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A winter wedding at Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios

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Camera, Lights + Action! This was my final wedding of 2018 and what a cracker it was. The wedding venue was the awesome Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios. Think black tie, Bond style gowns, sparkles, glitter and of course a knockout bride and groom.

Helen and Alex (and their adorable little boy Charlie) we tying the knot on the 22nd December 2018. A real winter wedding with glitz and velvet wedding glamour! They booked in a pre wedding photo shoot with their little boy Charlie. We chose a woodland location in Ockham, Surrey for the family photo shoot. Charlie stole the show and it was a really great way of all three of them having a practice in front of the camera.

Pinewood Studios is built around Heatherden Hall, a Victorian Mansion built in a Georgian Style dating back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Overlooking the luscious formal gardens, the exterior of the old house is effortlessly breathtaking.

Once inside it’s a wedding photographer’s dream. Impressive features include a raised stage area, crystal chandeliers, open fireplace and French windows leading out onto the terrace and gardens. Pinewood Studios have produced no less than 600 films; both for the big screen and television. Classic films created at Pinewood Studios include: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Oliver Twist”, “The Great Gatsby”, Star Wars and most of the “James Bond” adventures. More recently scenes for Mary Poppins Returns were filmed in the gardens of Heatherden Hall.

A wedding in December is heaps of fun. Everyone is in a party mood and venues are normally have plenty of lucious Christmas decorations up for that Christmas wedding feel. Helen and Alex looked stunning as bride and groom. Their ceremony was very relaxed – as was the entire day. When the music started, so did the wedding party. This group new how to dance and party hard.

I stole Helen and Alex throughout the day and evening for some time alone to get some candid photographs of them both. I really prefer taking couples for ‘pockets’ of time rather than a whole hour at a time. I feel couples are more relaxed and don’t spend too long away from their guests. Also, but taking the couple away for shorter periods it helps take advantage of the different types of light throughout the day.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Larter, you were both a joy to work with!

Here are a selection of my favourite images from a very special day…..enjoy x

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