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Mickleham wedding – Shizuka & Greg

Mickleham church wedding

Mickleham village wedding

The picturesque Surrey village of Mickleham, next to Box Hill, was the location for Shizuka and Greg’s wedding last weekend. I say ‘wedding’, it was actually a blessing in St Michael’s church, as they had a civil wedding in Switzerland,where they live, last December. But in Greg’s initial email to me he explained that there was a reason that this place was important. ” …due to strong personal feelings we chose to have the wedding at the 900 year old Mickleham village church and the reception at the 550 year old coaching inn, The Running Horses, directly opposite. Both places kept me going through an extremely difficult period in my life and showed me so much friendship that although we could have gone for big and fancy we have chosen small and meaningful.”

It was just that. The sun shone, the sky was a deep blue, but the real warmth was that they were surrounded by family and close friends. ( You only get that sort of banter, heckling and insult trading with your very best, old mates 🙂 )

The day began early, at 8.30am, at Wotton House hotel, where their five month old son, Josh, was patiently watching his mother get ready. Next door, Andy, one of two best men ( and old schoolmate ) was helping Greg get ready and into his kilt – as well as arranging for someone to get the right size socks, when Greg found a too small pair in his luggage. Andy had joked earlier that he wasn’t really an old friend but that Greg had hired him as a professional best man. Having seen many best men operate over the years, he’s got an alternative career path there! 😉 Waiting outside in the sunshine, was a fleet of vintage cars, there to transport the bridal party and friends the short distance across Dorking to the church. The ceremony was enhanced with music by Shizuka’s father, a famous cellist.

Wedding reception in the village pub

After the ceremony, it was across the road (a reception venue can’t get any closer to a church probably) to the old coaching inn. Drinks and snacks in the garden bit at the front of the pub, next to the resting walkers and cyclists. Then into the restaurant for the wedding meal and speeches.

Here are a few images from the day in Mickleham…

Bride getting ready at Wotton House hotel in Surrey

Playing with his grandfather

Bride hair styling

Best man helping with groom's cufflinks

Rolls Royce

Bride arrives at Mickleham church

Bride greeted by the best man

Wedding ceremony starts at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Mickleham

Bride's father plays cello

St. Michael and All Angels Church wedding in Mickleham

Bride and groom kiss

Bride at Mickleham church

Groom greets a friend at Mickleham wedding

Wedding reception at Mickleham village pub

Guest undoes his collar in the heat

Mickleham wedding

Wedding car chaffeurs

vintage wedding cars

wedding reception snacks

Running Horses pub wedding reception

Wedding reception at Running Horses pub in Mickleham

Mickleham wedding

Wedding reception outside the village pub

wedding guest

Mickleham wedding guests

Groom and a friend

Running Horses pub wedding reception in Mickleham

Best man announces in the bride and groom

Running Horses pub wedding meal

wedding toast

wedding speeches

groom's father

couple kiss

Best man's speech

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