Sammy & Danny’s Millbridge Court Wedding
To say I was doing a happy dance when Sammy and Danny announced their nuptial location is an understatement! A Millbridge Court wedding had been on my wish list for a while! I was sooooo excited to shoot here!
I had met Sammy and Danny over a variety of weddings and events over the years through our mutual friends (and my wonderful second shooter Lee). On this occasion, Lee was planning on being busy as their wedding guest, while his fabulous wife Lisa was a bridesmaid, so I was very honoured to be tasked with their wedding photography, trusting that Lee wasn’t judging me in the background while I lunged and ninja rolled my way through capturing his friends wedding, haha!!
With guests travelling from all over, the Surrey-Hampshire bordered based wedding venue was a perfect location to host everyone, including beautifully furnished rooms available for those staying, and a secret hideaway for the newlyweds. It’s such a tastefully designed space with quirky features like antler chandeliers, and mirror walls while maintaining a crisp, lofty feel that makes personalising it for your wedding theme very very easy.
Millbridge Court has some incredible spaces for both sides of the wedding party to get ready. John and I were spoiled for choice while we captured the first part of the primping and prepping.
Sammy was in the light and airy loft room (that overlooks the ceremony room) with her girls, surrounded by beauty mirrors, dressing rooms and a chill out area, while Danny and his boys had a den with a woody, earthy feel and a much needed bar area!
There always so many micro details to capture during the preparations, as well as watching the scene that is unfolding. Sammy was in stitches watching her bridesmaid get stuck in her dress… this is the point that you hope the mascara is waterproof! I have to admit to not being able to hold my own giggles!
Danny went all out with gifts for his boys, and made sure to take the opportunity for some magic shots of his Louboutins! A worthy wedding day purchase if ever there was one!
With Danny ready for business looking super sharp and stylish in his tailored suit, it was time for Sammy to finish her transformation into the glam queen that she is.
If you’ve not considered it for your wedding, perhaps this is your sign that white gloves are a must to protect all that white satin, silk and lace! While we’re on the subject of inspiration, it’s also worth considering assigning one of your gals to ensure you can always access the bubbly, even if that means hand-feeding you!
This is it!! The moment where the excited atmosphere of the preparations gets super charged with nervous anticipation! I absolutely love this energy shift, it’s so tangible to feel!
With a final shot with the girls together before everyone starts to take their places, we’re off!!!! Danny’s looking happy and relaxed with his Best Man, it’s always this moment that the classic ‘have you got the rings?” comes out!!
Sammy saved her first look moment with her Dad for downstairs, using the reception room. Listening to them both warning each other to not cry, then both fail at not crying was the sweetest, touching moment!
The ceremony room for a Millbridge Court wedding is just stunning. With the full height picture window looking out to the gardens, pouring oodles of natural light into the hall, it’s a dream to photograph!
After being walked down the aisle by her father, the ceremony was an emotional affair with family and friends doing the readings and witnessing the marriage. Not only was there a room full of love and laughter, there were also very few dry eyes in the house. We all know the antidote to tears though….. Confetti! And lots of it!
After the ceremony, there was a drinks reception with some time set aside for portraits. Sammy and Danny split this into a few components. Family, the bridal party and themselves, with a different location and backdrop for each.
After checking his new, engraved pocket watch (again!) we got started. The formal group shots can be tiresome for guests, so I try to plan it to be quick, concise and fun. No one wants to be hanging around for hours, it’s far more fun catching the canapés and getting access to the bar.
After scoring some family dynamics we switched to the pergola to capture the bridal party and their differing personalities.
For the newlywed portraits, rather than stick to the venue, we ventured down to Frensham ponds where we had gone for their engagement shoot. It’s a fantastic landscape with sandy beaches, barren heathland and treelined vistas. While this was happening, John stayed at Millbridge court to capture the magician doing the rounds with the guests who were getting seated ready for the wedding breakfast.
I loved the variety of shots we were able to capture here, from close-ups, dynamic landscapes and of course some details of their well styled outfits
On our return, we found the magician was in full swing eliciting LOTS of awe, wonder and laughter. The details on the tables were so well thought out and in keeping to the rest of the perfect styling at the Millbridge court wedding. With the most incredible meal dished up, it was time for everyone to start dining their stomachs ready for the speeches and toasts.
So, the deserts were done a little differently here with the most INCREDIBLE self service display. It was very hard to not just stand here at the dessert buffet banquet and quietly help myself to some tasters!
The space at Millbridge court is designed so well, with outdoor areas for a cheeky cigar, quirky open-spaced through ways to stop and mingle and relaxing sofas for those who would like to relax a little after their meals. There really is something for everyone.
As with many weddings, the party doesn’t really start until the cake has been cut and the first dance has been danced. The hexagonal cake was monogramed and decorated with a perfect replica of Sammy and Danny… there was definitely no grooms attacked by ninja-brides at the cutting!
With music by The Deloreans, it didn’t take long at all for the dance floor to be filled and the ground shaking with dance-moves galore being displayed.
Despite having a long journey home still in front of us, it was very hard to leave this wedding while it was in full flow, with a bunch of friends on the dance floor partying to our favourite band! This Millbridge Court Wedding was so much fun! Sammy and Danny definitely know how to organise and throw an insane party.
It was such a pleasure to shoot this day. I’m so glad that Sammy and Danny have a gorgeous Graphistudio album to continue to look back on as their life journeys forward. It’s also a superb treat to catch up with these guys over a tequila or two and all the subsequent parties that just keep happening!
That you so much for having us Mr & Mrs Horada, here’s to a lifetime of health, wealth and happiness!
xX Fiona Xx
Millbridge Court Wedding
Venue: Millbridge Court
Dress: Proposals, Chichester (No longer trading)
Hair & MUA: Olivia Mills
Cake: Vanessa Albury