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Katie and Chris • Hartsfield Manor • Surrey Documentary Wedding Photographer •

It was a cloudy rainy day as I pulled up outside Hartsfield Manor, but that didn’t take anything away from its beauty. The great thing about this venue is that it is beautiful on the inside as well as the outside, so I knew that we would still be able to get some beautiful shots. 

I meet Katie and her bridesmaids in an upstairs room as they were doing their finishing touches, the nerves were clear to see, they were very organised and were all ready quickly. I always suggest timing it so you put your dress on, have a 5 minute breather and then head on to the ceremony, just so you’re not waiting around in your dress. This way you avoid any potential spillage on, or spoilage of, the dress and you limit the time sitting around getting nervous! 

The nerves had really built by the time we headed downstairs for the ceremony, but wow did it look beautiful, the stunning room over looking the gardens was beautiful, and Katie and her bridesmaids looked fab walking down the aisle. As we knew the day was questionable weather-wise we had the confetti thrown inside as they walked back down the aisle as a married couple, this is always a great option if the venue allow it.

After letting the guests and newlyweds grab a drink and have a chat, I knew that it has stopped raining and swiftly grabbed the guests needed for the formal shots and got these done outside nice and quickly. It was great being able to get these with the Manor in the background - thank you weather Gods! It stayed dry for the couple shots too although it was still very wet so we stayed on safe ground for the dress, using the gravel and the stone entrance way at the front of the building and then we grabbed some on the stairs inside too. There’s always a way of getting outside as long as you trust me I can make it happen! 

“It was always you.”

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Venue: Hartsfield Manor

Jess and Joe • Littleton Park House • Shepperton Studios Wedding • Down the Rabbit Hole!

I met Jess at Shepperton Studios wedding fair, and knew from then that her Christmas wedding would be so fun! Getting ready in the hotel by the church she only had a short walk to marry her fiancée Joe, the old Shepperton square is so cute, with the hotel backing into the river and Christmas trees decorating the buildings and church, it was beautiful. 

The weather was absolutely perfect, beautiful sun, crisp air and clear skies, after the “I dos” the guests threw the confetti and then grabbed themselves some hot chips and mulled wine! Jess and Joe has always said that they weren’t overly fussed about getting the static formal family shots and wanted the focus to be on candids, which is always music to my ears. They only wanted a few couple shots by the river, so whilst their guests were sipping on mulled wine we walked 1 minute down the road to grab a little quiet moment together before heading back, at which time the bus taking the guests to the reception venue had turned up! 

Their children issued wedding bus tickets to the guests as they stepped on board, Christmas songs were blasted throughout the trip and beer glasses chinked together - I absolutely love getting guests to travel together, it keeps the energy and celebrations going and everyone always loves it!

Shepperton studios had their Christmas party the same week as Jess and Joes big day, the theme for the party was Alice in Wonderland, and they fully embraced it for their wedding! Why not!?! You get your whole wedding styled for free! It was amazing to rock up to the venue from the bus to be greeted by statues of cards, mood lighting, wonderland quotes on the walls, moss and greenery styled tea sets amongst everything else! It really did feel as if you were going down the rabbit hole! 

The speeches brought tears to the guests eyes and the magic of the day was topped off by an awesome chair trick, that I’ve stolen for myself to use(!) and the first dance and father/daughter dance were truly magical with 5 confetti canons being popped throughout - if you’re humming and har-ing about confetti canons during your first dance - DO IT! 

“Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so. You're entirely Bonkers. But I will tell you a secret, All the best people are.” 

Venue/mulled wine and chips!: Warren Lodge Hotel
Reception: Littleton Park House, Shepperton Studios