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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

Chris and Chrissie • Old Marylebone Town Hall • The Rose Pub • London Wedding • Documentary Wedding Photography

Having worked previously with Chris it was an honour to be asked to shoot his wedding! On meeting with him and Chrissie it was clear that the main priority was to capture the day as it happened, naturally and in a relaxed unposed way, which was fab as that’s how I love to work! They only needed a few hours of photography just to cover the ceremony, a few family shots and the beginning of the celebrations, this worked really well with my Route 66 package which is worked out on an hourly basis.

I started shooting about 15 minutes before the ceremony started, it was a lovely ceremony focused on friendship and a joining of soulmates. Old Marylebone Town Hall is a beautiful location inside and out, it can get quite busy especially on a Saturday and after the ceremony we were only allowed to shoot outside (in the rain!) but their guests were absolute troopers, they zipped up their coats and braved the typical London downpour - I was very impressed!

It is always a really fun additional to the day if I can jump in the car with the bride and groom between venues, it always gives another insider perspective of the day and is often a really intimate time that I can capture, as it was this day, with their daughter travelling with us too.

Arriving at The Rose I knew that there was a spot opposite that was covered that looked out at The Thames that would be perfect for couple and family shots. Even though it was raining, the light was gorgeous, really flattering and soft, it was so fun capturing Chris and Chrissie here, and we made it quick and informal which was key! They had let me know before that they hated posing and thought they were both unphotogenic (as many people do) and they only wanted one nice photo of them both - this is a common wish from most of my couples, I was over the moon when they received their images and said they love them all!

“The most beautiful of photos is taken when you are happy, happiness is the most beautiful emotion you can wear.”

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Ceremony: Old Marylebone Town Hall
Reception: The Rose