Aurora & Alex. American-English wedding in Surrey

AURORA and Alex are university sweethearts! Aurora is American, and met Alex when she first came to university in the UK – and they’ve been together ever since, with Aurora deciding to move to London permanently.

This sweet couple live in London but decided to hold their wedding in the small village of Pirbright near Woking in Surrey, where Alex’s parents live. They wanted a relaxed, English countryside wedding. With the church, the outdoor drinks reception, and the evening reception at the village hall all within walking distance of each other. Many of the guests were coming from America, so it was important that all the venues were easy to travel to. Also, it really showed off the beautiful English countryside and picturesque village to the guests, many of whom had never been to England.

Alex and Aurora really wanted an informal yet stylish wedding day, so with that in mind, they hired the lovely Lisa from Carmela Weddings to coordinate and plan the day. Emma Soulsby to create some amazing floral décor – including a living wall of flowers and foliage as a backdrop to the dessert table, and greenery all along the ceiling of the village hall. Lisa, meanwhile, had the whole hall floor covered in artificial grass to bring the feeling of the outdoors into an indoor space. She arrange the lounge areas with armchairs and sofas for the guests to relax. Every tiny detail fitted into the elegant but natural theme of the wedding day, from an old piano specially hired to the little-potted succulents on the tables.

The wedding day

The day started out at St. Michael & All Angels Church in Pirbright, and from there the guests strolled down the road to the drinks reception, which was held in an open field and orchard belonging to a family friend. Even here, Emma left her stamp, with stylish floral arrangements on the gateway! After everyone had drinks, Aurora and Alex did some informal speeches, and then everyone walked down to the village hall for the evening reception, while I did some portraits of the couple on the village green.At the village hall, there were signature cocktails to get everyone in the mood for the fun evening ahead, and instead of a sit-down dinner, food trucks arrived behind the hall, where guests had their choice of pies and mash, pizza or Mexican food! After that, it was dancing with a live band – but not before Aurora’s best friend and bridesmaid surprised the couple by performing a song on stage with the band!

With so many close family members there, the whole day felt like a lovely family reunion/party/get together, which is exactly what Aurora and Alex wanted to achieve. They did it so stylishly. Alex and Aurora, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your wedding day!

I also did an engagement shoot for them a few weeks before, around their home in London, which you can see here.

Paola xxx