It had dawned as a beautiful english summers day as we left home to cover Helen and David’s wedding at one of the most stunning venues in Surrey – Painshill Park. First I dropped Cathy off at the family home for the groom’s prep and here we found the typical wedding day scene of chaos. The combination of wedding day nerves, too much to do, anticipation and excitement.
I then proceeded to the venue to drop off the equipment for the photobooth which was to be set up later and following this off to the Hilton in Cobham for bridal prep. On arriving, I witnesssed the most laid back bride I have ever seen. The whole atmosphere was really chilled as the bridal party where relaxing with a glass of bubbly, everything was all prepared, which gave me plenty of time to capture all of those little details which set the style for the whole wedding.
The ceremony was conducted in the purpose built conservatory situated in the wonderful walled garden which lends itself as a stunning backdrop to all of the days proceedings. The bride who was given away by her brother looked radiant as she glided down the aisle accompanied by the cutest ringbearer you could imagine. Following the ceremony, time was allowed for some mingling before we led the party off for the formals, which were very efficiently completed in 20 minutes.
We had a well earned break whilst the wedding breakfast was enjoyed by the guests. Back to work now, for the speeches which were the most unusual and quirky that I have ever experienced. The bride is a science teacher so we were treated to an impromptu lesson where the guests had to unravel the mysteries of the solar system before being set tasks for an art lesson involving them decorating pairs of pants with fabric paints. Chaos ensued at this point, as the paints were still wet and a good number of people ended up covered, including the groom.
Later we took advantage of the beautiful evening light as we ventured out into the 18th century landscaped gardens on the back of a golf buggy to capture some really magical and atmospheric shots in amongst the features in the gardens, such as the various follies including the gothic temple and ruined abbey. Whilst at the Chinese bridge an obliging swan arrived on cue for a great shot. By the time we arrived at the 5 span bridge the light was divine and I realised my ambition of capturing the big landscape shot of the happy couple.
Then back to the conservatory for some atmospheric shots of the first dance and some fun shots in the photobooth. The evening finished off with a bang with fireworks timed to perfection with ‘It must be love’ by Madness.
© Andrew Boschier Photography 2016