If you're planning a wedding in the Home Counties, and are looking for a classy, luxurious venue with history, Fetcham Park has to be on your shortlist! Set amongst beautiful gardens and fountains, this Grade II listed manor oozes elegance and style. The lovingly refurbished house makes the perfect setting for a wedding celebration. It's no wonder that the care and attention to detail that Laura Caudery brings to the venue has resulted in a haul of several wedding venue awards in the past few years, including Best National Wedding Venue in 2015.
The Great Hall provides a memorable setting for civil ceremonies of up to 100 guests, and is an impressive space, surrounded by murals by the 16th Century artist Louis Laguerre. Guests will never forget watching a bride descend the sweeping staircase before walking down the aisle. It's this kind of backdrop that makes wedding photographers excited to photograph a wedding at Fetcham Park. There's so many opportunities for breathtaking photography, during a wedding ceremony as well as the reception party afterwards.
Speaking as an experienced photojournalist, Fetcham Park isn't the easiest venue to photograph. The potential is definitely there for the kind of beautiful images you can see on this page, and in glorious Summer light it can easily produce stunning pictures. But as the nights draw in, and the light gets lower and colder through Autumn and into Winter, it needs a photographer experienced in low light shooting to get the absolute best photos. That doesn't mean lots of bright, intrusive lighting - pretty much everything you see here was shot during the Winter and without flash or extra lighting. But it can be tricky to make the most of the darker corners of the venue - the best documentary wedding photographers will do this, keeping up with the action no matter where it is.
Enjoy Laura and Jonathan's slideshow above, and some more still images from their Winter wedding photography below. Coverage started over at Laura's parent's home where I caught the final preparations of Laura and her bridesmaids before heading over to meet Jonathan at St John the Baptist Church in nearby Worcester Park. Laura arrived in a stunning 1930's Badsworth Landaulette before the wedding ceremony, which gave me some great story-telling opportunities as the newly wed's got ready to leave for the reception at Fetcham Park.
As it was a late afternoon Winter ceremony, it was pretty much dark by the time we finished off the family group photos at Fetcham Park, and the wedding guests were enjoying the relaxed atmosphere before dinner. After the wedding speeches, Laura and Jonathan made an entrance down the stairway for their First Dance which kicked of the nights partying.
Some of the other fantastic suppliers at this wedding were:
|Dress designer||Jenny Packham|
|Suits||Hugo Boss and John Lewis|
|Cake||Jeannettes Great Cakes|
|Band or DJ||Matt Maurice|
|Wedding Cars||Timeless Weddings|