Burford Bridge Hotel wedding | Tammy + Damian | A single

Tammy and Damian’s wedding today had a forecast for light drizzle, so when we arrived at Burford Bridge Hotel (official full title Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel)  for their reception in the Tithe Barn, I wasn’t expecting us to be able to use the grounds for their portraits.  As soon as Tammy and Damian had collected a drink, we went outside to shoot their wedding portraits. There was a strip of wild flowers that had not been mown that just had to be used – and here is one of their portraits. Tammy’s Maggie Sottero dress and short veil were just so pretty and feminine, it was a pleasure working with it against the contrast of Damian’s kilt in the MacGregor hunting tartan of his mother’s Scottish family, not to mention Tammy and Damian’s giggles and kisses.
Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel wedding photo

Oaks Farm wedding | Michi + Chur

Michi and Chur’s Oaks Farm wedding was a really thoughtful day with a bringing together of European and Chinese customs and showing off Chur’s design talents and patience.
The day started with Michi getting ready at Oaks Farm in the cottage with her family and friends.

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Bride getting ready at Oaks Farm

Michi’s parents chose to sit calmly outside in the sunshine while most of the getting ready was going on.

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Bride getting ready at Oaks Farm

Oaks Farm wedding bridal portraits

Oaks Farm bride and maid of honour

Meanwhile, in the Victorian barn, the harpist was practising Michi’s entrance music and Chur’s family were putting finishing touches to the floral arrangements.

Harpist plays Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon by Handel at Oaks Farm wedding

 

Oaks Farm wedding flowers

Everything was in place for the ceremony – a nervous groom and a nervous best man, who is also getting married this summer.

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After their ceremony, Michi and Chur went outside for confetti and family congratulations.

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Chinese tea ceremony at Oaks FarmChinese tea ceremony at weddingChinese tea ceremony at weddingChinese tea ceremony at weddingChur’s mother mentioned at this point that she would like a grandchild – and a few seconds later, this wish expanded into wanting perhaps four grandchildren – hence Michi’s giggles.

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Another of the Chinese traditions at Michi and Chur’s wedding was a red tablelcoth that guests signed as well as a more traditional message book.

Red Chinese tablecloth for signing at Oaks Farm wedding

Michi and Chur took time out for champagne and chatting to their guests while I captured reportage photographs of their family and friends. Some of the youngest guests were especially keen on the garden games that had been organised for them.

Wedding guests play in grounds.Wedding guests play garden games at wedding reception.

Michi’s mother had made endless metres of bunting for the wedding, using many materials that were familiar from her childhood.  It was strung around the Oaks Farm grounds for drinks and the orangery throughout the day.

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We spent about 20 minutes around Oaks Farm for some wedding portraits.

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Michi and Chur had spent countless hours working on their details, including a birdy table plan and using a combination of circus-style fonts for signage. Table names had a theme of childhood desserts.

Circus fonts on wedding signs

Chur’s mother put together this array of cakes and wedding cupcakes – teaching herself how to cook and decorate them especially for the occasion.

Home-made wedding cupcakes at Oaks Farm, Surrey

The day had its speeches before the wedding breakfast.

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Throughout the meal, Michi’s father kept a close eye on his sleeping grand-daughter.

Grandfather watches over grand-daughter

Chur jokes with his friends – he had written the Chinese part of his speech phonetically so he could read it easily.

Grooms chats with friends

The day was also Chur’s father’s 60th birthday – so it was time for more cake.

Oaks Farm birthday celebrations

Michi’s brother and sister-in-law sang “More than Words” as their contribution to the day.

Brother sings wedding song to bride and groomBrother congratulates bride and groom on marriage.

Oaks Farm wedding | Michi + Chur | A single

Just making it into today – Michi and Chur’s single from their wedding at Oaks Farm in Surrey this afternoon.  They looked amazing and it was fun day with everything from a Chinese tea ceremony to space hoppers. Stay tuned for another post with a full allocation of photographs when they’ve been edited.
Oaks Farm wedding photo of bride and groom

Oaks Farm wedding | Laura + Nick

The Oaks Farm wedding of Laura and Nick very much reflected their personal touches and design industry careers – so style and downright prettiness was the order of the day.

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Oaks Farm vintage wedding seating plan

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Nick spent a few minutes making sure he looked his best then it was time to get married to Laura.

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Oaks Farm bride and groom kiss

The sky was overcast, which meant gentle light for their wedding portraits in the Oaks Farm grounds.

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Oaks Farm wedding couple photo

Their young guests had gone to some effort to look the part …

Oaks Farm flower girl

and after some deep concentration and thought …

Oaks Farm flower girl and pageboy

… produced a bride and groom on-the-spot portrait.

Oaks Farm wedding portrait

After a little more time capturing their guests and reception, I finished with some details of Oaks Farm while Laura, Nick and their guests sat down to dinner.

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Great Fosters wedding | children as guests

At Emily and Marz’s wedding on Saturday, there were so many children being utterly themselves that I wanted to give them their own post. All were charming, busy making new friends and exploring. It can also be fun working with them, aside from the reportage photographs. One of the little girls was eating a packet of raisins when we wanted to do a group photograph with her in it.  I offered to put the raisins on my head while I took the photograph so she could keep an eye on them – something she did with a rather suspicious look. By the time we came to take another group photograph with her in it, the raisins had gone, but the packet still went on my head. After it ‘fell off’ to get  her (& the adults) to laugh, she raced over and insisted “again, again”. And yes, we did.

child pulling mum towards dinner

Great Fosters wedding | Emily & Marz | A single

We had the prettiest sky and clouds I’ve seen in a long time today for Emily & Marz’s wedding at Great Fosters in Surrey. Both looked fabulous and their families were so very warm.  Here is one photograph from their day – before their ceremony – because, quite frankly, all the ones of people were too difficult to choose from. Emily’s shoes are seen with one of the venue’s famous chimneys.