Carla and Chi’s English-Nigerian wedding at Robert Denholm House near Redhill was by far my biggest wedding photography project in 2018! It was 17h day for me, I delivered over 900 photos and over 2h of edited videos. I had four assistants working with me to tackle this enormous wedding photography job.
The early bird catches the worm! We started our day at 6am at the Nutfield Prior and Spa. You might recognise this Redhill wedding venue – I’d been there before to shoot Sally and Gary’s wedding.
Carla and Chi had everything running with military precision. They were both getting ready at the same venue, so there was a constant communication stream between the chief bridesmaid and best man. No running into each other beforehand!
With four of us on hand, my job for the day was to film everything. While I was busy with the preparations, my team was at the church, capturing the choir rehearsals and the first guests’ arrival. When Carla’s wedding dress “big reveal” came, the ladies couldn’t contain their excitement! It was a really lovely moment and a privilege to capture on camera.
Large church ceremony photography
What a popular couple. With more than 450 guests and an uplifting gospel choir, the atmosphere was simply electric. I had two more assistants covering every angle of the ceremony. It was a huge room and there was so much to fit in, from the towering pillars to the tearful guests.
By the time the ceremony was over, my assistant had set up a portable studio flash outside. We completed some group shots with the wedding party before making our way over to Robert Denholm House.
Wedding reception photography at Robert Denholm House
The newlyweds had arranged for a large marquee to be set up outside Robert Denholm House. This late Victorian mansion is pretty impressive on its own, so you can imagine just how many guests there were with a marquee!
As the guests enjoyed drinks and canapés, we rounded up the family for some group shots. This was no mean feat – the couple’s immediate family alone contained 50 people. With patience though, we got there!
Celebrating African traditions
Carla and Chi paid tribute to their Nigerian roots with traditional dancing into the room before their meal. They then followed this with another tradition – their elders breaking the coconut – before a few welcome words from the groom’s father and a short grace by the priest.
I have to give props to the staff at Robert Denholm House here. There were 48 tables, but they managed to direct everybody to the four buffets around the venue, calling each table one by one. Incredible!
The gentlemen in the wedding party really did the newlyweds proud. The father of the bride, best man and the groom all had fantastic speeches – smiles all round!
Sunset wedding photo shoot
After Carla and Chi cut into their elegant cake, we took them outside for a portrait shoot. The sun was setting, giving us great exposure in the background and some lovely silhouettes. Next up, they’d be off for their costume change…
As the newlyweds donned their Nigerian attire, they entered their huge party. There was hardly any room to move on the dance floor! There were bright colours, incredible décor and even dollar bills scattered around. A very big party indeed!
Our long day came to an end at 1am when the guests left. We finished with one final shot outside. We used a mobile studio flash to illuminate the trees, with Carla and Chi in the foreground. This couple’s incredible wedding day is one I won’t be forgetting in a hurry. I’m thrilled to say they gave me a 5-star review!
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