I met Charlie and Rachel when they booked me a few months before their wedding at the Walled Garden at Cowdray, in Midhurst, West Sussex. Their engagement shoot in London took place on what was easily in the rainiest and windiest weather I have yet shot in – but what fun it was and you can see here! Fast forward to the wedding day and the weather was perfect.
I drove down from London and hence arrived very early, so after a nice cup of coffee at a farm stall café around the corner from the church, I started off by photographing Charlie and some of the guests enjoying a drink at a local pub. Then we all made our way to the church and awaited Rachel and her bridesmaid’s arrival. Rachel looked absolutely stunning and Charlie was one very proud man as she was walked up the aisle by her father. After the service we all gathered on the lawn outside the church in the sun for a few family photos before the very short drive to the Walled Garden at Cowdray. It is a perfect venue for a nice relaxed wedding in beautiful surroundings, right next door to the spectacular Cowdray Ruins, to which we were granted access for a quick couple shoot.
After a drinks reception on the lawn, everyone made their way inside for the wedding breakfast followed by some of the most entertaining speeches I have heard in a good while! Being a cricket fan myself, I really enjoyed the theme and the table plan took the form of names written on a selection of mini cricket bats – brilliant. The cake cutting and first dance followed and then it was party time, with what seemed like everyone getting stuck in on the dance floor! As usual, just before wrapping up we popped outside and I took a few night time portraits before saying my goodbyes to Rachel and Charlie on what was a fantastic day from start to finish.
If you are getting married and planning a wedding at the Walled Garden at Cowdray, please do not hesitate to get in touch for a chat about your wedding photography requirements.
It’s great photographing a wedding at a venue I haven’t photographed at before, so I was delighted when Toby & Divinia booked me for their Dulwich Picture Gallery wedding. What I like about this venue, compared to other more urban galleries, are the ample gardens surrounding the actual gallery, which gets well used during a wedding as long as it isn’t raining!
The reception itself was spectacular, with a long banqueting table decorated with huge flower arrangements running through the middle of the gallery, surrounded by all the old paintings.
To rewind a little, I started off covering Divinia’s bridal preparation at the De Vere Devonport Hotel in Greenwich – a venue I had photographed another wedding at recently quite recently. Then it was off to the Dulwich Picture Gallery for the ceremony and reception. A vintage old bus was hired to bring many of the guests to the venue, which I thought was a very nice touch!
After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed drinks and canapés on the lawn outside before I whisked the couple away for some romantic couple portraits – as always, nice and relaxed and not too “posy” and also getting a lot of variety in a short space of time. A while later we all went inside and everyone enjoyed a fabulous dinner, as did my assistant and I. Probably the nicest meal I have ever eaten at a wedding – but then I am quite partial to a good piece of beef…
After the speeches it was party time and what a great time everyone had! Just before I left, I wrapped up with a few dramatic night time couple shots, which the couple had requested in advance. It only takes a few minutes but the results are very well worth it! Divinia and Toby were an absolute pleasure to work with!
If you are getting married at the Dulwich Picture Gallery I would be delighted to hear, so feel free to contact me for a chat about your requirements.
Last year Diana and Mike booked me to cover their wedding photography at Fennes in Essex. A couple of months earlier we met up in central London for an engagement shoot, so it was great to see them again. I started off photographing Diana’s bridal preparation in one of the fabulous rooms at the venue. Fennes is an lovely wedding venue and great from a wedding photographer’s perspective as well.
After wrapping up coverage of the bridal preparation we headed off to a nearby church for the ceremony, then we returned to Fennes for the reception. It was one of those really hot summer’s days that we do occasionally get here in England, and we all soaked it up!
After some group shots on the lawn everyone headed inside to sit down and await Diana & Mike’s entrance, which was greeted with rapturous applause! After some great food, speeches, cake cutting and the first dance, we then went outside to create some dramatic night time photographs.
There is a fabulous bridge with fountains either side, and I just had to use that for one of my shots I had in mind. Although the entire scene was virtually pitch black, using multiple lights controlled from the camera, I was able to light up the fountains and the couple, resulting in just the picture I had in mind.
If you are getting married and would like to discuss your wedding photography at Fennes, I would be delighted to hear from you so please do get in touch for a chat.