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Nonsuch Mansion and the Holy Ghost Church Balham
Brigid & Geoff

Nonsuch and Holy Ghost Balham WeddingHi all! Here is Brigid and Geoff’s wedding from August.

They had their ceremony at the Holy Ghost Church in Balham, London with their reception at Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam. Brigid is a school teacher and with her sisters being bridesmaids I was certainly kept on my toes throughout the day! This certainly helped during the formals too (especially with the group shot).

In the morning I started with the guys in Loughborough Park before heading to the girls in Balham.

Nonsuch and Holy Ghost Balham WeddingThis was my first time at the Holy Ghost Church. It’s an impressive modern Catholic church with a lot of space to move around in for photos. After the ceremony we headed to Nonsuch Park on the vintage Routemaster bus where the days events unfolded. I noticed when there that all of Brigid’s class had written messages to her and these were dotted around everywhere.

It doesn’t matter how experienced someone is, when someone lifts you up like that and has confidence in you, you’ll do a better job.

Special mention must go to both of them for the confidence and trust which they openly showed me. It doesn’t matter how experienced someone is, when someone lifts you up like that and has confidence in you, you’ll do a better job. So thanks to you both if you’re reading this.

Nonsuch and Holy Ghost Balham WeddingHere are some more images from the day…

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Ashdown Park Wedding Photography

Ashdown Park Wedding
Hannah & Ben

Ashdown Park Wedding
Today’s blog is about Hannah and Ben’s Summer wedding at Ashdown Park.

Their wedding fell on one of the hottest days of the year with everything taking place at the Hotel. The guys and girls got ready at different ends of the hotel with the ceremony taking place in the Summer House overlooking the lake and Ashdown Forest. The wedding breakfast and evening reception took place in the Richard Towneley suite (which is in the converted chapel).

Of note, Hannah’s grandmother made the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses from scratch. In all my years of doing weddings this is a first and it was the most stunning vintage dress too with wonderful detailing throughout.

Ashdown Park WeddingWhilst the makeup and hair was in full force in the girls room the guys were in the  opposing wing, in their dressing gowns biding their time. As with all prep shots I concentrated of the details and general bustle whilst also escaping and exploring the grounds for what I call ‘copy shots’. These are essentially the outdoor details, shots of the surroundings and such as often I don’t get the time during the rest of the day to do so.

After the ceremony at the Summer House there was a reception outside in the sun where everyone mingled before I went with the couple for shots amongst the grounds. There were so many nice places to go to it’s going to take me several weddings there before I’ve used all the great spots but one of my favourite place was behind the Chapel and the opposing courtyard. Lovely.

Ashdown Park WeddingAshdown Park is a very grand venue. The Summer House is an amazing place for an outdoor wedding because everything is in bloom and sets everywhere up with the most stunning backdrop. The large converted chapel complete with stained glass windows and the vaulted ceiling makes for a spacious and dramatic reception area.

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fitzleroir Barn Wedding Photography

Fitzleroi Barn
Emily and Mark’s vintage wedding

Fitzleroi Barn WeddingThis was a wedding with vintage touches throughout. Emily and Mark chose to have their wedding ceremony at Arundel Town Hall in the Atherley Chamber with a reception afterwards on the roof terrace.

The Atherley room is always full of light and excellent for photography and the roof terrace is always a wonderful space to work in with stunning views of Arundel Castle and the fields rolling away in the other direction.

After the reception we all went to Fitzleroi Barn in Pulborough.

Fitzleroi Barn WeddingFitzleroi Barn is a lovely venue. It’s totally self contained and away from passing traffic. Weddings held here won’t be disturbed by anyone. The courtyard is an ideal size and was perfect for Emily and Mark’s guests. Everyone had space but were within easy reach.

During this time we made use of the gardens within to cover formal photos but for Emily and Mark we went a little further towards the round bales of hay set amongst the rolling Sussex downs.

At dinner each table had a roast and one member was given carving duty (complete with chefs hat and apron). Then there were speeches, the photo booth and lots of dancing.

Fitzleroi Barn WeddingThere were many lovely touches during the day, the flowers were amazing, the centrepieces in Fitzleroi Barn were potted plants such as Lavender and Sage which also acted as table names. There was also LOTS of bunting everywhere. It was really well put together and a lovely wedding to attend.

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Buxted Park Wedding T-Rex

Buxted Park
Kimberley & Michael

buxted-park-t-rex-wedding-51Before I tell you about Kimberley and Michaels’ wedding at Buxted Park I’m going to use this opportunity to let you know that in the last 6 weeks we’ve had a MASSIVE site rebuild and upgrade.

