Wedding at Avisford Park - Claire and Edward

Wedding at Avisford Park

Today I am featuring a wedding at Avisford Park, which is a beautiful hotel in Arundel West Sussex. Claire and Edward booked me after I photographed a wedding that Edward had attended and they were getting married in the same church. This really excited me because I just love Our Lady of England Church in Storrington, not only is it really beautiful but it has the most wonderful light.

Bridal Preparations

Claire was getting ready for her wedding at Avisford Park so that was our first port of call and we arrived to find the preparations in full swing. It was a hot and sultry day but Claire was a cool as a cucumber!!! After much fun, it was off to the church to catch up with the boys.

The Church

Our Lady of England has a beautiful gallery that lead to the convent and this was the perfect spot to capture the boys on a hot day. Not only was the light lovely but it kept them away from the heat of the day. The church was a welcome relief for the arriving guests too. Before we knew it Claire and her Father were on their way and it would not be long until Claire would be marrying the man of her dreams. Claire and Edward had a wonderful Catholic service with communion, their lovely priests were so chilled I was able to move about discretely to ensure that I captured all the important parts of the ceremony including Claire and Edward’s first communion as a married couple. After a very moving service we were off to celebrate their wedding at Avisford Park.

Celebration of Claire and Edward’s Wedding at Avisford Park

Having a Wedding at Avisford Park in the summer is brilliant because they have some very mature trees that provide some gorgeous cooling shade on a summer’s day and there can be nothing nicer than sipping champagne and chatting at this lovely venue. What always seems like a blink of an eye it was time for everyone to be seated for Claire and Edward’s grand entrance before tucking into some yummy food.

The evening was so much fun, not only with the bride and groom portraiture but the mad five minutes we had with the main wedding party; it still makes me laugh now but yikes neat Jägermeister!!!!! I know it plays a very special part in Claire and Edward’s first meeting, but gang, neat : )))))))))

I loved working with the very talented Ioannis from Reel Emotion Weddings, he is a pleasure and a joy to work with so if you are looking for a videographer be sure to pop over to his page to have a look.

Claire and Edward, thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding story and to be a part of your day. I know your wedding day was the start of a long and happy life together and to be a part of your day was an honour.

Claire : )

Farleigh Golf Club Wedding Venue Surrey - Claire and Ed

Farleigh Golf Club Wedding Venue Surrey

Today I am taking you to Farleigh Golf Club Wedding Venue Surrey to celebrate the marriage of Claire and Ed. I always feel so honoured to be a part of a wedding but I love it when I am photographing another member of the family. I have photographed lots of special moments for Claire’s sister Katie and here I was again being part of another wonderful event, it really is so special and I am a little humbled they want little old me :)

The day started at Claire and Ed’s house, there was fun, laughter and very chilled atmosphere when we arrived along with two excited little boys who were being very well behaved. Once Claire was ready we zipped off to Farleigh Golf Club wedding venue Surrey to see what the boys were up to and capture some of the atmosphere before the day got into full swing. Ed is from New Zealand so his family had travelled a long way to celebrate with them.

The service was just lovely, Claire was beaming and they were both so happy to be getting married I just couldn’t help continually grinning behind the camera; their happiness was infectious. Their marriage really did complete things for them after birth of their little boy the previous year. The weather was being kind to us so after the ceremony we popped outside to grab some group shots and I then left Claire, Ed and Alex to relax with their guests as I captured their reception room.

It’s great at Farleigh as you have a dedicated person who takes you to various spots in and around the golf course, which does mean you get to explore more than I usually do a golf club wedding venues. I had my own buggy, which I drove gingerly to be honest but it was great fun whizzing along and exploring this beautiful venue.

We all enjoyed the Bride and Groom portraiture but all good things have to come to an end and we headed back for Claire and Ed to spend some more time with their guests before sitting down to their first meal as a married couple and to celebrate with their gorgeous little man.

Once they were all settled we headed home from Farleigh Golf Club wedding venue Surrey for a nice cup of tea.

This weather is a little chilly so I hope the images cheer you up a bit today.

Have a great week folks.

Love Claire : )

Wakehurst Place Wedding Photography

Wakehurst Place Wedding Photography

Today’s Wakehurst Place wedding photography features Sam and Ian who had such a beautiful day. Ian is a graphic designer and he had a great eye for detail and if you look closely you will be amazed at his prowess!!!

