Safaa and Adnan's amazing wedding at the Fairmont Windsor
Gemma and Simon were blessed with perfect weather for their wedding day - not a cloud in the sky! With autumn weddings you never know your luck - the day before it had been pouring with rain...
Laura and Chris got in touch a few weeks ago to see if I could do a portrait session with them on their 10th wedding anniversary
Last Sunday I drove up to the top of Box Hill (near Dorking, Surrey) for an engagement shoot with Gemma and Simon.
Hair & make-up artist Natasha Wiggins and I thought it would be fun to take inspiration from this TV show (“Game of Thrones”, if you haven’t guessed) and bring it to life in a bridal fashion shoot.
Emma and Mark's wedding was nice and local for me - just up the road in Guildford. I first met them at the Surrey Wedding Show at the Mandolay Hotel last February, and that's where they got ready and the reception was held.
If I had to pick one word to sum up Natasha and Terry's wedding I think it would be "joy". Not just the couple but everybody present seemed to be having a really good time throughout the day. This despite the best efforts of the British climate to put a dampener on things!
Maria and James' special day started at Great Tangley Manor in my home village of Wonersh (just south of Guildford). We had arranged to do a special pre-wedding photo shoot in the morning with Maria's cousins who had come over from Italy for the wedding. I returned in the early afternoon for some getting ready shots, and then it was time to head over to Clock Barn Hall near Godalming for the wedding ceremony and reception.
I love shooting outdoor weddings, but there's always the risk of rain (in this country at least). Fortunately the sun shone brightly for Jessica and Ben's wedding in a beautiful Surrey garden near Gomshall - although it was a bit breezy which meant the ladies had to hold on to their hats!
Careena and Adrian were married in Hong Kong but wanted to have a wedding photo shoot amid the glories of the English countryside - so that's what we did! We decided on a multi-location shoot in the Surrey Hills area, starting at Newlands Corner and continuing at Silent Pool and in the very pretty village of Shere...
A hot one! That's probably how best to describe Yveta and Adam's Clock Barn Hall wedding - temperatures reached almost 30C in the afternoon as the guests enjoyed the sunshine on the lawn at Clock Barn Hall near Godalming. I started the day with Yveta and her bridesmaids for bridal preparations at the Hog's Back Hotel Farnham...
Over the years I've photographed weddings with hundreds of guests. I've also photographed weddings where it's been just the bride and groom, the minister, the wedding coordinator, and me - and I've signed the register as a witness...
It's always a pleasure to photograph weddings at Artington House in Guildford. The registrars and staff there are always very friendly and helpful. Artington House is only an eight-minute drive from me so no stressful journeys are involved!
Most weddings tend to happen in spring and summer - obviously the weather has a lot to do with that. Longer days and warmer temperatures make it easier to have events outdoors and there are fewer worries about travel. But a winter wedding has a charm of its own, especially when it involves a candlelit church ceremony, as Emma and Ollie's did. And a gorgeous and happy couple, of course!
A perfect sunny day, a gorgeous bride and bridesmaids, some handsome men in uniform, and the stunning locations of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Farnham Castle to work with - what more could a photographer want for a spectacular wedding?
A summer's day, a happy and relaxed couple, ceremony in a pretty church in a Surrey town just a few miles from me... sounds like a plan! Claire and Matthew were married at St. Mary & St. Nicholas Church in Leatherhead, Surrey. The church is the oldest building in Leatherhead.
When editor Danielle Harvey of Your Surrey Wedding magazine contacted me to ask me to submit some images for possible use in the magazine I was happy to oblige. I didn't think much more about it, but was happily surprised when Danielle got in touch and said that she had selected one of my images for the front cover of the magazine's 60th issue!
Many congratulations to Kim & Austin, who were married at the Church of Christ The King in Wimbledon Park a couple of Saturdays ago. When I met Kim and Austin last September to chat about their wedding plans I could tell that they were a relaxed and fun couple. I had a feeling that their wedding day would be equally unfussy - and so it proved to be.