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Lucy & Simon – Garden Wedding

Lucy Simon Surrey Garden Marquee wedding Sophie Duckworth Photography

 

“All I can say is wow. I knew the photos were going to be good having seen your previous work but oh my, nothing prepared me for how utterly awesome these photos are. You’ve truly outdone yourself. Simon and I can’t stop looking at them. We are so sad the day is done but so unbelievably glad it happened and you were there to capture it in such wonderful glory! Our comments consisted of: “oh I love that one” “oh that one’s great” “no that’s my favourite, no, THAT’s my favourite. Honestly we love them so much. Thank you!”

Surrey Garden Wedding

Lucy and Simon’s beautiful back garden wedding at home was up there with one of my favourites of 2017. Yes that’s right, I’m still sharing last year’s weddings because I shoot so many beautiful days and I find it SO hard to choose just a few to blog as well as running the business so please accept this, over a year later! This was a special wedding for me for a number of reasons, not least because my lovely fiancé came and joined me as chief ‘light stand holder’ for the dancing ;)! But mainly because I’d been lucky enough to meet and spend time with Lucy at her friend Sarah’s wedding where I’d been the photographer. It’s always nerve-wracking receiving enquiries before you’re due to meet a potential client, spending the day with them and waiting with baited breath hoping they will like what you do for others, so I felt very honoured when Lucy and Simon said they still wanted me! Yay! The wedding was held very close to my old home, where I spent many happy years, so in advance I knew it was going to be a good’un!

Lucy chose a bespoke Jesus Peiro dress, from the one and only Miss Bush Bridal for her stunning gown. She looked SO chic, beautiful and elegant, with such a beautiful up-do and classic natural make up. Being a bit of a stunner it wasn’t going to be difficult to turn her into such gorgeous bride, but I’m fairly sure she still took Simon’s breath away when she walked down the aisle, at the lovely and quaint St Thomas of Canterbury in East Clandon. We had PERFECT September weather, for which I was very grateful! The whole day felt relaxed, cheerful, full of the right sort of giggly tears and it was plain sailing from the word go. The dream. I have to pinch myself regularly that my job is to turn up and document days such as these.

After a brilliant confetti run taking over the whole of the lane, Lucy, Simon and I hopped into the car to Hatchlands Park to spend a bit of time alone (them, not me..ha!) and capture a few couple photos. We returned to a sun-drenched, flower-filled garden with the loveliest marquee and decor. The guests were in full swing enjoying the wonderful Two Many Cooks food (so wonderful they’re doing my wedding next year!) and the brilliant music from Shine On (who I am lucky enough to work with a few times, check them out, they’re on my favourites list!). After some candids we managed the all important group photos and one of my favourite things of all time…outdoor speeches! SUCH a lovely idea if you’re considering a more laid back wedding. I have to give HUGE credit to Simon’s speech. It was simply, incredible. He did a sort of rap/song/speech and the words and rhyming were outstanding, I’ve never been so impressed in all my 200+ weddings! His best man had some rather interesting things to divulge and it was a thoroughly enjoyable part of the day to capture. Not forgetting Lucy’s Dad who of course, brought on a few tears and many proud face moments

After the meal we had some dancing, and a confetti canon, which I still secretly hope all my couples organise, since it’s such a gorgeous addition to the first dance! I said my goodbyes knowing I was lucky enough to be seeing Lucy once more this Summer, at the lovely Louise & Greg’s wedding too. It was such a huge privilege to be a part of Simon and Lucy’s wedding day. Two absolutely lovely, funny, sweet people, TOTALLY made for each other and who made me feel like one of the guests all day. I have the fondest memories looking back at their photos, so I hope this snippet gives you an idea of what a lovely time we all had! Happy belated one year anniversary Lucy and Simon! I know the next year for you is a big one! :) Enjoy and thank you so much for having me along for the ride xxx

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