Great Fosters Wedding | Valerie & Mike | Surrey Wedding Photographer
Great Fosters Wedding. Last Friday I joined Valerie and Mike for their Great Fosters Wedding in Egham as a Surrey wedding photographer. First of all, what a venue. My gosh, this place is epic epic epic! Awarded the AA’s 2019 Best Hotel in England, this Elizabethan Grade 1 Listed building built as Henry VIII’s hunting lodge, is one of a kind.
When I first arrived, I was just as excited as their wee boy Dougie! I was running around, spotting unbelievable location after location for groups and portraits. However, the challenges of winter weddings have really set in. Shorter days meaning less light (and more cold!), so I didn’t have much chance to make use of the full venue sadly. BUT, that didn’t stop V+M’s wedding their best day ever.
I met Valerie, Mike and Dougie last month in London on the Southbank for their pre wedding shoot. Everyone here knows how much I love shooting in London, so of course we had to meet there! That was when I also met my new best buddy, Dougie. He is a wonderful little human, full of emotion, energy and fun.
Capturing him exploring and enjoying the world around him was pretty magical, and a real insight into the inspiring parenting journey V+M are on. They’re just so loving with him and capturing that was such a pleasure.
Highlight of the wedding for me (amongst so many highlights of course), had to be Dougie constantly following me around the entire day. He was playing peekaboo with me at the alter, as I was stealthily hiding behind a plant photographing. Even when I ran to the back of the church, he still followed me! And this was in front of the entire wedding, so everyone was watching and laughing. Right through to the end of the day, he still just wanted to hang out. I’m just cracking up writing about it now haha!
So I’ve been rambling on for a bit, I’ll let the wedding photography so the talking. So I’ll just say it was fantastic to work alongside Jose at Great Fosters, brilliantly organised and really fun coordinator! Our morning was brightened up by the wonderful MUAing by Alyse Baker, and Alex of Mova in Staines on hair. The ceremony was held at the Christ Church with St Philip in Worcester Park in London. Abbey Rolls Hire classily transported our bride and groom over to Great Fosters Hotel.
Congrats again guys, hope you have a relaxing honeymoon and you love the pics! Say hi to Dougie from me haha x
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