Manor House Hotel wedding photography | Donna & Darren

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Manor House Hotel wedding photography| Donna & Darren’s wedding

Many congratulations to Donna and Darren who tied the knot in a civil ceremony at one of my favourite local venues, the Manor House Hotel at Newlands Corner, Guildford.

Donna planned an outdoor ceremony, but on the morning of the wedding the clouds were looming, so it seemed as if the ceremony would have to be moved back indoors. But Donna’s intuition prevailed and she was proved right. When 3pm came around the sun was shining and the wedding was able to go ahead as planned under the gazebo in the gardens.

I arrived an hour or so before the ceremony to photograph Donna and the girls getting ready. Darren like most grooms was a bit more camera-shy but I managed to get a few photos of him and the guests before the ceremony got under way.

Manor House Hotel wedding photography

Once the ceremony was over, and after everyone had relaxed for a while with a glass of bubbly, we did the family group photos in the gardens, and of course some photos of just Donna and Darren.

I do try to get the group photos done as quickly as I can so that everybody can relax and enjoy themselves. It’s really helpful when couples give me a list beforehand of who needs to be in the pictures. I’m happy to do as many group photos as my clients want, but often people underestimate how long it takes to get the different combinations assembled for a picture!

What often works well (as with Darren and Donna’s wedding) is when we do a big group photo with everybody, rather than trying to photograph all the guests individually with the couple. Then we do the bridal party, close family, and one or two other combinations usually.

BBQ wedding breakfast – speeches – then dancing!

The meal was very relaxed and informal with a delicious barbecue and of course the obligatory speeches! Later on the guests enjoyed the photo booth and music ably provided by Keith and the boys from Twilights.

As you’ll see from the photos, the kids had a great time at this wedding running around the gardens with their balloons! I don’t know where they get the energy from, but it certainly helped me to get some good photos!

Here are some of my favourite images from the day…


Manor House Hotel wedding photography gazebo in garden

bridal preparations Manor House Hotel wedding photography

flower girls getting ready Guildford wedding photography Manor House Hotel

bride and flower girls prepare for wedding Guildford Surrey UK

Groom and guests wait for wedding ceremony Guildford Surrey

bride with father bridesmaids flower girls page boys Guildford wedding

bride and father walk down aisle Guildford Surrey

bride and father meet groom wedding Guildford Surrey

outdoor wedding gazebo Guildford Manor House Hotel

guests at wedding outdoor ceremony Guildford

smiling bride and groom walk down aisle outdoor wedding Manor House Hotel Guildford

bride and groom kiss outdoors sunny day Guildford wedding

bride & bridesmaid & running children wedding

flower girl and pageboy run with balloons wedding Guildford Surrey

flower girls bridesmaids run with balloons sunny wedding Guildford Surrey

wedding breakfast guests chatting Guildford Surrey

speeches wedding breakfast Guildford Surrey

party time fancy dress photo booth Guildford Surrey wedding

children dancing wedding Manor House Hotel

bride dances with children wedding Guildford Surrey


Many congratulations to Donna and Darren and best wishes for your future together! If you’d like to leave a note for the happy couple, or a comment on the photos, please do so below in the comments section.


 Manor House Hotel Wedding Photography by Chris Mann