Emma Russell Photography: Blog http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Emma Russell Photography (Emma Russell Photography) Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:16:00 GMT Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:16:00 GMT Hannah & Matt-St Michael's Manor, St Albans, Hertfordshire http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/hannah-matt-st-michaels-manor-st-albans-hertfordshire Hannah and Matt had the most beautiful wedding back in December. I started my day at Hannah's parents house where the Christmas songs were playing on the radio and Hannah and the girls were all enjoying the morning as it unfolded. We then went onto St Lawrence Church in Abbots Langley where they had their ceremony followed by their wedding reception at St Michael's Manor in St Albans. I'm sure I have said before that I feel I have the best job in the world, getting invited into so many people's lives on such an important day and being able to capture everything that happens. Hannah and Matt made me feel like one of their family and it was such an honour to be there documenting their wedding.

Hannah and Matt sent the most lovely couple of emails following their wedding:

"Hi Emma , just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for everything last Saturday. It was such a pleasure having you there on the day, and you made having the photos taken such fun and so relaxing. We'll treasure those moments when we got the chance to have a breather - either in groups with the wedding party, or just us - having our photos taken. So many people commented on how lovely you were, and we're so pleased that you were a part of our big day! Lots of love, Hannah & Matt"

"Hi Emma, the photos are absolutely wonderful - thank you so much! It's amazing how much of the day you forget, and these photos bring everything flooding back. You really captured the happiness of the day and it's so nice to see how relaxed and joyful we all were. I wish we could do it all again, but looking through the photos really helps to relive it all.

The USB arrived today too - what beautiful packaging, thank you!

I actually can't say thank you enough to express how pleased we are. Lots of love,

Hannah & Matt xx"

Here are a few of my favourites:



Bridal dress: Rosa Clara

Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang & Jenny Packham (David's Bridal)

Cake: Cakes of Good Taste, Bushey

Flowers: FlowerBox, St Albans

Car: Arnage Executive Hire, Bedmond

Hair: Georgia Merritt @ HOB St Albans

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Lucy & Danny, Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/lucy-danny-denbies-wine-estate-dorking-surrey Lucy and Danny 's wedding was an absolute pleasure to capture. They got married at the beautiful St Dunstans Church in Cheam with their reception being held at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. I started the day with Lucy and the girls at Lucy's parents house whilst my second shooter Victoria was with Danny and the boys. The day went swimmingly and even quite a heavy rain shower whilst we were finishing off their couple portraits didn't deter this gorgeous couple. Here's a little look at their very special day.


Reception venue - Denbies Wine Estate
Toastmaster - Michael Myers
Make-up - Lisa Harris
Bridesmaids hair - Sian at The Retreat
Flowers - Ellie (family friend) 
DJs - Andy & Sollie (friends) 


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Jenn & Mike, St John's, Redhill and Gildings Barn, Newdigate, Dorking http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/9/jenn-mike-st-johns-redhill-and-gildings-barn-newdigate-dorking Jenn and Mike got married at the beautiful St John's Church in Redhill, which has also hosted the weddings of other members of Jenn's family over the years including Jenn's parents. Their reception was held at the wonderfully rustic Gildings Barn in Newdigate near to Dorking in Surrey.

When I first met Jenn and Mike they described to me the atmosphere they were hoping to create by choosing Gildings Barn for their reception. They were looking for a completely relaxed day, with kids running around, guests being able to play musical instruments, and garden games for everyone to enjoy.

On the morning of the wedding the weather was glorious with beautiful blue skies and we thought we were in for a wonderful balmy August day. The weather however took a sudden change for the worse during the ceremony when we heard a pretty loud rumble of thunder...with the first set of group shots planned for outside the church they were swiftly moved to inside with the rain making it's first appearance. Luckily it cleared just in time for Jenn and Mikes confetti exit.

Back at the barn we had about 10 minutes of clear skies until the rain started again and this time it was torrential. Did it dampen anyone's spirits? Absolutely not! Everyone huddled together taking shelter inside the barn and in true British spirit carried on regardless with the party. The rain was relentless until just after the wedding breakfast and then we were blessed with the most glorious evening. The games and singing commenced with a little bit of skulduggery during one of the sack races...This was such a great day, most definitely one of my favourite weddings that I've shot this year.

