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Emotional Horsley Towers English Chinese wedding 

And so to a Sunday morning in mid July and I am off to Horsley Towers, a Victorian Gothic mansion designed by Sir Charles Barry who most famously designed the Houses of Parliament. I always look forward to covering weddings at this extraordinary Surrey wedding venue as there is always a very different view from every turn you take here.

I also remember when I first met the Bride and Groom Linda and Matthew, that it was that element of difference that they liked so much, the towers, lake, cloisters and the lovely tiled chapel, something we would make the most of when we walked around the venue for some romantic portraits.

So back to the day and it's a beautiful day for a wedding.

Linda is just completing her final touches when I meet her and she looks lovely, full of excitement, calm but with a hint of nerves beginning to surface as the time gets nearer.

Matthew is around the bar, greeting guests and smiling all the time, but he's admitted that he is nervous, however, with his Best man in tow, he's in safe hands.

Soon Linda is sweeping down the grand staircase on route for the Great Hall which has been dressed in a striking and vibrant red which is the palette chosen for the Chinese element of this English Chinese wedding.

Down the wedding aisle and through to the marriage ceremony and the emotions are running high....there are lots of tears and you can tell how precious this moment is for Linda and Matthew. 

Then with the wedding completed it's out onto the parched lawn for refreshing drinks, confetti throwing and general relaxation and fun...and the Chinese guest certainly know how to have fun!

After the group wedding pictures and the hilarious throwing of the bouquet everyone heads back into the Great Hall for a special Chinese Tea ceremony where the Bride and Groom present Tea to family and close friends in exchange for little envelopes of money. Again, a very emotional moment for this is where Linda shows her respect and gratitude to her parents for their love and care in bringing her up. 

Then onto the wedding breakfast, again beautifully dressed in red and with elements of Chinese good luck and blessings....and where Linda took a star roll as Matthew had decided that the speech side of things wasn't something he wanted to do.

After dinner we then took some time out for some romantic wedding pictures away from the reception taking in some of the classic Horsley Tower photo opportunities.

The day ended, for me anyway, on a high...after a great first dance the dance floor was fully taken up by mainly Chinese guests carrying out some full on and impressive synchcronised dancing and boy was everyone having such a great time.

Today had been a colourful world wind of a day and Linda and Matthew were on top form. 

It was also great to see Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies Steve Eggleton again, I can't remember where I last saw him but it was good to work with him as we had some rather tight deadlines to meet, which I am glad to say we did.

I always love finding firsts at a wedding and today was the first time I had shot a wedding cake made of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and shot a Tesla wedding car complete with gull wing doors. Also Linda changed from white to red for the Chinese tea ceremony and back again immediately after for the English wedding breakfast.... a no mean feat.

I wish Linda and Matthew all the happiness for the future, a great couple who fully deserve it.

 

A picture taken from the rear of the imposing Gothic Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers with its distinctive flint stone brick work

Beautiful Bride has some final last minute hair adjustments before leaving for the Great Hall at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers

Groom and Best Man share a fun moment near the bar as they welcome the arriving guests to the lovely Horsley Towers a unique wedding venue in Surrey

A bird's eye view from the minstrel gallery of the magnificent Great Hall ready for the arrival of the guests captured at the Horsley Towers wedding venue in Surrey

Beautiful Bride dressed and ready at the eye catching and memorable Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers for her marriage ceremony in the Great Hall

Smiling Bride and her Bridesmaids at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers pose with their bouquets before walking down the stairs to the Great Hall

Bride with her father and bridesmaids descend the staircase at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers on route for The Great Hall for the marriage ceremony

A nervous Groom at Horsley Towers Surrey waits for the moment when his bride walks down the wedding aisle of the magnificent Great Hall

An emotional and tearful Bride at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers walks down the aisle of the Great Hall with her father

An emotional Bride and Groom captured at Surrey venue Horsley Towers during their wedding ceremony in the impressive wooden panelled Great Hall

A Bride and groom passionately  kiss as they become husband and wife taken at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers in the impressive Great Hall

Bride with her Groom signing the marriage register captured from the minstrel gallery of the Great Hall at Horsley Towers a wonderfully different wedding venue in Surrey

A delightfully happy Bride and groom signing the marriage register after their wedding service in the Great Hall at Horsley Towers in green and leafy Surrey

Groom kisses a guest as he walks down the aisle of The Great Hall with his wife after getting married at Horsley Towers a lovely wedding venue in the Surrey countryside

All smiles for the happy newlyweds at Horsley Towers Surrey as they toast each other with a refreshing Pimms out on the lawn

Warm and loving hugs between the Groom and his grandfather out on the lawn captured at the stunning gothic Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers

Lots of fun out on the lawn at the very popular Surrey venue Horsley Towers as the newlywed couple get covered in wedding confetti

Loving looks captured in front of Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers as newlyweds stand in front of their white Tesla bridal car

Bride and groom's tender kiss in front of their white Tesla wedding car taken out on the drive at the front of the impressive Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers

Wedding guests enjoying themselves out on the lawn at the popular Gothic Surrey venue that is Horsley Towers a magnificent venue for fun and relaxation

All smiles as a happy Bride at the popular Horsley Towers wedding venue in Surrey poses with her Chinese family members out on the lawn

Everyone at the Horsley Towers wedding waving up at the Surrey wedding photographer taking his picture from the roof

Bride on the lawn at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers throws her bouquet to the awaiting ladies and man who all scramble to catch it

Bride's parents overseeing the preparations for the Chinese Tea ceremony in the Great hall at the wonderful Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers

Bride and groom on their knees as they present tea to the parents in the traditional Chinese wedding Tea ceremony captured in the Great Hall at Horsley Towers Surrey

The Sopwith Room at the popular Surrey venue Horsley Towers dressed in red and with Chinese symbols ready for the wedding breakfast celebrations

Tears and laughter captured at Surrey venue Horsley Towers as the Bride delivers a fun and emotional wedding speech in the Sopwith Room

Best Man smoothly delivers his lines during the entertaining wedding breakfast speeches in the Sopwith Room at Horsley Towers in leafy Surrey

Bride and groom share an intimate fun moment during the wedding speeches captured at the popular Surrey venue Horsley Towers in the Sopwith Room

Newlywed's romantic kiss on top of the steps with the imposing flint walled Horsley Towers Surrey wedding venue in the backdrop

Proud Groom at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers holds his lovely loving smiling Bride as they stand on the top of the steps in the tranquil grounds

Bride and groom at Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers enjoying each other's company in the distinctive colour walls and columns of the chapel cloisters

Bride and groom have fun at the Horsley Towers wedding venue in Surrey as they stand in the window alcoves of the colourful bricked walled Chapel cloisters

Wedding picture of a Groom kissing his Bride as they stand in the magnificent coloufully tiles Chapel located at the end of the Cloisters at Surrey venue Horsley Towers

Lovely loving looks exchanged between the Bride and groom as they walk across the lawn outside the walls of the wonderful Horsley Towers in Surrey

Newlyweds enjoying a hug by the distance flint stone brickwork captured as they stand in front of the lake at the popular wedding venue Horsley Towers in Surrey

Colourful and unusual Krispy Kreme wedding cake on display in the hall at the popular and very relaxed Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers

Bride enjoying herself as she and her husband perform their first dance next to giant Love letters at the wonderfully romantic Horsley Towers wedding venue in Surrey

Bride and groom at the relaxed and fun Surrey wedding venue Horsley Towers captured beside giant love letters as they kiss during their romantic first dance

Wedding guests at Horsley Towers Surrey standing in rows as they enjoy themselves with some collective dance routines     								 

 

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