Alexandra & Vishal’s Wedding at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam, Surrey

I thought that it would be an appropriate time to post this wedding up on the blog as Alexandra and Vishal have recently just celebrated their first year’s anniversary of marriage!

They tied the knot at Nonsuch Mansion in Nonsuch Park in August 2013.

Ironically enough, whilst Nonsuch is a local venue to me, it had been elusive one that I’d been waiting a long time to receive a commission for a wedding.

Anyone who also lives locally to Cheam, will most likely be aware of Nonsuch Mansion and what a marvellous Georgian periodic venue it is.

It had been a venue that I was very keen to explore with a real wedding, and so, naturally, I was delighted when Alexandra and Vishal booked me to capture their big day for them there.

I was extremely fortunate that I had a perfect wedding to capture; a stunning venue and a brilliant couple – they were willing, enthusiastic, and just as importantly they shared my humour so I had an amazing time, and I’d like to think that we got some pretty cool shots too!

An amazing venue, and a likewise couple always guarantees great results, as a photographer you can’t ask for more.

One thing that also stuck out for me for this particular wedding was that I don’t think I’ve shot a wedding that had so much raw emotion between the newlyweds – the tears flowed regularly throughout the day, which again provided me with some beautiful natural photos.

Anyway, I shall leave you to have a look for yourselves.

Happy Anniversary Alex & Vish, I hope that your first year together as man & wife has been amazing – best of luck with your new arrival in the Autumn! :)

Rachael & Rob’s Wedding at The Grange, Beddington Park

Here’s a slideshow video to showcase a selection of the official photographs from Rachael and Rob’s wedding at The Grange in Beddington Park, Beddington Surrey.

I’m a recommended supplier at The Grange, and do quite a few weddings each year there as a result – one thing that I have to say, is that I never tire of this venue… the surrounding park offers a wealth of photographic opportunities that continue to entice me to try new things.

It really is a delight to work at, and everything is all nicely located closely to each other, that we can jump from one portrait location to another.

I’m also pleased to say that one of the images from this wedding was entered into The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s Traditional Wedding Photography Competition for July, and it received a ‘Highly Commended’ award – a testament to the quality of location at my disposal for composing a striking bridal portrait.

Please feel free to play the embedded slideshow below and have a browse of the backdrops that I mention, I think that you’ll agree that The Grange does lend itself as a picturesque location for a wedding…

 

Antonina & Dale’s Wedding Slideshow at Ravens Ait Island

Here’s a slideshow of Antonina & Dale’s wedding at Ravens Ait Island in Kingston from last month.

I’d never been to Ravens Ait before, so this was a first for me, and what a unique experience it was too – for those of you who do not know it, it’s basically a venue on an island that sits in the Thames between Kingston and Hampton Court.

You can only access it via boat.

Antonina and Dale had a stunning marquee at Ravens Ait, it was immaculately dressed and presented… it was amazing.

 

Sophie & Jimi’s Wedding at Addington Palace, Croydon

Sophie and Jimi’s wedding was a nice and local affair, with the ceremony taking place in my hometown of Wallington at the Holy Trinity Church.

I started off with the bridal preparations at Sophie’s parents house, before then meeting Jimi at the church for some quick portraits of him and the groomsmen.

Unbeknown to Jimi, Sophie had planned him a little secret – he was to be driven to the church in a replica 1980′s A-Team van! Being of that generation myself, I was pretty impressed with his transportation as it delivered a healthy dose of nostalgia from my own childhood.

Sadly there was no Hannibal, Mr T, Face or Murdock to join the celebrations on this occasion, but Jimi was flanked with his very own group of men! Despite being a Wallingtonian, I’d strangely not photographed at Holy Trinity before.

I was quite pleased to alas be commissioned for a wedding there, as I’ve always eyed up the unusual blue painted doors at the front side of the church – they’re such a lovely vibrant blue that it just pops, and so I of course made sure that we captured a couple of portraits of the happy couple by these after the ceremony before departing for the wedding reception.

Moving onto the reception, Jimi hadn’t been the only one treated to transportation on the day – the couple had hired an old routemaster bus to transfer their guests from Wallington to Addington Palace in Croydon.

