Thatcher's Hotel Wedding Photographer - Kelly & Gavin

 Photo by Lesley Notton, Notton House Photography (www.nottonhousephotgraphy.com)

Thatcher's Hotel Wedding Photographer - Kelly & Gavin

In March of this year, Ian and I were truly honoured to be Kelly & Gavin's wedding photographers at the Thatcher's Hotel in Guildford. I've know Kelly since I was a little girl, in fact her mother is my Godmother! As happens in life, Kelly & I got busy with our own lives, work and friends and we hadn't seen each other for many years, although we did keep in touch via Facebook! (Good old Facebook, right!). So when Kelly contacted me back in 2015 and told me she was getting married, I was over the moon for her! Kelly had met Gavin, her true love, on a night out at a friends birthday party and their love blossomed from there. If you fancy ready a true love story, check out this post on how they met and view their Engagement photos here.

Ian and I sat down with Kelly and her mother Sue and started talking about her wedding day, which was to be held at the lovely Thatcher's Hotel in Guildford, Surrey. Soon, we had a plan of action... I'm not sure who was more excited about Kelly & Gavin's wedding day - Kelly, her mother or me!

The Venue

Thatcher's Hotel is a gorgeous 1930s Tudor style house which oozes traditional charm surrounded by beautiful gardens. It's Bridal Suite has that all important 4-poster bed as well as plenty of luxurious bedrooms for your wedding guests.

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Bridal Preparations

Ian and I arrived at Thatcher's Hotel on the 24th March 2016 and I'll be honest her was a rather wet day! Ian went to photograph the ceremony room which was beautifully set up with white chair covers and organza purple sashes. I headed off to be with the girls for Bridal Prep!

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You probably know by now that I LOVE Bridal Prep.. in fact I've just written this blog post about how to create perfect bridal prep photos, complete with a list of my favourite shots!

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Kelly's Bridesmaids were excitedly doing hair and makeup when I arrived and sipping champagne in their beautiful matching kimono's whilst Kelly had just started having her makeup done by the amazing Emma Le Grys.  Kelly's hair was styled by the fabulous Julie from Chop n Change in Rowtown.

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Ian went on over to meet the Groom and his Groomsmen to capture some photographs with them - the trials and tribulations of cravats, buttonholes and suchlike!

After I had photographed Kelly's stunning wedding dress and all the beautiful details Kelly had planned for her wedding - stunning flowers (by Jayne at Eden Belles), bridal shoes... - it was time for Kelly to put on her gown!

You may have seen my recent post about Ann Verall from Maid for the Bride. Oh my gosh I love this lady! Kelly had booked Ann to come in at 1pm and help her dress and then it was time for the first big reveal of the day - Kelly's Mum & Dad saw their daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, all ready to go!

There were tears - and plenty of them from everyone! (Hot tip! If you find yourself welling up on your wedding day, have a tissue to hand that has been folded in to a triangle! This means you can dab at the corner of your eye, where your tear ducts are, with the corner of the tissue and it wont smudge your make-up!)

Kelly's Bridesmaids were next in to see their beautiful friend..more happy tears and hugs followed!

After a few quick portraits with Mum & Dad, Kelly was ready to get married!

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The Ceremony

The ceremony at Thatcher's Hotel was lovely, full of sweet moments between the Bride & her Groom, joy and emotion!

Reception & Photos

A very happy group of guests followed Kelly & Gavin to the reception room and we left them sipping champagne with their guests for a while! After some group and family portraits inside the house, I noticed a break in the rain and took the newly-weds outside for their Bridal portraits!

Next up it was confetti time and then I an I took a step back to capture more candid photos of the happy couple and their wedding guests before they went in for the Wedding Breakfast.

As always, the speeches were a blast! Whilst everyone was enjoying the beautiful meal prepared by the staff at the Thatcher's Hotel, Ian and I took some time to back up all the photographs so far on to our laptop and grab something to eat.

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The rest of the evening was filled with delicious cake from Sarah at Speciality Cakes, a romantic first dance, an emotional Daddy & daughter dance and then lots of drinks and partying on the dance floor to fab music by Pete's Pink Elephant Disco! After some candid photography of friends and family and awesome dance scenes, we said our farewells to the Mr & Mrs Hayler and left them to enjoy the party!