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Kate and Reinier’s Wedding at Swallows Oast in Sussex

Bride and Groom at Swallows Oast in Sussex

Set within the stunning Sussex countryside, Swallows Oast is a beautiful wedding venue. It dates back to the 1830’s and is full of character with its wonderful banqueting hall and extensive grounds. Kate and Reiner got in touch with me fairly last minute for their wedding here and I was very excited when they asked me to capture their big day. The ceremony was held at the end of Swallows Trail under the large oak tree with its stunning panoramic views across the countryside.

After the couple exchanged their vows it was time to kick back and after they’d had a chance to settle in as a married couple I took them for a brief couple shoot. They’re a really relaxed and genuine couple and were so natural in front of the camera that they needed very little direction or encouragement from me! The Banqueting Hall was the amazing setting for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment and I had such an amazing time shooting Kate and Reinier’s wedding at Swallows Oast.

Their reaction to the photos really made me smile!

“When we finished looking through our wedding photos all we could say was WOW! They are spectacular! So so special! Thank you so much. All the emotions came rushing back looking through them again. Selecting our favourites for the album is going to be very hard work.

We kept saying while looking at the pictures that you must have been running around to get so many different beautiful shots from different angles. Very impressive and so many guest have commented on how nice you were which has obviously helped you get so many fab shots. Thank you a million times over! We had an amazing day and you’ve helped capture it forever.

We will certainly recommend you to everyone we know! You are an absolute wonder and we were the luckiest couple to get married when we booked you. The memories you captured mean the absolute world to us. I cannot thank you enough.

Love Kate and Reinier”

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    Gildredge Manor Wedding Photography

    I offer relaxed and natural Gildredge Manor wedding photography that tells the story of your special day.Gildredge Manor wedding photographer with a gorgeous bride and groom.

    Gildredge Manor in Eastbourne, Sussex, is an attractive Grade II listed Georgian house. It’s located right in the heart of Gildredge Park, which boasts eight acres of stunning parkland, and the setting here makes for great wedding photographs all year round. This fantastic venue dates back to the early 18th century and was initially built for the Vicar of Eastbourne. Unfortunately, the beautiful site remained derelict and empty for nearly six years before it was sold to new owners who restored it to its former glory in 2011. It’s now a thriving business and highly regarded as one of the most prestigious wedding venues in the area and one that I love working at.

    There are some beautiful interiors at Gildredge Manor with a wooden staircase and most of the original flooring still intact. With a choice of two elegant rooms for the ceremony, the manor is full of character that ensures a calm and relaxed setting.

    A relaxed wedding at Gildredge Manor in Eastbourne

    Nicola and Chris are a delightful couple who got married at Gildredge Manor in September. Nicola is herself a wedding photographer who found my work online, so it felt great that another professional loved my work.

    The newly married couple really liked the images I captured from the day. It was fantastic to work with them at Gildredge Manor. Here’s a selection of my favourites.

    “I just wanted to say we have received our pictures in the post from Gildredge Manor – we got them on Saturday. They are wonderful, and we can’t thank you enough. You were fab on the day, and everyone loved you. Love them and all the best for the future! xx” – Nicola & Chris

    A sunny day at Gildredge Manor in Eastbourne, SussexWedding Preparations at a wedding at Gildredge Manor.Wedding speeches at Gildredge Manor.Gildredge manor newlyweds.Sunset photos at a wedding in Eastbourne.Bride and groom on their wedding day at Gildredge Manor in East SussexAre you getting married at Gildredge Manor?

    I adore this beautiful venue in Eastbourne, so if you like my style and plan your wedding here, please get in touch.

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    Tylney Hall Wedding Photographer in Hampshire

    It was the perfect place to be a Tylney Hall wedding photographer in the heart of the picturesque countryside.Bride and groom on their wedding day at Tylney Hall in Hampshire

    Wedding Photography at Tylney Hall

    Tylney Hall is a historic country house that caters to more traditional bride and grooms. This magnificent venue has it all and is highly regarded as one of the most romantic wedding venues in Hampshire. Set within 66 acres of stunning well-kept gardens, Tylney Hall is a huge site with endless creative photography possibilities. When Kim and Steve booked me to shoot their big day there, I was super excited, and I’d been looking forward to working with at Tylney Hall.

