Wedding portraits at Waverley Abbey

It turns out that Karen and I have lots of mutual friends. When she posted on Facebook that she needed a wedding photographer my name kept cropping up. So we met. And got on like a house on fire.

This wedding really was wonderful. Karen and Jeff have been together for five years and have a little boy Stanley together. He’s nearly two and has two big sisters, Jeff’s girls, Grace (11) and Molly (9). Having gotten engaged in May Karen and Jeff gave themselves less than three months to plan their wedding. No mean feat, especially when they were doing a house renovation too. This aspect was particularly crucial as the entire of the wedding was at their home in Guildford. So these guys were on a schedule!

Fittingly, my day started in their brand new kitchen with Molly and Grace doing a sterling job of occupying Stanley so Karen could get ready at her leisure, as a bride ought to on her wedding day. Outside, the garden was set up ready to host all the guests for the ceremony and the reception afterwards.

A celebrant blessed their marriage at 1.30pm in front of close family and friends, Stanley in Jeff’s arms throughout, a picture of cute. Afterwards, as guests were served drinks, to give us more space we took some couple shots in front of the neighbour’s garage and garden. I loved these pictures. They seem so intimate, having being photographed in their home, their street.

The benefit of shooting a wedding at home – apart from it being wonderfully relaxed – was that I was supplied with cups of tea all day by Karen’s best friend Kelly who I knew from having lived in Dubai. I’ve never felt so looked after! It was all going so swimmingly, the atmosphere was divine and then as the happy couple took to the floor the heavens opened.

Everyone crammed into the house apart from a few brave souls on the dance floor and we made a decision that I’d call it a day. That didn’t stop the party – the silent disco kicked off and guests danced to the early hours. Instead, to make sure they got all the shots they wanted, we made a plan to meet at Waverley Abbey and so a few days later, togged up in their finery again (few people get to don their wedding dress for a second time!) I met them at the ruins and we got some stunning photographs as the sun set. So I guess we should be thankful for a little rain as without it, we wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to get these brilliant shots.   Congratulations Karen and Jeff! It really was my absolute pleasure to photograph your day and I hope to see you both very soon.

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Dress: Pronovias  / Caterers: Moody’s 

To see more images from their day, feel free to watch their wedding slideshow: