Simone & Darren’s tipi wedding

While some couples plan every detail of their wedding months in advance, Simone and Darren were a little more laid back. With only 7 weeks until their wedding, friends were reminding them that they really ought to get on and book their photographer. After seeing my work displayed in a couple’s home after they had gone there to buy a sofa from ebay, and hearing glowing recommendations from them (thanks Ruth & Mark!) they booked me straightaway.

Simone got ready for her wedding at the gorgeous Nutfield Priory, but as there was a wedding there that day it wasn’t possible to get photos of Simone anywhere other than her room, as it would not have been nice for the 2 brides to bump into each other! To be honest, by the time I’d photographed Simone getting ready, as well as her 10 (yes, 10) bridesmaids, it was time to get to the church. In many ways I had been sad to leave, it had been such a lovely morning!

This was certainly a laid back wedding, illustrated by the vicar from the gorgeous St Mary the Virgin in Bletchingley needing to visit the pub opposite to encourage the men (including 13 groomsmen, a personal record for me) to get over to the church as the ceremony was due to start in 15 minutes!

Life is so much easier for me when I have a vicar who doesn’t seem to hate photographers (yes, there are plenty of them about), and this vicar was really flexible about where the videographer and I could stand. However, while I am used to guests stepping out in front of me into the aisle to photograph the couple as they leave the church, I have never experienced the vicar moving into place to capture the couple on his I-pad (photo below)!

Simone and Darren’s reception was at Westmead Events a large open space you can make your own, and the tipi they had hired looked fabulous and was the perfect place to hang out on a sunny Saturday.   

Darren’s son Beaumont was one of the coolest pageboys I have every come across, closely followed by Simone’s nephew Cameron.  They were keen to strike a pose anytime they saw my camera in their own unique style.  

Speeches are one of my favourite parts of the day, and on this occasion there were eight of them to enjoy. I was particularly touched by Simone’s speech, as she spoke to Darren’s son Beaumont about the significance of the day, that she was marrying him as well as his daddy and how proud she was to be part of his life.

There was so much love for this couple, from both sides of the family and their friends, and I know they have an amazing future ahead of them. Thank you for allowing me to share in your wonderful day.

If you would like to see the full collection of photos from the day, please click here and enter Darren’s surname as the password. If you’d like a chat about photography for your event please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.


Ceremony: St Mary the Virgin, Bletchingley

Reception: Westmead Events, Redhill

Bride’s dress: Confetti & Lace, Thurrock

Hair: Edmund Bossman

Make-up: Natasha

Videographer: I-do productions

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