Well only half an Italian Job really. The marriage of Enzo (Italian) and Elizabeth (Filipino), was a really enjoyable day. I was working with an Italian photographer Giorgio Guglielmino who more than led on the language front.
It’s always great pulling a wedding really close to where you live. The church was at St Mary the virgin Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park. A fantastic church in really nice grounds, and a place that held a lot of emotional history for Elizabeth. I spent the morning with the guys as Enzo got ready. As you can see above, sometimes it is a good idea as a photographer to plead ignorance on tying cravats, just so you can get a few images of the groom battling to do one up, with the assistance of a good friend and a mobile phone.
Once the Italian side was ready it was a quick trip over to St Mary’s church at Cuddington http://stmaryscuddington.yolasite.com/. It is a gorgeous church with some amazing stained glass windows.
The service was really uplifting, and great to see two different cultures coming together on such a wonderful day.
After the service we took some shots in the grounds of the church which had a strong emotional attachment for Elizabeth, and with some cloudy skies threatening it was good to get a few shots in the bag before we moved on to the next venue.
The reception was being held in Nonsuch Mansion. A strange name for a venue which really does exist. http://www.nonsuchmansion.com/index.htm. It is a venue that I have had a long association with. A couple of friends got married there may years ago, and my in laws live only five minutes walk away, so at least I had runners if there were any batteries or food needed. The mansion has changed hands recently, and the new owners have done an amazing job with it, restoring it back to its former glory, and it is a great place to photograph. The park is also a fantastic place for a wander. I somehow managed to drive across most of it, after taking a wrong turning and pretty much follow the pedestrian path through the path ……. It really was like being in the Italian Job.
The reception was a grand affair. With sole access to the gardens, it made for a great party and venue. With not too much damage done to the outside games laid on, the whole venue took on a magical quality as night drew in, and even the groom took a turn on the decks. A fab day, couple and venue.