St Johns Wonersh Barnett Hill wedding – Wendy & John

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St John’s Wonersh & Barnett Hill wedding – Wendy & John

Although I’ve been lucky enough to photograph weddings in many far-flung places from Mexico to the Middle East, the Channel Islands to Inverness, it’s really nice to photograph a very local wedding – and it doesn’t get any more local than the church of St John the Baptist in my home village of Wonersh, Surrey!

Wendy and John are stalwarts of the congregation at St. John’s (the groom John is a former churchwarden) so it was a full house in the church for their wedding ceremony, with many friends from the village filling every available pew alongside Wendy and John’s respective family members.

The service was ably conducted by the Rev Debbie Sellin, who I have to say is one of the friendliest and most accommodating vicars that I have had the pleasure of working with – and I’ve met lots of ministers and celebrants in my time! While the most important thing is always the wedding service itself not the photography, it’s a great help to me as a photographer to be allowed to move around the church during the ceremony so as to have flexibility in the way I document the event for the couple (needless to say I try to be as unobtrusive as I can, and have my cameras set to “silent mode”).

Actually it was a bit of a “Vicarfest” (if I may use that term!) as there were quite a few Wonersh ministers past and present, including Geoff Wattley, Liz Tilley, Patsy Kettle, as well as former vicar of St John’s Tom Farrell, who also spoke at the reception. Apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone!

After the church service everyone moved to a marquee on Church Green where tea and cakes was served, speeches delivered, and the wedding cake cut. We did a couple of family group photos, then it was time to move to Barnett Hill for the family reception and wedding breakfast.

Oh wait, I haven’t mentioned the weather yet! Of course if was a flawlessly sunny day – despite heavy showers being forecast they failed to materialise, so we had perfect weather for the occasion.

Barnett Hill served an excellent buffet, there were a few more speeches and toasts, and then it was on to the dancing – accompanied by the fabulous voices of Katie and Emma aka The Nightingales.

Here as always is a selection of my favourite images from the day…

St Johns church Wonersh

bride gets ready at her home in Wonersh

groom and best man at St Johns church wonersh surrey

congregation before the wedding

bride dances with flower girl outside church

wedding ceremony at St Johns Wonersh surrey

bride and groom exchange vows

bride and groom with minister

bride and groom smile at each other


signing the register

bride and groom kiss

guests throw confetti

children throw confetti at couple

guests walk towards marquee for wedding reception

harpist performs at wedding reception

guests in receiving line outside marquee

cakes served at wedding reception

bride greets guests

children running on grass at wedding reception

groom and best man speak at wedding reception

bride and groom laughing

speeches at wedding reception

bride and groom cut cake with flower girl

bridal car arrives at reception venue blue Bentley

bride and groom greet guests receiving line

bride and groom in gardens Barnett Hill

bride and groom walking in Barnett Hill gardens Surrey wedding

bride and groom portraits Barnett Hill wedding venue

bride and groom walkin in gardens at Barnett Hill Surrey wedding venue

wedding rings close up on stone pillar

bride and groom kiss

bride and groom in gardens Barnett Hill wedding venue surrey

wedding breakfast Barnett Hill

guests at wedding breakfast

speeches at wedding breakfast black and white

bride and groom first dance Barnett Hill wedding venue surrey

bride and groom smiling first dance

bride and groom on dancefloor

bride and groom and guests dancing

dancing guests wedding reception Barnett Hill

bride and groom dance with each other

Many congratulations to John and Wendy and every good wish for the future! If you’d like to leave a comment please do so below!