Here are my favourite images from the second day of wedding photography in Surrey, at Sima and Richard’s wedding. After a ceremony at Wokingham Register Office and a Muslim ceremony at their new marital home on day one, the second day saw a reception for 50 guests at the luxurious Pennyhill park in Surrey.
I was really looking forward to the second day for two reasons – firstly, having met a large number of the guests on day one, I felt like I already new everyone so the guests would be nice and relaxed around me. Secondly, Pennyhill Park has loads of amazing locations for photos, both in and out and the bride and groom had kindly agreed to arrive an hour before their guests so we could really take our time to create some stunning shots for them (a rare treat to get a whole hour just photographing the bride and groom with no distractions or time pressures!).
We started the day with bride and groom portraits inside Pennyhill Park – unfortunately, the weather was a bit too cold for outside shots, but there were still loads of opportunities for some great photos, Sima looked fantastic in her second day outfit (shalwar-qameez) – Richard scrubbed up quite well also!
As Sima and Richard headed off to greet their guests, I caught Sima’s naughty side coming out again….
Then onto the reception, and once again Sima was being mischevious – she’d told me that after cutting the cake, she was going to follow the American tradition of the ‘cake smash’….
After the meal, I caught a few candid shots whilst we prepared for the speeches…
Then onto the speeches, the final one of which was an explanation of the ceremonies that would follow.
I love kids at weddings, they make for some great candid moments!
After the speeches, the bride and groom moved to their throne for the traditional ceremonies. Firstly, an exchange of garlands (to bring them closer together). Then, the introduction of a mirror – traditionally, the bride and groom would sit together but would be unable to see each other, apart from through a mirror on their laps; this prompted much romantic description from Richard, and much hilarity from Sima! Finally the bride and groom feed each other and offer each other a drink (to increase their love for one another)
A few more candids, before it was time for me to pack up and leave.
After two full days of ceremonies, the bride and groom finally had time to relax!
Congratulations once again to Sima & Richard!
If you’re getting married at Pennyhill Park, or are having a muslim wedding, please contact me to discuss your requirements!
All photographs copyright David Burke Photography 2012