Wedding photography BLOG

Leigh Church service and Burford Bridge Hotel wedding reception

We had last seen Daisy and Martin on Box Hill in July for their pre wed photo shoot and now fast forward to September for the big day itself where the starting point was Daisy's parents' farm house near the village of Leigh.

From there it was a short journey down the road to the village of Leigh itself for the wedding ceremony at The Church of Bartholomew followed by the wedding reception at the newly refurbished Burford Bridge Hotel at the base of Box Hill in Dorking.

Needless to say Daisy looking stunning in her wedding dress along with her lovely Bridesmaids and Martin looked very dapper in his smart blue suit accompanied by his fun Groomsmen.

 

Highlights of the day for us were:

1. The pet dog bringing the keys down the aisle of the church

2. Martin getting absolutely covered with wedding confetti

3. Martin and the boys and their Space Hopper race on the lawn and bouncing by the swimming pool

 

A great fun day.

Once again the staff at the Burford Bridge Hotel were superb and grounds along with the classic Tithe Barn all helped to make the day one to remember.

We wish Daisy and Martin all the very best for their future life together.

 

Lovely relaxed Bride in dressing gown sitting down having her hair made up taken at home before a church marriage and Burford Bridge Hotel wedding reception

Bride's wedding dress and sparkly shoes captured in this wedding photograph before her marriage at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking

Fresh looking Bridal bouquet bursting with pink yellow and white flowers ready for the Bride before her marriage and reception at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel

Quaint little Church of St Bartholomew in Leigh the Bride's first stop for the ceremony followed by Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking near Box Hill

Wedding photograph of a bride being helped with her dress by her bridesmaids as a dog watches on the morning before her wedding reception at Burford Bridge Hotel Surrey

A shy but excited Bride poses for her Surrey Lane wedding photographer before leaving for Church followed by her reception in Burford Bridge Hotel Dorking

Smiling Groom with his groomsmen as they stand outside the church awaiting guests followed by a reception at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel

Bride poses with her Bridesmaids in this sweet wedding photograph taken before she leaves her parents home in Surrey for Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking

Bride outside the church being fussed over my her mum and Bridesmaids captured by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer before her Burford Bridge Hotel reception

Bride smiles as her father arrives to take her into church to get married followed by a Burford Bridge Hotel reception captured by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer	 

Aerial wedding photo taken from the choir balcony of the Bride walking down the aisle for her Surrey church wedding followed by a reception at Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking

Wonderful wedding picture of everyone laughing as the Bride and Groom's dog comes down the aisle with the wedding rings before their Burford Bridge Hotel reception

Bride and groom hug and kiss amidst the applause as they are announced husband and wife in church before leaving for their reception at Burford Bridge Hotel in Surrey

Smiling Bride and Groom walk captured in this wedding photograph walking down the aisle after getting married ready to go for their reception at Burford Bridge Hotel

Bride and groom endure the confetti throwing in this fun wedding picture taken outside the church before leaving for Burford Bridge Hotel a popular wedding venue in Surrey

Funny wedding photo of the Groom getting swamped with wedding confetti outside the church before leaving for the Burford Bridge Hotel Surrey wedding venue

Bride and Groom celebrate with champagne on arriving at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel pictured standing on the red carpet in the Tithe Barn entrance    

A collection of pink coloured table settings for the wedding breakfast as set out in The Tithe Barn at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel  Dorking

Groom and Groomsmen in this wedding picture having a race across the lawn at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel on different coloured space hoppers	 

Groom leads the way as he leaps out of a swimming pool changing cubicle at Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking Surrey on a different Space Hopper 	 

Out of the swimming pool changing cubicles on Space Hoppers in this funny and unusual wedding photograph from Burford Bridge Hotel a Surrey wedding venue in Dorking  

The smiling gents standing to attention at Burford Bridge Hotel Surrey in the swimming pool doorways with their Space Hoppers in hand as the bride walks past	 

All fun smiles and waves for the everyone at the wedding photo taken at Burford Bridge Hotel Surrey from the metal staircase outside the Tithe Barn

Newlyweds posing and kissing in front of the open air swimming pool changing cubicles captured in these wedding picture from Burford Bridge Hotel Surrey	 

Relaxed smiling portrait wedding picture of the Bride and Groom standing together at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel in front of the colourful garden arbour

Intimate moment for the bride and groom in this romantic Burford Bridge Hotel wedding photograph captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers

Romantic wedding picture of a Bride and groom kissing taken in the garden at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel by the arbour steps

