Elegant and emotional Great Fosters wedding
When I met Sarah and her mum at the Brooklands Museum wedding fair last year I just knew I wanted to shoot her wedding. She was so cool and stylish, so lovely and sweet, I knew it would be a fantastic day. It was also lovely to hear she was getting married at Great Fosters, a stunning Grade 1 listed building which is now a luxury hotel and Surrey wedding venue. I had never shot a wedding there before but I had been a bridesmaid there when my good friend Natalie had a Great Fosters wedding, so I had seen what a beautiful venue it is.
I met up with Glenn and Sarah for an engagement shoot in Black Park before the big day which I’m so glad we did. It gave me a chance to meet Glenn and also I think it helped them both to feel more comfortable with me on the wedding day. This meant that I ended up with a lot of really beautiful and relaxed couple portraits.
Great Fosters wedding venue
When I arrive at a wedding venue I like to have a quick look around, especially if I haven’t been there before or it’s been a while. Usually I’ll try to do a venue visit before the big day, but since I had been there before and Sarah was getting ready at the venue it made sense for me to just arrive quite early and spend some time exploring. I was so glad I did! I took a wonder around the pond and found this amazing spot where they had hung glass jars containing candles from the tree branches. Using my sunseeker app I was able to see that the sun would be setting directly across the pond from this beautiful spot. I just knew we had to go back there for the sunset.
The wedding day
Sarah and Glenn’s wedding day was emotional from the start with Glenn having made a video for Sarah with messages from all her loved ones. He had also created a beautiful suitcase of memories, filled with photos and little messages. These were such thoughtful gifts for Sarah, who told me herself that she is very sentimental. Sarah got ready with her bridesmaids in one of the gorgeous suites at the hotel. One of the benefits of having a Great Fosters wedding is how beautiful all the rooms are. This includes the ceremony room, which is just stunning and full of natural light. Sarah looked incredible in her dress, which I was excited to notice had pockets! Every dress is made so much better if it has pockets.
There was also a subtle night-at-the-movies theme to the wedding reception. Each table was named after one of their favourite films. I couldn’t help noticing there were a lot of rom-coms in there – they’re my favourite too! Their favours were little packets of popcorn and they included a movie quiz for during the wedding breakfast.
Sunset portraits and dancing
My highlight of the day was the sunset portraits. The light was just incredible, I couldn’t have wished for better. I think Sarah and Glenn enjoyed it as well, because it was a chance to get away from the madness for a few minutes, to take a deep breath and enjoy being together. I also loved the dancing, everyone got so into it! Sarah’s brother’s band was playing and they were fantastic, everyone absolutely loved it and I got some of my favourite dancefloor photos ever. Lots of big hugs, crazy dance moves and loud singing later and it was time for me to go. I loved this wedding from start to finish, take a look at the photos and you’ll see why.
Wedding dress – Fairytale London, Fulham
Wedding shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid dresses – TFNC
Makeup artist – Nadine Pyke
Hair stylist – Viki hair
Florist – The Flower Lounge
Cake – Sarah Edwards Cakes
Videographer – 4Motion Productions
Second shooter – Josie Hooper Photography