Ashtead Church & Garden Wedding

I was introduced to Rachel and Jonny by their wedding planner, Ali Welsh, who’s been behind some of the most spectacular events I’ve photographed in the last few years so I knew it was going to be a wedding to remember. It didn’t disappoint, and Rachel & Jonny were such a pleasure to be around this was truly one of the most enjoyable and memorable weddings I photographed this year.

Rachel and Jonny married at St Giles Church in Ashtead, Surrey, and combined a traditional church ceremony full of laughter with a spectacular garden party, complete with two stunning marquees connected by a passageway lined with trees, and incredible entertainment by Flood The Floor. I ended up spending about thirteen hours with them to capture the whole story, and honestly could have been there even longer, it was such a fantastic day!

I started in the morning with candid documentary photography of both Rachel and Jonny getting ready: Rachel at her parents home where whole bridal party had their hair and makeup done to perfection, against a background of the garden being transformed for the party; and Jonny and his groomsmen in the next village over, having an altogether different morning of suiting up, refining their speeches, and four-player rounds of Mario Kart 64 (stone cold classic game, fact).

For the reception we were under cover of two stunning marquees. The wedding breakfast marquee was a sea of lavender table settings and beautiful centrepieces,overlooked by an ivy-covered trestle lit by tiny glowing lightbulbs,. I could have captured details all day!

After drinks, speeches and dinner the second marquee played host to a night of more drinks, laughter, and dancing, with entertainment from the amazing Flood The Floor – check out the links at the end of the gallery to find out more about them, and everyone else involved in making Rachel and Jonny’s day so unforgettable.

For all the details of everyone who helped make their wedding happen see below, and if you’re planning your own wedding and you like my documentary wedding photography work I’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch to find out more and check my availability for your date. Speak to you soon!

Wedding Photographer : Owen Billcliffe Photography | Ceremony Venue : St Giles’ Church, Ashtead | Reception Venue : Private garden | Event Design & Coordination : Ali Welsh | Floral Design : The Fresh Flower Company | Wedding Dress : Jesus Peiro via Miss Bush Bridalwear | Brides Shoes : Harriet Wilde | Make-Up : Joanne Marchbanks | Hair Stylist: Victoria Berrington | Groom’s Suit : Ted Baker | Band : Flood The Floor | Transportation : Abbey Rolls Hire