Amy and Alex celebrated their wedding in a quintessentially English style, with a lovely church wedding and a reception held on a glorious Surrey estate
I was really looking forward to Amy and Alex’s summer wedding in the beautiful British countryside and it did not disappoint. They’d decided to have a big celebration on the party island of Ibiza with friends, and a smaller wedding first with family in Surrey. But for a more intimate gathering, it was still pretty grand!
In the morning, I went to the hotel in the picturesque village of Chiddingfold where Amy was getting ready with her bridesmaid. She’d chosen a very elegant dress as you can see from the photos and looked stunning.
I then went to meet Alex, who was waiting with his guests in the Crown Inn, a pub just opposite the centuries-old church of St. Mary’s where they were going to get married.
Everyone then went into the small, historic church, which boasts lovely arches, offering great angles for reportage shots, and an intimate yet bright interior, which allowed me to use the natural light.
I used a reportage photography style as much as possible, with just a few posed shots, as Amy and Alex wanted a natural feel to the images to convey the understated elegance they had chosen for their wedding style.
Amy was lead down the aisle by her Dad to much excitement, and she and Alex chose a traditional wedding service, with hymns, prayers and speeches. There were cheers when they were pronounced man and wife, and I got some great shots of the happy couple leaving the church under a shower of confetti.
Reflecting their fun and adventurous personalities, Amy and Alex then headed to the reception in a Range Rover – it meant they could go cross-country, driving through fields with hay bales – to arrive at the party to great applause and woops from their guests! It was a unique entrance and it’s these individual touches that give each wedding its own special character and make the visual story of the day much more personal and interesting.
The reception was held at Alex’s grandmother’s beautiful estate in the glorious Surrey Hills, where they had set up a marquee in the impressive grounds next to the grand house.
Because they had such a large outdoor space, the kids had room to roam. You can see how happy they look in the photos. And the adults got to have fun too, playing traditional English games like croquet. Having time for people to socialise before the main meal is a great idea and makes the day just a bit more relaxed.
The marquee had been tastefully decorated and felt very personal. There were hundreds of photos of Alex and Amy lining the posts, showing just how many adventures and good times they’d had in the eight years since they met at university.
After the meal, we went outside to take couple shots in the low afternoon sun in the fields around the estate. The light was perfect and allowed me to take natural, romantic shots without using a flash. They are a fashionable couple, and Alex’s cool blue suit looked great in contrast to Amy’s off-white dress and the big sky behind.
When the bride and groom returned to the marquee to mingle, I then went back outside to take some fun shots of their guests. The hay bales provided the perfect props for some memorable photos. As the sun set in a red sky, torches were lit in the garden and then the dancing started. Even the oldest guests enjoyed getting down – it was a funny, warm and happy atmosphere with a real sense of family.
Thanks to Amy and Alex for asking me to photograph such a lovely Surrey wedding. And if this is just a small wedding party, then the Ibiza celebration is likely to be a real extravaganza!