Surrey church wedding – Lydia & Ian

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Surrey church wedding

A Surrey church wedding is always a pleasure to photograph. Although I don’t mind travelling to shoot weddings, this one was very close to home, being in Shalford and Cranleigh which are only a few miles away.

I could tell when I first met Lydia & Ian that they were the kind of people who pretty much take everything in their stride and enjoy life to the full – which was just as well as their wedding day was one of the wettest we’ve had this summer.

Ian got ready at his parents’ house in Shalford, while Lydia’s preparations were at Barnett Hill in Wonersh which is literally just round the corner from me – so it was all really local.

The rain held off until we got to the church (St Nicolas’ in Cranleigh) so I was able to do some photos with Ian and his groomsmen and Lydia and the bridesmaids, and their respective parents, outside before heading off to the church.

It did stop raining eventually, but was too wet for the guests to enjoy the gardens at Ian’s Dad’s house, so we were pretty much restricted to photos inside the marquee a lot of the time.

But despite the weather, there were lots of smiles and nobody seemed fazed by it, which was good! One of the skills I’ve learned over the years is to be prepared for any kind of weather – and a really hot day with blinding sunshine can be as much of a nuisance for photos as rain and clouds. So although some sunshine would have been nice, it wasn’t a huge problem from my point of view.

Surrey church wedding photos slideshow

Anyway here’s a highlights slideshow and then a selection of photos from the day:

Starting with the boys getting ready. Extreme concentration was required to get those boutonnières fixed!

groom and groomsmen getting ready surrey wedding

Lydia and her Dad pictured outside the doorway of The Lodge, Barnett Hill:

bride and father at the Lodge Barnett Hill Wonersh

Space was a bit tight in The Lodge for photos with the bridesmaids, but we managed!

bride and bridesmaids getting ready Barnett Hill Wonersh

Lydia was an absolutely gorgeous bride! The fantastic flowers were by Violet and Thyme.
bridal portrait at the Lodge Barnett Hill Wonersh

 A few photos of details:


St Nicolas’ Parish Church, Cranleigh:

Surrey church wedding St Nicolas parish church Cranleigh

Some grooms get a bit nervous and stressed-out before the service – not Ian: 😉church wedding st nicolas cranleigh

The rain arrived at about the same time as the bride:

bride arrives church wedding st nicolas cranleigh surrey

flower girl church wedding st nicolas cranleigh surrey

minister blesses couple wedding st nicolas cranleigh Surrey church wedding

bride and groom first kiss wedding st nicolas cranleigh surrey

bride with bridesmaids signing of register

bride and groom doorway st nicolas church cranleigh surrey

bride and groom kiss doorway church st nicolas cranleigh surrey

Fortunately we had a splendid and beautifully decorated marquee to shelter in!

wedding marquee interior surrey

decorations and details marquee wedding surrey

flower girls and guests wedding reception marquee

The rain held off for a time allowing me to do some family group photos outside:

family group photo surrey wedding

bridesmaids surrey marquee wedding

bride with groomsmen surrey wedding

I like to do a big group photo with all the guests if I can, though it was a bit more of a challenge this time – but with the aid of my trusty stepladder and a flashgun I managed it! This is actually three separate images montaged together:


The wedding breakfast and speeches in the marquee followed. I love shooting reception speeches and capturing those priceless expressions.

speeches marquee wedding reception surrey

Look at that fantastic cake, with white chocolate and strawberries.

bride and groom cut cake marquee wedding reception surrey

bride and groom kiss wedding reception marquee surrey

More speeches followed…

speeches and clapping guests maquee wedding reception surrey

father of bride speeches reception wedding surrey

As it was so wet in the afternoon I decided to wait until just after sunset to take photos of Lydia and Ian on their own. I sneaked them out of the wedding breakfast between courses for a short session in the garden. there was still some light in the sky to work with and provide a blue backdrop. I used a pair of flashes off-camera to light the couple and the vines. Both Ian and his dad Sten are in the wine business, so it seemed appropriate to use the vines as a setting for Ian and Lydia’s photos.

bride and groom in vines surrey

bride and groom embrace among vines evening surrey

hugging bride and groom vines surrey

embracing bride and groom vines evening reception surrey

And then it was time to party – with music provided by the excellent Goosebumps

wedding reception guitarists band performers surrey

guests dancing marquee wedding reception surrey

dancing guests having fun marquee wedding surrey

And last but not least, Lydia & Ian took to the floor for their first dance:

bride and groom kiss dancefloor wedding reception

happy couple dancing wedding reception dancefloor

first dance bride and groom marquee wedding surrey

Many thanks to Lydia and Ian for inviting me to be part of their special day – and everyone else who made the day such a success.