Romantic summer wedding at beautiful Painshill Park, Surrey.
It had dawned as a beautiful English summers day as we left home to cover Helen and David’s wedding. This took place 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. 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 equipment for the photo booth which was to be set up later. Then off to the Hilton in Cobham for bridal prep. On arriving, I witnessed the most laid back bride I have ever seen. The whole atmosphere was really chilled. The bridal party were relaxing with a glass of bubbly as everything was all prepared. This gave me plenty of time to capture all of those little details.This helped to set the style for the whole summer wedding.
The ceremony was conducted in the purpose built conservatory situated in the wonderful walled garden. This 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. She was accompanied by the cutest ring bearer you could imagine. Following the ceremony, time was allowed for some mingling before we led the party off for the formals. These 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. First the guests had to unravel the mysteries of the solar system. They were then set tasks for an art lesson involving decorating pairs of pants with fabric paints. Chaos ensued at this point. 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. We travelled on the back of a golf buggy capturing some really magical and atmospheric summer wedding shots. This was amongst the features in the gardens. There were 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. I then 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. This was followed by some fun shots in the photo booth. The evening finished off with a bang with fireworks timed to perfection with ‘It must be love’ by Madness.
© Andrew Boschier Photography 2016