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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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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Pangdean Barn Wedding Photography

Pangdean Barn Wedding
Roxy & Jamie

Pangdean Barn WeddingBang, we’re here. There’s a sense of spring in the air and the 2013 wedding season is also starting to make noises at me, a slow rumbling sound that builds and builds up until April where it clobbers me squarely on the hooter screaming ‘I’m heeeeere!’

And that folks is what it’s like every year. January and February are usually really quiet, one or two weddings.

Then around the first week of March it hits you that you’ve two weddings next week…. (and they’re going to be awesome).

This blog post though isn’t for me to ramble about the year ahead.

This blog is for Roxy and Jamie. One of the biggest weddings from last year.

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Clarice House Wedding

Clarice House
Becky & Tom

Clarice House Wedding
Oh so, bit of a biggie this one, huge in fact.

There are so many facets to Becky and Tom’s Autumn Wedding at Clarice House that I’m not to sure where to start other than from the beginning.

This wedding was covered by myself and Laura jointly. Laura covered Tom and the boys at Clarice House with myself covering Becky and Co at her parents down the road.

Because of the distance we stayed the night before at the venue, (No point starting a wedding after a long drive, hard to party with the camera later on) but it was an 8am start regardless, with lots to do.

Clarice House WeddingThe start of the day was very rainy and cold. My lenses kept steaming up from going outside to shoot the shoes and back in to cover the prep…. this time of year condensation is the enemy!

Becky’s shoes were from Kurt Geiger and the dress was an Elizabeth Fillmore number from Browns Bride.

And no, I can’t tell you how much it was.

Once everyone was ready and I’d taken the portraits of family that I usually do:

I ran ahead to Clarice house and on the way it started snowing.

I’m often asked what the best weather to have for a wedding, for me at least it’s a case of ‘as long as it’s not windy’, which it wasn’t 🙂

Once there I rejoined my beloved Laura to take stock of what had happened so far and planned ahead for the rest of the day.

What followed was a beautiful ceremony and dinner. There was even a letter from the Queen saying she was unable to attend:

Becky and Tom also had a friend paint a canvas where a little piece of each was given to each guest. The intention being to piece the puzzle back together again.

Clarice House WeddingDuring the evening there was a cake competition where everyone brought their own. I found out the difference between Macaroon’s and Macaron’s and we all had a dance to the most Awesome Wedding Band I’ve seen this year, Brass Roots.

This is the point in my blog where I usually say, ‘and here are some more photo’, not so on this one.

You see we took over the Swimming Pool, with ‘That dress’ after the first dance…..

I’ve really only just touched on some of the fabulous and amazing things from the day.

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Stanrmer House Wedding

Stanmer House Wedding
Angela & Chris

Stanmer House WeddingMeet Angela and Chris. Last July I had the pleasure of shooting their wedding at Stanmer House.

It was midsummer and HOT, some 30+ degrees. So hot in fact the speeches had to be held outside of the Marquee!

This was very colourful and stylish wedding. An Alfred Angelo Dress (I think, readers please correct me), Ted Baker suits, shirts and …. flip flops.

Stanmer House WeddingAngela and Chris really pulled out the stops in the small details department. The inside of Stanmer House was well dressed with photos from the past, in frames, little tea lights everywhere but even these were wrapped in ribbon.
The cake was a Choccywoccydoodah number and the band they had in the evening were ‘The Daggers’.

If anything was memorable it was Angela’s dress kept being stepped on!

As always the staff at Stanmer House did an awesome job!

Stanmer House WeddingHere’s some more images from the day:

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Henley Business School Wedding

Henley Business School Wedding
Mary-Anne & Stephen

Henley Business School Wedding
Say hello to Mary-Anne and Stephen. This fab couple were married in August at St Peters Church in Marlow with their reception at the Henley Business School in Oxfordshire.

This was a lovely day, the beautiful church had ornate mosaics in the registry area and with Stephen being a Scot many were in kilts.

One of the highlights of the day was the Singing Waiters that were left as a surprise for after dinner. There were quite frankly, awesome. They really got everyone going and involved. I strongly recommend them!
Henley Business School Wedding

Henley Business School sits right beside the Thames. People passing by in boats waved at us throughout out the day screaming a distant ‘Congratulations’ whilst we were taking photos near the Lavender, the Foxgloves and all the other flowers that occupied these ornate gardens.

What was especially nice, comforting in fact was there was a Bagpipe player not only at the Church but he followed us to the Reception where he carried on playing in the distance right up until the start of the wedding breakfast.
Henley Business School Wedding

A great summertime wedding!

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Cripps Barn November Wedding

Cripps Barn in November
Seetal & Minesh

Cripps Barn WeddingToday I’d like to show you Seetal and Minesh’s wedding from November.

This amazing couple tied the knot at Cripps Barn, Gloucester near the start of the month.

Because of the distance I stopped overnight a few miles down the road at the Lamb Inn. It rained all night, and did so pretty hard too. When I awoke and left for the prep address, (which was Cats Abbey some 5 miles away) it was still throwing it down.

The weather forecast said it was going to be clear later and so off I went thinking it couldn’t get any worse… only to find the temperature dropped a couple of degrees and there was heavy snow for the first few hours.

Now I’m not complaining, I like snow, really I do. But I had plans, plans involving De’Loreans, Vintage Buses and smoke bombs in no particular order.

Cripps Barn WeddingEveryone got ready at Cats Abbey. A 1950’s enamel blue vintage bus was taking everyone except Minesh to Cripps Barn whilst our Groom was heading to Cripps in a Back to the Future De’Lorean.

My plan was for the De’Lorean to arrive in a cloud of smoke. I bought some Enola Gay smoke grenades from Airsoft World, (just the small ones) and the lovely Corinne at the Barn allowed me to run loose with them.

The results of which are further down, it’s nice to be creative.

So the weather was sucky until it was time to leave for the venue. Then, as if someone had thrown a switch, strong sunlight cut like a knife through the clouds and lit Seetal up just as she was boarding the bus.

We even had a little rainbow too, nice 🙂

Cripps Barn WeddingCripps is truly a great venue. It’s a photographers dream inside and out with lots of angles to bounce light from. Plenty of light fell on Seetal, Minesh and the whole wedding party due to the position of the window above them.

Cripps is very well kept, huge barbeque, a massive bonfire in the evening and small touches everywhere that when put together show just how much the owners care about the place.

It’s fab.

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