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High Billinghurst Farm Wedding Photography // Sophie & Chris

The Persistent Drive for Consistency

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High Billinghurst Farm Wedding Photography

The Persistent Drive for Consistency


THE BREAKDOWN: 

Wedding Location: High Billinghurst Farm, Godalming, Surrey
In Brief: Love, mist, rustic barns and obstacle courses at High Billinghurst Farm.


“Consistency is a paradox. By striving to achieve it you don’t stay the same, you get better.”

It’s a brand new year and it’s that time of the season where we are examining our images from the previous year, finding our favourites and discussing how we can progress as photographers for the upcoming season. We love the start of the year; planning for the coming months whilst pondering the unknown possibilities and opportunities that might arise and challenging ourselves, once again, to take our favourite ever photograph. That rush and thrill has kept us going for over sixteen years now and the search for the perfect photograph starts again in February when our wedding season begins.

Something that we also continuously try to improve upon is consistency. These blog pages represent a (relatively) short, carefully curated collection of some of our favourite images from each wedding; photographs that we are truly proud to show and that are selected with a specific story in mind. But our mission is that every single image we take through every part of every wedding should be worthy of a prominent place within these pages. The challenge is not to make that curation easier each year with a handful of clear “winning images”, but to make it impossible; to be able to fight strongly for the place of every photograph and the thought process that went into it.

That goal for consistency applies not only to the quality of each image but to the feel, the tone, the colour palette and composition. Each image should work on its own but also slot seamlessly into a collection; whether that be a blog post, an album, a full wedding gallery or even an instagram feed from a hundred different occasions. Each image should be a brand new original creation but should never feel out of place because the goal is that each should really belong to the very same collection: A collection of the best photographs we’ve ever taken. That goal  is of course highly subjective and likely impossible, but the drive to achieve it is, nonetheless, compelling.

When the lovely Sophie & Chris chose the images for their album it didn’t look like this blog post. The journey they took through their wedding with their selections  was different from the one we share here. Yet we enjoyed their curation every bit as much as our own. That fact makes us incredibly happy – if the story of the wedding can be told through multiple different frames that somehow still belong side by side then maybe we achieved some level of the consistency we strive for.

Or maybe when photographing this amazing pair and their wonderful gathering of true characters in the stunning setting of High Billinghurst Farm, it’s just impossible to capture anything but consistent joy in every frame.

Here’s one journey through the many stories and connections that together make up Sophie & Chris’s High Billinghurst Farm Celebration.

groomsmen getting boxes out for the wedding

groomsmen and groom helping with boxes in morning before the wedding in SurreyBridesmaids laughing with bride in background having her hair and make up done in Surreygroomsmen and wedding guests getting ready for the weddinggroomsmen and groom getting ready for the weddinggroomsman framed within a window in Surreybride having her hair done in her family home in Surreygroom preparations in his family home in surreybridesmaid having her hair done whilst family member prepares in background tying his tie bridesmaids having their hair and make up donegroom tying his tie in the mirror in Surreygroomsmen having his tie done by another groomsmen bride holding her wedding dress groomsmen waiting for guests to arrive bride looking in the mirror after putting on her wedding dressgroomsmen waiting for guests to arrive at st john the baptist in surreybride coming down the stairsgroom's mother tweaking button holeswedding guests arriving at Surrey churchbride going to her light blue wedding carphotographer shooting in the wedding carbride getting out of the wedding car bride and father coming into the ceremony in Surreybride, bride's father, bridesmaid, bride's mother and brother all coming into the ceremonygroom waiting for bride to come into the church in surreygroom getting nervous before the ceremonyentrance of bride into the ceremony in surreybride and groom during the wedding ceremonybride and groom wedding ceremony bride and groom first kiss during the ceremonybride laughing during the surrey ceremonyemotional hugs during the ceremonybride and groom listening to one of the speakersbride, groom with the focus on the coat hangerbride, groom and wedding guests during the ceremonybride, groom wedding entranceblue wedding car matches wedding guest bride and groom confetti colourbride and groom confetti guests all throwing black and white bride and groom confettiblack and white bride and groom in surreybride and groom leaving in wedding car with all guests watchingguest patting dog with other guest drinking coffee in foregroundbride stroking the dog with guests drinking coffee and tea in foreground bride and guests at wedding reception at high billinghurst farmwedding guests and umbrellas at high billinghurst farmbride and groom at high billinghurst farmhigh billinghurst farm wedding reception guests having drinks poured at high billinghurst farmbride, groom and guests at high billinghurst farmman peeking over a wall with wedding guest in foregroundwedding guests at high billinghurst farmwedding guests drinking prosecco at high billinghurst farmbride, groom and wedding guests all laughing at high billinghurst farmbride at the high billinghurst farm receptionbride at high billinghurst farmbride showing off her wedding ring at high billinghurst farmgrandma holding the wedding dress to stop it getting dirty bride and groom's wedding entrance at high billinghurst farmcontrasty light with father of the bride at high billinghurst farmgroom, bride and father of the bride speechbest man speech at high billinghurst farmbride and groom reactions from the speeches at high billinghurst farmbride, groom and best men at high billinghurst farmbride and groom wedding portrait at high billinghurst farmblack and white wedding portrait at high billinghurst farmbride and groom portrait at high billinghurst farmbride, groom misty wedding portrait at high billinghurst farmbride, groom and wedding guests at high billinghurst farmwedding reception at high billinghurst farmbouncy castle with wedding guests at high billinghurst farm in surreywedding reception guests drinking and laughing at high billinghurst farm in surreywedding guests around the fire at high billinghurst farmbride on the bouncing castle at high billinghurst farmwedding reception at high billinghurst farmwedding guest next to a prop at high billinghurst farmbride and groom first dance at high billinghurst farmfirst dance at high billinghurst farm in black and whitedancing at high billinghurst farmbride dancing at high billinghurst farmblack and white dancing at high billinghurst farmwedding reception at high billinghurst farmbride dancing at high billinghurst farmguests doing shots at high billinghurst farmbride dancing at high billinghurst farmbride dancing with friends at high billinghurst farmhuge hugs at high billinghurst farmwedding guests dancing at high billinghurst farmcoat hanger on a person at high billinghurst farmgroom dancing with the guests at high billinghurst farmbride and groom up in the air at high billinghurst farmbride, groom on wedding guests shoulders at high billinghurst farmbride on wedding guests shoulders at high billinghurst farmwedding guests playing instruments at high billinghurst farmwedding guests dancing at high billinghurst farmwedding guests and band singing together at high billinghurst farm in surreybride and groom having an intimate moment together at high billinghurst farm in surreybride and groom on shoulders on dance floor at high billinghurst farmbride and groom on dance floor going wild at high billinghurst farmbride and groom being thrown champagne over at high billinghurst farmbride hugging grandma at the end of night at high billinghurst farm

York Place Wedding Photography at High Billinghurst Farm

We hope you enjoyed this selection of wedding photographs captured at High Billinghurst Farm. If you’re getting married and would like to see a full collection of our wedding photography with a view to us capturing your own wedding then just get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

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