    The preparations

    The day finally came, and the preparations began at Kim’s parents’ house, where she was made up in her bridesmaids’ close company. It was soon time for me to leave for the ceremony, and I met Steve and his groomsmen at the entrance of Tylney Hall just as the guests were arriving.

    Wedding ceremony in the Tylney Suite

    The elegant Tylney Suite is the largest room available and was perfect for the couple’s larger wedding ceremony. I loved capturing the special moments as they exchanged their vows, and their first kiss was met with loud applause rumbling throughout the room! After the newlyweds walked back up the aisle together, they escaped in a vintage car to take some private moments away from the crowds. Whilst they were away from Tylney Hall in the car, I organised the confetti line, and a few minutes later, Kim and Steve emerged to be showered with rose petals.

    Hampshire wedding venue

    With some spectacular views across to the lake, the guests gathered on the lawn to congratulate Kim and Steve and the relaxed Summer vibe and background music made for a tranquil atmosphere. I then took the newly married couple around the beautiful grounds surrounding Tylney Hall for some romantic time together as I captured some intimate moments for them.

    Wedding reception in the Chestnut Suite

    The meal and evening reception was held in the exclusive Chestnut Suite, and after some very entertaining speeches, the guests raised their glasses to toast the happy couple. As the sun went down, there was just enough time to explore some more locations around the venue with Kim and Steve before it was time to hit the dance floor to finish off this fantastic day at Tylney Hall.

    They shared a unique first dance, and the bridesmaids joined Kim as she rocked away to the music! A touching moment happened as Kim’s elderly grandfather made a very special appearance at the wedding and joined Kim on the dance floor as the guests watched with big smiles and tearful eyes. Wow! 🙂

    My summary of weddings at Tylney Hall

    All in all, it was a beautiful day, and the Tylney Hall certainly exceeded my high expectations! Here are my favourite moments from Kim and Steve’s big day, and they were a delightful couple to work with.

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      Old Greens Barn Wedding Photography

      Lizzie and Nicks's wedding at Old Greens Barn in Surrey

      Here is some Old Greens Barn wedding photography capturing Lizzie and Nick’s wedding day’s magical story.

      Wedding venue in the countryside

      Set in the quaint small village of Newdigate in Surrey lies Old Greens Barn, a beautiful, rustic venue that’s become increasingly popular for weddings in recent years. This idyllic countryside setting offers a picturesque fishing lake within the grounds and acres and acres of rolling hills and woodland as far as the eye can see. The barn itself dates back over 700 years and is believed to be one of Surrey’s oldest. Old Greens Barn has been tastefully restored to retain its original appeal making this wedding venue perfect for those seeking an authentic barn experience.

      Nick and Lizzy were recommended to me by their good friends Nicholas and Elizabeth, whose wedding I had captured just weeks before at Gildings Barn.

      The day began at Lizzy’s parents’ house, where she was being made up with her bridal party. My second photographer Alicia travelled to meet Nick as he got ready with the guys. The ceremony was held at a beautiful church before heading to Old Greens Barn for the afternoon’s reception. The guests gathered around the newlyweds in the grounds to congratulate as they sipped champagne and mingled.

      Beautiful barn in Surrey

      The oak-framed barn was decorated beautifully, and this was the rustic setting for the meal and speeches. As the sun went down, we headed outside to capture the last of the light and some magical evening shots. I made full use of the hundreds of fairy lights within the grounds to frame the couple. It was soon time for the party as Nick and Lizzy took to the barn’s dance floor for their first dance to kick off the evening entertainment.

      Alicia and I had a fantastic day working with this amazing couple at Old Greens Barn and were really pleased that they loved the photos. They even sent us a bottle of wine each and a box of chocolates to show their appreciation for us as their wedding photographers! 🙂

      Here are the highlights from this fabulous wedding at Old Greens Barn.

      Old Greens Barn Wedding Photography testimonial

      “Where on earth to start? Thank you both so incredibly much for capturing our day. You were both so professional but extremely approachable and friendly, and we both felt very relaxed with you. It’s clear you both enjoy and are proud of your job, and that certainly comes through in your mannerisms and therefore is reflected in the end result.

