A Glenmore House Wedding

Avani and Rick were married yesterday at Surbiton’s impressive Glenmore House, and it was a heck of a day (and night!)

Avani got ready at their home in Surbiton with her sisters.

She then made her way over to Glenmore House where Rick was nervously awaiting her arrival.

He didn’t have to wait long though.

The ceremony was really lovely, filled with smiles and laughter and Avani and Rick’s guests broke out in a wonderful applause when it was all sealed with a kiss!

It was one of those days where you have to play ‘dodge the rain’ in terms of getting outside for some pictures, but with a brief dry spell almost immediately after the ceremony - and with the help of Glenmore House superstar Faye, we were able to get everyone out for a confetti shot. 

And I was also able to grab 10 minutes with Avani and Rick for some couple’s portraits. I like these two because Rick, ever the gentleman, held the bouquet to allow Avani a free hand to keep her dress off of the wet ground.

They told me that on their first date they greeted each other with a handshake and so this picture was a must.

One of my favourite things about Glenmore House is that there is a little balcony in the main hall which means you can get pictures like this.

I don’t usually post pictures from the speeches in these little blog posts but I thought it was just great when best man Tom revealed this huge cardboard cut out of a young Rick to the room’s delight!

They had a really sweet and romantic first dance.

And then it was party time! Throughout the course of the day both Avani and Rick (and a fair few of their guests) told me that they were really looking forward to the party, so I expected it to be quite the celebration - and it certainly was. I headed back to the balcony to get some shots of the dancing without anyone knowing I was there, which worked well, until… I was spotted!

But despite my location being revealed, the party raged on and the dancefloor was packed.

Remember cardboard Rick? See if you can spot where he ended up?

Did you spot him?
Well, even if you didn’t, these two certainly did.

Before I left I was able to take the very happy couple back outside for a few night-time portraits, which I was very happy about, especially given how little outside time the rain had allowed us earlier in the day. 

That’s all for this little sneak peek, folks.
I’ll add one or two more pictures from this day to the Facebook and Instagram pages as I edit them, so feel free to follow along over there.

Massive thanks to all at Glenmore House, especially Faye who was amazing from start to finish. Thanks also to all of Avani and Rick’s guests for being so great and welcoming.

Huge congratulations to Avani and Rick - you two are amazing and I hope (well, I know because it was very clear) that you enjoyed your big day!

An Old Kent Barn Wedding

Katie & Sam had quite the day in the autumn sunshine at Old Kent Barn on Thursday.
Katie’s bridal room was packed with her ten (yes ten!) bridesmaids, her Mum and her very soon to be Mother-in-law, plus all the make up and hair people. It was cramped but wonderful and the girls had a great time getting ready.

Right before showtime, we were joined by Katie’s Dad who couldn’t help but get a bit emotional.

And then it was time! 
It was a really lovely ceremony, complete with an autumnal tree decoration which I thought was brilliant - plus a confetti walk out which I’m always a big fan of!

If there is access to an upper floor window, then an aerial group shot is a must!

Now remember how I told you that Katie had ten bridesmaids? Well they also all had personalised denim jackets - how cool is this?

And the Mums got in on the denim jacket action too!

The Old Kent Barn is a pretty great venue to take the couple on a little photo walk.

Now, these two do things in style, so they didn’t just ‘do’ a first dance - they PERFORMED one! They entertained their guests with an absolutely glorious few minutes that would have been at home on Strictly.

And then of course it was time for Katie and her Dad to enjoy little dance too.

As if they hadn’t already had enough fun with their guests, after the dances it was all outside for some sparklers! 

…And then before everyone got too chilly, back inside for a silent disco! There is something wonderfully entertaining about watching people throw shapes when you cannot hear the music.

It all seemed to go in the blink of an eye, but just like that, it was time to leave Katie and Sam to party into the small hours - but not before a few night time shots. 

That’s all for this little sneak peek, folks.
I’ll add one or two more pictures from this day to the Facebook and Instagram pages as I edit them, so feel free to follow along over there.

Huge thanks to all at The Old Kent Barn, especially Lauren, for taking such good care of me and for making sure the day went smoothly. Thanks too to all of Katie and Sam’s wonderful guests for making me so welcome (and for being a lovely, photogenic bunch) and a special mention to Amy the legend for her world class dress floofing! 

Massive congratulations to Katie and Sam - it was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple. 

A Friern Manor Wedding In Autumn

Yesterday at Friern Manor, Hannah and Matt finally got to have their twice postponed big day. 

Things began a little bit frantically as Hannah’s hair and make up overrun a little and she actually arrived at Friern Manor’s bridal suite after most of the guests had already turned up - which wasn’t the plan, but then again, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of drama on a wedding day!

Matt was ready and, slightly nervously, awaiting her.  

Despite her initial panic, Hannah actually got ready in record time and didn’t even end up keeping him waiting that long. Although before her big arrival, their very dapper son Alex got to walk down the aisle.

And then, without further ado, Hannah made her entrance and Matt got to see his beautiful bride.

The ceremony room at Friern Manor is beautiful and so was  Hannah and Matt’s ceremony. Then before we knew it, we had a husband and wife! 

Between the drinks and the canapes, we lined up all of the guests for a confetti shot.

And of course, the big group shot!

A little story about this next shot; right before we took this, little Alex was trying to play with his Transformers (which looked incredibly fun to be fair), and he was not too keen to take pictures at all, but like a champ he put the toys down, straightened his extremely cool dinosaur tie and came outside looking like the smartest little chap ever. Quite the family picture, I’m sure you’ll agree.

We had caught up on the schedule pretty well, but all the same, we ended up with just 10 minutes before the wedding breakfast to get the couple portraits. The thing is, both Hannah and Matt were so great, that 10 minutes ended up being plenty of time to get some lovely shots!

Hannah really loved the amazing chandeliers at Friern Manor, it was actually one of the reasons they chose it for their wedding, so we had to make sure we included them in a shot or two.

Time flies when you’re having fun and before long everyone was lining the dance floor to watch the happy couple enjoy their first dance.

One of the very best things about having your wedding at Friern Manor is that at night time, the gardens transform into a neon wonder. One of the reasons Hannah and Matt hired me for their wedding was that they had seen some of the night shots I had previously taken at Friern Manor, so I was delighted to take them on a little stroll around the gardens before I said goodbye.

That’s all for this little sneak peek, folks.
I’ll add one or two more pictures from this day to the Facebook and Instagram pages as I edit them, so feel free to follow along over there.

Big thanks to all at Friern Manor, for being so great and taking such good care of us as always.

Huge thanks to - and even bigger congratulations - to Hannah and Matt. What a great couple and it was a pleasure to capture their special day for them.

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