As usual the day started off with the bridal preparations and we arrived to find things well underway. I love to settle into the day by photographing the dress, for me it’s a tranquil time and sets the scene for the whole day. Sam chose to have her dress designed by our wonderful award winning designer Emma Tindley. I know I am biased but you cannot get better than our Emma, where else are you seen by the designer herself at every fitting and each dress, even off the peg, is made to measure. Most people think this is going to be expensive but Emma’s gowns start at a very reasonable £1,200.00 for off the peg and £1,500.00 for bespoke designs. This price is more than a match for the mass-produced dresses that are currently flooding the market. Emma’s dresses are all designed and made at her West Sussex Boutique, not in China and there are no hidden extras such as alteration charges.

Emma came along to dress Sam so she looked perfection itself to meet Ian. Off we popped to meet up with the boys and met a very nervous Ian, he just couldn’t wait to marry the girl of his dreams and it was so lovely to see, we calmed our Ian down and took some great shots of him and wow folks his suit was amazing. He knew what he wanted and is was bespoke design made to order and I loved it.

So, our lovely couple were married and had a wonderful day laughing and relaxing with their guests. We had a smashing time in the evening strolling through the grounds and it was time for Sam and Ian to spend some time together to reflect on a wonderful day.

We always have such a nice day with our couples and I never tire of seeing the happiness that surrounds every wedding I photograph. I am a Wakehurst Place Wedding Photography recommended supplier so my weddings here are always special.  To see Sam and Ian's full wedding, click here to watch their slideshow

Have a great week folks and they say that Monday was blue Monday, don’t be blue, the days are lengthening and summer will soon be here.


Claire :)

Southend Barns Wedding Venue - Lauren and Peter

Southend Barns Wedding Venue

This was my first time at Southend Barns wedding venue, which is situated near Chichester West Sussex. This is an old dairy that has been converted in the most beautiful venue and was the perfect setting for Lauren and Peter to celebrate their marriage.

The girls were getting ready in the old dairy that is now the bridal suite and it really is a smashing space to start the day.  All the details have been thought through with a really relaxing colour scheme. Lauren and Peter met at university near the barn where they both studied music, and yes folks what I am about to say is very romantic. They wanted to marry where they first met, how absolutely lovely is that! Peter is a member of the Salvation Army so the marriage took place at the Salvation Army Halls in Bognor Regis.

So after much hilarity with the gals we zipped off to Bognor to meet the boys.  Yep you’ve guessed it Peter is part of the Queen’s Guard (apologies Peter if I haven’t got it 100% correct) but he has served in Afghanistan and plays at many of the major events so very amazing in my book :)

The wedding service was lovely in that all who were involved have known Peter since he was born so to be a part of his marriage to Lauren was very special indeed.  I am a silly old thing as yet again there was a tear or two from me to be able to capture such lovely moments of a lovely couple who are making the next step to forge a life together.

So after some shots (in the blistering sun) we headed back to Southend Barns wedding venue to start the celebrations. Everyone was such fun and we continued the silliness with Lauren’s parents (and Lauren’s Dad is a very talented musician too) and Peter’s Parents. In actual fact everyone was so lovely we began to feel like one of the guests!!! Lauren and Peter made sure we had a smashing meal even checking that we were served each course.  Now how lovely is that to take the time to check on us during their own wedding breakfast.

We sneaked off for some Bride and Groom portraiture in the evening, with the usual mixture of silliness and romance. I always find the silliness helps the romance to develop in front of the camera.  Well a wedding wouldn’t be a wedding with me if there weren’t prolific amounts of larking about ;)

I hope you enjoy the selection of images.  If you want to see the whole wedding then head over to my vimeo page where you can find it.

Have a great weekend folks,

Claire :)

Everdon Northamptonshire Weddings - Alexandra and Merrik

Northamptonshire Weddings
Well Hello Folks,

I don’t photograph too many Northamptonshire Weddings!  Today’s blog is all about our Niece.  As a family we were all chuffed to bits when Alexandra got engaged to Merrik so there was much excitement when the wedding planning started in earnest.

I had the absolute honour to be asked to photograph their wedding and this was special.  Alexandra was our Niece but she was also my bridesmaid at our wedding (ahem a few years before!!) and to play a role in her day was something that really touched my heart.

Alexandra’s family home is in a beautiful little village in Northamptonshire so the day was going to take place in the family church, which is a stone’s throw from the house.  The wedding reception was in a beautiful marquee which was a few minutes’ walk from the church. Alexandra’a parents had arranged a surprise donkey and cart to take her to the church and it was so lovely to see the neighbours line the street to watch her make her way to be married as most of them have watched Alexandra grow up and blossom.

