Barnett Hill Hotel wedding day
Matthew and Reanna’s awesome wedding day
This was my first time shooting a Barnett Hill Hotel wedding day and it’s a stunning venue to shoot at. I met up with Reanna a couple of weeks prior to their wedding day at the hotel to have a scout about the venue and grounds. Eliminating as many mental tasks as possible before any wedding day is something I always do, to unclutter my head space so I can concentrate on what I’m shooting rather than worrying about where to shoot as well. It’s a bit different with a wedding venue I know already, but this was fresh to me. Trips up the A3(M) are easy enough, so off to Surrey I headed.
Their day started as normal.
I shot this wedding solo, as Matthew didn’t want to be photographed in the morning. So I stayed with Reanna and her family all morning shooting the details, hair and makeup, dressing etc. before racing off ahead of them to meet up with Matthew and his family at the church. Beating Matthew & Co. to the church which was groovy as I had time to sort my gear out and set up in the church, meet the vicar etc. before catching them arriving in style.
Arrivals are great to capture. True emotions are seldom hidden as the time to walk the aisle approaches. Groom standing at the door of a church greeting guests and a bridal party arriving is a sobering moment. Exciting of course, but y’know what I mean; things are about to escalate and get real quickly. The show is about to start and the curtain is pulled back. You can spend months planning a wedding, pondering over details, choosing items and themes and picking ideas out to use. Then you’re standing at a door opening and the gaze of all your guests falls upon you.
The show begins.
Yup, true emotions are seldom hidden at this moment so it’s great to be in position to capture them. Wonderful memories to look back on in years to come, moments to transport you back to a particular day in 20yrs time.
They had some hilarious moments captured too, I won’t go into detail here, but they know what caused the laughter and that is all that matters.
Church sorted, register signed, everything legal and back up the aisle and outside. Now time to nail a few requested groups outside the church and into the cars for the short drive back to Barnett Hill. Room details, a few more requested groups, naturals of guests mingling on the terrace, and time to take the happy couple off for an afternoon session. Strolling around the grounds with them, stopping off at certain points grabbing awesomeness is the perfect recipe (in my opinion of course!) for styled and natural images. Aiming for a balance of both is my goal at each wedding. Everything covered from details to groups to natural to the couple. Wedding days are not just a collection of groups and couple shots; it’s the moments between the moments that tell a great story.
Oh and the rest of the day…
Time to scoff… well, them I meant, but I did too. Chef did good; an epic meal was served up, and I thoroughly enjoyed (and devoured) it. Shooting weddings is a tiring job y’know!
Cake chopping, releasing balloons in memory of departed family, a few words spoken, a first dance. Sunset happening, so quick, you two, outside, let’s grab this. Nailed it in style and they have an amazing collection of memories.
Did I mention this wedding garnered us a few more awards? Cosmic…
Matthew & Reanna’s day is featured in our wedding galleries page, click here to see others.