On receiving their gallery of images I received this lovely thank you email from Jenn and Mike:

"Hi Emma,
Thank you so, so much for the amazing photos. We're still on our honeymoon but couldn't resist have a peak on our iPad.
It is so lovely to see what everybody was up to on the day and seeing everyone having a great time. Thank you so much for capturing these moments and for taking time to edit so many photos!
It was a pleasure to have you there with us and we'll definitely recommend you to anybody else :)
Thank you again
Love Jenn and Mike x "





Reception Venue: Gildings Barn

Hair:  Natasha Wiggins

Make-Up: Tania Claire

Bouquets, button holes and top table flowers: Greensleeves and the others in the barn were by Jenns Mum

Cake: Red Robin Cakes

Dress: Ella Rosa

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Holly & Pierce - Denbies Wine Estate Wedding, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/holly-pierce---denbies-wine-estate-wedding-dorking-surrey Holly and Pierce got married at one of my favourite Surrey venues, Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. Their theme for the day was green and white with hints of gold and Holly looked beautiful in her Stella York gown. We had the pleasure of their gorgeous pups, Nora and Murphy, join us for some of their couple portraits and what wonderfully well behaved dogs they were. Here are a few of my favourites from their special day.


Venue: Denbies Wine Estate

Holly's dress: Stella York 

Bridesmaids dresses: Watters

Pierces suit: Hardy Amies

Groomsmens suits: Moss Bross

Flowers: Gather & Bloom 

Cakes: RT Cakes

On the day co-ordination & styling: Raspberry Bespoke Events


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Bonnie & Sam's Northbrook Park Wedding, Farnham, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/bonnie-sams-northbrook-park-wedding-farnham-surrey It was so good to be back at the magnificent Northbrook Park in Farnham a few weeks ago for Bonnie & Sam's wedding. Northbrook Park is such a beautiful venue and it was particularly resplendent that day when we were treated to the most glorious sunshine. Bonnie looked gorgeous in her Ronald Joyce dress. The fabulous florals at the venue were by Fiona Curry Flowers with the bouquets by a close friend of the family, Julie Lodge. The bridesmaids dresses were from Monsoon and Sam's suit was by Kenneth Cole. Here are a few of my favourites from their special day.


Venue: Northbrook Park

Bonnie's dress: Ronald Joyce

Bridesmaids dresses: Monsoon

Sam's suit: Kenneth Cole

Usher's suits: Next

Flowers at the venue: Fiona Curry Flowers

Cake: M&S

Huge thanks to my second shooter Victoria Pearson



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Lisa & Maarten - Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/lisa-maarten---denbies-wine-estate-dorking-surrey A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being back at one of my favourite venues in Surrey, Denbies Wine Estate, to photograph Lisa and Maarten's beautiful wedding. One of the things I love most about my job is getting to know my couples and seeing how they bring their personalities into their big day. Lisa and Maarten are a fun, warm and classy couple and their small, intimate wedding oozed sophistication and elegance with lots of laughter thrown in. I loved that they had hired Polly Pootles, the 1968 VW wedding beetle and we had such fun taking their couple portraits up in the vineyard with her. Here are a small selection of my favourites from the day:



Wedding venue: Denbies Wine Estate

Wedding Car: Polly Pootles

(Emma Russell Photography) denbies emma russell photography surrey wedding photographer http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/7/lisa-maarten---denbies-wine-estate-dorking-surrey Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:32:17 GMT
Kerri & Chris, Guildford Registry, Bel & The Dragon, Godalming & Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/kerri-chris-guildford-regitry-bel-dragon-godalming-denbies-wine-estate-dorking

When I think back to Chris and Kerri's wedding I can't help but smile, their wedding was such a blast from start to finish. I started the day with Kerri and the girls at the B&B Farmhouse at Denbies, whilst my second shooter Victoria was with Chris & the boys at Chris & Kerri's home. Their ceremony was at Guildford Registry Office where Kerri's parents had got married on the same day 34 years earlier. A coach and Routemaster bus took us onto the magnificent Bel & The Dragon in Godalming for drinks, canapes and speeches (which were brilliant). The evening reception was held at Denbies Wine Estate, and from the moment we stepped into the cellars the band had everyone on the dance floor. Thank you Kerri & Chris for such a fun, fabulous day!





Drinks reception: Bel & The Dragon, Godalming
Evening reception: Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

Kerri's dress: Pronovias from The Bridal Room in Reigate
Chris's suit: M&S
Bridesmaids dresses: David's Bridal in Westfield Stratford 
Hair and make-up: Lauren Irwin
Cake: Cakewalk Creations by Geraldine Horton
Flowers: Sweetpea Florist in Horley
Band: Pop Rocks through Tailored Entertainment
Routemaster: Redroute Buses Ltd


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Lorna & Lee - Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/lorna-lee---denbies-wine-estate Lorna & Lee got married at the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking where I am privileged to be one of their recommended wedding photographers. They were such a super couple to work with and their wedding was very, very special. Their beautiful ceremony was held in the Garden Room followed by drinks in the courtyard and their wedding breakfast took place in the conservatory. Later in the evening the DJ got everyone on their feet with some great music. Here are a few of my favourites from their super day.









