Lauri & Chad’s Wedding at Kingswood Golf Club

Old habits die hard, and again I’ve fallen back into not posting too frequently on here!

So, get the ball back rolling again, I thought that I’d pop up a video slideshow of one of my weddings from earlier this year – the wedding of Lauri & Chad, who tied the knot at St John’s Church in Belmont and then had their reception at Kingswood Golf Club, in Kingswood, Surrey.

If any of you know St John’s church, there is a large stunning stain glass window at the rear of the church above the balcony… when I first saw it, I just knew that we had to get a portrait of the bride and groom stood in front of it.

You’ll see this in the slideshow 🙂

A newborn baby shoot with baby Ronnie

I had the lovely pleasure of capturing the very first official portraits of Baby Ronnie last week.

Mum and dad brought her along to the studio for some photos, and she obliged very well I have to say – not a bad effort, given that she was just over a week old – she was awake pretty much the whole of the shoot time!

We managed to get some lovely shots of her with a handful of our new props from our newborn photography portraiture range.

Why not have a look at our small slideshow here showing off the images captured from the shoot itself, and check out just how cute our subject was!

 

Lauren & John’s Wedding, Crondon Park Golf & Country Club, Stock, Essex

I had the pleasure of travelling over to Essex in the Spring to capture the wedding of Lauren and John at Crondon Park Golf & Country Club in Stock.

Most golf clubs tend to be good locations for wedding photos as they offer vast beautiful, lush, natural backdrops, some including water features and lakes – they can provide many options for portraits.

Crondon Park was no exception to this rule.

I even discovered a couple of brilliant un-orthodox options within the grounds upon my pre scouting visit prior to the wedding.  These included things such as a detached HGV trailer, a pile of construction poles, and a derelict tractor – all of which we fully utilised for porraits throughout the day.

The clubhouse itself also featured a delightful renovated barn, which provided a lovely setting for the wedding breakfast.

It was a cracking day, and the sun was in full force – then again this was the spring, of course we didn’t see too much of it thereafter as we all well know!!!

I’ve included a few shots below from the day, so please feel free to have a look.

Bridal dress in hotel room at Greenwoods, Stock, Essex

Bridal dress hung up in hotel room at Greenwoods, Stock, Essex

Bridal shoes on the window sill in hotel room at Greenwoods, Stock, Essex

Bride and Bride's Father at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride and Bride's Father walking together at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Groom and best man sitting in a container unit at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Groom and best man standing in a container unit at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride and Bride's mother applying lipstick in a mirror at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride and Bride's mother at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride and Groom walking down the aisle at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride at the aisle at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride crying at the aisle at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride and groom standing at the aisle at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Bride and groom after their wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

just married sign on brides wrist at wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom posing for their wedding photographs within the grounds at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom posing for their wedding photographs within the grounds at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom posing for their wedding photographs within the grounds at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride's bouquet at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Barn set up for the wedding breakfast at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Happily ever after love heart table decor

wedding cake at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

button hole at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bridesmaid's bouquet of flowers at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

wedding guests having fun at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

wedding guests having fun at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

wedding guests having fun at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride smiling during her wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

wedding guests having fun at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

groom's speech during the wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

groom's speech during the wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom embracing just after the groom's speech during the wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

wedding guests having fun at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

best man's notes for his speech during the wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

wedding guests having fun at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom posing for their wedding photographs at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom posing for their wedding photographs at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

silhouette of bride and groom kissing for a wedding portrait photograph at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

personalised confectionery during the wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

personalised confectionery during the wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom cutting their cake during the wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom performing their first dance during their wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

bride and groom performing their first dance during their wedding reception at Crondon Park Country Golf Club, Stock, Essex

Liz and Andy’s Easter Wedding at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon

Whilst most of you would have been enjoying your hot cross buns and chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday earlier this year, I was instead off to work to capture the wedding of Liz and Andy at Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon, Surrey.

I had been looking forward to this wedding ever since I performed my regular pre-wedding visit to Selsdon Park Hotel. During my explorations within the venue grounds I had discovered some amazing derelict workman sheds tucked away out of sight.

I’m sure that upon most people’s inspection of these sheds,  many would have thought that I’d lost the plot in suggesting using them as an intriguing backdrop for some portraits… however, thankfully Liz is a photography teacher, and she could see my creative logic behind the suggestions and had total faith in me and my photography that her and Andy totally embraced everything without any questions or doubt.

It was fantastic, we captured some brilliant and original shots, and I’d be pretty bold to say that I don’t think I’ve seen any other fello photographers who have shot weddings at Selsdon before replicating the use of these same areas/locations that I discovered within the grounds.

You can view a large selection of these images from their day below.

Liz and Andy were extremely happy with their photos, and have written me a lovely testimonial which I shall copy below (and of which can be viewed on my Freeindex account: http://www.freeindex.co.uk/more-reviews.htm?id=234208):

“We got married in April and being a photography teacher I really wanted to make sure we got an excellent photographer. Sam was exactly that. He was very professional from the first meeting and was very accomodating to the style of photos we wanted. Sam went to the location before the wedding and sent through the photos that were taken there which gave us an idea of what the actual shots would look like. 

On the day Sam was great. He was very calm and wasn’t too demanding! Sam blended in with the guests, which was great as a lot of the photos being taken went un-noticed. 

We have just received the album and are really happy with the results. The images are lovely and its a great memory of the day. I would recommend him to anyone wanting a wedding photographer as he provides a great service.”

 

Groom and best man before wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel

Groom having his portrait taken before wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel

Groom and groomsmen having their portraits taken before wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel

Groom and groomsmen having their portraits taken in a door way before wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel

wedding rings photograph taken at Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon, Surrey

Bride getting ready before her ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon, Surrey

Bride having her portrait taken before her ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon, Surrey

Bride's wedding bouquet of flowers prior to the wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon, Surrey

Groom awaiting the arrival of his bride at his wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride walking down the aisle during her wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom kissing during their wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom signing their register during their wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Child guest at a wedding ceremony at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom having their wedding portraits taken following on from their wedding ceremony at Sesdon Park Hoytel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom posing in a framed wall whilst having their wedding portraits taken following on from their wedding ceremony at Sesdon Park Hoytel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom posing in a door way whilst having their wedding portraits taken following on from their wedding ceremony at Sesdon Park Hoytel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom posing against the backdrop of the golf course whilst having their wedding portraits taken following on from their wedding ceremony at Sesdon Park Hoytel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom kissing against the backdrop of the golf course whilst having their wedding portraits taken following on from their wedding ceremony at Sesdon Park Hoytel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom posing for their wedding portraits taken at Sesdon Park Hoytel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom posing for some wedding photographs taken at Sesdon Park Hoytel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom posing for some wedding photographs taken against the backdrop of Sesdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Bride and groom posing for some wedding photographs taken against the backdrop of Sesdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Personalised pick n mix sweets at a wedding at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Lovely wedding cake at a wedding at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Speeches at a wedding reception being held at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Groom performing his Speech at his wedding reception being held at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

Bridal party sitting at the head table during a wedding reception at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon, Surrey

wedding guest laughing at selsdon park hotel, croydon, surrey

Child eating at the wedding breakfast at the selsdon park hotel, croydon, surrey

laughter from the best man's speech during the wedding reception at selsdon park hotel, croydon, surrey

Emily & Greg’s Wedding, Oaks Farm, Croydon, Surrey

The wedding of Emily and Greg was my first “Easter Wedding” and took place at Oaks Farm in Croydon.

I knew Oaks Farm reasonably well having shot a couple of previous weddings there before in the past, and it is a very nice venue that offers a reasonable amount of variation for images despite being based within a relatively compact grounds.

I had been looking forward to this particular wedding as Greg had informed me at their pre wedding consultation meeting that they were hiring an Only Fools and Horses Robin Reliant Car as their wedding car as he was an avid fan and as to tie in with their Only Fools and Horses theme for the table decorations.

Normally most couples go with a traditional wedding car like a Rolls Royce or a Mercedes, so this for me was something different to the norm and made for interesting photographs – especially even more so when your groom is game for ‘getting into character’ as did Greg!

The vehicle supplier, Cushty Surprises, provided a sheepskin coat, a flat cap and other various Del Boy related props along with the van – all of which Greg embraced, and for what made some fabulous charismatic images!

I’ve included some of the Trotters themed images below, along with a few of the other images throughout the day.

If anyone wishes to view more images from the day, please feel free – it was a superb day for weather and a fun packed wedding, and we captured some fabulous images.

Oaks Farm, Croydon

Wedding at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Only Fools & Horses Robin Reliant Van

Only Fools & Horses Robin Reliant Van

Wedding at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Only Fools & Horses Robin Reliant Van wedding car

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon

Wedding photography at Oaks Farm in Croydon