Jeremy's Borde Hill Gardens Weddings

Alexander House Hotel, East Grinstead

Before the fun begins at Jeremy’s Borde Hill Gardens, Alexander House Hotel is the ideal place to get ready for a wedding.  The rooms are spacious with lots of light for the hair and make-up artists. This was a scorcher of a day and it was already hot before we even arrived at Alexander House!!

The bridal party preparations were well underway and there were some very interesting cocktails being sipped whilst everyone was getting ready.


St Margaret’s Church, West Hoathly

We then headed off to the church to find the boys and take some photographs of them before the arrival of the bride. It was great to see all the guests arriving some were enjoying a couple of summer drinks in The Cat Inn, a very convenient pub!!

Once our lovely bride arrived with her Dad, the most important part of the day could begin.  The coolness of the church was a welcome relief to have the coolness of the church. The ceremony was lovely with fun elements that reflected my bride and groom’s personalities, they did make me giggle behind the camera!!

I do love St Margaret’s Church, not only for its beautiful country location but for the views. We planned some portraiture after the service as the view was a very special one for my bride and groom. It also gave them some much needed time together before joining their guests at Jeremy’s Borde Hill Gardens.


Jeremy’s Borde Hill Gardens

We arrived to the most amazing sound; a steel band, with the weather this was just so perfect. Cocktails were being served and the whole wedding had such a tropical feel. My bride and groom had hoped for a day like this as they wanted a tropical themed wedding and they could not have asked for a more perfect weather in the perfect setting of Jeremy’s Borde Hill Gardens. There was lots of time to relax and sip a cocktail or two before settling down to a magnificent barbeque. The marquee was open on all sides, everything was just magical.


The evening fun at Jeremy’s Borde Hill Gardens!

We had loads of fun in the evening; I think a cocktail or two may have helped things along a bit!! It is a great time to be a bit silly and capture some fun photography; and my oh my was this fun!!!

There was another full barbeque for the evening guests with some very special entertainment and nope I cannot say more!!!

Once the sun had gone down, it was time for us to go and we settled in to the glorious coolness of the air conditioned car to make our way home and chat about another glorious wedding at Jeremy’s Borde Hill Gardens.

Claire 🙂





Marquee Wedding - Sophisticated and Fun


If you are looking for a unique atmosphere then a Marquee is your wedding.

There is no defined style for your marquee wedding, you can be a festival wedding or an English country garden wedding. It’s the feeling of bringing the outside in that will attract you.


You might be having a marquee in your parents garden, so many memories here and new ones are being made today. It feels so wonderful to see your wedding venue as you look out the window, there it lots of activity to make your day perfect.

When you leave the house you know that you will be coming back with your partner as a married couple.


Drinks Party

Think glorious summer days, flowers in bloom, trees in leaf and that lovely feeling of being under canvas but the most luxurious canvas you could wish The champagne smells delicious and oozes celebration and happiness. You chat to your guests as you wander through the grass. Your catering team are wandering around with the most delicious canapés, carefully chosen by you.  You love seeing your guests enjoy them and In the background there could be an acoustic band or a string quartet; even a steel band. Children are playing with the lawn games and everything is oh so relaxed.  You are having your photographs taken with the most glorious views and then it’s time to celebrate.


The Meal

Your caterers bring you the amazing dishes that you lovingly selected, the gentle warmth surrounds you as the musicians continue to play. Amazing flowers adorn the tables, their delicate fragrance gently radiating around the marquee.  Everyone is laughing, then you have the speeches filled with emotion and hilarity.


As the day gently fades there is time to wander around as dusk approaches.  Perhaps you take this time for some more portraits, making more memories with the softest of lights to be had at this time of day. This is also a time for reflection to just stop, look and remember this moment in time on the most special of days.


Let’s Party

The evening celebrations begin, as the sun starts to go down it’s time for you to cut your cake have your first dance, perhaps under a starlit ceiling. Now it’s time to party, from the outside your marquee looks amazing lit up.  It is a beacon of welcome to all those that come along. Sometimes it’s nice to have some photographs taken at this time, all those special lighting touches that you chose together come into their own and the whole area takes on the feel of an Enchanted forest.  Stand back look and then go back in to party the night away with your family and friends. This was our day, this was our unique location this was us and tomorrow we will have another celebration here before we jet off to relax.


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If you are looking for a dedicated wedding venue then this is your wedding.

The Morning

As you slip into your luxurious silk chemise and cover up, the wedding prep can begin. The room has dedicated hair and make-up stations, champers and snacks are on hand.  There is a beautifully presented continental breakfast for you all to nibble on. Music is playing, everyone is talking excitedly and laughing about the Hen celebrations. Your photographer arrives to capture these wonderful moments.  All of a sudden a few nerves begin, not nasty nerves but excited nerves. Today is here, it’s happening, it’s going to be so much fun. You know your guests are arriving, they are having fun and you can’t wait to see them. Your dedicated wedding planner pops in and out to see how you are.  They are a comfort to you; they have been with you every step of the way and they are here today to see you get married.

It’s time to dress, eeek, it’s time to dress!!!! Everyone is seated and they are waiting for you.


Your Marriage

Your the groom and you’ve been with the boys getting ready and now it’s time to head to the bar to meet your family and friends. You feel good in your suit, you take one last look in the mirror and you know you are looking pretty hot today. It’s great to see everyone and you are a bit nervous so chatting takes your mind of things. Your photographer arrives to take some photographs of you and the boys, you love to lark about but before you know it you are having your interview with your registrars in the room where you are getting married. You look round and you know your partner is going to love it.

What seems like an eternity; the door opens and there they are, walking up the aisle towards you, time stops as you lock eyes.

There are giggles during the ceremony because you both get a bit tongue tied, you love your photographer and they are there capturing these very special moments, their presence is a source of comfort to you. Ahhh at last the first kiss; then the signing of the register and a deep breath…we’ve done it!

As you walk down the aisle your photographer is capturing your happiness and you see your wedding planner smiling and waiting to greet you with champers that you see gently and enticingly bubbling in the glass. Some photographs at the door and that first glorious sip of your champers as a married couple.

Let’s Celebrate!

There is a party atmosphere.  Everyone is chatting away; canapés are being served and you know that there is plenty of room to have fun inside should the weather be a bit; well like our weather really. Along comes your dedicated events manager with your very own canapés, beautifully presented; you feel a million dollars.

Everything in this venue is perfectly located for your photography; you wander off for that all important alone time to the many beautiful spots for your romantic portraiture,. Your photographer makes you laugh so much, you don’t feel at all worried as you get some the most important photographs that anyone will ever take of you.

Your wedding planner calls the guests to be seated and you have some time to look back at your beautiful venue. As you wander towards the door to your reception room, you both laugh and chat excitedly. The doors open and all the people you love are waiting to see you and clap and cheer as you make your way to the table. When you sit, you know it’s time to relax and enjoy the meal you carefully chose all those months ago. Oh dear it’s time for the speeches, stories are told that have you in stitches and what happened on ‘tour’ does not stay on ‘tour’!!!!

Time to Party

Before the party beings, you sneak out with your photographer for some more portraiture around the venue, this time of the day is so lovely. The light is enveloping and creates a totally different feel to earlier. It’s so lovely to have a little bit of time alone.

The evening celebrations kick off with the cutting of the cake, followed by your first dance; it’s your song, a song that brings back so many memories then the tempo changes and everyone floods onto the dance floor, this is great it’s just how you imagined.

Oh go on then one last photograph; then off to party whilst the boys do their thing with cigars. This was everything we imagined and more.


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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



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 🙂


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 😀

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 🙂