      Just wow! What fabulous photos. We have enjoyed every single minute of looking through them tonight. They are amazing, and we can’t thank you enough. Murray, I think your ‘experimental photo’ under the lights outside the barn is probably my favourite. Thank you thank you thank you!” – Lizzie and Nick x

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        Pembroke Lodge Wedding Photographer

        I always have a fantastic day working as a Pembroke Lodge wedding photographer, and here are some pictures from Carly and James’s big day.Carly and James's Wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Surrey

        Wedding Photography Pembroke Lodge

        Located on the top of the hill in Richmond is the beautiful Pembroke Lodge, a historic grade II listed building and one of London’s most popular wedding venues. Set within 11 acres of pristine grounds, it boasts panoramic views of Richmond Park, the largest of the Royal Parks.

        The idyllic setting is home to over 650 deer, and as you approach the venue, it’s hard to believe that you’re still in London. The venue itself boasts stunning white walls and an interior filled with natural light. Outside are a beautiful open terrace and the pretty landscaped gardens overlooking the parklands.

        Photographing at Pembroke Lodge for the day

        Carly and James got married at the Lodge in September, and I was really looking forward to capturing their big day. It started at the Petersham Hotel around the corner, where Carly and her bridal party were having their hair and make-up done in preparation for the big day. They tied the knot in a nearby church before arriving at Pembroke Lodge for the reception. The guests gathered to mingle on the terrace with their champagne and congratulated the new bride and groom.

        Stunning backdrops in Richmond Park

        Once they’d had a reasonable amount of time to relax and sip champagne, I lead them around the gardens of Pembroke Lodge for some beautiful images of the two of them. They looked fantastic with very natural portraits in front of my lens. Their relaxed pictures will make for some wonderful spreads in their wedding album. It’s stunning at Pembroke Lodge with the array of beautiful backdrops at my disposal, and at sunset, the warm sunshine casts an orange glow over the parklands.

        The Balmoral suite with its elegant neutral decor was the perfect setting for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. As the sun went down outside on the terrace, we took some time to make the most of the gorgeous skies outside the Lodge.

        It was a lovely day with Carly and James at Pembroke Lodge, and here a few of their photographs from the day.

        Pembroke Lodge wedding photography testimonial

        “Thank you so so much for everything on the day; sorry if it was a bit frantic. You were awesome! Thank you so much for our photos, we love them, and I’m so glad that we picked you!” – Carly & James.

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        This beautiful setting in Richmond Park is very popular with bride and grooms, so if you are tying the knot here and looking for a Pembroke Lodge wedding photographer, please enquire below.

        For further details on weddings at Pembroke Lodge, please see here.

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          Ollie and Emma’s Wedding Photos at Ramster Hall in Surrey

          Bride and groom on their wedding day at Ramster Hall in Surrey

          The privately owned Ramster Hall is a charming country house in the heart of the countryside. Surrounded by the very idyllic Ramster Gardens this is a venue that is picturesque all year round. Inside is the magnificent Great Drawing Room which is the perfect setting for the ceremony and indoor drinks receptions whilst the breath-taking oak-beamed Long Hall makes a wonderful space for the wedding breakfast. Outside is an intimate courtyard that’s beautifully maintained and tastefully landscaped. This stunning venue dates all the way back to 1604 and is an ideal venue for those seeking an authentic county house in a warm and relaxing setting.

          Ollie and Emma are a fantastic couple and I had the pleasure of capturing their big day there in the Autumn. In the morning I started at the Star Inn down the road where Ollie and the guys were helping each other get ready for the big day. There was a wonderful sense of comradery as they shared friendly banter and gave words of encouragement to Ollie. After half an hour or so I travelled to Godalming to capture Emma and her bridal party being made up for the day.

          They married at St Mary’s in Chiddingfold which was the beautiful setting for their wedding ceremony before the guests eagerly showered them with confetti as they emerged from the church.

          The newlyweds were the first to arrive at Ramster Hall so I whisked them off for their couple shoot before the guests arrived. This allowed them to have some initial private time on their own before rejoining the party just as the drinks reception was starting.

          Everyone gathered on the lawn for Pimms and Champagne to congratulate the happy couple on tying the knot and the atmosphere was buzzing! The Long Hall with it’s hundreds of fairy lights looked simply magical for the speeches and evening entertainment and the party began with a fantastic first dance routine from the couple that was met with a huge cheer!

