Clandon Park wedding reception

A few weeks ago I was in leafy Surrey and had the pleasure of photographing Emily and Adam’s wedding at St Peters Church, West Clandon with the reception being held at Clandon Park.

Emily and Adam met whilst on tour with Chicago the musical. Emily was a dancer on the show and Adam was in the orchestra. I’ve known Adam a few years through music and I must say he is a very talented musician, a great player and writer and  a lovely human being. I met Emily for the first time at our initial consultation and straight away I knew that I was going to have a blast at their wedding.

Our day started at Emily’s Dads house at a very reasonable 10.30 am start, covering the bridal prep’s. The girls were all getting ready downstairs in the conservatory, so light was plentiful and gorgeous to work with. After the hellos and introductions the cameras came out and it was off to work.

Two hours flew by, and then it was off to meet Adam and the guys at St Peters church in West Glandon. And at this point the heavens opened and pretty much stayed that way for the most of the day. I like a challenge.

Adam and the guy’s rocked up to the church in a New York Yellow cab. How cool is that.  The reason for this form of transport is because Adam proposed to Emily in New York….

It was a lovely ceremony overseen by The Rev Barry Preece who incidentally was so laid back when it came to photography, pretty much giving me a free reign (within reason), to go anywhere  I wished to photograph the ceremony.

Emily and Adam have such a passion for music, and as you can imagine with Adam being a musician, it was in abundance throughout their day. At the church they had a string quartet playing while the guests were arriving, a wonderful choir performing a piece written especially for the service by Adam, and co-arranged by the incredible coral writer, John Rutter. The  music theme carried on through to the reception with the string quartet playing in the Great Marble Hall at the beautiful Clandon Park. The Vaulted Undercroft had been given the vibe of a jazz club, displaying on the walls black and white photos Emily had taken on their trip to New York. A jazz quartet (made up of  friends/guests) was setup in the corner, playing standards, featuring his brother and best man Noel on trumpet. Live music went on up until the wedding breakfast, and after the speeches until it was time for their first dance. “Empire State of Mind”

15 minutes after the first dance it was our time to leave the celebrations. And after a twelve hour day we were both totally exhausted  and ready for a well earnd glass of wine or two when we got home .

A big thank you to Emily & Adam for letting us share and photograph their special day. Have a great honeymoon and I can’t wait until we get together and do the album.

See you soon x.