Wedding at Avisford Park – Claire and Edward

Posted by Claire Hill on Mar 1 2017

Wedding at Avisford Park
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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

Posted by Claire Hill on Feb 1 2017

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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 – Sam and Ian

Posted by Claire Hill on Jan 17 2017

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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 🙂