Wedding venue: Denbies Wine Estate

Lorna's dress: Charlie Brear - Brides of Winchester

Lee's suit - M&S

Flowers: Marley Flowers

Hair & make up - Siannen Saucede

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Hannah & Matt - Whippendell Woods, Hertfordshire http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/hannah-matt---whippendell-woods-hertfordshire On Friday I met up with Hannah and Matt for their engagement shoot at Whippendell Woods in Hertfordshire, a stunning woodland with bluebells and plenty of beautiful walks. Hannah and Matt are getting married in December at one of my favourite venues, St Michael's Manor in St Albans. It was such a joy to spend time getting to know them and hearing all about their wedding plans. Here are a few of my favourites from our stroll through the woods.

(Emma Russell Photography) Emma Russell Photography Engagement shoot in the Bluebells Hertfordshire Engagement Shoot Whippendell Woods Engagement shoot http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/5/hannah-matt---whippendell-woods-hertfordshire Thu, 04 May 2017 09:10:08 GMT
Sophie & Daniel - Denbies Wine Estate Wedding, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/11/sophie-daniel-denbies-wine-estate-wedding Sophie & Daniel's Denbies Wine Estate wedding was everything it promised to be-a fun, laid back day surrounded by their friends and family. We were blessed with crisp autumnal weather and we made the most of the sunshine for lots of photographs with the stunning vineyard as our backdrop. Thank you for having me along to capture those treasured memories, it was wonderful to get to know you both and your guests. Here are a few of my favourites. x




Wedding Venue: Denbies Wine Estate

Sophie's Dress: Maggie Sottero

Hair & Make-Up: makeupbyfrankie@hotmail.co.uk and hairandmakeupforweddings.co.uk

Flowers - Flowers By Elaine, Dorking, Surrey


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Emma & David - Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/emma-david---denbies-wine-estate-dorking-surrey Emma and David contacted me back in March to discuss their wedding at Denbies Wine Estate, a venue where I am proud to be a recommended supplier and a venue I love working at. Their hopes were to have their ceremony outside in the courtyard and for the day to be really relaxed, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Fast forward 6 months and their day unfolded just as they planned. I joined Emma and her bridesmaids at the Mandolay Hotel in Guildford for the bridal prep and then it was on to Denbies. It was the first time I had photographed an outdoor ceremony at Denbies and it was perfect as was the rest of their day. Sit back and enjoy a few of my favourites.


Bridal Prep - The Mandolay Hotel, Guildford, Surrey

Wedding venue - Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey

Flowers - Flowers By Elaine, Dorking, Surrey

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Becky & Ben - Gate Street Barn, Bramley, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/becky-ben---gate-street-barn-bramley-surrey Becky & Ben married at the beautiful Gate Street Barn in Bramley, Surrey, a venue I know well. Gate Street Barn shone in the most beautiful late summers sun and the day was full of fun and laughter, and Becky & Ben didn't stop smiling throughout the whole day. When we first met, Becky & Ben told me that they hoped that their wedding would be a relaxed, shabby chic affair and Gate Street Barn lent itself so well to their vision for the day. Becky & Ben, thank you so much for the lovely words you said during the speeches about your experience of working with me and for the delicious bottle of wine from Denbies Wine Estate (where we had their pre-wedding shoot), such a thoughtful and kind thing to do, which just about sums up this lovely couple. As they enjoy their honeymoon I have collected here a selection of my favourites to tell the story of their day.




The venue: Gate Street Barn

The florals: Gill Pike 

The delicious food: Just Jane Catering

The evening entertainment: Chess DJ.



(Emma Russell Photography) Gate Street Barn Wedding Gate Street Barn Wedding Photographer Gate Street Barn Wedding Photography http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/becky-ben---gate-street-barn-bramley-surrey Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:42:22 GMT
Sheena & Randip-Leatherhead Registry Office http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/sheena-randip-leatherhead-registry-office I recently had the pleasure of taking Sheena and Randip's photographs at their small, intimate wedding at Leatherhead Registry Office. Their large, Indian wedding will be held later on this year but they wanted some photographs taken to remember their official day. Here are a selection of my favourites that we took in the grounds following the ceremony. The rain was pretty relentless but after the ceremony it did ease up a bit and although it was drizzly we managed to use the gardens to get their couple portraits.


