The weather was brilliant, the forecast the week before had predicted rain showers but the sun was shining on this early autumnal day. I arrived early at the venue, a nice old folly in Oxleas Wood, Shooters Hill called Severndroog Castle it has only been licensed for weddings for the past 18 months. Stuck in the middle of ancient woods on the top of Shooters Hill the view was amazing. I was early as I normally am, had a coffee then headed to the bride’s house for Victoria and Jon’s wedding.

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Victoria opened the door she looked stunning, inside the flat in the front room where the two bridesmaids and lovely Annie their seven-week old daughter. Jon was already at the castle with his best man Chris. After introducing myself to the wedding party it was time to get to work. I started by taking pictures of the wedding shoes outside in the garden on a rustic bench. Then photos of Victoria and the bridesmaids. Victoria had decided not to wear traditional white but a stunning pink dress, she looked exquisite! I took the three of them in the garden and took some pictures then in the kitchen of the wedding party drinking champagne. Time was short, it was time to move on to the venue, I said my farewells and got in the car.

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I arrived at Severndroog castle in plenty of time. The wedding venue is a Grade ll listed building built 1784 has 3 floors 85 steps and stunning views of seven different counties. Coming down the stairs was Jon, the groom and his best man Chris ‘hello’ said Jon you must be Paul, we hadn’t met before the wedding only by conference call “yes I’m Paul” I said “It’s a pleasure to meet you”. I left him to greet his guests as they were now arriving. I then spoke to the registrar spoke about the order of the day and proceeded to photograph the guests arriving.

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It was time for the wedding, the guests where waiting in the small well lit room for the ceremony, the groom was waiting patiently. The music started in came the bride with her two bridesmaids and in her father’s arm. She stood next to the groom side by side they looked lovingly into each other’s eyes.

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They said their vows to each other in a wonderful and emotional ceremony. A kiss and a wide grin from the groom marked the moment they were announced as husband and wife. The couple walked down the aisle to much applause from the guests and then went upstirs for a private glass of champagne and admire the fantastic view.

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The guests were escorted outside for the confetti shots I arranged them in tight rows and told them to throw the confetti high above the couple for me to get the best shots. I went back up to see the newly married couple and took some shots on the roof drinking champagne.

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Then I went downstairs for the confetti shots, the sun was shining, the couple came out the arched door everybody cheered click, click the shots where taken so quickly it was all over in flash!

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The day was nearly over it was time to move on to the reception more photos of guest arriving and having a great time.

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It was a pleasure to photograph Victoria and Jon’s wedding at Severndroog castle. A pretty, laid back day with two of the loveliest people.