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Gatton Hall Surrey Wedding Photography – Claire and Nick

Surrey wedding photography of the bride and groom at St Andrew, Merstham, Surrey. Taken by one of the best wedding photographers in London, Darren Lehane.

I first met Claire and Nick in a coffee shop at Clapham Junction railway station in South West London.  One of the first things they said to me was, “we hate posing for photos, we always end up looking like idiots.” For such a handsome couple this was an amusing thing to hear, but as a natural storytelling wedding photographer who prefers to capture real moments – rather than over pose or set up wedding photos – it was music to my ears.

The couple were getting married at Gatton Hall near Mertsham in Surrey, but the morning started off at Claire’s parents home near Leatherhead in Surrey, for the usual bridal preparations.  As always there was plenty of excitement as the girls got ready and as Claire is a producer with a well known TV property show she was able to call in colleagues to film the day too.

Documentary wedding photography of the bride getting into her wedding dress, by Surrey documentary wedding photographer Darren Lehane

I was also impressed to discover that Claire’s dad was also a former professional football player for Exeter City – and his finest moment coming when he played against Liverpool in the FA Cup and had to mark a certain Kenny Dalglish.  It never fails to amaze me the people I meet through being a wedding photographer!

The wedding ceremony actually took place at St Andrew’s Church near Gatton Hall. This is a somewhat small and unusual church, with the congregation seated side on facing the aisle – but it was definitely extremely pretty and full of character.  Nick was already there and admittedly looking very nervous – as most grooms do ahead of the wedding ceremony.

Wedding reportage photography of the bride coming down the aisle at St Andrew, Merstham in Surrey. Taken by one of London's best documentary wedding photographers, Darren Lehane.

Once the ceremony was over it was off to the nearby Gatton Hall, which is a stunning mansion house situated in the grounds of Gatton Park and the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. The views of the surrounding countryside and Surrey Downs are breathtaking. In fact the gardens themselves were designed by the 18th century landscape architect Capability Brown – often referred to as England’s greatest ever gardener.

The speeches were particularly emotional, as Nick and his brother/best man paid tribute to their mother who had sadly passed away many years before. It was clear that there was a special bond between Nick ad his brother – who had travelled with his family all the way from Australia.

Surrey wedding photography of the groom and best man hugging, after the wedding speeches at Gatton Hall, Surrey. Taken by Darren Lehane, one of the best wedding photographers in London

A beautiful summer’s evening ensured guests could spend time out in the gardens, enjoying the views until the evening before the band struck up for the evening and the dancing could start in earnest.

Claire and Nick’s wedding was most certainly an enjoyable one from start to finish, and I’m sure you’ll agree from the following small selection of photos from the day they looked great too!

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