Julia and I go back a long way – over twenty years in fact; we’ve seen each other’s children grow up. So I was pleased that she asked me to be her wedding photographer. On the morning of the wedding I met her in my home village of Bagshot, where she was getting ready. It was quite the party with her three bridesmaids, her mum, her sister and a friend all getting ready in the room. And add to that me and the videographer – it was a bit of a squeeze, but the atmosphere was pretty chilled. Her sister, Hannah, who is a professional hairdresser, was doing her hair and friend, Donna, was on makeup.

After documenting her getting ready, I did a few shots with her bridesmaids  out in the sunshine – which caused some honking of horns from passing traffic! Then it was time to jump in the car and get down to St Michael’s church in Camberley – easier said than done on a Saturday morning just days before Christmas. Fortunately I had my second shooter ready at the church and she was able to photograph James and his best man, Tim, who had come down for the wedding from Yorkshire. Julia walked down the aisle with her son, Luke, which was lovely to see. There was quite a lot of North/South banter during the service not least because the pastor was also a Yorkshire man – and it helped ease wedding party nerves.

After the ceremony we did some couple portraits in the grounds of the church, before making our way to the reception in Camberley. Although I didn’t stay for the wedding breakfast, I made sure that I photographed some detail shots and we did a few other groups that there hadn’t been time to get at the church, I can always be flexible if the couple or a guest wants a particular image on the day.

Thank you to James & Julia it was an honour to be your wedding photographer. Congratulations!

wedding and bridesmaids dresses hanging up

wedding dress beading detail

Different styles of bridesmaids shoes all lined up

Bride having her make up done, wearing a tiara

Bride having her make up done, wearing a tiara

backlit hairspray photo as hairdresser sprays the bride's hair

bridesmaid lacing up bride's dress

Bride's bouquet of cream gerberas with diamante and blue ribbon

Bride arrives at St Michael's church in Camberley in the wedding car with her son

smiling groom waits for the bride to arrive at St Michael's church in Camberley

Bride walks up the aisle with her son at St Michael's church in Camberley

Groom and best man laughing at St Michael's church in Camberley

Bride arrives by her groom's side at St Michael's church in Camberley

black and white photograph of the groom shaking hands with the bride's son at st Michael's church in Camberley, surrey

Bridesmaid laughing at St Michael's church in Camberley

bride stands on church steps to show full length of the back of her at st Michael's church in Camberley, surrey

backlit bride and groom portrait at St Michael's church in Camberley

Bride and groom confetti shot at St Michael's church in Camberley

Bride in full length fur lined cloak with her groom in the wedding car at st Michael's church in Camberley, surrey

ethereal black and white image of Bride walking down stairs taken from above

Frozen themed blue snowflake wedding cake