Surrey Country Garden Wedding
I was so excited to photograph Katie and Mikes big day; I love family garden weddings; they are often so personal and incredibly relaxed.
I met the couple originally via video call. Katie is from the UK, but Mike is from Canada, where they had made their home. They were due to fly to the UK the week before the wedding, so Katie’s parents were helping with the wedding preparation on their behalf. The wedding truly was a family affair.
The Garden Setting
I was blown away by the beauty of Katie’s parents garden; it was stunning. It didn’t need too much floral decoration, but the addition of a pink garden rose, and white hydrangea wreath over the doorway was a beautiful touch. Under this archway was the location for the ceremony a little later in the day.
Katie was busy having her hair and makeup done when I arrived, and all was very relaxed. She even helped with the organisation of the ceremony chairs from the bedroom window above! Katie had two bridesmaids and three bridesmen who were all around to help with the preparations. Mike was getting ready with his family in another part of the house.
The sun shone for Katie and Mike, and the garden was such a gorgeous setting for their ceremony. Sophie Easton of True Promise Ceremonies took the couple through their vows and promises witnessed by their seated guests, and their bridal parties lined up beside them. A family friend sang the hymn Jerusalem and then the couple headed to another part of the garden to take a few minutes together.
During the drinks reception, I captured the beautiful simplicity of the marquee. There were baskets and chimney pots of gorgeous English garden flowers along with lots of memories in the form of photos and items from Katie and her brothers’ childhood. It was an incredibly personal setting.
After some lovely confetti moments, the guests enjoyed a glass of bubbly and the sunshine, which was glorious. Although we did some group photos before dinner, the couple didn’t want to have any bride and groom photos until later. It was such a beautiful day weather-wise, there wasn’t any urgency, and I knew we would get some lovely shots later.
There were a few spots in the garden that Katie and Mike were keen to have photos, one of which was a little bridge over a large pond. Amazingly the light was in just the right place, and the smoke from the BBQ added an ethereal quality to the shots. These were some of my favourite pictures from the whole of the summer.
After speeches, the evening kicked off with music supplied by a couple of family friends, and this really encouraged guests on to the dancefloor. Katie and Mike danced unusually to the song I Like to Boogie from the film Billy Elliot; it was the most fun!
Fun is a good description for Katie and Mikes day; it was beautiful and full of family and joy, the best possible combination!
Brides Gown – Story of My Dress Bridal
Celebrant – Sophie Easton of True Promise Ceremonies
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