Humanist Wedding Knebworth

Humanist Wedding Knebworth

A Humanist Wedding Knebworth is another first for this Hertfordshire and London Wedding Photographer. You can read more about Humanist Weddings on the humanism.org.uk website. A humanist wedding is a meaningful non-religious ceremony conducted by a celebrant from the humanist organisation. Having photographed many weddings at Knebworth, Saturday’s wedding the first time I had photographed this type of ceremony. A unique feature of this ceremony was the Handfasting section which dates back to ancient Celtic and Pagan times. The bridesmaid and best man ( sister of the bride and brother of the groom ) tied ribbons around Sarah & Jonathan’s   joined hands as a way of confirming their union. Hand fasting is an ancient Celtic marriage ritual and it is where the expression ‘tying the knot’ came from!

Humanist Wedding Knebworth

I arrived early at Knebworth House and took shots of the groom and his groomsmen preparing the last minute detail for the day ahead. We found time to take a few photographs in the grounds as well before I headed off to the Novotel to see how the girls were getting on.

Groom at Knebworth House by Steve Gemmell

Sarah’s bridesmaids were in a buoyant mood as they left the hotel for Knebworth House and we captured some fun shots outside the Hotel. I then headed back in again in time to catch Sarah’s father witnessing Sarah in her wedding dress for the first time.

Bride prep for Humanist Wedding at KnebworthFather sees bride by Steve Gemmell

Then off to Knebworth House to catch some of the guests arriving, followed by the bride arriving with her mother and father

Guests arriving Knebworth House

Car arriving Knebworth House by Steve Gemmell

Father of the Bride at Knebworth House by Steve GemmellHumanist Wedding Knebworth House

As this was a Humanist Wedding Sarah & Jonathan were able to walk down the aisle together rather than the traditional arrangement of the groom waiting for his bride to arrive.Humanist Wedding Knebworth HouseHumanist Wedding Knebworth HouseHumanist Wedding Knebworth HouseAfter the ceremony I took Sarah & Jonathan round to the front of Knebworth House for a quick photograph before heading back into the gardens. I have to say I have rarely photographed a more organised wedding. As we walked through into the gardens all of the guests were lined up for the confetti throwing. We followed this by the group shots and again I was very impressed with how the groups were staggered with the right people arriving in place for every shot! There were quite a few groups to get through but it was extremely well organised.Knebworth House by wedding photographer Steve Gemmell

group shot Knebworth House by Steve GemmellNext up was the opportunity to walk around the beautiful grounds at Knebworth House with Sarah & Jonathon with the chance to get some nice portraits from their day. Then on into a very pleasant evening at Knebworth. Sarah’s sister was also singing in the great band that was booked for the eveningBride and groom in Knebworth Gardens by Steve GemmellKnebworth House wedding by wedding photographer Steve Gemmell

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