Well, it’s certainly been a while since I’ve done this! At the start of the year I was completely determined to write a new blog post every week, but I haven’t written on here since March and it’s now the end of May. I will certainly do a lot better in the weeks to come. I have not one, not two, but SEVEN weddings from February, March and April to show you! This first one is a wedding at Box Hill School.
Wedding in in Mickleham, Surrey
Katie and Jon’s wedding at Box Hill School was back in February which feels like so long ago now. I know we all say it every year, but this year really is flying by!!
This wedding was very personal. Katie had grown up seeing her dad working as a vicar and had said as a child that she wanted to get married in St Michael’s Church (which is just up the road from Box Hill School where they had their reception) and for her dad to be the one to marry them. Well like a real life fairy tale, that is exactly what happened.
Katie got ready in one of the lovely rooms at the Running Horses pub which is just across the road from the Church. From the windows we could see all the guests arriving to have a quick pre-ceremony drink which was very exciting! I also popped over to the Gatehouse Cottage where Jon and his groomsmen were getting ready to get a few quick photos of them too. Everything was within just a few minutes walk of everything else which made it feel like a proper old-fashioned, village community wedding. It was just lovely.
Ceremony in St Michael’s Church
Before the ceremony, Katie and her dad got into the vintage car they had hired and went for a little drive around the village. They arrived outside the Church in the beautiful sunshine, and walked down the aisle with big beaming smiles on their faces. Katie’s dad welcomed everyone to the ceremony, and then when they began the first hymn he popped off into the back to change into his vicar attire. We weren’t sure if he would make it back in time, but he raced out with seconds to spare!
The ceremony itself was very relaxed, personal and fun. Katie and Jon both looked wonderful and there were several funny moments throughout, proving that Church ceremonies don’t have to be stuffy and serious!
Wedding at Box Hill School
Box Hill School is truly a beautiful building. I had been there in the past a couple of times because funnily enough my brother went to school there. There is beautiful ornate woodwork and a stunning fireplace in the entrance hall where everyone gathered for the drinks reception. There are also wonderful grounds which were perfect for getting some lovely couple portraits.
Katie and Jon had their wedding breakfast in the school gym which had a huge marquee erected inside. The gym had been truly transformed into a beautiful wedding space. Katie and Jon are big fans of a date night and it sounds like many of them are more like date adventures! They had named the tables after some of their dates and the names included ‘The O2 climbers’, ‘The Axe Throwers’, ‘The Freejumpers’ and (perhaps the most odd) ‘The Mouse Taxidermists’. This made me think I must step out of my dinner-date comfort zone and try something a bit different!
The party started with a ceilidh which is always such brilliant fun. A ceilidh is a great way to get everyone involved on the dance floor straight away. It stops everyone milling about the edges for a couple of hours while topping up the alcohol levels!
Katie and Jon’s winter wedding was relaxed, beautiful, fun and joyful and I loved being involved. You’ll see from the photos below what a fabulous day it was! If you’re planning at winter wedding and you need a Surrey wedding photographer I would love to hear from you, do get in touch via my contact page.