Black and white wedding photography of same sex wedding couple, Arad and Brian, leaping off of the ornamental stones in the piazza, at the Pump House in Battersea Park. The Pump House is undoubtedly one of the best wedding venues in Wandsworth, London.

Battersea and Chelsea Wedding Photography – Arad & Brian

Featured Wedding, Wedding Stories

Arad & Brian’s Same-Sex Wedding

Colour wedding reportage photography of gay wedding couple, Arad and Brian, kissing after the wedding ceremony, outside the Pump House in Battersea Park, London.

As a wedding photographer I was delighted to be chosen for Arad and Brian’s same sex wedding, as a result of being found on Instagram by Arad.  Arad a keen photographer and lover of photography himself knew he wanted a very candid and storytelling approach to his and Brian’s wedding day – and it was my natural wedding reportage photography on Instagram that led him to me.  The wedding was going to be split between the wonderful Pump House in Battersea Park and at the cool Bluebird Restaurant on the Kings Road in Chelsea.  As a London documentary wedding photographer they really were London wedding venues I dream of shooting at.

Kingston Old Court House Wedding Photography – Michelle and Sally

Wedding Stories

Michelle and Sally’s same sex wedding was a fun and delightful mix of home comforts in New Malden and a historic wedding venue in Kingston, Surrey.

I arrived at their home in New Malden in the morning to find Sally preparing flowers, whilst workman were putting the finishing touches to a small marquee in their back garden, which would host the wedding reception later in day.  Michelle, who is South African, also had family from South Africa staying with them – so there was a definite busy and cosmopolitan air to the morning preparations.

Wedding documentary photographer of a wedding supplier setting up furniture for a backyard wedding in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by one of the best London wedding photographers, Darren Lehane

Both the brides-to-be seemed remarkably relaxed ahead of their, even with more and more family and friends arriving at their New Malden home.  It was already clear that the wedding was going to be a fairly relaxed and informal affair.

The wedding ceremony itself took place at the delightful Old Court House which is part of the Guildhall in Kingston. With its wood paneling and high benches it definitely made for a grand wedding setting.  It’s no surprise its one of the best wedding venues in Surrey.

LGBT wedding photography of the signing of the wedding registers at Kingston Old Court House. Taken by Surrey same sex wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

After the ceremony it was up to Richmond Park for a quick sprint through some more formal posed portraits and group shots. Although I am a documentary wedding photographer, who specialises in real moments and genuine emotions, I still understand that most couples will also want some traditional portraits shooting, so I’m always happy to oblige.

It was then back to their home in New Malden for what our American friends would call a backyard wedding reception – with the house and small marquee in the garden providing the setting for the post-wedding celebrations.

Wedding photojournalism of a wedding caterer preparing food at the backyard wedding reception in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by one of the best Surrey wedding photographers, Darren Lehane.

With catering firm Rhubarb providing tasty food and spectacular service, the wedding reception was a really intimate and relaxed affair.  The weather also played its part with some glorious late afternoon sun bathing the marquee in glorious light.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable wedding to be a part of and I’m sure you’ll agree from the small section of wedding photos that follow , it truly was a memorable same sex wedding in Surrey.

Wedding photography of a bride arranging flowers at home in New Malden, Surrey by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding photojournalism of the bride at home making preparations for the backyard wedding in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by London wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane

Wedding photography of a red wedding dress hanging at home in New Malden, Surrey. Captured by one of Surrey's best wedding photographers Darren Lehane

Wedding photography of the bride's shoes at home in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by Surrey wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography of the bride putting on her wedding shoes at home in New Malden, Surrey, Taken by London wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of the bride in her red wedding dress at home in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of a male guest getting ready on the wedding morning in New Malden, Surrey, Taken by one of the best London wedding photographers Darren Lehane

Wedding photojournalism of the men getting ready on the wedding morning, at home in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by candid wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Natural wedding photography of the bride taking a phone call at home in New Malden, Surrey. Captured by London documentary wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Candid wedding photography of the brides preparing to leave home in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by New Malden wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography of guests taking a photo at home in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by Surrey wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane

Storytelling wedding photography of a wedding guest smelling some flowers outside Kingston Registry Office. Taken by Darren Lehane, one of the best London wedding photographers.

Kingston Old Court House wedding photography of the wedding rings, taken by award-winning London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Surrey wedding photography of the bride emerging from a wedding interview room inside the Kingston Old Court House. Taken by natural wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Same sex wedding photography of the brides before the ceremony at Kingston Registry Office, taken by same sex wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of the brides entering the Old Court House in Kingston, south west London for their same sex wedding. Captured by Darren, one of the top London wedding photojournalists.

Same sex wedding photography of a guest delivering a reading at the Old Court House in Kingston Guildhall. Taken by London LGBT wedding photographer Darren Lehae.

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Wedding photojournalism of a guest taking a photo of the brides during the LGBT wedding ceremony at Kingston Registry Office in SW London. Taken by London same sex wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Documentary wedding photography of the brides making their same sex wedding vows at Kingston Registry Office, in south west London. Taken by Kingston wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Candid wedding photography of the brides exchanging rings during their LGBT wedding at the Kingston Old Court House in Surrey, Documented by one of the best Surrey wedding photographers.

