Lindsey & Drew’s wedding photos – sneak peek

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… (more…)

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Manor House Hotel wedding photography | Donna & Darren

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.

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Manor House Hotel wedding Maria & Chris

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. (more…)

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Gate Street Barn wedding photos – Caroline & James

Gate Street Barn wedding photos – Caroline & James

I don’t mind travelling to photograph weddings – but it is nice to cover one that’s local to me – and Gate Street Barn is just ten minutes drive away, in the Surrey countryside between Cranleigh and Godalming. So I was pleased to be asked to photograph Caroline and James’ Gate Street Barn wedding, especially as it’s a lovely venue, perfect for a relaxed event with everything in one location.

Caroline and James are huge Doctor Who fans, so there was definitely a Whovian theme to the wedding (check out the table name cards – and the cake) and the “guest of honour” was a life-size Tardis!

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Mayfair Library Wedding – Nina & Hasan

Mayfair Library Wedding – Nina and Hasan

It doesn’t matter whether a wedding is big or small, it’s all about two families coming together… and there is plenty for me to photograph! Nina and Hasan’s wedding was simple and straightforward – a civil ceremony in the Marylebone Room at the Mayfair Library register office in South Audley Street London W1, with some photos in the park afterwards.

They are planning a move overseas quite soon so having a small, intimate family wedding fitted in with their plans. (more…)

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Surrey civil partnership: Kate & Izzy (part 2)

Here are some more shots from Kate & Izzy’s civil partnership at Langshott Manor… as you’ll see there were lots of happy faces – and some fun details for me to photograph – each guest was given a “world in a jar” (a Sempervivum plant) as a memento. And check out that Dr. Who Tardis ring box! How cool is that? 🙂

Although it wasn’t a sunny day, that was quite useful when it came to doing the family group photos – an overcast day means soft natural light with no hard shadows. For the photos of Izzy and Kate in the gardens I used my flash off-camera, as the daylight was beginning to fade by that time and it was quite dark under the trees and in the yew walk. Having some “portable sunshine” is very useful sometimes! (more…)

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Langshott Manor wedding: Kate & Izzy (part 1)

Until Izzy and Kate asked me to help with their special day, I hadn’t photographed a Langshott Manor wedding, but I hope I get the opportunity to do so again – it’s a historic and elegant venue tucked away in the countryside near Crawley, not far from Gatwick Airport.

The main building is Elizabethan, so you have to watch your head sometimes and not rush round corners, but the atmosphere is very traditional and welcoming, and the elegant gardens provide some good spots for photographs! (more…)

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Hartsfield Manor wedding – Liz and Jonathan

Hartsfield Manor is a great place to have a wedding. Tucked away in the Surrey countryside, this elegant manor house makes it easy for everyone to relax and have an enjoyable time, with everything under one roof.

Liz and Jonathan did just that – with a happy bunch of family and friends to help them celebrate. After the civil ceremony everyone congregated on the terrace for drinks. After the family group photos I took Jonathan and Liz off to photograph them with the amazing autumn colours in the grounds of the manor…

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Aviator Hotel wedding Farnborough

Aviator Hotel Wedding Farnborough

I’ve photographed at lots of venues ranging from English country houses to London hotels to French mountain chapels to Caribbean beaches, but I don’t think I’ve ever shot a wedding at a venue quite like The Aviator Hotel in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Both inside and outside it has sweeping curves that seem to be both ultra-modern and have a touch of Thirties glamour as well.

Anyway it was the perfect location for S and J’s wedding (they’ve asked me to use their initials for privacy reasons).

S’s fabulous dress picked up the black and white colour scheme too. And with family and friends flying in from as far afield as Australia and the Middle East it was a suitably international affair. Plus I should give a big round of applause to S and J for their dancing skills – they had invested a lot of time and effort into learning a really skilful choreographed first dance, and it was a huge hit!

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Brympton wedding photos – Felicity and Mike

Taking wedding photos at Brympton is always a pleasure – the venue is just so perfect, with historic buildings and the lake and parkland to use as well.

Felicity and Mike were married there early in September – and the weather was just right, a few clouds around to provide shade but also plenty of warm sunshine – especially just when we needed it for the family photos and the private photo-session with the bride and groom.

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Walled Garden Cowdray wedding photography | James & Jo

If "The Sun" newspaper were reporting on James & Jo's wedding, the headline would have to be "what a scorcher!" :) Last Sunday was an exceptionally hot day - which made for some great pictures, but wasn't the most comfortable environment for Jo and James' guests, who gathered at The Walled Garden at Cowdray, West Sussex for the civil ceremony and reception.

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Sunshine at the Swan Hotel, Bedford

Here in the south-east of England we’ve been having an unseasonal mini-heatwave, with hardly any rain for the past month and many days of blue sky and sunshine.

It was just such a day on Saturday April 8th when Andrew Dobell and I travelled up the M1 to Bedford to photograph the wedding of Nat and Rob.

The ceremony and reception were both held at the historic Swan Hotel in the middle of Bedford, right by the Great Ouse river which flows through the town – and which of course has plenty of swans on it! (more…)

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Eve and Chris at Ramster, Chiddingfold

So, for my final (stills) wedding job of 2010 I was off to Ramster near Chiddingfold, Surrey, in the company of local colleague Andrew Dobell, to photograph the winter wedding of Eve and Chris.

It was a very cold day, with snow on the ground, but the weather didn’t spoil the party – the blazing log fire in the Long Hall kept everyone warm, and there was definitely a touch of the approaching festive season in the air… (more…)

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Dharmesh and Rhahkee at Eastbury Manor

Friday 13th – no problem! Dharmesh and Rhahkee obviously aren’t superstitious as that was the day set for their civil ceremony at historic Eastbury Manor house in Barking.

Chanelle Segerius-Bruce and I teamed up again to shoot this one, and despite the attempts of the occasional rain-shower it was a happy and lively event. (more…)

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