Warren and Denise Longhurst got married on the 15th of September 2007 in Caterham in Surrey, follow their wedding in these photographs from the day.
15th September 2007 Service - The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Caterham, Surrey Reception - Surrey National Golf Club, Caterham, Surrey
This was my first paid wedding shoot, and as the wedding photographer I followed the bride’s journey from her house parent’s house in Caterham as a single lady, to the reception as a married woman.
Blessed with glorious sunshine I arrived at Denise’s parent’s house as preparations were in full swing. A gaggle of small children were being put into their wedding clothes as Dad and Brothers struggled with ties. This gave me a series of opportunities to capture some scene-setters and some great candid moments, before the bride’s maids set off in a yellow Rolls Royce leaving me to capture a few quiet moments with Denise and her father.
As the bride and her father arrived at the church more opportunities popped up including a lovely portrait in the wedding car, the bridal procession and – a moment of terror – a frantic search for the rings which had escaped the ring bearer’s care!
Inside the beautiful Victorian Gothic church, although I was limited to just a few shots I was able to record Warren and Denise during the service, posing with the register, and walking down the aisle. I was also able to capture a close up of the bells used to serenade Warren and Denise while they signed the register.
As the newly married couple left the church I could take the classic shots in the church doorway, before moving into the church’s grounds to take the formal portraits with the bridesmaids, best men and immediate family, and one particularly accommodating nephew who agreed to dress as chimney sweep.
After that we travelled a short distance to the Surrey National Golf Course for the reception. The grounds of the golf course provided some lovely open spaces for shooting the larger group shots, and small section of fence which provided a great prop for some informal portraits.
The welcome line gave me the chance to shoot portraits of each group of well-wishers and having spoken to the master of ceremonies I was able to ensure I was in the right place for the speeches, cutting of the cake and of course the first dance.
Overall I was very happy with the photos from the wedding – as were Warren and Denise – and felt the extra time I’d spent preparing for the event was well worth while.