A moody romantic wedding photo from behind of the Bride and Groom standing with arms around each other at Burford Bridge Hotel wedding venue in Dorking Surrey

Tender loving smiles and shared moments capture in the garden in this wedding photo taken at Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking by Surrey Lane wedding photographers  

Wedding picture of the Bride and Groom standing by a wooden garden railing at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel taken from under a tree

Beautiful table flower display wedding photograph taken from the wedding breakfast settings in Surrey at Burford Bridge Hotel in the ancient Tithe Barn

Bride and Groom sitting at the top table in stitches of laughter during the funny wedding speeches held in in The Tithe Barn at Burford Bridge Hotel in Surrey	 

Bride wipes a tear from her eye as the Groom delivers a heartfelt personal message in The Tithe Barn at Burford Bridge Hotel Surrey during the wedding speeches	 

Aerial view from the minstrel gallery of everyone raising a glass champagne for the final wedding toast at the Burford Bridge Hotel wedding venue in Surrey 

Bride and Groom on the top table raises their glasses for the final toast in The Tithe Barn at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel  during the wedding speeches

Happy Bride and Groom captured in this wedding photograph from The Tithe Barn in Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel as they cut the wedding cake

Pearls, gleaming wedding rings and sparkling nails captured in this cake cutting picture captured at Surrey wedding venue Burford Bridge Hotel in the historic Tithe Barn

Fun and colourful wedding picture of ladies with fancy dress glasses on ready for the photo booth in Surrey at Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking

The Groom gets into his stride with orange glasses on as he poses for a photo booth picture at Burford Bridge Hotel captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers  

 

 

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.

Wedding photograph of an empty Garden Room ready for the arrival of the guests for the marriage ceremony at the Wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel in Surrey

Wedding flower display sitting on a chair awaiting pick up in this picture taken in the Garden Room prior to a marriage ceremony at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel

Wedding photos of the Bride's dress hanging by the door and her bracelet on the arm of a chair taken in the Tennyson Room at Lythe Hill Hotel Haslemere Surrey

A wedding photograph of the Bride, her mother and her Bridesmaid's feet in their named slippers  captured at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel in the Tennyson Suite

Wedding photo of smiling Bride with mother and bridesmaid as they sip champagne with straws at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel in the Tennyson Room

Close up wedding photograph of a mother fastening up the buttons of her daughter Bride's wedding dress taken at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel in the Tennyson Room

Beautiful Bride's hair and sparkling wedding dress photos captured in the Tennyson Room at Lythe Hill Hotel Haslemere by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer

Bride's beautiful wedding bouquet of purple mauve and white flowers ready to picked up for the marriage ceremony at Lythe Hill Hotel a popular Surrey wedding venue

A happy bride caught in these lovely wedding pictures taken at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel looking fabulous in her wedding dress and ready to leave for the Garden Room

Guests arriving on a raining wedding day captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel on their way to the Garden Room

A wedding picture of the Bride looking to her Bridesmaid as she holds her beautiful flower bouquet at Lythe Hill Hotel Surrey in the outside Tennyson Suite

Bride and Bridesmaid share some fun together before leaving the Tennyson Room for the wedding ceremony in the Garden Room at  Lythe Hill Hotel Haslemere

Wedding photograph taken of a Bride opening her umbrella as she emerges from the Tennyson Room at wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel in Surrey on a very wet morning

Bride and Groom's eyes meet as she gets to the end of the aisle ready to get married at Lythe Hill Hotel Haslemere captured by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer

Wedding photo of the Bride and Groom holding hands as their mothers watch on at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel at the start of the marriage ceremony

A proud mother of the Bride watches as the young lovers hold hands in these wedding photos taken during the marriage ceremony in The Garden Room of Lythe Hill Hotel in Surrey

Romantic soft close up shot of the Groom placing the wedding ring on the Bride's finger in The Garden Room at Lythe Hill Hotel in Haslemere  Surrey

Two wedding pictures of the Bride and Groom as they hold hands and are announced husband and wife after which they kiss at Lythe Hill Hotel Surrey in The Garden Room

All smiles and general happiness for the Bride and Groom as they walk down the aisle of The Garden Room after getting married in Haslemere Surrey at the Lythe Hill Hotel

Happy bride leading the way as the newlyweds walk in the rain under white umbrellas at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel down a path on a very wet wedding day

Lovely newlywed wedding picture taken in the grounds of Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel as they shelter from the heavy rain under white umbrellas

Close up wedding photograph of the Bride and groom's hands showing their wedding rings at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel as they stop in the Gazebo out of the rain