Candid wedding photography of the flower girls looking around the Old Court House in Kingston Guildhall. Documented by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography of the Old Court House inside Kingston's Guildhall in south west London. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Documentary wedding photography of guests taking a selfie at the end of the LGBT wedding ceremony in Kingston Registry Office, Surrey. Taken by one of the best wedding photographer's in London, Darren Lehane.

Wedding photojournalism of guests taking photos at the end of the LGBT wedding ceremony, inside Kingston Registry Office. Taken by one the best Kingston wedding photographers, Darren Lehane

South West London wedding photography inside Kingston Guildhall in Surrey. Taken by Kingston wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Surrey same sex wedding photography of the brides laughing during their LGBT wedding ceremony at Kingston Old Court House, in south west London. Captured by award winning London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Natural wedding photography of the same sex brides exiting Kingston Old Court House at the end of their LGBT wedding ceremony. Documented by London wedding reportage photographer, Darren Lehane.

Surrey wedding photography of the same sex couple enjoying a post-wedding ceremony moment inside Kingston Registry Office, Surrey. Take by Kingston wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane.

Documentary wedding photography of a guest wiping away a tear at the end of the wedding ceremony at Kingston Guildhall. Taken by Surrey wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of the bride leaving Kingston Registry Office, taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane,

Kingston wedding photography of guests in wedding cars at the end of the wedding ceremony. Taken by one of the best Kingston wedding photographers.

Wedding photography of the brides posing for a portrait in Richmond Park, south west London. Taken by London wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Surrey wedding photography of the bride being toasted during her backyard wedding in New Malden, Surrey. Taken by New Malden wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of a naked wedding cake, taken by Surrey wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

Black and white wedding photography of the flower girls in the backyard wedding marquee in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by Surrey wedding photojournalist Darren Lehane.

Wedding photography of decorations and a naked wedding cake, taken by award winning London wedding photographer Darren Lehane

Wedding reportage photography captures a tender and romantic kiss during the back garden wedding reception in New Malden, Surrey. Documented by London candid wedding photographer Darren Lehane.

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The bride comforts her bride during a same sex wedding

Woodlands Park Hotel Wedding – Elaine & Marisa

Wedding Stories

I was really looking forward to Elaine & Marisa’s wedding at the wonderful Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham, Surrey for a whole host of reasons – not least of all because it was the first same sex wedding I’d had the absolute honour and privilege to shoot.  With Christmas just around the corner, it promised to be a really festive day and I couldn’t wait to get shooting.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

Woodlands Park Hotel is a unique country house hotel set in 8 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside, yet is conveniently close to London.  Built in 1885 it is a Grade II listed Victorian Building and was one of the first buildings in England to have electric lighting.  It was also a favourite country retreat for the likes of Oscar Wilde and the Prince of Wales – so Elaine, Marisa and their wedding guests were definitely in some distinguished company.

As is tradition, Elaine and Marisa hadn’t seen one another on the morning of the wedding, and undertook their bridal preparations in separate rooms of the hotel.  Given my wedding photojournalism approach and desire to document their full and real wedding story, I was there for once the make-up (by Catherine Bailey) and hair was started – this part of the wedding day is great for capturing a mix of excitement and nerves.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

Both brides had opted for non-traditional dresses both from Having a Ball in Kingston, London and is fair to say they both looked fab.

The wedding ceremony, set in one the fabulous drawing rooms of the hotel and looking out onto the sculptured gardens, was a relaxed and refined affair – both ladies lovingly surrounded by family and friends, as they made their vows and lifelong promises to one another.  As with all weddings, there were laughs, smiles, the odd tear and, of course, kisses.  As a wedding photojournalist there were plenty of moments and emotions to capture.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

Once the guests had mingled with drinks, post ceremony, it was then in for the wedding breakfast after which the speeches began.  Marisa’s father delivered an emotional speech that reduced not just guests to tears, but also himself. It was clear he loved his daughter very much and was overcome with emotion of her spending the rest of her life with her soul mate Elaine.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

By contrast, Elaine’s son speech had everyone in tears of laughter and even caused his mother a few blushes.  However, there was no doubting the very special mother-son bond between him and Elaine, and he was genuinely happy his mother had found someone who in Marisa who, in turn, also made her very happy.

The evening proceeded with the fun of a photobooth and, of course, the evening reception full of dancing and laughs.

Woodlands Park Hotel Surrey Wedding Photography

I was really struck by the amount of smiles and laughter throughout Elaine and Marisa’s special day and it was clear there was a lot of love for them both.  It was a genuine honour to share their wedding day with them.

I hope you enjoy a small selection of photos from their day – it would be great (and help me out!) if you could share them on social media.

If you enjoy my storytelling approach to wedding photography and are getting married, then I’d love to chat with you about your wedding plans.  Please call me on +44 (0)7920 422144 or send me a message here.  I cover the whole of the UK and destination weddings abroad so will be delighted to hear from you no matter where you are.

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