Turkey Mill Wedding - Lucy and Chris

Turkey Mill Wedding – Lucy and Chris

August 2, 2010  |  Weddings
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Here’s one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.  And it didn’t disappoint!  Lucy and Chris signed their contract back in August 2008 when I was still called MyWeddingStory and when Turkey Mill was an open air venue.  Two years of anticipation.  Let’s see how it went.  [Warning: there are even more pictures than normal.  Plus some boring rambling about light and stuff.  Humour me.  I had fun.]

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

How about this for a way to start the day?  Chris sent a small gift for Lucy.  And as everybody knows, the best things don’t just come in small packages.  They come in small Tiffany Blue packages.  Plus it was, you know, a gift from her soon to be husband.  Don’t worry Vanessa from HCTBeauty was on hand to unsmudge the make up after the tears.

Trevor, Lucy’s father, told me that he’s lived a lot of his life in a house with women.  What with his wife and daughters well, I get the idea that I saw him in one of his favourite places….

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

As I said, there’s a lot to get through – so I think we’ll just fast forward to the “wow” bit.

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

Wow.  But it gets better.  Take one beautiful bride and add three gorgeous bridesmaids and well……

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

(You may recognise Andrea who is sitting on the priceless antique sideboard.  Here’s her wedding at the Knowle last year.  And here she is on the cover of a magazine…).

You can imagine the look on Chris’s face as she appeared like a vision over the famous bridge at Turkey Mill.  Or maybe you can’t.  Let me help you….

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

But that was nothing compare to Trevor’s look as he saw his little girl all grown up…

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

I mentioned earlier that Lucy and Chris had booked Turkey Mill back when it was an open air venue.  Since then they have spent a few pounds on a gorgeous orangery.  It was my first time working here since they put the roof on.  Do I like it?  Any venue where the light does this is right up there with the best in my book.

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

Really, on a slightly overcast day, the light is soft and beautiful throughout the room and it’s an absolute pleasure to work there.  Especially watching things like this.

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

Now normally I don’t post “empty room” pictures.  I always make sure that every detail is there for the couple but since we’re posting lots of pictures.  How about this?

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

The same florist had also rigged up gorgeous little lanterns in the trees…

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

There are lots of lovely places for photographs at Turkey Mill.  As a photographer I’m almost falling over myself with the lake and the waterfall and the the rose garden and the trees and…well, sometimes it’s worth going if not the extra mile then at least the extra couple of hundred yards.  The light started “kicking off” and everything was gorgeous and I suggested we take a late afternoon stroll to the end of the lake.  Right down the bottom there’s a safety “keep out” rope.  Cross over this and there’s a really boggy area.  It was worth it for three reasons.

1. Lucy couldn’t make it through the mud in high heels.  So her new husband got to carry her.

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

2. When we got there, the late afternoon sun was just hitting the boathouse giving these amazing colours.

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

3. Turn around to walk back and the light does this…

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

Three great looks in 5 minutes.  Worth a little mud on my shoes.

When I got back I found 20 ladies who had been on the Hen Night ready for their picture.  Well, I say “ready”…..it took a couple of goes.  And I say “20”.  It started with 4 and then more and more people remembered they had actually been there.

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

Fortunately none of the people in that picture saw the stag pictures which were displayed in the last place they would look….

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris

I have loads (and loads) more pictures but if I don’t stop now then Lucy and Chris won’t see them before their honeymoon!  One last shot – and don’t forget to leave your messages for them below.

weddings  Turkey Mill Wedding   Lucy and Chris


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  • http://www.yourdayyourwayuk.co.uk Your Day – Your Way

    Absolutely stunning in every way – the bride, the dress, the flowers, the venue, the photography. I seem to be spending a lot of time looking at wedding photos. at the moment but it’s the culmination of so much effort and such a highlight when captured so beautifully on film. Well done everyone involved and congratulations to Lucy and Chris xx

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/ Bob

    A superb shoot Jonathan, the venue and the weather help but add your skill and attention to detail and it all comes together to produce memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Andrea Lempriere (bridesmaid)

    An amazing day captured in stunning photos!
    Congratulations Mr and Mrs Harvey x x

  • http://www.picsfor.co.uk Andrew Brown

    Lovely set of pics.

  • Katie Whiteman

    The pictures are goregous! It was such a fabulous day and I can’t wait to see the rest of them…I hope Lucy and Chris try and give Jonathan a run for his money with the honeymoon pictures. xx

  • Tom Cleary

    The pictures are fabulous ! It was such a super day and Marjan and myself are still getting a buzz from it back here in Holland. Tom and Marjan.