Syrencot is a beautiful new wedding venue just fifteen minutes down the road from me, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it. When I heard the people behind Galloping Gourmet– the one of the yummiest caterers out there were refurbishing the old MOD property (it’s where the D-Day landings were planned dontcha know?!) I was super excited. I was even more excited when I saw the drawings and visualisations for what they were going to do with the space. This venue really has everything you could want in a venue, especially as a photographer. On site bridal prep room, with gorgeous sky lights making it light and airy- check; ceremony space in a glasshouse again letting in beautiful light- check; original period features- check; super cool modern dining area with statement lighting and decor- check. Aside from all that I already knew lovely Sophy one of the event team as we’ve worked on lots of weddings together before. Sophy is one of the best events managers I’ve worked with, she manages to stay cool, calm and friendly if even under the surface she’s kicking like a swan to sort things out. So needless to say I was delighted when they got in touch and informed me they wanted to add me to their list of recommended photographers. All of that, and then just a fifteen minute drive home, it’s a wedding photographer’s dream!
I’ve also been a recommended wedding photographer at Clock Barn for years now, which is where I met lovely Lucy, the bride as she’s one of the events managers there. Each time someone chooses me to be their photographer it’s a real honour, but when someone from the wedding industry chooses me to be their photographer it’s very special as I know not only have they seen the work of hundreds of other photographers, they probably also know a bunch of us too. So when Lucy asked me to shoot her wedding I was so thrilled, especially when she told me Syrencot was the venue! Lucy is absolutely gorgeous and she looked incredible in her backless fish tail gown teamed with beautifully embellished Jimmy Choos. Syrencot was the perfect backdrop and she brought in lovely Laura from Lulabee for stationery and the table plan and Harrison and Green to create her floral vision, of simple but effective white and green arrangements including a cool arch as an awesome photo spot for guests during the drinks reception.
It really was a perfect day, aside from just the aesthetics. Lucy and her parents share such a close bond which made the wedding super emotional- make sure you check out the photos of the first look with Lucy’s Dad when he saw her in the dress for the first time. There were so many funny, heartfelt or emotional moments, like Lucy’s Mum performing the ceremony (as she’s a registrar) Lucy wiping away the tears during Guy’s speech, Guy drinking the speech toast from a boot which was resurrected from his Stag Do…..I absolutely loved it, it was the perfect first wedding for me at Syrencot and the team were amazing. As always the food by Galloping Gourmet was incredible. Beyond just the canapes and the wedding breakfast, there was also an ice cream bike and pizza fresh from the oven for evening food. Nothing was overlooked it was all done to such a high standard and every element had the wow factor.
I can’t wait to head back to Syrencot and already have more weddings there in 2020 and 2021. If you’re planning a wedding at Syrencot I’d love to hear from you!