These photos do make me chuckle...notice who is holding the umbrella and the reaction when I suggested that he keep Sheena dry too ;)






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Becs, Dave and Amelie - Pre Wedding Shoot-Richmond Park/Pembroke Lodge http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/9/becs-dave-and-amelie---pre-wedding-shoot This family has a special place in my heart as from the moment we met we clicked straight away. They are the perfect family unit with Amelie being the most adorable little one ever. My heart skipped a beat when she took my hand to lead me off when it was time to take the photos and finding out that we share the same birthday made it that extra bit special! For the pre-wedding shoot we went to Richmond Park and after getting to know each other a little bit more over coffee we walked around the grounds of Pembroke Lodge looking for flower fairies with Amelie and then over into the park. I'm so pleased they love their photos. Here's a little note that Becs sent:

"Thank you so so much for last week, and for making it a really enjoyable afternoon. The pictures are stunning! We love them! We know we are going to be in great hands for the wedding!"
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Sophie & Dan - Pre Wedding Shoot- Box Hill, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/sophie-dan---pre-wedding-shoot--box-hill-surrey Sophie and Dan booked me back in February for their October wedding at the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. They met on their first day at University 10 years ago and it was a complete joy to hear all about how they met, their wedding plans and and their life together. They were such a delight to get to know and work with so I have no doubt that their wedding day will be very special. Here are a few of my favourites taken up on Box Hill last weekend.


(Emma Russell Photography) Box Engagement Hill Pre-Wedding Shoot http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/sophie-dan---pre-wedding-shoot--box-hill-surrey Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:04:57 GMT
Becky & Ben-Pre-Wedding Shoot-Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/becky-ben-engagement-shoot-denbies-wine-estate The title of this post was meant to be 'Becky & Ben-Pre-Wedding Shoot-Box Hill' however the weather on Saturday had other ideas (torrential rain, gale force winds and thunder and lightening) all of which meant Box Hill was going to be pretty muddy so we decided to brave the weather and headed to the equally lovely Denbies Wine Estate instead. We were so lucky as the rain cleared and although the vines were pretty waterlogged we were able to use them as a beautiful backdrop. Becky & Ben get married in September at the gorgeous Gate Street Barn in Bramley, a venue I know well, and I can't wait to be back there to capture what promises to be a very special day.


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Kate & Paul - Cain Manor, Churt, Hampshire http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/kate-paul---cain-manor-hampshire   Kate and Paul got married last weekend at the breathtaking Cain Manor in rural Hampshire. Cain Manor, which is part of the prestigious Bijou Group, has been on my radar for a number of years. From the stunning location to the warmth and hospitality that the Bijou staff offered it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. It was such an honour to be asked to photograph Kate and Paul's wedding having photographed several of their friends weddings over the last few years (it's always a joy to see my previous couples again!). The day was absolutely beautiful from start to finish... Kate and Paul thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding day, I loved every second of it. x  

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You & Your Wedding Magazine Feature http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/you-your-wedding-magazine-feature I am absolutely delighted that Cara and Mark's beautiful Northbrook Park wedding has been featured in the latest issue of You & Your Wedding magazine.






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Becki & James-Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/becki-james-denbies-wine-estate-dorking-surrey Back in January Becki and James got married at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey where I am privileged to be a recommended supplier. I've had the pleasure of photographing many weddings at Denbies over the years and at different times of the year. It was a (very) cold, wet and rather windy day but the weather didn't dampen the spirits one bit and the day was absolutely perfect. Thank you Becki and James for choosing me to capture your special day.   


(Emma Russell Photography) Denbies Wedding Photographer Denbies Wine Estate Wedding Surrey Wedding Photographer http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/becki-james-denbies-wine-estate-dorking-surrey Fri, 06 May 2016 09:33:26 GMT
Eloise & Mike - Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey http://www.emmarussellphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/11/eloise-mike---a-denbies-wine-estate-wedding Eloise and Mike got married at the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking where I am privileged to be on the preferred supplier list. I never get tired of photographing at Denbies as every wedding is so different. Eloise and Mike both got ready nearby at The White Horse Hotel in Dorking. I started the day with Eloise and the girls whilst Amanda my second shooter started with the boys. At Denbies the ceremony took place in the garden room, with some group shots and the confetti in the courtyard. I then took the bridal party up to the vines to capture some more group shots before heading to the cellars for the reception. The conservatory hosted the wedding breakfast with some of the best/funniest speeches this year. Mike and Eloise, thank you for choosing me to photograph your big day, it truly was a pleasure. Mike and Eloise wrote the following message to me after receiving their images:

Thanks so much for these, the photos are lovely and we are really pleased! We looked through them yesterday and they bought back memories of such a fun day. Thanks for turning around the pictures so quickly, it's been lovely looking through them and sharing them with family and friends, and remembering the day after a few days back at work!


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