With no wedding season last year, I spent the summer planning and shooting wedding editorials. I had some personal heartbreak and my whole life shifted, so I decided to do what I do best. Get creative, focus on work and make myself proud! Editorials are great for keeping creative and getting to know awesome wedding suppliers. Today, I’m sharing the shoot I am most proud of! Here’s my 1970’s dream at Woldingham School wedding venue in Surrey.
Marden Park Mansion at Woldingham School wedding venue
Marden Park Mansion is the name of the stately wedding venue within Woldingham School. It’s set within a 700 acre estate, so is one of Surrey’s most spectacular country wedding venues.
With wooden panelled rooms, and rolling grounds, Woldingham School is absolutely breathtaking. If you want a show stopping wedding entrance, the large driveway and impressive exterior definitely impress.
Within the estate, you can say your ‘I do’s’ within the mansion itself or in the Chapel. The venue holds wedding breakfasts for up to 130 people, so this is definitely a spacious Surrey wedding venue!
Glam Rock Wedding Editorial
The idea behind this shoot all came from one of my musical heroes: Marc Bolan of T Rex fame. The shoot is a vibrant, fun, glam rock homage to him, and all things 1970s. I really wanted to create the feeling of an iconic music magazine shoot of classic British rock’ n’ roll stars from the 1970s.
Featuring sequins galore, a rock’n’roll neon indoors setup, and cake cutting with a sword, this shoot oozes the essence of a true rock star.
Woldingham School ceremony room with a twist
On the whole I really wanted to show the potential of this traditional wedding venue. We brought the space to life with an incredible team of Surrey wedding suppliers. We did this with floating flower clouds suspended from a tall copper arch, a Love Rocks neon sign and disco balls. This setup is a fun ceremony backdrop, but can also be used as a party area for later in the day!
All the props we used scream glam rock. Therefore, they were all bordering on decadent, yet rebellious and carefree. This room turns into the dancefloor area in the evening, so you could easily repurpose this setup for the evening.
Woldingham wedding photography under the pergola walkway
One of my favourite things about Woldingham School wedding venue is it’s outdoor space. There’s so many gorgeous areas to choose from! The front of the mansion with the expansive drive way, or the gardens with a fountain pond and gorgeous sloping view of the venue.
However, it’s the covered walkway which really wins it for me! I love doing walking portraits here using the flowers and cloisters for interesting foreground elements.
The pergola is also a beautiful location to do some solo portraits of you in your wedding outfits. I like to get individual shots at a wedding as I know you’ve put lots of time into your outfits! This sequinned dress from Bowen Dryden, and Adam’s shirt blew me away! Real 1970s vibes.
A micro wedding breakfast in the garden
We were absolutely blessed with a stunner of a day as the shoot was in mid July. So, after shooting inside, we set up an intimate wedding breakfast table for Jen and Adam.
You can easily create a dreamy 1970s inspired dining setup for two. For instance, we used vintage crockery, 1970s inspired wedding stationery and peacock chairs.
Fun Woldingham School wedding photography
For this shoot, I got creative, so I went for shots that felt high fashion. It was also the first time I’d had a chance to use my fractal prisms. These are a fun tool for photographers to play with light and reflections. With it being such a sunny day they worked amazingly and are definitely my new favourite toy.
Finally, we ended our sunny day with some photos on the driveway. I just couldn’t leave without them, especially as Adam had brought along such an exceptional car! I think you’ll agree it certainly adds that something special.
The dream wedding supplier team that brought this editorial to life:
Concept, co-ordination and photography: @carolineopacicphotography
Styling, planning and co-ordination: @the_hullabaloo_collective
Venue: Marden Park Mansion at Woldingham school @woldinghamschoolvenuehire
Furniture & props : @bohoandbloomprophire
Neon sign: @bayweddingprops
Bridal outfits: @bowendryden
Floral shirt: @mazeysclothing
Bridal Headwear: @bombinistudio
Earrings & Garter: @tobeadorned
Grazing platters: @mothernaturegrazingcompany
Models: Jen & Adam @never.always.couple
I’m happy to say I have a great working relationship with Woldingham School and am on their list of recommended suppliers! Head to my contact page to tell me all about your date if you’re getting married here!