James & Sarah had their wedding at Leatherhead Registry Office in Surrey, with a following reception at The Old House Inn, situated not too far away from Gatwick. James is a good friend of mine from University and so is very familiar with my work and he and Sarah knew straight away that they wanted me to photograph their big day. They wanted to have a secluded, intimate wedding with their closest family and a few select friends, with everything natural and nothing particularly posed. I enjoy shooting reportage style, so I packed my telephoto lens to enable me to hang back and be a fly on the wall, and kept my trusty 50mm prime to hand for some sharp head shots. I love how each wedding I shoot always has such amazing personal touches, James and Sarah really wanted to include their two lovely cats in their big day too, so on route to the reception at The Old House inn we stopped off to get some portraits of their furry little friends, which was fantastic to deliver and see them so happy.
They have a stunning, wide open garden which was great to work in, nice big steps for a group shot with large tree complimenting the old building and framing the steps by the rear doors. We had the sun behind us for the 1 to 1 session with the couple so I was able to get some beautiful back-lit shots of them. I particularly like the black and white full length portrait I captured, which is the featured image for this post. There’s a picturesque archway covered in green leaves which makes for a very nice shot for the couple to walk through, and the area right at the end of the gardens is perfect for getting some small group shots. The Old House Inn was very accommodating, lovely low ceilings and wooden beams look great but make bouncing light around a bit tricky, fortunately I managed to throw it in just the right direction to achieve the finishing shot of everyone toasting the new bride and groom and rounding off a charming day.