The story of how Ally & Mike got together is absolutely lovely and I adore it. I knew we would work amazingly well together when we met for coffee to have our consultation. They are the most genuinely beautiful couple and I have a lot of time for them! On their wedding day, I felt as though I was capturing two friends opposed to “clients”.
I arrived at Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa to begin capturing the bridal preparations! Nutfield Priory Hotel is a 19th Century Mansion House which is described as “eccentric”. I was blown away by its beauty. Various photo opportunities within the mansion house itself left me excited to capture the detail shots as well as the entire day.
Walking through the main lobby, you are greeted by a few wellington boots & umbrellas (perfect for country walks) then through to the Grand Hall which overlooked by a balcony. Wood panelling surrounding the room, a beautiful organ dating back to 1874 and a marble surrounded fireplace makes for an incredibly inviting room.
I headed upstairs and met the girls who were in full swing of having hair & make up completed. They had eaten brekkies, started on their coffee missions and were having the most chilled out morning.
I borrowed Ally’s dress and ventured to the library where I delicately hung it with a background of vintage books. Floor to ceiling bookshelves provided me with ample space and creative energy to embark on my “detail” mission.
The girls were ready with so much time to spare – I can honestly say it was the most organised and chilled morning that I have ever photographed. I adore having free time as it gives us the opportunity to capture as many bridal shot as we can squeeze in. What a treat. Shout out to Lucy Workman MUA for providing the ring light…. Ive worked with Lucy a few times and everyone loves her lighting!! BUT her skills as an artist are unreal and I can’t recommend her enough.
Ally & Mikes ceremony was held in The Gibson Room. A gorgeous intimate room overlooking the Surrey Downs. Mike was anxiously awaiting his gorgeous brides arrival… I was super excited for his reaction when he saw not only Ally walk down the aisle, but also the gorgeous little Olivia (their daughter). Ally’s Dad would be walking her down the aisle, the smile on his face as he waited for his daughter was one that shall always stick with me!
The time arrived for the ceremony to begin, Ally walked down the staircase with her bridal party in tow. One elegant and beautiful bridal party it has to be said.
It has to be said, that we had rain throughout the whole day for Ally & Mikes wedding, but this didn’t stop our fun. After the gorgeous ceremony, we utilised the archway into Nutfield Priory for group photos. Olivia chucked on her welly boots and splashed about in the puddles. One thing for me when capturing weddings, is capturing YOU. So if your little one wants to splash about in puddles, then let me capture those images of them being well… them.
I took the opportunity to grab some beautiful photos of Ally & Mike too whilst we could. I think the photos say it all about how beautiful their wedding was. It captures their day, their personalities and the love so well!
As usual… MTA Events provided one EPIC party!! I know its going to be amazing when I see MTA rock up!
Anyway, less of my words… take a peek at the epic images!