Wedding photography BLOG
- Published on Friday, 22 January 2016 07:53
A very wet July Lythe Hill Hotel wedding day
I had last met Andy and Aimee at the beginning of June when we had a short walk from their house in Farnborough to the lovely Southwood Woodlands for our pre wedding photo shoot.
It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a relaxed fun session with some great pictures captured of the happy couple.
Roll on to their wedding day on 24th July, it's the height of summer, and I arrive at the delightful Lythe Hill Hotel in Haslemere and it's pouring with rain.
The weather forecast said it would remain like this all day, so with no bright expectations weather wise it was on with enjoying this wonderful day.
Whilst Andy and close friends looked after decorating The Garden Room for the wedding ceremony I popped over to the Tennyson Room, a suite that is popular with Brides for getting ready in.
Needless to say Aimee was a little nervous but also very excited and when I left her she was looking more relaxed especially after some champagne with her mum and maid of Honour.
The wedding ceremony was a very relaxed and intimate one and after the marriage everyone spilled into the bar area for some post wedding celebrations.
After having completed the group wedding photo outside under some cover, the next big move was to take them out for a romantic walk...
With umbrellas in hand ( it was persistent rain ) we strode out along the lawn path and over to the cover of the gazebo.
Whilst rain on a wedding day can be disappointing the resulting wedding pictures, if shot outside in it can be magical - Aimee and Andy were up for it from the start and really enjoyed their walk - there were some lovely romantic pictures taken of them, ones they will always look back at and remember with particular affection.
As it is often said, 'Rain on a wedding day is lucky!' We wish Andy and Aimee all the luck for their future together.
- Published on Saturday, 09 January 2016 08:33
Nonsuch Mansion Cheam Surrey wedding
Before going back to the pick of the summer weddings here's a quick visit to a lovely half day wedding from October at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam village.
Light wise the conditions were just right and though not hot it wasn't cold for the lovely couple Evan and Katie and their guests. Evan looked the part as the handsome Groom whilst Katie looked stunning in her beautiful dress and hair styling combined with that eye catching fascinator.
Brothers and sisters all played a prominent part in the wedding and when I left them after the speeches it looked as if the dinner and after celebrations would be lively and fun.
I particularly enjoy working at Nonsuch Mansion, the Tulip Room being one of my favourite for the natural light it offers for the marriage ceremony and then of course there are those romantic pictures to be had with the Bride and Groom along the Rose Walk which is always great, even when there are no flowers in bloom.
Thanks to the professional and helpful Grace who made sure the wedding proceedings at Nonsuch ran smoothly and our congratulations to Evan and Katie, a handsome couple - we wish them every happiness for the future.
This was also the last day before our holiday, which was a trip to Antalya in Turkey where we were going to combine a bit of portrait photography for a Turkish family with some sightseeing down what's referred to as the Turkish Riviera taking in a number of stunning Roman archaeological sites and beaches.
Here are a few of the wedding pictures from the day:
- Published on Sunday, 27 December 2015 08:59
A wet St Mary's Caterham and Hartsfield Manor wedding
Taking a break from our seemingly non ending 2015 wedding backlog catch up, here's a more recent wedding from November.
We had met Tom and Susie from their pre wed shoot in early October in the pretty Morden Hall Park on a sunny Sunday morning that was simply beautiful with its rich palette of autumnal colours on display...fast forward to a stormy Saturday accompanied by torrential rain (though as they say, rain on your wedding day is good luck).
Susie though was all smiles at her parents and no one even hinted at the weather...I am sure the champagne helped... onto the attentive ushers standing in the wet ready with their umbrellas to greet guests at St Mary's Church in Caterham. After the marriage ceremony it was a dash for the wedding car as we decided to hold off for a possible confetti throwing opportunity back at the reception.
Then onto the lovely Hartsfield Manor, a venue we had been to for a wedding only two weeks previous and though there was plenty of room for guests to mingle in the large hall and the Terrace Room (always a good back up plan to have in hand for bad weather) we were hoping that we could still get everyone outside for the group wedding pictures and confetti before the start of the wedding breakfast.
The weather forecast said it would become clear around 3pm and sure enough, the rain and the wind stopped and it miraculously brightened up.
So for our lovely newlywed couple we were able to get the confetti and group pictures and after Susie donned her bridal wellingtons, always a great sight to see, we had a fun and romantic walk across the wet and muddy lawn.
