Lauren and Jonathans wedding at Ashridge House

Title – Lauren and Jonathans wedding at Ashridge House

Wedding – 28th September 2019.

Bride – Lauren Ramsay.

Groom – Jonathan Shelley (Jonny).

Bride Given Away by – Claudia (Mummy)

Grooms Parents – June and Keith.

Maid Of Honours – Ennez and Sall.

Bridesmaids – Laura, Dominique, Sabrina and Shevonne.

Pageboy – Torrey.

Best Man – Yassar.

Groomsmen – Chris (Also MC) and Christos.


The Venue: Ashridge House.

Ashridge House is a spectacular wedding venue in Hertfordshire, It was the royal residence of King Henry VIII in 1550 and is  surrounded by 190 acres of stunning gardens.  With grand, turreted façades  it’s a dramatic, romantic and unique backdrop for the most unforgettable day of your life.

The Bride and Groom:

Lauren and Jonny grew up in Finchley and met when they were at school together 13 years ago. Two Childhood sweet hearts with a closeness in the two families together which is beautiful. 

The Wedding Day….

Getting Ready

My good friend David  joined me for the day to second shoot and spent time with Jonny and his groomsmen.  Starting with arrivals at the venue and ending with a drink from the hip flasks, it was a very traditional start to a beautiful English wedding.

I spent the morning with the bridal party in The Dukes Sitting Room at Ashridge House. Lauren’s beautiful dress was a picture hanging up on the 15th Century wood panelling  and with the wedding bouquets from Rebecca Andreea Coma (Your Flower Story) everything looked perfect. Lauren is such a natural and photogenic person, I can honestly say one of the most beautiful brides I’ve photographed and today was my 1001 wedding.

The Ceremony

The civil wedding ceremony took place on the main staircase in the mansion house and was followed with a blessing in the chapel. At the end of the blessing Jonny and Lauren walked out of the chapel and everyone threw the Confetti.

We then headed over to the mansion and I used the formal steps for a group shot of the whole wedding party. After the main shots were done and the couple had spent time with their guests, I took them off round the estate. I usually like to do this in two sections, early and evening but knew the evening shots would best suit the mansion for the dramatic backdrop that it is.

Wedding Breakfast

The wedding breakfast was held in the palatial Lady Marian Alford room. This room is something extremely special especially the ceilings. After the meal the speeches started and Chris Johnson took the role of master of ceremonies. The speeches were brilliant and Jonny absolutely nailed his with an insight into when he met Lauren and asked her to be his girlfriend.

That Staircase Of All Staircases

The stunning cantilevered staircase was a perfect location for the cake cutting and bouquet toss. Then later on after the dancing a beautiful portrait of the bride and groom.

The First Dance

The first dance was beautiful, everyone surrounded the bride and groom then as soon as it finished joined them on the dance floor. The DJ (Raf) was mustard really good, some of the tunes he played had the room rocking.

Jonny & Lauren

Thank you for booking me,  I loved your wedding. It was amazing in every way. You two put so much effort in with me on the day and are so natural together. Its hard to take a bad picture to be honest.  Have a fantastic honeymoon in Singapore, Brisbane and Bali. I look forward to seeing you both soon. JP x

Now, I could apologies for the number of images in this blog, but I loved every minute – Ashridge House is a wedding photographer’s dream.

IMPORTANT *   These Images are low resolution. Anyone wishing to use them for social media purposes please make sure that they are not cropped, The Logo is seen and that credit is given to John Paul O’Donnell Photography. 

Supporting Team

Photographer – John Paul from John Paul ODonnell Photography.

Filmed by – W4 Weddings.

MC and Music – Raff from Storm DJ’S.

Guitarist – James Keller.

Cake – (Designed by the bride) Cakes by Leanne.

Venue – Ashridge House.

If you are looking for your  Wedding Photographer for your big day, get in touch with us. We would love to talk about your wedding plans. Are you considering your wedding venue ? Share this post, it might help. Many thanks John Paul.

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4 thoughts on “Lauren and Jonathans wedding at Ashridge House

  1. Hi JP
    It was great meeting with you on Saturday, lovely words on the couple and the venue 🙂
    Yourself and David where extremely professional though out the day and have provided the bride and groom which gorgeous photos they will treasure forever.
    Your direction and guidance along with your cheeky chappy outgoing approach made everyone feel at ease and have got some great natural shots! Thanks!!

  2. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and David. All of the guests noticed how professional and fun you were! You made the whole party feel comfortable and you can see that from the pictures. The blog above is so personal and we love how you’ve captured and described each moment of the day. We cannot wait to see more!

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