Harriet and Matt’s Micklefield Hall wedding was a pleasure to photograph, for so many reasons. As you can see it was visually stunning, but over and above everything else it was full of so. much. fun. It was also an excellent exercise in what to do when the weather isn’t quite as you’d hoped: go with your equally stunning Plan B, and have the best time regardless. Sorted!

Micklefield Hall wedding venue

Micklefield Hall is a dreamy Hertfordshire wedding venue situated in over 350 acres of romantic, rolling countryside. Amongst these acres are a utopia of incredible outdoor spaces, luscious rolling lawns, a bluebell-carpeted woodland, rose gardens, impressive fountains, a temple (as you do!) and a 650 year old oak tree. 

There’s also, of course, the buildings themselves. Up until 2014, weddings and parties took place in the Grade II-listed Georgian Manor House, which was designed by the same architect who did a couple of buildings you might also have heard of: the Bank of England and 10 Downing Street. After a loving, meticulous restoration, the 16th Century Great Barn became the space for events at this Hertfordshire wedding venue, and that’s where Harriet and Matt celebrated their magical day. 

What do you get when you mix all of these elements together? The perfect place to get married and celebrate with your nearest and dearest. (And even though being at Micklefield Hall feels like being immersed in a secret countryside dream, it’s conveniently, deceptively close to London…you can even make out the arch of Wembley Stadium in the distance on a crystal clear day!) 

Modern boho barn wedding

Harriet and Matt went for a modern boho theme for their Micklefield Hall wedding, which went perfectly with the barn venue. They welcomed guests with a hand painted wooden sign on a tall easel and two large milk churns, one of which was atop an upturned crate. The churns were filled with stunning floral arrangements, bursting with romantic peach roses, foliage, gypsophila and blue hydrangea.

When I went to take photos of them getting ready in the morning, I couldn’t believe how well Harriet’s bridesmaids’ dresses matched the shade of the flowers (which I want to call cornflower blue, but I guess I should call hydrangea blue!) I also took a few shots of Matt and his groomsmen getting ready, and they definitely had an eye for detail too: under the collar of Matt’s blazer, he’d had their initials and the date embroidered. (They also had a charcuterie board and whiskey, so it was a very classy start to the day!) 

By contrast, Harriet’s bouquet was mostly white, with tiny studs of blue here and there. Green and white wreaths also hung on each side wall with their exposed beams, and boughs of greenery hung from the ceiling. 

Romantic English garden portraits

After the ceremony we gathered all the guests in the garden, lining the path for a confetti shot. Thanks to a magical combination of the confetti Harriet and Matt had bought – huge, brightly coloured petals which stood out brilliantly – and their loved ones’ enthusiasm for chucking stuff at them, the results were epic! 

Guests then made their way into the marquee for drinks, whilst we took some group shots against the rolling hills. Armed with an umbrella for the incoming drizzle, I then took the newlyweds for a stroll in the gardens for some quick couples’ portraits.

As I mentioned above – there are so many stunning outdoor spots at Micklefield Hall that we could have stayed out there all day (but we didn’t, don’t worry – I love couples’ shots as much as the next person, but I also love capturing photos of you both living it up on the dance floor.) We took photos in front of the bright blue door of the Manor House and in the stunning rose gardens, as well as around the temple.

The temple is a super romantic spot at the end of the rose gardens, perched at the top of a stone staircase leading down to a pond. It doesn’t just look romantic, either – it was built as a birthday gift by the previous owner of Micklefield Hall for his beloved wife! Harriet and Matt originally wanted to get married in the temple, with their guests seated on either bank of the pond. As the weather had other plans, we made sure to get photos there to make it a part of the day. 

A S’mores dessert bar

During the drinks reception the Micklefield Hall team had turned the barn around so that it now housed round tables decorated with more beautiful peach and blue floral arrangements. Upon them all sitting down, Harriet welcomed everyone, before her Dad and Matt did their speech. After the main course, their Best Man and Maid of Honour also did a speech – then, it was time for the dessert bar to open!

Yep, you read that right: Harriet and Matt had a dessert bar. Genius, right? Instead of a cake, they had a table full of goodies to make S’mores, which guests could then toast in the open fire. 

Alongside the obligatory marshmallows and chocolate were digestives, rich tea biscuits and Lotus biscuits, for a real UK spin on an American classic. They went down a treat!

Harriet and Matt officially opened the dance floor with their first dance, and the evening was well and truly in full swing! The dance floor briefly emptied when we asked everyone out to do a sparkler photo in the dark night sky, but otherwise Harriet, Matt and their loved ones partied away until late. It was an amazing end to an amazing day – thank you for having me, guys!

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Hertfordshire wedding photography

If you’re getting married at Micklefield Hall or another magical Hertfordshire wedding venue and are looking for someone to capture it in all of its glory, I’d love to chat to you – you can get in touch here

Micklefield Hall wedding suppliers

Venue: Micklefield Hall https://www.micklefieldhall.com/ 

Videography: Momento Media  https://www.momento-media.com/ 

Caterers: Kalm Kitchen https://kalmkitchen.co.uk/ 

Florist: Andrew Fleming https://www.andrewflemingflorist.net/ 

Hair and makeup: Charlotte George

Band: Central Avenue

Micklefield Hall FAQ

How much does it cost to get married at Micklefield Hall.

Wedding prices for Micklefield Hall range from £5,000 to £12,000 depending on the day and season of your wedding. The prices are for exclusive use of the venue.

How many guests can Micklefield Hall host?

Micklefield Hall has a civil licence for up to 200 people in The Barn or outside in the gardens.

Is there accommodation at Micklefield Hall?

There are 6 bedrooms available at Micklefield Hall to book for the evening of your wedding.

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