Sophie and Jimi meanwhile travelled in a modern Rolls Royce – I don’t think that Sophie fancied a ride in the A-team van as her wedding vehicle!

If you’re not too familiar with Addington Palace, it’s an 18th-century mansion set within 163 acres of land based in Croydon, and is steeped in history – apparently Henry VIII once had  a hunting lodge there.

As you can imagine, it therefore is a very grand venue, which boasts some fabulous decor, all of which we took advantage of when capturing the bride and groom portraits.

Why not have a look at a handful of images from their big day here below…

Bride getting ready at her home in wallington, surrey Bride's wedding dress hanging up in her bedroom Holy Trinity Church in Wallington - Groom posing with an A-Team van as his wedding car Wedding bands being held in the hand of the best man outside the Holy Trinity Church in Wallington, Surrey Bride arrives in her wedding car outside Holy Trinity Church in Wallington Bride walking down the aisle with her father at Holy Trinity Church, Wallington, Surrey Wedding ceremony being held at Holy Trinity Church, Wallington Bride and groom signing the register during their wedding service at Wallington's Holy Trinity Church Bride and groom congratulated outside Holy Trinity Church in Wallington by their congregation Bride and groom posing by the blue doors of Holy Trinity Church in Wallington, Surrey The double decker bus of wedding guests arrives at Addington Palace in Croydon for the wedding reception Rolls Royce wedding car outside the front of the Addington Palace building in Croydon, Surrey Bride and groom pose for some wedding portraits within the external grounds of Addington Palace in Croydon Bride and Groom wedding portraits and posed photos as taken inside Addington Palace in Croydon, Surrey The main room in Addington Palace fully decorated ready for the imminent wedding breakfast Bride and Groom are introduced to the guests by the toastmaster during the start of the wedding breakfast at Addington Palace, Croydon, Surrey Wedding breakfast details shots of the cake and room An aerial shot of the main room at Addington Palace in Croydon Guests enjoying themselves during the wedding breakfast Bride and groom take to the dance floor for their first dance during their wedding reception at Addington Palace in Croydon

Teenage Portraits on location at Morden Park, Surrey

Apologies for the break in blog posts again of late… I’m guilty that once things get busier, sadly the first thing that always slips is the poor blog – you’ve only got to see my chequered posting history to see a rather all too familiar pattern emerging!

I will once again try to kick-start things with another little post to hopefully help get things back on track.

This post relates back to a shoot I did probably around 18 months ago, which despite the time lag, ironically is one that I have wanted to get on here before now because it was such a fun job.

I’d been commissioned by a lady to photograph her teenage daughter and a group of her school friends, as they were moving away and she thought that it would be a lovely memento for her daughter to remember her friends by.

Initially, it had been arranged that I was to conduct a shoot at their house using the portable studio equipment.

However, after some thought I advised them that I felt that a location shoot would be better suited due to the number of girls, and that they would also benefit from something that was less formal.

I also knew that Morden Park was literally across the road from their house, and having conducted many weddings there at the registry office knew that the grounds would provide us with some great opportunities.

My proposal at first wasn’t accepted too well from the girls, as being teenagers and of an age where they are extremely self-aware, naturally they didn’t fancy being seen out at the local park having their photos taken – that just isn’t cool apparently!

Fortunately, my powers of persuasion won, and we headed over to the park to capture the various portraits from the complete group through to smaller variations and singular shots.

Despite the girls’ initial reservations, they soon got into the swing of things, and in the end actually fully embraced the fun well beyond my expectations – to the extent that one of them proposed that they all could climb a nearby low based tree to pose in that!

I kid you not… I went with the flow and as a result we got some brilliant shots, which encapsulated everything so perfectly.

It was definitely a shoot to remember, and I hope that the photos have provided them with something that they will remember and treasure as a reminder of that day and the many years of friendship that they’ve shared.

Here below is a selection of the images that were captured from that shoot.

Portrait photography with a group of teenage girls in Morden Park in Surrey Fun portraits with a group of girls in the grounds of Morden Park Fun portraits with a group of girls posing in a tree in Morden Park Teenage girls posing together for their portraits in Morden Park in Surrey Teenage friendship being captured in their portraits at Morden Park in Surrey