Happy smiling couple hug each other as they shelter under the gazebo from the pouring rain at the lovely green Lythe Hill Hotel wedding venue in Haselmere Surrey

Loving tender smiles and looks as the Bride and groom touch hands standing at the entrance to the gazebo out of the rain at the Lythe Hill Hotel wedding venue Surrey

Standing at the entrance to the gazebo at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel wedding photograph of the newlywed couple under cover from the rain having a romantic kiss

A delighted smiling and happy couple have a hug as they celebrate their marriage in the gazebo out of the rain at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel in Haslemere

Beautiful romantic wedding photo of the Bride hitching up her wedding dress as she walks in the rain with the Groom at Lythe Hill Hotel a beautiful Surrey wedding venue in Haslemere

Newlyweds captured in this romantic wedding photograph taken at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel as they kiss  under umbrellas by a tree and lake in the pouring rain

Beautiful happy Bride standing with her smiling Groom under the protection of their white umbrellas on a raining wedding day at Lythe Hill Hotel in Surrey

Smiling newlyweds walk into the Garden Room at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel for the wedding breakfast whilst all the guests applaud

A collection of wedding pictures of smiling guests centred around the wedding speeches shot in The Garden Room at Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel

Wedding picture of happy newlyweds about to kiss as they cut their wedding cake taken at the popular and tranquil Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill Hotel in Haslemere			 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

The distinctive sandy brown castellated Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion  as seen in this wedding photograph taken across the lawn from the Rose Walk

Lots of laughter as a groomsmen has his button hole adjusted outside the Orchid Room in this wedding picture taken at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam Surrey

The delicate and beautiful wedding dress and shoes captures in the bridal suite at the historic and picturesque wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam Surrey

Wedding  picture of a Mr & Mrs love heart on the wall outside the open door to the Orchid Room at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam

Stunning Bride looks the part in her beautiful wedding dress and fascinator in the bridal suite at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion only minutes a way from her marriage

All smiling Groomsmen captured arm in arm in this fun wedding photograph taken prior to the marriage ceremony at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion

Gorgeous Bride in this wedding photo taken walking down the stairs with her father  at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion on route to the marriage registrars for her interview

Cute wedding photo of pageboy and two flower girls holding up a signboard at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion as they walk down the aisle of the Orchid Room

Proud father walks with his beautiful daughter down the aisle in the Orchid Room for the marriage ceremony at Nonsuch Mansion a fascinating wedding venue in Surrey

The Groom with his Best men by him smile as his lovely Bride reaches him down the aisle of the atmospheric Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam Surrey

A tender emotional moment captured by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer in the Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion as the Groom and Bride briefly look to each other

An emotional moment for the Groom as he places the wedding ring on his bride's finger in the atmospheric Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam Surrey

Close up wedding photo of the Bride pushing the wedding ring onto the finger of the Groom taken at Nonsuch Mansion Cheam Surrey in the lovely Orchid Room

The just married couple have their first kiss as husband and wife captured in this wedding picture taken in Cheam Surrey at Nonsuch Mansion in the Orchid Room

Handsome newlywed couple captured in this wedding picture taken in the Orchid Room in Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion as they sign the marriage register

Excited and delighted Bride and Groom captured in this wedding photo walking down the aisle of the Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam Surrey as husband and wife

Elegant Bride and Groom kiss as they hold a glass of champagne after getting married in the adjoining Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam a lovely wedding venue in Surrey

Relaxed contented and smiling Bride and Groom enjoying some fun wedding photography on garden bench at the lovely Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam

Wedding photograph of a romantic kiss on a park bench taken in leafy Surrey in the village of Cheam at the historic Nonsuch Mansion wedding venue

Newlyweds caught as they chat in this romantic wedding photograph taken at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion as they walk arm in arm in the rose walk

Bride and Groom stand in the rose walk with their heads touching in this lovely romantic wedding photo captured by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer at Nonsuch Mansion

Laughing Bride and groom enjoying walking through the lovely grounds of Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion with wedding guests out on the terrace in the background

Newlywed couple take a dramatic and romantic pose in this touching Nonsuch Mansion wedding photograph taken in Surrey as they kiss in the rose walk

Nonsuch Mansion wedding couple pose with their page boy and flower girls on a garden bench for their Surrey Lane wedding photographer in Cheam Village

Newlyweds captured in this romantic wedding photograph ready for a kiss at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam as they lean against a wall

A fun pouting mock kissing wedding photograph captured at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam village by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer

Wedding photograph taken from a top floor of Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam of the Bride and Groom with all their guests waving for the everyone group photo

Smiling Bride and Groom enter the Orchid Room to the applause of the guests for their wedding breakfast at Nonsuch Mansion a popular wedding venue in Surrey

Fun and laughter in this wedding picture taken in the Orchid Room at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam Surrey at the top table during the father of the bride's speech

Wedding guest laughter captured in this wedding picture taken during the Groom's speech at Surrey wedding venue Nonsuch Mansion in the Orchid room

Nonsuch Mansion reception photograph of the Bride and Groom about to cut their wedding cake before dinner in green and leafy Cheam Surrey

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.

