Surrey garden wedding in Gomshall | Jessica & Ben

bride with father wedding party walk down for outdoor wedding surrey UK 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!

To tell the truth, Jessica and Ben were already officially married – they had a registry office wedding the day before. That’s because in England and Wales actual marriages have to take place in a fixed structure at “approved premises” – you can’t just have a wedding anywhere you like as you can in Scotland, or in the Caribbean, for example.

On the plus side it meant that their Surrey garden wedding could be quite relaxed and informal, and hopefully any major nerves the couple might have felt were less in evidence! Officiant Nick did a great job of conducting the ceremony, as did the three readers Sarah Jacqueline and Tom.

Wedding photos in the garden

After the ceremony, once everybody had had a chance to congratulate Jessica and Ben, we set up some family group photos.

When it’s a really bright day like this I use one of my “tricks of the trade” and set everyone up with their backs to the sun, and use a powerful flash on a tall stand to light everybody up. This makes it much easier for everyone to keep their eyes open, and helps to avoid awkward shadows on people’s faces.

After drinks, as the guests made their way down to the marquee in the lower field, I took the opportunity to shoot some portraits of Ben and Jessica on their own. We stayed in the shade as much as possible, using the brightly sunlit trees as a background, before walking down to the field to use the amazing view over the Surrey Hills as a backdrop for the last few pictures.

Marquee wedding breakfast

Everyone assembled in the grand marquee for the wedding breakfast, with a buffet of both roast pork and roast lamb as well as lots of delicious salads. In between the courses there were speeches – Jess’s dad John gave the first speech, followed by Ben and two “best men” Tom and Ruairaidh, and their friend Jimbo who is a stand-up comedian!

Then it was time for dancing!

I had a great time shooting Jessica and Ben’s wedding – and I hope you will enjoy looking at their slideshow – and the pictures!

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Many congratulations to Jessica and Ben! If you’re planning a Surrey wedding and would like to talk about the options for photography, please do get in touch.

Surrey garden wedding in Gomshall | Jessica & Ben