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.
Tina and Brendan's wedding at Oxford Register Office was a pleasure to photograph; we also took photos on the roof terrace of the Ashmolean Museum and at The Trout Inn at Wolvercote.
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...
Regular readers of my blog will know that I am always fascinated by the history of the wedding venues that I shoot at. Harry and Noi came up with a classic one for their relaxed and stylish London wedding - the Museum of the Order of St. John in Clerkenwell, London.
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!
Very often, the small-scale low-key weddings are some of the nicest - and that was certainly the case when these two grooms (both called Benjamin!) got married at Southwark Register Office. Both Benjamins are from France, and they decided to get married before moving back there. Two good friends stood by them as witnesses, and a simple but moving ceremony was conducted by the Southwark registrars. After the wedding itself, we did some simple photos in the garden, and then I left them to celebrate.
This wedding was a special pleasure to photograph, as my nephew Tom married the lovely Julie at Islington Town Hall. Family and friends gathered including a good contingent of Julie's relations from Winnipeg, Canada. The weather decided to be a bit "British", but apart from some occasional drizzle it stayed mostly dry, for which we were all thankful!
Kings Chapel Amersham wedding photos | Helen and Harj Helen and Harj's wedding took place at a new venue for me - the King's Chapel in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Set in its own grounds behind the King's Arms Hotel, it's a converted 18th century chapel. It makes a great wedding venue as it's spacious and airy inside with plenty of daylight and has a terrace with a shady garden behind the building.
The English Lake District is one of my favourite places, so I was delighted to be asked to photograph Kinga and Shiral's wedding at the Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale. The hotel is right next to the famous waterfall that cascades down the hillside and out into Derwent Water.
Chelsea Registry office wedding Take a dash of London style, add a splash of Anglo-Indian heritage and then mix in some French joie de vivre, and you have the recipe for Stephanie and Raj's wedding! Their wedding was a relaxed and intimate affair with family and close friends in attendance. Stephanie's family and friends had travelled from France and Raj's from the UK and from India, so it was quite an eclectic gathering. Kudos to Stephanie's parents for making an excellent speech in English!
Leatherhead & Surrey Downs wedding | Elle & James You could clearly see the happiness bursting out of Elle and James as they got married at Leatherhead Register Office - with plenty of family and friends to help them celebrate at Surrey Downs Golf Club afterwards. The 18th century Mansion in Leatherhead is a very elegant place to get married, with its mahogany panelling and classical style. After the ceremony we went outside to do the official family photos in the gardens, then everybody drove the short distance to Surrey Downs Golf Club for the reception.
Surrey Downs wedding sneak peek | Elle and James Here's a "sneak peek" at some of the photos from Elle and James' wedding - their ceremony was at Leatherhead Register Office and the reception at Surrey Downs Golf Club, Kingswood. I am busy working on editing lots more pictures from this very happy day so keep an eye on my blog for another update soon!
If I had to pick one word to sum up this wedding I think it would be "joyful". Weddings are often stressful affairs - there is so much to organise ahead of the big day, and sometimes this carries over into the day itself - but John and Jason and their families and friends sailed through it all very happily, and a hugely enjoyable time was had by all.
Guildford Castle wedding photos | Ewelina & Spencer Sometimes I am booked by clients months, even years in advance, sometimes I get a call at the last minute - either way I am happy to help - so when Spencer called me to see if I could photograph his Guildford wedding to Ewelina in a couple of days' time I said "Sure, no problem!". The ceremony took place at Guildford Register Office on Portsmouth Road, with close family and friends in attendance. We took a few photos in the garden at the Register Office then drove back into Guildford and headed for the grounds of Guildford Castle...
Leatherhead register office wedding | Lindsey & Drew It's not every day you get chased by dinosaurs in the gardens at The Mansion, Leatherhead Register Office... but that's what Lindsey and Drew wanted and that's what they got! :-D They asked me to recreate a famously Photoshopped wedding image by Louisana photographer Quinn Miller, where the couple and guests all flee in terror from a rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex... I decided to go one better and include two T-Rexes - one for the bride, one for the groom! I don't normally do this kind of trick photography but it was fun to put this together in Photoshop, with the help of a couple of stock images from fotolia.com.
Coming soon - Lindsey and Drew's fun and relaxed wedding at Leatherhead Registry Office... Here's a sneak peek of a couple of images, including the "dinosaur chase" image they requested! :) Lots more to come in a few days once I complete the edit, but I was excited about these and wanted to pick out a few to show straight away...
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 Maria & Chris Chris and Maria's wedding at the Manor House Hotel, Newlands Corner, Guildford was a relaxed and intimate occasion - just close family and friends, a civil wedding, and drinks and a meal afterwards. I'm just as happy photographing a low-key celebration like Maria & Chris's as a big "do" in a London hotel with hundreds of guests. It's usually easier to get to know everybody as well which always helps when taking pictures.