St. Nicolas Church Cranleigh Surrey wedding photographer

A picture of the historic and mediaeval St Nicolas Church Cranleigh a picturesque Surrey wedding venue set in lovely surroundings off the high street

St. Nicolas Church Cranleigh Surrey wedding photography

St. Nicolas Church Cranleigh, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AS Phone: 01483 27362001483 273620

 

A brief history of St. Nicolas Church Cranleigh 

The first Church of St. Nicolas dates from around 1170 when 'Cranley' as it was then spelt was a tiny village in the forest of the Weald. Although the village isn't mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 a sizeable population must have grown over the following century to warrant its construction. The original simple rectangular medieval building was enlarged in the 12th Century and in the 14th Century around 1340 the chancel was built. Interesting to note is that Cranleigh is now the largest village in England.

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Of particular interest to us as wedding photographers is the amount of light that floods in from the east end of the church. A flying bomb during the Second World War in 1944 exploded about 70 metres to the north-east which destroyed an infant school and church room as well as causing considerable damage to the church including many of the 14 stained glass windows. The resulting light which pours in from the now plain glass windows makes for some atmospheric wedding photographs of the Bride and Groom throughout the wedding ceremony.

Other noticeable details inside is the unusual and impressive trussed-rafter roof, the 16th Century lectern which is probably of Dutch or German origin and is carved in the shape of a twisted stem and the 12th Century carving of a Cheshire Cat, which is said to be the inspiration for the character in the Alice in Wonderland.

Outside, the tower has a roof in the shape of a pyramid which is called a Sussex Head and on the right as you walk down the path you cannot fail to be impressed by the Cedar of Lebanon tree, a truly magnificent specimen.

For wedding photography outside, the long curving path is ideal for confetti throwing wedding pictures, capturing the Father and Bride as they approach the church and also for the newly-weds as they leave now as husband and wife. The pleasant lawn and surrounding trees are also a great area for taking the group wedding photographs, weather permitting. Finally, there's also a convenient pub just over the road, perfect for a pre wedding toast or for calming the Groom's nerves.

Wedding photograph of the Best Man walking under his umbrella on the path towards the ancient Surrey wedding venue of St Nicolas Church Cranleigh

A wedding picture of the choir in their red robes avoiding the rain on their way to St Nicolas Church in Cranleigh a picturesque Surrey wedding venue

A pretty photo through the pink cherry blossom of the historic and picturesque St Nicolas Church in Cranleigh a fine medieval Surrey wedding venue

Bride arriving at the church in the rain wedding pictures captured at St Nicolas Church Cranleigh by Surrey Lane wedding photography

An all smiles wedding photograph as the Bride, Father and Bridesmaid approach the wedding St Nicolas Cranleigh, a fine Church Surrey wedding venue

Beautiful wispy Bridal veil wedding photographs captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers at St Nicolas Church Cranleigh Surrey

A beautifully calming and atmospheric wedding photograph of the Bride and Groom kneeling before the ancient chancel at St Nicolas Church Cranleigh

A beautiful atmospheric wedding picture of the Newly-weds standing before the chancel at St Nicolas Cranleigh a fine Surrey wedding venue Church

Smiles and pretty colourful bouquets wedding photo captured at St Nicolas Church Cranleigh by Surrey Lane wedding photography

A joyful Bride and Groom walk arm in arm down the aisle as man and wife at St Nicolas Cranleigh a picturesque and ancient Surrey wedding venue

A beautiful romantic wedding photograph of the Bride with her hand round her husband as they look out the door of St Nicolas Church Cranleigh Surrey

All in white with colourful flowers and a kiss wedding photos taken at St Nicolas Cranleigh a picturesque and medieval Surrey wedding venue

A lovely sweet wedding picture of the Bride Groom and Bridesmaid under the umbrella at St Nicolas Cranleigh Surrey waiting for the confetti

Fun confetti wedding picture in the rain under umbrellas captured at St Nicolas Cranleigh by Surrey Lane wedding photographers

Romantic Bride and Groom walking towards the porch and lych gate wedding photo taken at Surrey wedding venue  St Nicolas Church Cranleigh

 

St. Nicolas Church Cranleigh, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AS Phone: 01483 27362001483 273620

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