A Winter Wonderland Wedding by Brett Harkness

With the weather getting colder, we thought we would bring you some winter wedding inspiration in the form of this wonderful wedding shot by the amazing Brett Harkness Photography. Renowned for his striking images and incredible composition, Brett is one of the world’s leading photographers and a valued member of our Premier Portfolio of recommended wedding suppliers.

Here, Brett shares with us the wonderful images he captured of Zoe and Martin’s snowy wedding at Danesfield House in Marlow.

Bride Zoe told us,

“Martin proposed in the back garden of our 15th century cottage, after lunch at the Waterside Inn – our local restaurant. He then surprised me with a fantastic weekend away in Paris!

My dress was a couture design by Angelina Colarusso. I chose it for its simplicity, and for the different pieces Angelina was able to make to complement the way it would fit into our day. It had a large train for drama in the church, with a fur lined jacket which was essential for some warmth in February. Once these were removed I had a collar to cover my shoulders during the reception and this detached for dancing in the evening. Angelina also made the veil to match the dress.

My shoes were by Jimmy Choo and I knew as soon as I saw them that they were the ones to match the dress. I also wore a white gold necklace that was the first Christmas present Martin ever gave me.

We were married at St Michael’s Church, Bray which is our local village church. Living in such an old house a few hundred yards from the church, we felt it connected us to all the other couples who had made the same journey to the church door over the centuries.

We had as short a service as possible – I didn’t want time to get nervous and we also suspected it might be very cold – though we didn’t expect it to be quite so freezing! As we had chosen a winter wedding we handed out hand warmers to guests as they arrived at the church – this turned out to be an excellent touch as the temperature was -3C during the ceremony.

After the Church everyone departed to Danesfield House Hotel in Marlow. Danesfield is a spectacular old building and it was lovely to welcome everyone to the Great Hall with a roaring fire and drinks on hand. The wedding breakfast took place in the Versailles room and one of my favourite memories of the day was looking out through the double height mullioned windows as the snow fell. After a meal of terrine of confit chicken, braised beef and crème brulee we were joined by the ceilidh band Also Known As for dancing.

Whilst coffee and cake were handed round we also circulated photo books with pictures of the wedding party and guests, explaining the family connections and friendships.

We made the place names for the tables ourselves by spray painting scrabble tile holders and using scrabble letters to make the names. Thankfully none of our guests names were more than 8 letters long! All of the tables were styled by our florist Sue Barton, who created arrangements using tall candelabras with roses and trailing greenery picked to match the scheme and the décor of the room.

One of the most memorable moments of the day was seeing the first snow fall as we sat down to dinner. The guests took advantage of the snowfall and built a 6ft tall snow groom and snow bride at the top of an enormous bank!

Other special moments that stand out include arriving at the church to see my flower girls in the porch looking beautiful and nervous, laughing during the service as in the middle of my nerves I couldn’t work out which one was Martin’s left hand and sneaking out for a glass of champagne with my new husband half way through the evening.

My words of wisdom for brides to be would cover the weather – if you pick a winter date, expect it to be bad and go with the flow – the highlights will far outweigh any problems it causes!"

The Dream Team

Wedding Photographer – Brett Harkness Photography

Wedding Dress – Anais - Couture design by Angelina Colarusso

Reception Venue – Danesfield House Hotel, Marlow

Cake – The Foxy Cake Company, Eton

Church Flowers – Flowers by Maggie

Venue Flowers – Sue Barton at Danesfield House

Flower Girl Dresses – Debenhams

Bridesmaid Dresses – Coast


  • 5 comments "A Winter Wonderland Wedding by Brett Harkness"

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  • Anna says

    9th October 2012 at 11:25 am

    The snow shots are amazing!

  • Neale James says

    10th October 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Really enjoyed looking through this wedding - a real 'winter' wedding (i.e. bloomin freezing with loads of the white stuff!!) is such a joy to photograph, although with harsh winter light and the 'extreme' white of snow / ice, sometimes a challenge, and Brett Harkness has really captured Martin & Zoe's day extremely well; particularly love the icicle shot, and the one of the full dancefloor. Looks like a fabulous day.

  • Sara Flower Girl Dress says

    16th January 2013 at 8:23 am

    The flower girl dress much looks like the dress up in older times. The girls are looking stunning. Different clips and bows must have been used for the hair styling.

  • Communion Dresses says

    23rd January 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I would love to know where the flower girl dress came from! It would be absolutely perfect for our wedding. Gorgeous wedding overall.

  • Leagh@bunchesdirect says

    1st March 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I love the spirit of this wedding,faboulos! The pictures with snow falling-like a miracle!Thank you for sharing!

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