A great fun day and Susie and Tom never stopped smiling...with a big happy Irish contingent making sure the celebrations kept to a high level.
Bridal dress: Aurora, North Cheam
Bridesmaids dresses: Debut, Debenhams
Menswear: Moss Bros suit hire
Florist: Dorking Flowers (venue flowers and church flowers)
Hair: Natasha Wiggins
Wedding Cakes: House of Cheese (cheese cake) Marks and Spencer (wedding cake)
Wedding cars: Abbey Rolls
Musicians: Rockit (Function Central)
Harpist: Elizabeth McNulty (Melisma Music)
Here are a few pictures from the happy day:
- Published on Saturday, 19 December 2015 09:58
Westmead Events Pagan wedding ceremony
The last time we saw Viviane and Tez (Terence) was in early May for their pre wed shoot which was at the Royal Holloway University in Egham, (a simply awe inspiring building regarded as one of the most magnificent university structures in the world, having been based on the Chateau Chambord in the Loire Valley)...and where they first met as students.
Now at the end of May we were at the very green, tranquil and totally alternative Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events in Redhill for their wedding day. Well in fact they had their official registry marriage at Weybridge Register Office and today was the alternative Pagan wedding ceremony.
Vivianne got ready in a beautifully bedroom in the main house and here we were pleasantly surprised to see the ever vivacious and talented hairdresser Sharon Roberts, a lady we had only last seen a few months earlier at a Farnham Castle wedding.
For the uninitiated a Pagan marriage ceremony usually involves the guests standing in a circle in the open around a an alter prepared earlier by the high priestess and an involving a number of elements which are dependent on the couple and the priest carrying out the ceremony.
Tez and Viviane's priestess was the celebrated Druid Priest Cat Treadwell, a lovely, friendly lady with true presence may more so with her striking long red hair, her green hooded robe, wooden staff and tattooed arms.
On this day the service involved the ancient practice of handfasting where the couple's hands are joined and fastened together by special cords and in so doing uniting the pair and making them bound to one another. Further elements involved Cat walking to four corners within the circle and speaking to the four elements; earth, air, water and fire.
The couple also ate bread and drank wine though there was no jumping over a broom which we have heard can take place.
A fascinating service, so totally different to anything we have seen before and though it was a lovely sunny day it would have been great under any weather conditions. Cat told us that she performed ceremonies at Stonehenge and we could imagine that if everyone was suitably dressed on a misty wet day then the atmosphere would be truly something to behold.
After the ceremony the celebrations began: cutting of the wedding cake, group wedding photos, wedding breakfast and speeches - though rather than the Bride and Groom doing a first dance, Vivianne and Tez sung a duet and then everyone was invited onto the floor for the traditional Gaelic ceilidh (pronounced 'kay-lee' and not 'sea-lid').
A lovely alternative couple, celebrating a fascinating alternative wedding ceremony at a truly different wedding venue.
Here are a few pictures from their day:
- Published on Friday, 11 December 2015 08:18
St. Mary's Weybridge and Gate Street Barn wedding reception
I last met James and Lucy back in May when we went to Whitely Village near Walton for their pre wed shoot - a lovely place in the woods for a very relaxed and enjoyable session and a great practice for the Big Day.
On a rather hot and bright August Saturday I met James outside St. Mary's Church in Weybridge looking good and composed, if not a little nervous. After meeting and greeting family and guests he was soon seated in the front row of the church with his brother Ed...ready for the arrival of his beautiful Bride.
Sure enough it wasn't long before the lovely Lucy arrived all beaming smiles as she was met by her family outside St Mary's.
After a sweet and fun marriage service followed by a magnificent bubble blowing session outside, it was into the wedding car and off to the charming and picturesque Gate Street Barn in the village a of Bramley, some 21 miles away.
Gate Street Barn is a truly delightful Surrey wedding venue, one that has a very recent history, having been created from the devastation of the 1987 storms, and as a summer venue is just perfect: as well as a colourful garden at the front there is a large lawn at the back which is a great place for guests to mingle over drinks and for playing some garden party games. The lawn leads up to a large field inhabited by local cows and only that week there have been the addition of two new two calves which was lovely to see.
It was a day full of fun and of plenty of emotion and I left them as the room was being changed over for the night time activities.
It was a pleasure first meeting Lucy and James for both the pre wed photo shoot and the wedding day itself. A lovely sporty couple who are so suited to each other and we wish them all the very best for their bright new future.
Here are a few wedding photos from their day: