Busbridge Lakes Wedding Photography pt 3
If it’s Busbridge Lakes Wedding Photography you’re after, then you’re in the right place!
It started at Clandon, but quickly turned into some incredible Busbridge Lakes Wedding Photography. Mari was one of those clients that booked me after speaking on the phone. From the start everything fit perfectly and apart from anything it was obvious how busy and organised she was even without meeting.
Sometimes this is how it happens. It doesn’t have to happen this way for everybody and that’s just fine, but in Sean an Mari’s case we were on from the start…
But nothing ever goes smoothly.
After their first venue burned to the ground in April 2015 Mari was quickly on the phone, understandably slightly panicked and not knowing really what was going to happen. It’s pretty tough trying to sort out all of your wedding plans anyway, more so if you’re a busy Doctor, and even more again if you’re co-ordinating family from Norway, and your fiancé’s South African contingent!
It’s all going to plan – and then your venue burns down?
This is where I could help. At the time I was already in the throws of starting a working relationship with Bill at Busbridge Lakes – a beautiful new venue in the Surrey countryside. By now I had already introduced Claire & Chris to Busbridge – they were in the same sticky situation – and after talking things through with Mari I suggested the same location to her. I just knew it would be perfect. (Spoiler alert: it was!)
The first time we met was for their pre-wedding shoot which I blogged here.
From here everything was set up for what turned out to be the most amazing wedding. Everything from the food, the location, the gorgeous and glamorous guests, the weather, and of course the most beautiful Mari & Sean, just hit the right spot, all day long.
They were married at the original location – the Church in Clandon, and we headed off to our superb secret location. The bus followed with all of the guests, and by the time everyone had settled in most of Mari & Sean’s intimate portraits had been done, so we were just into the afternoon.
This is a great time for me – I get to stand back and observe, and see the Bride and Groom interacting with their guests, get to see the who’s who, and pick up on the subtleties of relationships and family. There’s usually a bit of fun to be had, and I’m looking out for this and capturing the story as it unfolds. A small expression, a squeeze, and sometimes an overwhelmed emotion might shed a tear. Always pure joy.
This is when I have my documentary photographer head in gear – watching and reacting to some very intimate things.
And Mari & Sean’s guests were really lovely – it’s what made this wedding in some ways. It was mentioned by more that a couple of the suppliers on site how unbelievably attractive everyone was, and I had to agree. A perfect afternoon, spent sipping iced drinks and shooting the breeze. It’s just great when everything’s as laid back as this…..
The evening was marked by some more amazing food from Keeley’s Kitchen – I have to mention Joe and his team here – they really did make the amazing catering look effortless. You should check Joe’s site out if you’re looking for a caterer. Honestly, just get in touch with Joe and take it from there…Links below.
It’s always nice to see that when people have come a long way, that the traditional speech format kind of goes out the window! There were speeches from the usual suspects, father of the bride, the groom, the best man, but also some really hard hitting (emotionally speaking) speeches from Mari’s brothers, some friends said a few words, and without warning a whole bunch of girls sang and danced through a practiced routine directed at Mari. Drinking games ensured that Sean was probably kissed by every female in the house, and a couple of the boys too.
And so the lights went down and the party went off.
The whole wedding from before the wedding was electrically charged. And intense and private story of love and the bond of family. Mari & Sean were so obviously in tune with who and why they were that it was just ridiculous. And awesome. Having something as silly as their original venue burning down wasn’t going to stop them.
I came away with a crush on Busbridge Lakes, wanting to go on holiday in Norway, a love for the sunshine, and a massive crush on the couple.
It makes me smile just thinking about it.
Here is a small selection of pictures from the day.
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Busbridge Lakes Wedding Photography by:
Photographer : Alexander Leaman Photography
Location : Busbridge Lakes
Co-ordination and Planning : Blank Canvas Weddings
Catering : Keeley’s Kitchen
Marquee : County Marquees
Florist : Stella Rose