Vicky & Stuart’s Wedding, Holy Cross Church in Carshalton & The Warren Sports Ground in Hayes

The wedding of Vicky and Stuart Truss proved to be a fabulous day – the weather was hot and the company was marvelous!  I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and despite being on a tight timeline, still managed to get a nice array of pictures throughout.

I started the day photographing the tail end of Vicky’s bridal preparations at her parents house in Carshalton.  The house was buzzing, which wasn’t surprising given the fact that Vicky has five sisters – it’s always great fun to be a passenger amongst during the excitement of the build-up, and there’s always plenty of photographic opportunities to capture emotional images of these special moments.

Having then recorded some of the preparations it was then onto Holy Cross Church further down the road (also in Carshalton) to meet up with Stuart the groom ahead of the ceremony.

The sun was in full flow, and it was a very warm day – which was great for the couple and all the guests, sadly not quite as good for me personally as I tend to melt whilst running around conducting my duties, plus in all honesty the harsh sunlight and it’s high positioning at that point in the day is an absolute nightmare for a photographer; it creates unflattering light and undesired shadows around the eye sockets on the face… anyhow I won’t bore you with the technicalities!

We grabbed a couple of groom and best men portraits before Stuart had to go into the church ahead of Vicky’s arrival.

At this point I should add that Vicky and Stuart had hired an old red London bus as a form of transportation for their guests, which I found very interesting, and I thought was a very nice touch as well as adding some character to the day.

Vicky arrived on time, and the ceremony went like clockwork, well almost, apart from the priest getting Vicky’s name wrong at one point (and didn’t even notice he’d got it wrong either) and also forgetting to give the couple permission to kiss after securing their vows, which left me at the back of the church lingering for some time in preparation – fortunately I stayed there as they then both took it upon themselves to have a kiss when he declared that the congregation should show each other  ‘a sign of peace’!  With the kiss shot in the bag, I was then able to resume normal service…

Following on from the service the reception was held at the Metropolitan Police’s Sports Ground, The Warren in Hayes.

This was a fitting venue, as both Vicky and Stuart work for the police force!

It also provided us with some great backdrops for the bride and groom portraits, and despite being pushed for time in the end following on from the formal group shots, we managed to capture a nice variety.

There was a fabulous policeman figurine post by a sheltered walkway, which made a fitting feature to capture a police themed portrait with the couple – I couldn’t resist – if you scroll down you’ll find it amongst the handful of images I’ve picked out from the day.

If anyone is interested, you can view the other images from the day here.


Bridal preparations at home

Bridal preparations at home using a mirror

Groom and best men prior to the ceremony

Wedding ceremony at Holy Cross Church in Carshalton

Child outside Holy Cross Church in carshalton

Bride and groom kissing in their wedding car

Bride and groom kissing by the wedding car at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Old fashioned red london bus at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and bridesmaids at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom in the gardens at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom near the bowls green at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom in a cove near the bowls green at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom posing for portraits within the grounds at The Warren Met Police Ground in Hayes

Bride and groom police couple next to a policeman figurine