          Working with Ollie and Emma at Ramster Hall was fantastic and it was very heartwarming to capture the amazing chemistry between them. They were really pleased with the resulting images from the day and here are a few highlights……

          “Murray. You’ve been amazing. Thanks so much for your email and the link. We cannot express how delighted we are with the photos. You’ve captured the day absolutely perfectly. It’s going to be really hard choosing 100 images as their all so beautiful!” – Ollie & Emma

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            Marianne and Alex’s Intimate Wedding at Coltsford Mill, Surrey

            Micro wedding at Coltsford MillIntimate Wedding Surrey

            When Marianne and Alex booked me for their wedding for May 2020, I was really excited and looking forward to being back at Coltsford Mill. It’s a truly magical venue set in Oxted, Surrey, surrounded by beautiful countryside; what’s not to love?! No one could have predicted the global pandemic that was about to unfold at the beginning of the year, and due to the restrictions, the couple sadly had to postpone their big day until October. Finally, after months of uncertainty and waiting, they were pleased that their micro wedding could go ahead with their top 15 guests and what a fantastic day it was.

            I started the day capturing the cottage preparations as Marianne, and her bridesmaids were made up. After a slightly cloudy start, the weather soon turned to glorious sunshine, and the Autumnal colours looked stunning against the deep blue sky. Alex and Marianne shared an emotional “first look” before walking down the aisle, and it was heartwarming to be there to photograph the moment. The ceremony was held in the barn, decorated to perfection with stunning flowers, rustic wreaths, giant balloons. It looked fabulous! 🙂

            The ceremony

            It was a tearful ceremony, and the couple were thrilled to be getting married at last. Once Marianne and Alex had tied the knot, confetti was thrown on the steps, and everyone gathered outside for canapes and fizz to kick back and congratulate them. After they’d had some time to take everything in, I took the newlyweds around the scenic grounds of Coltsford Mill for their couple shoot.

            The barn made for a beautiful backdrop to the meal, and there was just enough time to squeeze in a sunset shoot and twilight shots before the speeches got underway. The room’s intimacy made for a moving atmosphere, and this carried on right the way through to the first dance as the guests cheered them on!

            As with all of the micro weddings I’ve had the pleasure of capturing this year, it proves that true love really does conquer all in these very testing times!

            Congratulations again to Marianne and Alex, and I’m very proud to share some beautiful images from their day at Coltsford Mill.

            “Wow. We absolutely love them! Thank you so, so much. They are incredible, and you’ve truly captured the best moments from the day, and so much more.” – Marianne and Alex.

            Please head to my intimate wedding photographer surrey page to see more galleries.

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              Intimate Woodlands Park Wedding Photography

              Woodlands Park Intimate Wedding Photographer

              Woodlands Park wedding photographer

              Here is some intimate Woodlands Park wedding photography from a Winter wedding I shot last year. Set in the heart of the beautiful Surrey countryside is the 19th Century Hotel. The elegant mansion, nestled in stunning landscaped gardens, is an idyllic setting, so it’s easy to see why Emma and Phil opted for a Woodlands Park intimate wedding in December.

              Woodlands Park is steeped in history and radiates a warm and inviting atmosphere with its oak-panelled rooms, vaulted ceilings and an impressive staircase. The grounds feature well-kept lawns, mature oak trees and manicured shrubs backing on to the woodland. All of these natural elements give this venue the real wow factor!

              A great day to photograph at Woodlands Park.

              The day kicked off in the bridal suite at Woodlands Park, where Emma and her bridesmaids were made up ready for the day. Having postponed their wedding already due to the lockdown, Emma was really excited that their day could finally go ahead. They married at a nearby church and headed back to Woodlands Park for the afternoon reception.

              Their 15 guests provided one of the most epic confetti tunnels I’ve ever seen, and after a few glasses of bubbly, I took them around the gardens of Woodlands Park for their couple shoot. Emma and Phil looked really at ease in front of the lens, and we made the most of the sunset with some beautiful shots. The meal and speeches followed with some hilarious anecdotes, and there was a fantastic atmosphere in the room.

              Twilight wedding photos of the bride and groom

              At twilight, we headed outside for some sparklers shots on the grounds of Woodlands Park and being my favourite time of the day. I created some intimate images of the couple with the deep blue night sky as the backdrop.

              The day finished with a great first dance, and I really enjoyed working with such a lovely bride and groom at Woodlands Park. Here are some of the images from the day, and I was very grateful for their kind feedback.

              “Thank you so much for everything; it couldn’t have been better! We love the photos!” – Emma & Phil.

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