Joey & Jon: The Walled Gardens, Cowdray

We look forward to all the weddings we have, and Joey and Jon’s was no exception. In fact, because we had only shot their pre-wedding shoot less than 3 weeks earlier, their plans were still fresh in our minds and we were eager to see them manifest into reality. Throw into the mix a large Antipodean contingent (Jon is Australian) we just knew it was going to be a perfect day. And it was. But what we didn’t expect was how much it would exceed even our highest expectations.

It still amazes me how this gorgeous bride not only looks stunning, but is also the main creator of all the magical details at the venue; although I guess I knew the moment we received the invitation this day was going to be anything but ordinary.

Joey and Jon’s ceremony was so intimate and personal, both Cam and I were incredibly moved. Everything, from the officiant to the readings, from the music to the prayers, were all conducted by people who clearly have an immense love and respect for the couple, and this was echoed all around by the congregation. It really was beautiful in the deepest sense of the word.

And then I saw the reception. Wow.
Joey had a very clear idea of what she wanted and had spent many, many, many hours painting and putting together the little details which transformed the room into a wild treasure garden. Each table was named after a special location and memory Jon and her have shared, and each guest had a little picture marking where they sat. In the weeks leading up to the big day, Joey had spent her days painting the table cloths that adorned the middle of the tables, and the wildflowers in tall green wine bottles mixed amongst candle lanterns was just perfect.

We managed to sneak the couple away to the nearby ruins for some intimate portraits before the wedding breakfast, and I am still blown away not just by their beauty, but by the transparency and openness of their love for each other. It’s really quite something else.

We were lucky enough to be invited to join Joey and Jon’s family and friends for the wedding breakfast, and this is just a further testament to the generosity of this couple and their families. In fact Joey’s dad even quoted a line from our blog in his speech. Now that really did make me well up!

After the delicious meal and funny yet heart warming speeches Cam and I spotted the most gorgeous sunset, and managed to sneak the couple off for a few more impromptu portraits. Seriously I could shoot these guys all day, they are just so natural and the camera is totally in love with them.

Joey and Jon, we don’t feel any image or words can actually ever do justice to the real beauty of your day, but we feel so utterly privileged to have been able to share it with you and your wonderful family and friends. The love between you is divine, and thank you for choosing us to capture a slice of it for you.

You can view the slideshow here.

  • Dasha - Omg, this wedding is to end all the other weddings! So so beautiful! You captured a lot of happy moments there. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - WOW! That dress and that veil…the bride looks like a mythical beauty. Love the details. The day looks really relaxed, fun and intimate. You captured such special moments…the photo of the father of the bride, wiping a tear…the groom and an older female relative touching heads…the bride’s ‘throw your head back laughter’…wow! xReplyCancel

  • xanthe - Oh Pen, this is what it’s all about hey? the magic of the couple, beautifully captured in a natural way. The details, the dress and the veil are wonderful, you (and the couple) must be so thrilled, well done guys, really incredible job!. xoReplyCancel

  • Funmi Omotade-Tan - Wow! Stunningly beautiful wedding – we’re captivated by the Black & White images especially.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Wilbraham - Thanks so much guys, the photos are so amazing and you really did capture the feeling of the whole day! The slideshow is fantastic. We have to add that both of you were so lovely to have around and it felt like you were part of the family. I would seriously recommend Pen and Cam to anyone who’s looking for great photographers. Much love to you both. Hope to see you again sometime, love Wendy and John(Mum and Dad of the Bride)XxReplyCancel

  • Albert Palmer - How beautiful. Your style of photography matches them so well. I bet this wedding will look amazing in an album.ReplyCancel

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  • Kirsten Mavric - Really lovely, Pen xxxReplyCancel

  • Lisa Devlin - Well I always feel it’s rude to look at a blog and not leave a comment if you liked it. These images are totally stunning, I am blown away. I know the Walled Garden well and you have done an ace job. Simply beautiful and glad you got the magic light at the end of the day.ReplyCancel

  • Annabel - Love My Dress Wedding Blog - Love EVERYTHING about this wedding, so so gorgeous xXxReplyCancel

  • Julia Beazley - My mouth literally fell open at the beauty of the bride’s dress and veil. The shots are just perfect. I feel like I was a guest – the pics just capture the spirit of the day and the spirit of the couple. Authentic style through and through. Love Love Love it. Thanks for sharing it. Jules xxx p.s. Wowser – I love that dress!ReplyCancel

  • Ali Lovegrove - Absolutely stunning! The gorgeous couple and amazing details are just amazing but your style really complements the day beuatifully. The shoot of them walking into the sunset is just amazing. Lovely set they will treasure forever i’m sure xxReplyCancel

  • Clare - Beautifully intimate images. Every moment captured so beautifully. Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Anna Hardy - WOW WOW WOW. These are just incredible. Can’t stop looking at them!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Halford - Wow wow absolutely positively so perfectly beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - This is my wish to have a Wedding Garden like Joey & Jon. It’s Perfect for us.It’s a BEAUTIFUL WEDDING GARDEN. Good Luck to the Newelyweds..ReplyCancel

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