Surprise rain and an outdoor ceremony
Chewton Glen is a stunning venue for a wedding (and photography of course) and one of our favourite venues to shoot at. The service and attention to detail is impeccable, and this extends to all the staff also. Seriously if this type of venue suits your style or ideas then Chewton Glen is one to go visit.
Our day at CG started as most of our weddings do- us rocking up to shoot bridal preps. Y’know, all those amazing details you’ve spent hours (& £££’s) choosing! Oh and of course all the wonderful natural moments of drinking, chatting, laughing, hair and make up. All the fun that a wedding morning is. I hung about for a bit shooting our Bride Victoria’s details whilst Sarah was in the other room catching hair and make up. Quiet time in the next room for me mucking about with jewellery, perfume, shoes, flowers and dresses. I got the easy bit.
I have work to do also, and I was on dude duty following Richard and his squad about whilst they drank beer and scoffed bacon rolls, before retiring to another suite to drink more and get dressed amid the carnage of suit bags and boxes. Girls always seem tidier and more organised, whereas boys seem to leave everything to the last minute and then rush about in a messy room tripping over boxes and muddling up suit bags. standard stuff for me to watch haha…
So, the outdoor ceremony. Well, everything was set up in the walled garden and then it rained. Oh s**t… everything packed up rapidly and the library hurriedly set up for a wedding ceremony. Just in time too. Phew!!!
The day continues…
The library room we used fitted the bill and the ceremony passed without a hitch, so onward we charged into the drinks reception in another room. Champagne flowed, the roulette wheel was spun, cards were bet on with fake money and it rained outside. And it was windy.
The wind blew the rain away, we dragged guests outside to a sheltered spot and shot them in groups quickly. Rain returned and everyone back inside. It stopped again, so back outside for a quick-grab group shot of everyone whilst we had the chance. Smaller groups can always be shot indoors, but large ones really need some space and breathing room. Grey skies and clouds, rain and wind, group shot of everyone wearing sunglasses for the irony? Okay then, you got it.
Another educated risk-taking day checking weather forecast on-the-fly and deciding to get them seated early to finish early and get out for a couple portrait session post speeches.
Grab the lovely couple and drag them around some of the grounds of CG trying to keep them sheltered from the wind. No rain, just wind to avoid to save Victoria’s hair. Kinda managed it (a bit!)
Drinking and dancing.
Slightly sozzled, so why not drag them about CG for a short night session, they love it.
Boom, nailed it and time to go home…
Check out some of their awesome day.
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