Wedding, Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Please don’t faint – alas it has only taken me 8 months to get around to writing a new blog post!

Apologies to any followers out there who have been waiting or wondering as to why things have been quiet on the blog front – it’s been a very busy 2012 and isn’t looking like slowing up either.

I will try and now kick-on from here and start posting on a regular basis again, I certainly do have plenty of material to showcase back-dating from last November.

Here’s the first to get the ball rolling once more – a lovely wedding which took place last November at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere in Surrey.

My bride works as an in-house photography studio photo re-toucher, and makes a living from editing photographs to a specific output depending on the job and clientele.  I was delighted when she commissioned me to capture her wedding, as I’m sure that she knew of other photographers that she could have approached to photograph her big day, but she had obviously liked my style of work and opted to hire me.  That is always a nice feeling, and always goes to show and prove the point that there might well be many photographers out there, but we’re all different in many ways with our styles, concepts, poses and we also have our own unique personalities as we’re all individuals at the end of the day.

This was my second wedding at Lythe Hill within the space of two months, so I was well acquainted with the venue.

It was a lovely wedding, and my couple were both a joy to work with; both were very laid back and relaxed which is always great as I’m a firm believer that a wedding day should be both fun and relaxed, and the photography should reflect that, not some militant operation where people are forced to adhere to strict rules and stressed out by a photographer constantly barking orders. That does not yield the best results, yes there are times when you have to be firm on timings so that everything is achieved, but you have to make the whole exercise of capturing pictures fun, not a chore, and if you can create that the bride and groom will be relaxed and they’ll enjoy themselves = great pictures!  It’s not rocket science…

I have to say, the groom is an incredibly laid back chap – I’ve never arrived to capture some shots of a groom and the best man 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to find the groom not yet dressed in his wedding attire!  We ended up capturing those shots later on in the day, so no damage done, but it was certainly a first for me! ha ha

I’ve added a selection of the images below for reference.

Wedding Rings in presentation box at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Groom awaiting the Bride's arrival at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride walking down the aisle during a wedding ceremony at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Groom kissing his bride during a wedding ceremony at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride and Groom walking back down the aisle as husband and wife at a wedding ceremony at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride and Groom having a photograph in their wedding car at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride and Groom having a photograph sharing a kiss in their wedding car at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

A Morris Minor wedding car at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride and groom standing in the wedding pavilion at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride and groom sharing a kiss in the wedding pavilion at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride and groom posing for a wedding portrait within the grounds at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bridal portrait sitting in an armchair in an old derelict outhouse within the grounds at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bridal portrait sitting in an armchair in an old derelict outhouse within the grounds at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bridal portrait sitting in an armchair in an old derelict outhouse within the grounds at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Groom portrait sitting in an standing against a wooden post in an old derelict outhouse within the grounds at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Groom and best man portrait captured near the reception area at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

The wedding reception room fully set up awaiting the wedding party's arrival for the wedding breakfast at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

 

Venue menu on the table during the wedding breakfast at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

 

A guest enjoying playing a game of pool during the wedding reception at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Bride and Groom cutting their wedding cake during their wedding reception at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere, Surrey

Beth and Adam’s Wedding, Saint Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean and Pangdean Farm in Pyecombe, West Sussex

Apologies once again for the lack of blogging  – down time has been scarce recently, and sadly the blog is always the first thing to suffer!

Anyhow, I shall once again resume normal service, kicking off with the wedding of Beth and Adam from the tail end of last year.

Beth and Adam’s wedding ceremony was held at St Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean, and the reception then followed at the lovely Pangdean Farm in Pyecombe, West Sussex.

I was really impressed with Pangdean Farm, it was certainly a venue that offered something different from the many other venues that I’ve photographed at before.  It’s a working farm of 1,000 acres based at Pyecombe, and is only literally 5 miles away from Brighton. The most impressive aspect of the farm is the magnificent 17th Century oak framed Old Barn – it was beautiful and created a lovely ambience.

With it being an autumn wedding we didn’t have a lot of time for formal photographs due to available daylight, which was a shame as we only managed to get a couple of portraits within the farm grounds before running out of light.  Thankfully we did get some other portraits immediately after the ceremony itself – we headed across the road from St Margaret’s to conduct some shots in the Green Flag award winning Kipling Gardens which is delightful and provided us with some cracking photographs.

You can view a handful of shots throughout the whole day below.

Those wishing to have a look over the other images from the day, please feel free to browse via this link.

 

Groom and best man prior to wedding ceremony at Saint Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex

Wedding rings prior to the wedding service at Saint Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West SussexBride arriving at Saint Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West Susse for her weddingGroom awaiting his bride at the altar, St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean, West SussexBride standing at the altar in St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean, West SussexGroom looking on lovingly at his wife during their wedding ceremony at St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean, West SussexBride and groom being showered with confetti outside the main entrance to St Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West SussexBride and Groom kissing on the main steps of St Margaret's Church in Rottingdean, West SussexBride and Groom posing for a portrait in the Kipling Gardens, Rottingdean, West SussexBride and Groom posing for a portrait framed by an oval window in a wall in the Kipling Gardens, Rottingdean, West SussexBride and Groom posing for a portrait framed by a doorway in a wall in the Kipling Gardens, Rottingdean, West SussexBride posing for a portrait framed by a doorway in a wall in the Kipling Gardens, Rottingdean, West SussexBride and groom drinking champagne having just arrived in their wedding car at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, BrightonBouquet of flowers placed on the bonnet of the Bentley wedding car at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, West SussexBride and groom posing for one of their wedding portraits in the gardens at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, West Sussex

A portrait of the Bride and groom kissing in the gardens at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, West SussexA portrait of the Bride and groom kissing in the gardens at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, BrightonTop table in the barn at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe. West SussexChild pulling a funny face in the barn at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, West SussexChild portrait in the barn Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, West SussexGroom portrait in the barn Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, West SussexBride portrait in the barn Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, West Sussex

 

Rachael & Duncan’s Wedding, Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey

I recently had the pleasure of capturing the wedding of Rachael and Duncan at Sutton Registry Office, in Sutton, Surrey.

This was a relatively small scale wedding, and I was hired to only capture some photos of Rachael getting ready, the ceremony, and then finishing up with the formal portraits afterwards before they then proceeded to head to a restaurant in Sutton for their reception.

It was an intimate affair, and Rachael had many relatives make the journey down from Birmingham to help celebrate her big day with her.

I have shot a few weddings at Sutton Registry Office before, so knew the layout very well.

Duncan, the groom, was not a fan of having his picture taken, something I’m certain that he’d be more than happy to admit!  Whilst this may sound a problem, in all honesty this is a very common issue – there are not many people that do enjoy having their picture taken, this is indeed commonplace!  However, it is my job as the photographer to make them feel at ease and ensure that I capture the best results possible, providing the couple with images that they will cherish.

We got some lovely shots, of which you can view some below.  Those wishing to view more, please feel free to browse the complete set from the day here.

 

Wedding Card to the married couple
Bride photography portrait at her home in Sutton, Surrey
Close up portrait of bride with her veil
Photograph of a bride laughing into a mirror
Wedding rings on a sun dial at Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Bride arriving in her wedding car to Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Groom awaiting his bride at Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Bride laughing with her groom at Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Young girl playing in the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Portrait of a young boy in the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding photography portrait of a bride and groom the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey
Wedding photography portrait of a bride and groom walking in the rear gardens of Sutton Registry Office, Sutton, Surrey