The Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst & Grittenham Barn, Midhurst, West Sussex, July 2015
Cliff (of White Nuptials Wedding Photography) is great to work with and has done a great job capturing the memories from our amazing day. From the lead up to the big day when we ran through exactly how it would work, to his professionalism and passion on the day working tirelessly in the boiling heat to make sure no moment was missed. He has since created a beautiful album which tells the story of our day which we can’t wait to share with friends and families. We’d recommend Cliff to anyone planning their wedding.
Thank you, Helen & Tom x
This wonderful wedding started at the Spread Eagle Hotel in the historic Midhurst town centre. The bride, her bridesmaids and parents prepared themselves whilst sipping champagne and being attended to by hairdressers, stylist and makeup artists. The atmosphere was relaxed and excited as expectations of the wedding service and the party to follow were talked about excitedly.
Arriving at Grittenham Barn the groom, his best man and the wedding party guests all stood waiting in the glorious summer sun. Helen & Tom could not have dreamed of better weather, though I personally wished again for a personal assistant who might be able to assist with a huge umbrella to keep me in the shade and avoid over heating on these bright, hot blue sky days.
The wedding service, held in the East wing of Grittenham Barn was a beautiful private service, with all the guests sharing excited nerves and joys about the occasion itself. Once the bride and groom we’re formally named husband and wife they made their way out of the barn and into the court yard and garden of the venue where canapés and champagne greeted them. Before the reception party we organised a few group photos, with initially starting with the throwing of confetti over the couple as they passed down a celebrating column of guests. These always return some wonderful pictures.
A few arranged group photos followed before the reception party really got underway. It was now that I always manage to get the best informal pictures. Capturing people have a wonderful time and a wonderful event without them really knowing I’m there. This gives me pictures with the best natural smiles and laughs making the best natural wedding albums (the blue sky and sun always helps with this too).
For the following hour and a half the bride, groom and guests continued to have a wonderful party as the venue was made ready for the wedding breakfast. During this time I was able to pull the bride and groom away for a few minutes to get a few more intimate and personal photos of the couple together, find picturesque locations for the couple, walking in the long grass and embracing on the waters edge within the barns grounds.
Following another hour of sun kissed socialising and partying, the wedding guests, gathered for the throwing of the wedding bouquet. The single ladies gathered at the foot of the barns steps, whilst Helen prepared to throw her wedding flowers. After several pleas from both single ladies and nervous male partners the bouquet was caught and talk of another wedding began.
As the sun started to set the wedding party gathered in the barn once again for the wedding breakfast, where the host caterers had laid on a beautiful hall for three course soon to be served. This lead onto the speeches, where each speaker highlighted how beautiful the bride, groom, location and day had been before proposing a toast to the couple themselves.
Once the tables had been cleared and the bar opened, the bride and groom made their way out onto the dance floor for their first dance. Helen and Tom showed their love and happiness by starting the dancing as they intended it to continue long into the night, with love and energy.
It was a pleasure to be invited to cover Helen & Tom’s wedding and wish them a very long and happy life together.