The Mill At Elstead Wedding Photography
It’s a joy to share The Mill at Elstead Wedding Photography that I captured for this wonderful couple last Autumn. Like so many couples who had planned to marry in 2020, Sarah and Joel had to postpone their big day, but what a special day when it did finally happen! I’ve actually known Sarah and her family for many years through my time spent teaching photography, and her dad even played a pivotal, and very generous role in helping me switch to using Sony cameras! Cameras that I still use to this day, and so as you can imagine, there was plenty of talk about derma equipment at opportune moments during the day.
Photographing a beautiful Autumn wedding at The Mill at Elstead
The Mill at Elstead is a very photogenic wedding venue near Godalming in Surrey. Popular too with cyclists, dog walkers, The Mill at Elstead has a lovely load back vibe where you can sit outside by the stream and enjoy the family friendly gardens, or come inside for food in the mill that dates back to 1648. Of historical interest to anyone visiting The Mill at Elstead, it was occupied by Oliver Cromwell’s roundheads for a time, it was used to manufacture military uniforms and housed 100 workers according to the 1851 census, and was even used as a hospital during World War II.
On the day of the wedding, I began as I often do with bridal prep photos at home. For any brides who may be reading this, and sitting on the fence about whether to have photos at this early stage of the day, consider this. It’s a great way to get used to having the camera around and there can be some wonderful interactions and moments between your parents and between bridesmaids. It’s also a great opportunity to get any detail shots when hair and makeup, and your flowers are at their very best, and it frees me up to then go after the moments for the rest of the day.
It was then off to meet the guys in the pub (somewhere I know well, as it’s on one of my favourite cycle routes) before the short walk across the tree to the church. The Mill At Elstead Wedding Photography then began in earnest after Sarah and Joel had been showered in confetti and they enjoyed an open top chauffeur driven ride to the mill where all their guests were there to welcome them.
The mill had been tastefully styled, and was looking very photogenic. There were beautiful touches on the tables and the couple had even gone to the lengths of hiring a personal message of thanks to each and every one of their wedding guests. It’s personal details like this that make The Mill At Elstead Wedding Photography on the day so memorable and speaks volumes about Sarah and Joel as a couple.
Why I Love The Mill At Elstead Wedding Photography
- I love the laid back vibes of the Mill as a wedding venue. I’ve done The Mill At Elstead Wedding Photography in all seasons of the year and it works all year round.
- The grounds around the mill are ideal for a short time away from your guest, for a bit of time together, and for a few portraits as a married couple.
- The Mill at Elstead is able to host your wedding ceremony, but it’s also a perfect reception venue whether you want to get married in church or at Guildford Registry office approximately a ten minute drive away.
- Wooden beams and quirky interior decoration that references the mill’s history make The Mill At Elstead Wedding Photography so much fun. I particularly enjoy shooting in low light and the warm tones of this pub venue really make your images pop with colour.
- Last but not least, The Mill at Elstead is a very accessible venue. The are different spaces that can be used in a number of ways, and the unusual mezzanine level makes for an interesting angle on the speeches. It’s a wedding venue where your friends and family can relax by the bar, kids can run around and explore, and you can party the night away!
Wedding Venue: The Mill at Elstead GU8 6LE
Makeup: Makeup By Elisa
Florist: Stella Rose