 

Wedding suppliers:

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:

A happy smiling Bride sits with her father on the way to the church wedding followed by a reception at Hartsfield Manor captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers

Great wedding photo of the Bride picking up her dress protected by ushers with white umbrellas on a rainy day for her marriage and reception at Church and Hartsfield Manor Surrey Atmospheric wedding photograph of the Groom holding his Bride's hand as he says his marriage vows taken in the church in Surrey followed by a Hartsfield Manor reception			 A wedding picture taken down the aisle of the church as the Bride says her marriage vows to be followed by a reception at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth			 Delighted Bride and Groom walk down the church aisle as husband and wife taken by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer before leaving for the reception at Hartsfield Manor

Romantic wedding pictures of the newlyweds standing in the doorway of the church before leaving for the reception at surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor on a wet winter day	 Action wedding picture of a Surrey Lane wedding photographer at Hartsfield Manor photographing the newlyweds by their Rolls Royce as the chauffeur holds up an umbrella	 Sweet wedding photograph of a Bride kissing her Groom as they stand by their Rolls Royce wedding car outside Hartsfield Manor taken by two Surrey Lane wedding photographers

Trays of champagne being poured in the grand hall in this wedding picture taken at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth after a marriage ceremony in the Terrace Room

All the winter wedding guests at Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth smiling and waving up at the Surrey Lane wedding photographer leaning out of a top room window for the shot

Lots of fun and smiles as guests throw confetti over the happy Bride  and Groom as they walk along the terrace at Hartsfield Manor captured by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer

Smiles amongst the confetti throwers as the couple reach the end of the long line on the terrace at Hartsfield Manor captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers 	 Funny wedding photograph of a smiling Groom and Bride as the Bride shows off her wellies ready for a walk at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor during a wet autumn day Bride kisses her smiling Groom as they stand on the lawn by a tree in this relaxed and fun wedding picture captured in Surrey at the Hartsfield Manor wedding venue Smiling Bride and Groom watch their feet as the negotiate the slippery wed grass hill at the refined and accommodating Hartsfield Manor a wedding venue in Betchworth Surrey A smiling Groom leads his lovely wife in her beautiful wedding dress across the lawn at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor on a wet autumnal wedding day Groom offers his help as his Bride adjusts her dress in the wedding photo taken at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor on the lawn on a lovely autumnal afternoon

Lovers romantically embrace by tree on the lawn on a wet autumnal wedding day at the lovely Hartsfield Manor in Betchworth a Surrey wedding venue of renown	 Bride and Groom kiss dramatically on the giant garden chessboard on a wed autumnal wedding day at Hartsfield Manor, a fine Surrey wedding venue in Betchworth 

Romantic wedding picture of a newlywed couple kissing as they walk across the gravel terrace at Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth a fine wedding venue in the Surrey countryside

Wedding breakfast settings including flowers, table places and favours captured at Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth by Surrey Lane wedding photographers

View from the top of the stairs looking over a flower covered banister at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor of the Bride and Groom at the end of the receiving line

Smiling Bride is embraced by a guest in this wedding picture taken in the hallway at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth during the receiving line

Laughing speakers as they deliver some funny lines during the speeches during the wedding breakfast at Hartsfield Manor a wedding venue in Betchworth Surrey

A combination of wedding pictures of guests including the Bride as they listen to the fun and interesting speeches at Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth in leafy Surrey

Bride and Groom smile for the Surrey Lane wedding photographers at  Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth as they cut their colourful and sumptuous cheese and fruit wedding cake

Close up wedding photo of the bride and Groom's hands as they cut the sumptuos cheese and fruit wedding cake taken in the large hallway at Hartsfield Manor in Betchworth Surrey Wedding band captured as they play the first dance for the newlyweds in The Terrace Room in Surrey at wedding venue Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth			 Romance on the dance floor wedding photos taken in The Terrace  Room at Surrey wedding venue Hartsfield Manor as the newlyweds enjoy their first dance

