Emma Russell Photography | Jenn & Mike, St John's, Redhill and Gildings Barn, Newdigate, Dorking

Jenn & Mike, St John's, 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