As with all things typically British the weather played its part; rain, sun, rain but then sunny and dry. It was a shame as the field was a little wet but this did not mar anyone having a great time on the day. It was a little weird trying to be a guest and a photographer and to be honest I was more photographer than guest but the lovely thing was I saw everything, which is such an honour at any wedding but especially at this one 🙂  The food was amazing and I loved sitting down and having a relaxing time chatting to the family.  I also loved photographing Northamptonshire Weddings and would do more like a shot 🙂

Have a great week folks and enjoy the sun; it’s so lovely to be having a summer at last.

Claire 🙂

Westerham Golf Club Wedding Venue

Westerham Golf Club Wedding Venue

Westerham Golf Club Wedding venue

Westerham Glof Club Wedding Venue

Well Hello Folks,

Westerham Golf Club wedding venue is very pretty and the perfect place for Ann and Brian to celebrate their marriage. The attention to detail was really lovely; Ann and Brian's hard work really paid off when it was all put together on the day. I particularly liked the references to steam trains, which Brian loves.

I was lucky enough to be the photographer at Brian’s Nephew’s wedding and it was lovely to be asked by Ann and Brian to photograph their wedding too. Their story is such a lovely one and to be a part of their wedding day was wonderful. The day itself was hot and sultry so the air conditioning at Westerham Golf Club wedding venue was very welcome indeed!!

Ann and Brian were married at Brian’s local church in Seal and we were blessed with the most glorious field behind so it was a must to capture some images there after the service. Once at the venue the golf carts were on hand to get some lovely images on the golf course. The staff at Westerham Golf Club wedding venue were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

In the evening we had more fun around the lake with lots of interaction from family and friends that really added to the atmosphere of the day. I do love a bit of silliness and there was no shortage of silliness, laughter and general mucking about.

It is so lovely to go to weddings and meet up with everyone again, it makes me love <>my job even more.

Anyway here are a few images of the day; Ann and Brian thank you for being so much fun and the song you chose for your first dance brought tears to my eyes. You two do have all the time in the world and you deserve every happiness that comes your way.

Claire :)

Maids to Measure with Touker Suleyman - Home House London

Maids to Measure with Touker Suleyman


Good Afternoon Folks,

What fun we had with Maids to Measure with Touker Suleyman. The lovely Maids Sinclair and India Sellars have been building their business for the last four years and they specialise in creating beautiful bridesmaids dresses. They saw a massive gap in the market and set about filling this gap with the most exquisite bridesmaid gowns.

Gone are the days when bridesmaids lived in fear of what they were going to be made to wear; thanks to these two talented ladies they now have some very classy gowns to choose and wear. They have dressed some very high profile bridesmaids so I think it is safe to say they have got things just right!

I hear cries of these must be way out of our budget; well I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the price bracket and these little numbers are something that can be worn after the wedding too.

Now our lovely maids are set to reach new heights with the funding that Touker Suleyman has invested into their business and you can read all about it if you click here, this was an article featured in The Sunday Times.  Maids to Measure with Touker Suleyman is sure to be a match made in Heaven :)

So on to the party, which I was chuffed to bits to be invited to! It was held at Home House 20 Portman Square in London and this is where Sinclair and India launched their company four years ago, so it is rather fitting that they should celebrate this milestone there too. There were all sorts of scrumptious drinkies and food on offer and I did feel that I needed to sample all of them for this very important research ;)  Emma Tindley and I had lots of great chats with the other guests. For those of you who haven't heard of Emma, she is our designer extraordinaire who won the You and Your Wedding Designer of The Year 2015. She also made Sinclair's bespoke gown for her wedding last year and this was featured in Brides magazine too!

We are so proud of you Sinclair and India and can't wait to see what exciting things are in store for you. If you are getting married be sure to pop along to Maids to Measure to see all the gorgeous things they have to offer.


Claire :)

Headshots - Amy Dulcie


Happy Sunday Folks and some more Headshots for you today :)

Say hello to Amy Seymour or Our Amazing Amz as I affectionately call her; I have been doing Amy's headshots for about five years now and just when I think she cannot get any more beautiful, hey presto she does!!

Amy is a very talented actor, presenter and blogger. From the first blog I did about Amy I always said that she is set to go far and I know this to be true because there are lots of exciting things in the pipeline and Our Amz is one of life's 'do'ers', so she will be out there forging a great career for herself.

