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Rob & Steph - Clandon Park

With the 2012 wedding season due to kick off for me this Friday, I was spending some time the other day making sure 2011’s weddings were all fully archived and tidied away. In doing so I realised that I’d never actually got round to blogging Rob & Steph’s wedding at Clandon Park nr Guildford. I shot Rob & Steph’s engagement session a few months prior to their wedding so came to know them particularly well. I don’t usually do engagement sessions, but they were especially keen to have some photographs done ahead of the day itself and I found the experience really great fun. It’s sometimes hard not to see the very best in people when you spend such an incredibly happy day with them, and I know I bang on about great clients, but Rob & Steph really are immensely lovely people, the sort of people I hope to stay in touch with and hear from in years to come.

Steph begun the day at her Dad’s house - another equally lovely guy - a short drive from both Church and reception venue. After a really great morning, in which I discovered that I’d been to school with some of Steph’s bridesmaid’s friends (small world!), I headed off to Wotton to meet Rob and his groomsmen. St John the Evangelist is a gorgeous church and in the cold bright December light it looked stunning. I tend not to feel the cold a great deal when I’m shooting a wedding and so if in doubt I tend to forgo a jumper. After seeing guests and Rob’s family inside, I stepped outside to wait for Steph’s arrival. It was pretty chilly, but expecting her imminently I figured it’d only be a brief wait. As it happened, half way to church they realised that they’d forgotten Steph’s bouquet and so had to head back to retrieve it! I am convinced this was all a ruse on Steph’s part to keep Rob honest, but she assures me it was a genuine mistake!

I shot the service from the back of the church as I’d been requested to be very discrete. It’s sometimes challenging shooting from the back, but thankfully there were some lovely sight lines that worked well with where Rob & Steph were seated. Following the service it was on to Clandon Park. Clandon is a huge building with an incredible aspect and a magnificent Marble Hall. The wedding breakfast gave way to some first rate speeches and the special guest appearance of Rob’s Super Ted bear - exceptional stuff! The Vaulted Undercroft, where the evening reception took place, is a really fun room to shoot in. It’s curving white vaulting makes lighting it a blast and yet it’s relatively low ceiling keeps things feeling really energetic and intimate. All in, it was a fantastic way to end the 2011 season. Here are some of my favourites from the day, a selection I found particularly hard to whittle down!

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