Brooklands Museum Wedding Photography
It was a rainy wet day wedding at the impressive Brooklands Museum next to one of the country’s most iconic racing sites! I had the privilege of helping my friend Marianne document this wedding!
Surrey wedding photography is often about shooting amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, or against a breathtaking rural backdrop, so Brooklands Museum photography was undoubtedly a little different and presented a welcome challenge.
Marianne and I spent the morning with the bride and the bridal party at the Brooklands Hotel, which we were very excited about.
The Brooklands Hotel is one of the region’s newest and most luxurious of properties, so for a Surrey wedding photographer, the chance to learn more about this venue and become an accomplished Brooklands Museum wedding photographer is something that creates butterflies in the belly.
Some of my favourite shots from the girls’ room were of Sarah laughing and smiling – I think it’s great to show the groom just how relaxed his bride was before the ceremony as most men tend to think of their bride as being a big ball of nerves!
I heard that the boys had arrived downstairs, so I left Marianne with the bride and found the groom and his groomsmen already at the bar! I captured them all enjoying a few sneaky pints – perhaps calming the nerves – before piling on to a classic Routemaster bus that would transport the guests to the nearby Brooklands Museum, where the ceremony was to take place.
I stayed behind with the father of the bride as he waited for his daughter to finish her final bridal preparations. The next few photos I took were very raw, authentic, and very emotional.
The look on Dad’s face as he caught a glimpse of Sarah in her dress for the first time was incredible – he looked so proud, exactly as Matthew did when Sarah began her walk down the aisle at the Brooklands Museum.
There are many beautiful venues at the Brooklands Museum, and Sarah and Matthew had chosen the stunning Blue Bird Room, which once acted as an office for Sir Malcolm Campbell, World Land Speed record holder.
The Blue Bird Room holds up to 80 guests, and an ideal venue for the couple. The existing decor blended effortlessly with the wedding’s blue theme, and also allowed Sarah and Matthew to add their decorations and features, including lego, cookies & sweets, DIY beer, and even a Jenga-themed guestbook!
I found there were almost unlimited photo opportunities here. I especially enjoyed shooting the couple in front of the ERA Shed, which still displays its LLB Motors sign above the door. Dating from the 1930s, this isn’t just your typical shed – it’s more like a structure you’d find in an old wild west ghost town, which added a touch of old-time glamour to this exciting day.