegance with modern sophistication. These personal touches set the tone for the day, making each photograph a testament to the couple’s impeccable taste amid Cliveden House’s elegance.
These images beautifully document Sally’s journey from the early moments of readiness, through subtle refinements of her hair and makeup, to capturing her poised elegance in photographs. The warm interactions with her loved ones in these photographs add a personal touch to the occasion.
Before the ceremony, we captured the couple in a serene moment, a private first look that was nothing short of magical. Set against the backdrop of Cliveden House’s stunning architecture, these pre-ceremony photos are a blend of anticipation and awe. The couple’s connection, set amidst the historic beauty of their venue, created images that are both romantic and editorial, a perfect prelude to their vows.
In these portraits, Sally and Brian exchanged tender glances captured by the camera, symbolizing their union with a perfect blend of elegance and joy. Each frame highlighted their natural chemistry and love, set against the timeless backdrop of their chosen venue. As a result, these photos turned into a collection of moments that celebrate their deep bond and new beginning together.
The ceremony itself, set in the heart of Cliveden House’s gardens, was a spectacle of love and commitment. Every photo from this moment tells a story of emotion, from the couple’s vows to the guests’ joy. The lush surroundings of the estate added a layer of majesty to the ceremony. It made each photograph a piece of timeless beauty.
The cocktail hour offered a delightful interlude, where guests indulged in refreshing drinks and exquisite hors d’oeuvres. This was also a prime time for photos, capturing the joy and elegance of guests mingling and laughing together. Set against the scenic beauty of the venue, the cocktail hour became a cherished moment of relaxation and celebration. It seamlessly blended the anticipation of the day with the pleasure of good company and fine food.
As the day turned to evening, the reception unfolded with a celebration that was as heartfelt as it was lavish. Cliveden House exuded elegance, every detail echoing the day’s luxury, from dinner settings to floral centerpieces. The reception photos vividly capture Sally & Brian’s joyous celebration, with moments of joy, dances, and speeches.
Working with Sally & Brian was an experience filled with beauty and joy. Their Cliveden House wedding perfectly mixed luxury and romance, central to my photography style. Their praise, feeling ‘like we were reliving our wedding day,’ is incredibly rewarding. It was a privilege to document their love story and to create images that they’ll treasure forever.
Sally & Brian’s Cliveden House wedding was a celebration of love, style, and the beginning of a beautiful journey together.
For couples dreaming of their own luxury destination wedding in Europe with an editorial wedding photographer, I’d be honored to help tell your love story through romantic and stylish photography that captures the beauty of your day.
Photographer: Lynn Shapiro
Venue: Cliveden House
Florals: Lucy Vail Floristry
Videography: Hanh Made Films
Second shooter: @beckywright_weddingphotographer
Cake: Pandan Bakery