What’s The Story With Busbridge Lakes? Experiencing A Magical New Wedding Venue
Part 1. Fire & Water
It has to be said, that last year I was devastated, for lots of reasons, about the fire that ripped through Clandon Park in April. I knew the people that worked their and hosted many weddings at what was really a Stand-out venue in Guildford, and I know what a huge loss it was to a massive amount of people. I’ve said before that I’ll always remember leaving a great many weddings with a huge smile on my face having experienced some great times, always with a feeling of being privileged to have witnessed the beginnings of the couples who got married there.
I was there a lot.
I got a call from the Evening Standard on Wednesday 29th April, the enthusiastic reporter asking what I thought of Clandon Park.
“I think it’s one of my favourite places!” I gushed, assuming that the paper were to be running a feature on it. “What do you want to know?”
“Erm. No…Um… Turn on the News [The Internet]”.
And there it was, and while I wished the fire would become under control, it seemed inevitable that it wouldn’t stop until it was finished with razing Clandon to the ground. I remember thinking that if there was anyone still inside that wouldn’t be a good thing, but managed to find out that everyone had evacuated pronto. From there it really happened very quickly.
I shot the wedding there the previous Friday, and that was the last time I saw the building…
The next few days were basically me fielding phone calls, mostly from clients who had already been married there wanting to chat, and clients who were obviously having to change their coming wedding plans, fast. I got one call from an irate mother (of not one of my actual brides) who was flying back from Amsterdam in all kinds of worry, and laying in to me because she couldn’t get in touch with the venue. She didn’t have wedding insurance, she said.
Moving on, politely, I really had some new projects on my mind – I threw myself into helping my upcoming Clandon couples find their new venue. A few of them were very quick, and had a venue sorted in no time, but there were a few others who we had to work a bit harder on to catch the right venue on the right date.
As it happened, I was already getting to know about a new venue and had been talking to Bill from Busbridge Lakes about how I could be involved, and what I could do to help.
Now if you haven’t looked at Busbridge lakes, you should. There is something extremely special about the venue and when Bill told me that he was going to be hosting weddings it just made perfect sense. I had two couples from Clandon, the dates were free, a great team was put together and we were on. Mari & Sean also had their pre-wedding Together shoot there – we had a proper look around and if anything the real problem was editing what we could actually manage to fit in. Everywhere you look it’s a magazine shoot. It was easy to get excited about Busbridge, but especially for me because it was at that time a completely new venue. Nobody had had a wedding here yet.
But it was Claire and Chris who were to be the first.
Now. Claire and Chris were completely chilled out after Clandon. They were also expecting their first baby girl who would be 4 weeks old by the time the wedding came around.
So chilled out. And I loved them for it. Their wedding was coming up in the summer and everything was on for Busbridge Lakes.
I think it was possibly the wettest day of the year. Our first wedding was going to be a washout.
As I said before, we had an amazing team of people running the show. Heidi & Lyn at Blank Canvas weddings (Call them – they will rock your wedding), Rollercoaster (They literally will also, er, Rock your Wedding), Sally Iddles with the OMG-it’s-amazing food. And of course Bill and the team at Busbridge. We all wanted the weather to be nicer for Claire and Chris, but it just wasn’t going to happen. So we just got into it. Working with all of these people mentioned just makes doing that easier.
Claire & Chris were more than into it. Honestly it was the wettest of the wet. Pouring rain. Pretty much all day. After their first venue had burned to the ground a couple of months before. They were having a great time, and really, the weather didn’t matter. It was just super nice to be there, and although we couldn’t make the muddier trails, there were still plenty of locations and backdrops that we could use for photography.
The prevailing feeling with the venue and suppliers was one of; “If we can do it in this, we can do it in anything!”
And the pictures were great. I know how much they love their pictures, and it really was a wedding to remember.
Claire & Chris – If you’re reading this, I should probably be in touch soon. thanks for the good times!