Helen and Christian

A lovely Spring wedding in the heart of Surrey
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Helen and Christian’s wedding day

Starting at Leatherhead Registry Office and then heading back to couple’s home for the celebration, Helen and Christians wedding was a carefree and fun day, which suited my documentary style perfectly.

The Wedding

My coverage started just before the ceremony, with the real star of the ceremony being their daughter, who decided to stand next to them during the proceedings. 🙂

Shortly after the ceremony, we went outside and took a number of portraits. The gardens at Leatherhead Register Office are so picturesque, it would’ve been silly not to have taken advantage of the blossoming flowers there.

The couple and their guests then headed back to the Helen and Christian’s home near Guildford for the day’s celebrations.

The Wedding Breakfast

The couple had only one portrait request, so once that was taken I was free to document the day as it unfolded. With the perfect weather and decorations scattered around their garden (not to mention the massive tipi), there wasn’t any shortage of photographs to be taken.

In the camera bag (or bags), there was a few Fuji XT1s (my usual gear for weddings) and my Nikon D750 which made it’s wedding debut. Once I had picked that up, I found it quite hard to put down. Simply put, it was a lot of fun to use!

Also in the bag was my Nikon FM2n (a solid 35mm film camera) and my Bronica ETRS (a reliable 120mm film camera). Fortunately, Helen and Christian were kind enough to indulge me with my analog film obsession. So I got to fire off a few rolls of Kodak Portra 160, some Lomography 400 and an expired roll of Kodak Gold that I had been saving for a special occasion (for those that don’t know, expired film usually results in unique imperfections in colour and contrast, that add a bit character to the images).

Sarah walking down the aisle at Hartsfield Manor, Surrey
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Helen and Christian were kind enough to indulge me with my analog film obsession.

The Evening

Shortly after the buffet meal, Helen and Christian had their first dance, a quirky number – We Belong Together by Randy Newman. Fans of Toy Story 3 should be familiar with it. 🙂

After that, the evening’s entertainment was provided by the rather fantastic live band, Freddie and the Freeloaders, an act that ensured the guests were all up and dancing the night away.

Sarah and Lawrence's first dance at Hartsfield Manor

Before heading off, I took one last portrait each of the Helen and Christian on my Polaroid ASF600, using some black and white Impossible Project film.

Colin’s pictures truly captured the spirit of our relaxed and informal wedding day.

He is professional, friendly and punctual, and very passionate about what he does.

Christian and I don’t like being in front of the camera, and we didn’t want posed or stiff-looking photos, so Colin’s portfolio really appealed to us.

We also liked the idea that he wanted to use some old film and Polaroid cameras throughout the day.

His ability to remain under the radar meant he was able to capture really natural shots of us and our guests.

Colin kindly got some of the pictures to me earlier than planned.

He hand delivered the photos, and the photo book we received as part of our package was of an excellent quality.

Helen and Christian

Helen and Christian were an absolute pleasure to work with and it was great to work on a wedding where I was free to mix things up a bit.

All in all, it was a really brilliant day – colourful, sunny, fun and an absolute pleasure to photograph.

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I shoot a maximum of 30 weddings a year, with key days booking up quickly. So please contact me with plenty of time to see if your date is available.

To discuss your wedding, get in touch with Colin D Miller Photography today.