I am very good friends with Holley's brother Matt as well as his partner, Natalie who I used to work with in my web developer/Graphic Design days. He asked me to do a family shoot with their little girl and mentioned that his sister Holley was getting married and wondered if I was available. I happened to be and Holley and Mark came down from Chobham in Surrey and apparently not even seeing my work. Normally I would be a little uneasy about this but they saw a lot of my work in my albums when they came to see me. I did ask though why they didn't check out my work first and also why they haven't seen other photographers to see what was out there and they said "Matt said you're the best and thought very highly of your work so we want to book you". A total honour and totally flattered!
We went to Virginia Water near where they live in Surrey for their engagement shoot to get them used to the camera, not that they needed it as they looked awesome. Holley is simply stunning! However Holley did say they both hated their photo being taken which was such a surprise given what a good looking couple they are, however I was up for the challenge! We kept it pretty relaxed and natural and looking back at the photos around the waterfall in that gorgeous sunlight, they both looked like the could be models!
Hearing their wedding day plans at our initial meeting was really exciting. Mark and Holley's wedding had a vintage feel with elements of silver screen glamour & 1960's James Bond. Matt being a graphic designer (Glassup and Stoski - awesome!), designed all of the James Bond Themed table centre pieces, along with all their wedding signage, the table plan with bespoke logo of St Lawrence Church that they married at in Chobham and also the order of service.
The James Bond theme continued with Mark's tailor-made bespoke grey suit which has to be the nicest suit i have ever seen at a wedding! Mark went all out! It was worn by Sean Connery in Gold Finger, made by the same tailors - Anthony Sinclair. It made for some great photos of Mark detailing the suit with his 355 Ferrari Berlinetta. Not normally something that often happens as the focus or rather my focus, is normally on the bride, but there was so much detail with the suit, that worked so well with the car and James Bond theme that I couldn't miss an opportunity to really go to town with a number of groom photos.
Both Mark and Holley have grown up loving sports cars and Holleys Dad owning a number, along with Holley's brother Matt and Mark loving their cars so this was a big feature of the wedding day with Mark driving to and from the church in his 355 Ferrari Berlinetta (made in 1994) and also some of Marks friends in a red and also a black Ferrari. Holley's dad arrived in his 1970 Red Ford Capri - a main feature of the wedding which included stopping traffic for an amazing burn out down Chobham high street, driven by Mark to the amusement of everyone and leaving loads of smoke behind!
I was unsure whether I would include this next part of the day, but I feel that it's something people may not always consider with planning their wedding and it happens all too often to photographers. I had what could only be called a run-in with the rather elderly and strict vicar marrying Mark and Holley. Their rehearsal was the day before their wedding, and at no point were they told that they can't have photos in the ceremony, however, when I arrived, the vicar said no photos down the aisle or in the service, only from the back of the church. As you can imagine, there is only so much you can achieve from one position at the back of the church. I have never had a vicar say that you can't photograph the bridesmaids/bride coming down the aisle before. He didn't want to be disturbed by me and see me in his line of sight. Now, everyone who has booked me knows I'm pretty ninja and not intrusive at all so I wouldn't be in the way. In my opinion there is no reason for it, no religious reason for it at all (and I'm a Christian), it's always down to the vicar, not the church or the parish etc. But one has to be as professional as possible in these circumstances, so I did what I could in the initial part of the aisle along with Videographer (and best in the business), Alex from Wedding Memories who I recommended to Mark and Holley. I ran down the end of the church and snuck into a alcove without being seen, out of the line of sight of the vicar and leaned out where I could through the service at the amusement of Mark who saw me every now and then and creased up laughing. Only we knew the hilarity of it! Holley didn't know what Mark was doing! Fun times!
All of the wedding party and guests arrived in the sports cars and their own cars to the beautiful Gate Street Barn after the awesome burn out down Chobham high street. This was my first time to the venue but hopefully not the last. It's a really stunning barn with lots of photo opportunities around the grounds and the room looked superb with the vintage, slightly rustic and James Bond Theme. The decorations were all home made or self-sourced featuring hand stitched table runners, home made ‘forget me not’ wedding favours for the ladies & 007 cuff links for the guys. They had a number of vintage crates used to create the refreshment stand which was such a good idea as well as silver lanterns & tea lights scattered around.
We spent some time before all the guests arrived, after the speeches and later in the evening, really making use of the cars and Marks Anthony Sinclair suit. Into the evening also saw a great idea for extra entertainment with a 'Slow mo' video area, a great band called Soul Calibre and Mark surprising Holley before their first dance, singing Frank Sinatras "The best is yet to come".
Wedding Ceremony Venue: St Lawrence Church, Chobham, Surrey
Wedding Reception Venue: Gate Street Barn, Surrey
Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville 'Mimosa' from Miss Bush
Wedding Hair: Sharon from Wonderful Wedding Hair
Wedding Makeup: The Bride
Wedding Flowers: Hannah Berry flowers
Videographer: Alex from Wedding Memories
All Decorations: Home made/self-sourced
Caterers: Kalm Kitchen
Wedding Cake: Holly from Cringle Cakes
Wedding Stationery: Designed by Matt (Holley's Brother) from Glassup & Stoski
The Cars: Rolls Royces from Clover Care, 1970 Red Ford Capri owed by Holley's dad, Mark's Silver 355 Ferrari Berlinetta
Mark's Suit: Same as worn by Sean Connery in Gold finger. Made by the same tailors who made it for Sean Connery’s himself for the movie - Antony Sinclair
Slo Mo Booth: http://slomoboothhire.co.uk - Check out Mark and Holley's Slo Mo Video
Wedding Band: Soul Calibre