Happy newlyweds at Hartsfield Manor, Betchworth in Surrey enjoying their practised dance moves during their first dance on the Terrace Room dance floor

Romantic kiss taken in this wedding photograph during the first dance by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer at Hartsfield Manor on the dancefloor in the Terrace Room

 

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:

 Hand written road sign to the lovely green Orchard,  an area allocated for wedding guest parking and includes a fire pit at the  alternative Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events

A wedding photograph of a wedding dress hanging beside a bath in the bridal suite at Westmead Events in Redhill an outside Surrey wedding venue with an alternative slant Wedding pictures of a basket of ribbons for guests to tie to the tree and make a wish at the alternative and outside  venue Westmead Events in lovely rural Surrey

A view of the Bride from behind with beautiful flowers arranged in her hair captured in the spacious Bridal Suite at Westmead Events a Surrey wedding venue in Redhill

A radiant beaming Bride captured in these lovely wedding photos as her necklace is put on at the alternative Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events in the special Bridal Suite			 Bride takes a moment to reflect as she awaits to be called for her marriage with her Bridesmaids in the bridal suite at Westmead Events an alternative Surrey wedding venue in Redhill

Bride looking radiant in her wedding dress at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events ready to leave the Bridal Suite for her walk across the Main Meadow for her marriage service			 Wedding picture of Druid Priest Cat Treadwell laying down their staff, bread and wooden wine goblet ready for the wedding ceremony at Westmead Events in Redhill Surrey 			 Unusual wedding picture of guests standing in a ring awaiting the arriving Bride on the Main Lawn at Westmead Events in Redhill captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers

Druid Priest Cat Treadwell stands with her staff in the circle of the ring of guests awaiting the arrival of the Bride and groom on the Main Lawn at Westmead Events Surrey

Wedding photograph of Bridesmaids leading the Bride and her father arm in arm across the Main Lawn for the marriage ceremony at the outside Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events			 A wedding picture of the Bride and groom awaiting the hand fasting ritual of this Westmead Events Pagan wedding captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers

Bride and groom standing with their hands fastened as the Druid Priest Cat Treadwell turns to the exchanging of rings  at Westmead Events  Surrey on the Main Lawn area			 With hands fastened the Groom reads out his vows to his Bride as they stand in the middle of the circle at their Pagan wedding at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events in Redhill			 The Groom finishes reading his vows and places the wedding ring on his Bride's finger with their right hands fastened at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events 			 The Bride reads her vows to the groom with their right hands fastened during their Pagan wedding service at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events out on the Main Lawn

Bride finishes reading his vows and places the wedding ring on the Groom's finger with their right hands fastened during a Westmead Events Pagan service in Redhill Surrey

The Bride drinks wine from a wooden goblet in this unusual Pagan wedding photograph taken by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer on the Westmead Events Main Lawn

Bride and Groom kiss after completing their Pagan wedding ceremony standing on the Main Lawn at the beautiful green and rural Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events

Loving newlywed couple hold hands in this romantic wedding picture taken at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events on the Main Lawn from under some trees

Romantic Bride and groom kiss in this wedding photo taken on the Main Lawn at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events in Redhill in front of a line of small trees

Bride and groom having fun as they pose for their cutting the cake wedding photograph at  Westmead Events in Redhill Surrey in the marquee on the Main Lawn

Rings on show in this close up wedding picture of the newlyweds cutting their florally decorated wedding cake at the rustic Westmead Events in green and leafy Redhill in Surrey

Kissing romantic lovers by the duck pond in the green and tranquil Main lawn area of the beautifully rustic Westmead Events in Redhill captured by a Surrey Lane wedding photographer

Fresh herb table and flower settings captured in this wedding photograph from the main marquee at alternative and outside wedding venue Westmead Events in Surrey

Long distance wedding photo taken at the alternative and outdoor Westmead Events in Surrey from over the reeds of the duck pond of the newlyweds romantically kissing

Wedding photo of the father and brother of the Bride performing their engaging wedding speeches at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events in Redhill

A compilation wedding  photograph of guests listening to and laughing at the funny, moving and entertaining wedding speeches in the Westmead Events marquee in Surrey

Wedding photograph of a ceilidh band warming up and getting ready for some dancing at alternative outdoor Surrey wedding  venue Westmead Events in the marquee

Men dance under the ladies as they raise their hands in this lively wedding photo taken during the ceilidh dance at Surrey wedding venue Westmead Events in Redhill

A personal heartfelt message from the Bride and groom in their wedding guest book captured by Surrey Lane wedding photographers at Westmead Events in green and leafy Redhill