This set of  headshots is for a new agency that she has been signed to and the brief was clean, simple and organic. Amy had an idea of the type of thing she was looking for and sent me a mood board for inspiration, which is always helpful. On the day we experimented with a view to creating a portfolio that was varied and like Jake showed her versatility. As always we had tremendous fun, and Amy you are a joy to work with and to be your photographer is a real honour. I really do count myself lucky to have the most fabulous people to photograph I really do.

So without further ado here are her headshots a portfolio of 15 in a mix of black and white and colour. Amy has a full set in both black and white and colour so she can choose the medium most suited to the role she is auditioning for.

Amy can be found on the following sites:-


Amy Seys


I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I loved taking them.

Claire :)

Actor Headshots - Jake an Englishman in New York!

Actor Headshots


Good Afternoon Folks,

Today we talk about Actor Headshots.  Jake is an Actor studying in New York and on a recent trip home he needed a new portfolio of Actor Headshots. The brief that Stella Adler gave him was to capture the a' representation of you', ummm what to do, what to do!!!! The brief well was…brief, so after lots of agonising and looking at other Actor Headshots in the USA I thought I might have an idea of what the 'representation of you' meant. The one thing we did know what they had to be different from the UK ones.

On the day I still wasn't 100% on what we were going to get but hey we decided we would go with the flow. Jake and I trawled though what seemed thousands of images to see if we could get the 'representation of that person' notably these were all American actors and yes we felt a theme coming on so we then headed into the studio to get a 'representation of Jake'.

No one person can be defined wholly in one image and that much was obvious from our earlier trawlings through the 'net', so we set about seeing what we could capture of Jake and how the shots could be used to show different facets of his own personality and facets of the characters he could bring to life. To create a portfolio with variety means that he can pick the most pertinent headshot for a particular role, but as a set hopefully the casting directors can see versatility in him and the craft he is honing.

The images needed to be in a 10x8 inch ratio in order for him to have his CV one side and the head shot the other and in portrait. As you can see they are mostly head and shoulders, again this is the usual but I wanted to throw in a few wildcards for variety and interest when they are being seen as a set, so yes some landscape ones too.

So here we have it the final set of Jake's Actor Headshots made in England for the USA and I hope they serve him well until they need updating.

I enjoyed the shoot and we, as always, had a laugh. I have been photographing Jake for a number of years now and it has been an honour to be a part of his life and progression. Jake, I have high hopes for you and the dream of walking down the red carpet at one of your premieres; I feel this could be getting closer…no pressure there then ;)

Have a great day folks,

Claire :)

Wiston House Weddings - Holly and Dorian

Wiston House Weddings


Hello Folks,

It's been a while since I have blogged, things have been ticking along nicely chez Woodland Hill Photography but there hasn't been a lot of time for blogging.

So what do you do when the daughter of a very good pal asks you to photograph her wedding; well you are honoured. What happens when that very good pal also happens to be an amazing photographer; well you are honoured and scared :D

I was chuffed to bits to be the photographer at Holly and Dorian's wedding at Wiston House but also very aware that the one wedding a photographer would want to photograph would be their daughter's!! Lisa and Phill run a very successful photography business in Steyning so the pressure was on for old Clairey to make sure I did Holly and Dorian's wedding justice!!!!

There have been many tears along the way; they started with the initial asking, tears; then being present when Holly chose her dress… tears; which incidentally was at the one and only designer extraordinaire Emma Tindley. Then at Wiston House open evening, tears. At the bodice fitting, stress because I helped Emma who had broken her thumb then, yup you guessed it, tears. The hemline, tears and the final fitting; yes I am like a broken record, tears!!!

We had great fun at the pre-wedding shoot and it was hilarious because Holly who doesn’t do a great deal of gregarious public kissing had to then practise a bit of ad hoc lip smacking the streets!!!!

The day was just so lovely, everything went perfectly thanks to the brilliant organisational skills of Paul G Smith who is an amazing toastmaster. There were frequent bouts of tears from all concerned during the day so it would have been rude for me not to have joined in ;)

Holly and Dorian are great sailors so you can see from the images Holly and Dorian went for a nautical theme that had echoes in her dress as the skirt represented the waves of the sea. The bridesmaids dresses were in blue and the whole theme had nautical essences, which tied everything together nicely. Even the beautiful wood panelling of Wiston House wouldn't look out of place on a magnificent ocean liner!! Wiston House is very close to where Holly grew up and it has been her dream to marry there since she was a little girl; she believed that all princesses married at Wiston House and I think she is right because Holly you are a true princess and I know you and Dorian will have a long, happy and healthy life together.

I will go now before I now I start to get all emotional!!!

Claire :)