We’ve moved from the .co.uk address to the more global .com, the site has now quadrupled in size (600mb to 2.4gb), it’s responsive and has been built from the ground up. We wanted the site to be more user friendly, informative and best of all have a bigger capacity for photos…we’re now on a dedicated server too so you can have the smoothest user experience possible.

We really like it and hope you do too!

So here is Kimberley and Michaels wedding. They were married at the Church of St Pancras in Kingston near Lewes with their wedding reception and evening festivities at the Buxted Park Hotel in Uckfield.

We did really well with the weather all day long and Kimberley brought her horse, Zambia too.

kimberley-and-michael-523-of-840It always seems an easy thing to do….in my head…photographing a bride, groom and horse but it’s never as easy as you think it will be. I found myself shooting on the fly and improvising as I went. With great results.

Then there was the T-Rex.

Now I’m always happy to take requests from couples and the Dinosaur Photobomb is very in at the moment so I jumped at the opportunity.

It helps to have a large number of the bridal party eager and ready to run for their lives (screaming) towards the camera too!

The actual T-Rex ‘meld’ took 6 hours to do. The top image right now is version 4.

I like being kicked out of my comfort zone with requests…as long as they aren’t spot colour shots or faces in wine glasses.

buxted-park-t-rex-wedding-63The Dinosaur Photobomb did give the unexpected benefit of teaching me more abilities in Photoshop which I can now carry on to other weddings (Brush jitters / Scattering / brush dynamics etc).

This was an awesome day, with amazingly cool people. Everyone was a star to be around…the first person on the dancefloor was Grandad (who’s 89), Michaels impression of a Monkey was something worth seeing on repeat, the wedding raffle, the Marryoke and there were some crazy guests running around the Orangery in pink wigs and red indian feathers from the photobooth. It was a fast paced action packed day!

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Nonsuch Mansion Starry Night

Nonsuch Mansion and St Mary the Virgin Ewell
Emily & Dan

Nonsuch Mansion Wedding
Sometimes it can be hard to choose between colour photos and black and white – while the colour images capture every tiny detail of the day, there is something moody and romantic about a black and white image that works particularly well at a wedding. So with Emily and Dan, we decided to do both. Their wedding album is tonally rich, with a clutch of classic black and white shots selected to highlight a few special moments. We love the lush textures offered by the shadowy interior of the church, and some of our favourite black and white images were taken in St Mary Ewell before and during the ceremony.

Nonsuch Mansion WeddingBut outside, on the grounds of Nonsuch Mansion, the bright greens of the garden cannot be ignored. Emily and Dan looked

radiant against a backdrop of leafy shrubs and trees, and the never-ending lawns of the estate. Luckily, the weather was on our side so we were able to make the most of the scenery to capture some beautiful shots of the couple bathed in the Surrey sunshine.Nonsuch Mansion Wedding

Inside, at the reception, an elegant supper gave way to an energetic dance floor, as guests rushed to toast to the newly married couple and share in the happiness of the day under the chandeliers and domed ceilings of Nonsuch.

Outside, we were in for a real treat, as the evening sky put on an incredible display above the mansion. Emily and Dan spent their first evening of married life gazing up at a stunning sunset, followed by one of the clearest night skies you could ever see – and we captured it all for posterity, so that they can forever remember these natural, magical touches of their big day.

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Shendish Manor Wedding

Shendish Manor
Katie & Chris

Shendish Manor Wedding
Here is Katie and Chris who were married at Shendish Manor a few weeks ago.

This was a big wedding with some 150 guests during the day. Shendish is a large venue and it held them nicely!

There were lots of small details, a Chocywoccydoodah ‘All you need is love cake’, a candy bar with Norwich City cake pops, Norwich City cufflinks on the boys (in fact, lots of Norwich city stuff everywhere).

 

There was lots of space to work in and the grounds are excellent, because of the time of year all the blossom was out and this assisted in some ace photography. We even did some film work with the RZ67.

Shendish Manor WeddingI was caught a little of guard when the registrars told me they had to ‘make a quick exit’ because of the Jewish blessing that followed the ceremony (which I didn’t know about – this is happening a lot recently – See Rachel and Stuarts blog post further down)!

The Norwich City Kippah’s were handed out for the gents and the blessing took place, the glass was broken and the rest of the day progressed.

After the formals we had time for some fun and games and we played the game of ‘Stuff a tenner in the grooms pocket as bait for the boys to chase and retrieve’.

