Wedding photography BLOG
- 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:
- Published on Friday, 06 November 2015 07:25
St. James Church Elstead & Russets Country House wedding
After a rather hot service in St. James Church in the little village of Elstead we were off to the delightful Surrey wedding venue Russets Country House in the quaint village of Chiddingfold - perfect for a bright summer's day with all its doors opening onto the vast lawn - and all so smoothly run by the friendly owners Tim and Kate.
As you can see from these few wedding pictures Loren looked stunning and Dan looked dashing and everyone enjoyed the celebrations. Highlights for us were Dan and Loren taking time out to have some fun on the trampoline - great to see and capture.
A great fun couple who had a fabulous, memorable wedding day.
We look forward to returning to the delightful Russets Country House in early 2016.
Here are a few wedding pictures from the day:
- Published on Thursday, 22 October 2015 05:37
New Malden and Ramster Hall Surrey wedding
It has been five long months since our last blog back on 1st June such has been our very busy 2015 wedding season. It is only now just easing off though we have a wedding later this afternoon at Nonsuch Mansion.
Anyway back to the first of many catch up blogs...so we now go back to 19th June where I joined the lovely Olivia who was getting ready at her husband to be Tom's parent's house in New Malden. The house was a hive of activity with Olivia's family and friends getting ready, many of which had only recently made the long journey from Melbourne Australia (as did the top tier of the wedding cake).
Olivia looked stunning in her art deco styled wedding dress along with her blue suede shoes and Tom made a entrance in his sharp electric blue suit and bright yellow socks.
The service at the lovely Christ Church New Malden was a joy with the vicar there being most welcoming, not always the case for the visiting wedding photographer.
After a fun and light-hearted wedding there was some time outside in the bright sunshine for guests to mill around, taking pictures and eating crisps before the journey to the beautiful Surrey wedding venue Ramster Hall.
From then on it was more of the same in the lovely courtyard garden after which I left.
Lovely couple, great wedding and a wonderful reception.
Surrey wedding suppliers:
Menswear: Ted Baker ( Moss Bross)
Florist: Pick of the Bunch Kingston
Hair: Headmasters New Malden
Make up: Becca
Videography: Save the Dog productions
Catering: Jacaranda Catering
Wedding cake: Homemade
Favours: Piped with Love
Band: Ben Pearse and Band
Here are a few highlight wedding pictures of the day:
- Published on Monday, 01 June 2015 16:55
Relaxed and fun wedding day in Dorking at the Burford Bridge Hotel
We'd last seen Lizzie and Rob in April, just three weeks earlier for their pre wed shoot on Box Hill and where we also learnt that Lizzie was seven months pregnant.
Now on the big day itself, Lizzie looked very relaxed and mellow in her parents' lovely garden in East Horsley along with family, pet ferrets and dogs, whilst Rob who was at the Burford Bridge Hotel was looking a tad nervous, though his close friends were helping to ease his nerves.
After a lovely wedding ceremony in the great Tithe Barn, full of funny face pulling, the rest of the celebrations eased their way through the day with everyone out on the grass drinking and eating canapés and enjoying the fine weather.
There was some fun time to be had posing by the cool classic car brought along for the occasion and though it wasn't convenient to go up to Box Hill for some newlywed pictures, they had at least got there for the pre wed session, a walk around the pleasant grounds was just as romantic and enjoyable.
A wonderfully happy and relaxed day, full of friendly people and lots of laughter.
We wish Rob and Lizzie all the very happiness for the future and of course for the imminent birth of their baby... not long now...get your sleep in while you can.