After chatting with Vanessa and Charlie online via Skype, we all agreed upon a half-day, six-hour wedding package.
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When I arrived at Woking’s Gorse Hill, we had just one hour to go before the ceremony began. This meant that Vanessa was already ready and waiting for her bridal portraits, so I took some individual shots before going to meet Charlie and his friends in the pub downstairs. There was a great source of light coming through the window, so we played with some single and group portraits.
Ceremony photography at Gorse Hill
Gorse Hill is just a stone’s throw away from my hometown of Guildford, and it’s small enough to be booked in its entirety for a ceremony and a reception. The ceremony was quiet and intimate, with low lighting which beautifully complemented the bridesmaids’ jade green dresses – everyone looked ecstatic to be there.
Later on, the guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the reception area whilst the staff turned the ceremony room around for the wedding breakfast. Unfortunately we were at the mercy of the British weather so we all had to gather inside, but thankfully it was a nice cosy atmosphere! We had a brief window of time where the rain let up, so I took Vanessa and Charlie outside for some couple portraits outside the venue. We managed to get just enough close-up and wide angle shots before the rain started to come down once again.
Dance floor flash photography
In preparation for the celebrations, I set up one of my big studio flashes in the dance floor room. This doubled up as a handy studio for family group shots – I find off-camera flash looks so much better than direct on-camera flash.
As the evening guests arrived, I took a few action shots in reportage mode while everybody mingled downstairs. The cake was adorned with edible flowers and looked simply gorgeous – almost too beautiful to cut! An even more tempting treat however was the delicious chocolate fountain, which I couldn’t resist sampling before the night was through.
I captured Vanessa and Charlie’s first dance for my final shots, and they were soon joined by lots of other loved-up couples. It wasn’t a long drive home and I got their final edits over to them very quickly. It was a wonderful day and I won’t be forgetting that chocolate fountain in a hurry! If you’d like to book me for a six-hour package, please get in touch today.