Well, usually the Groom either gets away or gets nailed. Never before have I seen the groom get halfway, turn to face them ‘300 style’ and promptly end up getting floored. So props to Chris for being FEARLESS. (You can see the carnage further on).Shendish Manor Wedding

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Brighton College Wedding

Brighton College
Helen & Daniel

Brighton College WeddingAh May. Summer has landed. After several false starts we’re firing on all four cylinders and screaming into another big year of weddings.

Today’s feature is the wedding of Helen and Daniel who were married at Brighton College Chapel and had their reception at the family home.

Helen and Dan chose Hunger Pangs (Pangdean Old Barn) as their caterers.

Brighton College WeddingMany things stood out on the day. Firstly Helen’s mum had planted a crazy amount of bulbs in the garden specifically for the wedding…it was breathtaking.

Second, was the Chapel at Brighton College. It’s the first time I’ve attended a wedding where the guests sat facing each other. Wonderful.

Brighton College WeddingHelen and Daniel’s dog Charlie was there as well. As a dog owner who get’s married next year I want mine to be there too (as long as he behaves).

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Nonsuch Summer

Nonsuch Mansion
Anoushka & James

Nonsuch Mansion Wedding
The style and feeling of any wedding day is unique – I always find that each one has its own voice and mood, a pulse. This was certainly true of the day that Anoushka and James so thoroughly enjoyed at stunning Nonsuch Mansion – except, of course, the sudden appearance of a  red devil with heart-shaped glasses. Keep looking and all will become apparent!

Having a venue as truly magnificent as the Grade II listed Mansion House at Nonsuch Park, close to three centuries old yet still thriving, gives a perfect canvas for any wedding.

Nonsuch Mansion WeddingA nerve-relaxing stroll, on a sunny day, through the leafy wonders and strong-standing trees of the glorious gardens, was an early order of business. They were also in use much later in the day as some of the youngsters treated their wedding outfits to a thorough rolling on the lawn.

The girls’ flower-strewn, kimono-style dressing gowns also added to the theme of colour and style, before the serious preparations began. At their completion, the groom was so smart and equally eager, the bride radiant and so happy, just as things should be on such days. And so they became, according to the cards, Mr Right and Mrs Always Right (I suspect James already sort-of knew that).

Nonsuch Mansion WeddingSometimes the colours seemed so perfect together. The guys in a stylish darkened blue, the girls in an astonishingly beautiful deep purple…

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Old Luxters Barn Wedding

Old Luxters Barn
Eva & Matt

Old Luxters Barn Wedding
Going by the above image you’ll probably suspect Eva and Matt’s wedding at Old Luxters Barn wasn’t a standard affair…and you’d be right.

They’ve been together for years and with two little ones alongside them everyone got ready as a family and to hell with tradition. Which isn’t a bad thing.

There were vintage touches throughout, retro furniture was brought in and the flowers, table decorations and pom poms, ( as well as other things) were supplied by the lovely Jay Archer.

Old Luxters Barn WeddingThis was my first time at Old Luxters Barn and the B+B opposite was simply stunning and proved for photos. Even on this slightly chilly day the grounds were great to work with and the inside of the barn was well lit and spacious.

Old Luxters Barn WeddingOther credits go to A Cup of Vintage for the China hire and the cakes were from The Yellow Bee Cake Company.

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WInter Wedding at Nonsuch Mansion

Nonsuch Mansion
Lindsey & Paul

Nonsuch Mansion Winter Wedding
Here’s the lovely Lindsay and Paul from a couple of weeks ago.

I have a few other blog posts to do but I’ve brought this one forward because it has snow and it’s April…and I can’t post it in July, you’ll all think I’m mad.

Because of the weather this was also one of the my most challenging weddings.

It was really cold, 0 degrees, a bit windy too. When I wanted it to snow it didn’t and when I didn’t want it to it did and so on.

Nonsuch Mansion Winter WeddingI also challenged myself. I believe no matter what, I should be able to deliver in every single situation, with no excuses and we did.

I was busy. Most of this stuff I’d never done before and just because it was a challenge doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy every minute of it.

Being taken out of my comfort zone is a great way to grow and learn new things. Sometimes it works, sometimes not but it’s an excellent way to turn out original work and break new ground.

Nonsuch Mansion Winter WeddingIt helps to have a great couple to work with. Lindsey and Paul were a class act all day if I’m honest and were rock and roll throughout from when Lindsey rocked it down the aisle to when they both rocked out on the dancefloor.

A truly ACE day.

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