By: David On: March 6, 2012 In: surrey wedding photographer Comments: 0

Despite being a kent wedding photographer, I also undertake lots of photographic commissions in the surrounding counties. I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Sima & Richard’s wedding in Surrey in early February.

The day was going to be slightly different as it was in fact 2 days – day 1 was the ceremony at Wokingham Register Office, followed by an intimate Muslim wedding ceremony at Sima and Richard’s new marital home, with around 30 guests in attendance for both. Day 2 was a wedding reception at the fantastic Pennyhill Park near Woking, with around 50 guests.

As the photography was split over 2 days it really helped me build a sense of rapport with the guests who attended both ceremonies, so I felt like just a regular guest on the second day and relaxed guests equal relaxed, excellent photography opportunities!!

Here are some of my favourite images from the first day of their wedding celebrations.

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The bride and groom had no problems seeing each other before the ceremony, which led to some tender moments but also lots of fun – I’m sure they wouldn’t mind me saying, Richard is a romantic at heart whereas Sima has a wicked sense of humour (see day 2 for a pre-planned cake smash!)

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The small ceremony had a great family feel to it, as generations from two families came together – Sima’s parents met Richard’s mother for the first time in the register office waiting room.

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Just time to take a few bridal portraits in a little pool of light I’d found in the stairwell!

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And then onto the ceremony.

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Luckily as we made our way outside it had warmed up slightly (it was -2 when I arrived that morning) but there was still snow on the ground!

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After the guests had congratulated the couple, we all made our way to Sima and Richard’s new house, where the guests waited in the sun with confetti in hand.

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The guests had a quick look round the new house, whilst we waited for the Imam so the ceremony could begin.

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Once the Imam had arrived from the local mosque, the men and women went into separate rooms to begin the Muslim ceremony.

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Once the ceremony was completed, a buffet was served and the guests relaxed to enjoy their afternoon.

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As I left that evening (ready to recharge everything – myself included – and download the images) I was really looking forward to the next days events. Please come back in a few days for part 2 – Pennyhill park, costume changes, cake smashes and more customs and ceremonies!

All images copyright David Burke Photography 2012

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