Great Fosters wedding photography
Great Fosters near Egham, a Surrey wedding venue that was originally a King’s hunting lodge and was the location for Taryn and Chi-pa’s wedding last weekend. Everything was in place, the decorations ( when I arrived I found Chi-pa hands-on getting some of these ready ), the friends and family but not the weather – that failed to turn up. The forecast was for the low cloud cover to lift, it didn’t. The sun made no appearance all day. Great Fosters is close to Heathrow airport and you can hear the aircraft taking off. Usually, you’d be able to see them, but such was the thick low cloud, you could only hear them. But the frustration wasn’t the lack of plane spotting but the fact that few wedding venues have grounds with so many photographic opportunities. Lots of sculptures hidden away, woodland, maze-like hedges, quiet, photogenic spots crying out for some sunlight bursting through the leaves.
But it didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone involved. Coverage began with Chi-pa finishing off getting ready in his room in the Coach house along with his best man, Gresham. He then set off to the ceremony room, The Orangery, clutching his camera. A keen photographer ( he’s photographing the wildlife of Tanzania at the moment, whilst on honeymoon, I believe ), he was rarely away from his DSLR for long. As I waited for Taryn to cross the courtyard I would pop back to the ceremony room to find not a nervous groom stood at the front, but a groom darting around the room photographing the wedding guests! 🙂
Taryn was in the main house, getting ready with her sister in the Wellington Suite. A curiously decorated room, with stripes on the ceiling too. It is believed to be based upon the campaign tent of the Duke of Wellington during the Salamanca campaign in 1812, during the Peninsular War. There are a lot of links to history at Great Fosters.
So to the ceremony in The Orangery along with two readings, including one in the dodgiest ‘Yorkshire’ accent ever! 😉 Then drinks and canapes outside on the terrace area, where at least it didn’t rain, as the room was turned around for the wedding breakfast and speeches. A brief lull as guests had drinks in the conservatory and wandered the grounds in the twilight, before back into the Orangery for the dancing.
Here are a few images from the day at Great Fosters…