I’ve had a wonderful Saturday at Woodlands Park Hotel near Leatherhead photographing the wedding of Christine and Ben. My day started photographing Christine getting ready in her hotel room. The makeup artists and hairstylist were already there when I arrived. I got a few nice shots of Christine sitting concentrated while the finishing touches were applied to her face and hair.
I hung her dress on the curtain rail by the window, which made quite a nice shot against the light floating in through the window and through her dress (which wasn’t white by the way).
While she was getting dressed I did a couple of portraits with Ben in the lobby of the hotel. Woodlands Park Hotel has a stunning reception hall with antique wooden panels on the walls; it’s an absolute gorgeous venue.
Ben was waiting with friends and family in the lobby when Christine came downstairs. After quickly saying hello to their guests Christine and Ben got into their 1980s sports car and led the procession to Leatherhead register office.
I’ve shot quite a few weddings now at Leatherhead register office and the staff there knows me already. The ceremony was moving and Christine’s mum couldn’t resist shedding a tear.
The newlyweds were welcomed with confetti in the gardens of the register office. The sun was shining – a perfect setting! We had the garden to ourselves for about half an hour before the next group would arrive. This was just enough time for some group shots with family and friends and for a couple of informal shots of Christine and Ben.
Back at Woodlands Park Hotel everybody was welcomed with campaign and canapés. I stood about 20m away and used my 70-200mm lens to get shots of the guests congratulating Christine and Ben without disturbing the scene.
The most fun part for me was the ‘official’ photoshoot with just the two of them. I asked them to pose underneath various trees, in front of hedges and gates, sitting on benches and kissing in the middle of the lawn. The time flew by and by the end of the day I had well over 1000 shots in my camera.
I’m currently designing a bespoke album for them. It will have 60 pages with 140 photos printed in the finest photographic quality on the marked.