WARBROOK HOUSE WEDDING
“We often get comments of “Wow” from our wedding photographs that we have on display! Thank you so much for being there for us Clive, you are second to none. “
This Warbrook House wedding blog post has been a long time in planning! Ian and Nerissa actually got married almost 3 years ago! And their post is finally here! But, as they say, all good things come to those who wait. I’m happy to now share a few images from their wedding and celebrations.
I’ve known Ian for some time and, while it was lovely to be asked to photograph his wedding, there also a bit of extra pressure on me. This was because he’s a photographer too, and us photographers have high standards! (Yikes!!)
But I tried to ignore the butterflies and just do my thing. Tell their story in my usual documentary manner, plus capture a few posed photos in and around the venue. I was so pleased to hear they both were bowled over with the results, especially as I was loving the whole vibe throughout the day, which suited my manner of shooting.
Warbrook House and Garden Suite
What made this wedding extra fun for me was the fact that this is the first time I’d been to the Warbrook House Estate. So I was looking at it with fresh eyes, which always excites the creative juices.
The house itself is a Grade 1 listed Mansion, nestled in 121 acres of gardens in Hampshire. For a more rural setting, the Garden Suite can also be hired separately. This allows a very exclusive area for your up to 200 guests to roam.
My Wedding Photography Approach
I don’t do much formal posing, as I’m more of a documentary, storytelling photographer. But when the time came for their photos together, I couldn’t help myself. Both Ian and Nerissa were so natural and comfortable in front of the camera, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop. This meant I shot longer than the usual 10/15 mins I usually plan for this session. But everyone was enjoying themselves, so why stop?
I won’t confuse those looking for a complete documentary photographer by sharing too many of the posed stuff. But below you’ll see just sufficient enough to know that I still shoot those when required.
So, as always, I know you’re here for the images, not my ramblings, so without further ado…
Their Warbrook House Garden Suite Wedding Images
BEFORE THE WEDDING
How You Met: We met through a mutual friend.
How He Proposed: On one occasion I made sure to research very romantic pubs in Oxford to meet half way when we were dating and found “The Fishes”, a lovely gastro pub situated alongside a little canal, overlooking fields filled with horses.
When neither of us could travel as far as Birmingham (Ian) or Woking (Nerissa) we would meet there quite often during our courtship as it was the half way point. It quickly became our special place, where we had our first kiss and where Ian asked me out.
One Wednesday evening, Ian asked to meet him for dinner at the Fishes, and said that he had a surprise. He arrived on his motorbike in leathers, which is what I thought to be the surprise as he had secretly passed his motobike test.
I was very happy with this surprise as I already had a motorbike and now he could join me on a rideout. So he had already impressed me, as he had just ridden for an hour to meet me in the cold March rain.
After dinner, we went for a walk down to the bridge where we had our first kiss, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was beautiful and very romantic and the real surprise totally took me by surprise.
The Bride Wore: Enzoani: a strapless Ivory Kensington gown, with lots of lace and tulle.
The Groom Wore: A grey 3 piece morning suit with peach tie, pocket handkerchief, and cufflinks with Groom written on it and Ted Baker shoes.
Jewellery/Accessories: Butterfly jewellery by Matthew Williamson, Ted Baker jewelled ivory stilettos. Sparkly jewelled clutch bag and a Cathedral length veil with little diamanté’s on it.
Hair/Make-up Done: Toni&Guy hair dressers and make-up artists from Luxe Beauty Lounge Leatherhead came to the brides house to do hair and make-up for the bridal party.
Flowers: Pink/peach roses, white roses, peach gerbera and white hydrangeas.
Invitations: We both work in I.T so I designed the website, Ian built it and we sent out digital invitations to save money. It didn’t save in time though.
Ceremony Place: Woking Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Surrey, England.
Wedding Theme/Style: Pretty and romantic.
Reception Venue: The Garden Suite at Warbrook House, in Hook (The St, Eversley, Hook RG27 0PL)
First Dance Song: We didn’t want a first dance, but landed up having one anyway, with a few children on the dance floor, which was really sweet. Can’t remember which song was playing at the time.
Cake: A 3 tier cake. The top was gluten free and dairy free made by the bride, with peach iced roses all over it. The bottom two were plain white Mark’s & Spencer tiers decorated with lots of handmade peach coloured peonies, made by the bride.
There were also lots of beautiful peach rose cupcakes kindly made by one of the brides good friends.
We didn’t want a traditional top table, so the top table landed up being a cake table full of cake. (The bride loves cake).
Colours: Ivory, Peach, silver and grey.
Decor Elements: Candelabras on the table, three white lace flower pots per table, filled with peach roses. Crystals and peach petals on each table. Garlands of lights and peach coloured paper pom poms.
Unique Details: The Groom designed the brides wedding ring and had it specially made.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Nerissa’s Answer: Lying in my hammock in Chang Mai, sipping a Chang with Ian watching the sunset on a group trip with our friends, in a remote Hmong village in the mountains just outside of Chang Mai.
Ian’s Answer: Travelling through Halong Bay, Vietnam with Nerissa and my twin brother.
Place: Our first night was in a really cute little Bed and Breakfast nearby called the Kingsley, two nights later we flew to the Seychelles for 2 weeks.
Don’t worry about last minute details, when the day has arrived just have fun and enjoy every moment, as it really does fly by really fast. Savour and enjoy every minute and moment.
POST WEDDING COMMENTS:
Nerissa: We chose Clive because we loved his style of Photography. We absolutely loved his unique night-time backlit shots and we are so happy that we chose him. Our night-time photography shots of our wedding are among our favourites.
Clive is an amazing photographer that will make you feel relaxed and at ease on the day, and won’t miss that perfect shot.
Ian: Being a couple formed of a semi-professional photographer and a graphic designer, we knew we couldn’t bear poor quality photographs. Knowing Clive as both a friend and professional, we knew both his style and the quality of his work.
We were not disappointed and he went far and above our expectations! You made us feel at ease and gave us some good laughs while you worked so hard to capture the best moments of the day. The way you captured my bride looking like an angel with the stars of the heavens, my brothers proud smile and our happy guests will live with us forever. Thank-you so so much!
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