2016 was a brilliant year for weddings, I met so many lovely people and worked in some great places, it was funny to start the year off at St Nicholas Church in Great Wakering, photographing the wedding of Alun Hurd, a local vicar who did my daughter’s wedding and has officiated at other weddings I have had the pleasure to photograph. I don’t know who was more nervous, him or me, it was only when his lovely wife to be Sharon arrived that he relaxed a little.
I had a lovely time with Zena and Claes-Goran at their Salvation Army wedding, everyone was so welcoming and helpful. It was a very relaxed affair with lots of laughter. Claes-Goran had travelled to England from Sweden bringing a handful of close friends and family with him including two majors who were part of the service and said kind words for the happy couple.
It’s been a funny old summer, and funny weather for Ellie and Matt’s wedding, one moment we had lovely warm sun on our backs, the next it was raining. As always our lovely bride and groom Ellie and Matt didn’t care about the weather and were happy to create wonderful wedding memories.
The best way to describe Lucy and Dan’s wedding at the fabulous Lawn in Rochford Essex is to say ‘fun, fun, fun’! Lucy looked like a real life princess with a sparkling tiara and perfect makeup and a beautiful frothy full skirted dress with layers and layers of net.
It’s always great to go to a new venue, somewhere different to work, a new challenge and change of scenery so it was good to do Sam and Blain’s wedding at the lovely old St Giles & All Saints Church in Orsett Essex. It’s also nice to work in venues that are familiar and comfortable, where you just know that everything will work and go to plan so I was very happy that they were celebrating with a reception at the ever popular Lawn in Rochford, Essex.
Sarah and Jean-Marc were joined in matrimony by parish priest Father Kevin Hale at the beautiful church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Leigh on Sea and celebrated with their reception at The Lawn in Rochford Essex.
July is a popular choice as a wedding date, brides and grooms hope for warmth and sunshine, however when Rebekah and Andrew’s big day came around the skies opened and it poured with rain. Consequently most of our photos were taken indoors. The rain did not dampen our spirits and luckily Leigh Road Baptist Church where Rebekah and Andrew had chosen to get married, has in recent years undergone considerable improvements and we had good light and plenty of space to work in.
Nicola and Christian chose the contemporary and unique Sands Bistro on Southend seafront as the perfect venue to host their wedding day.
Nicola and the bridesmaids got ready just down the road at the Roslin Hotel, it was nice to bump into Sarah again, who made a lovely job of Nicola’s make up. Our bride looked radiant in a fabulous, unusual ruffled dress, reminiscent of swan’s feathers. Bridesmaids wore a vibrant aquamarine and Christian and the boys wore lovely light grey suits with aquamarine ties to match. Continue reading “Wedding Photographers at Sands, Southend on Sea, Essex – Nicola & Chris”
Two fabulous weddings this weekend, one set in the heart of the Essex countryside, the other on Southend’s seafront. Sally and Phil chose the church of St Mary the Virgin for their wedding, a beautiful country church in the parish of Fryerning.
It was good to return to the Marygreen Manor Hotel, ideally situated in the heart of Brentwood, Essex for the marriage of Lynne to Andy. Hot summer weather together with old world Tudor charm and the warm and friendly atmosphere of this historic hotel was a recipe for success for Lynne and Andy and their family and friends.
Little Channels near Chelmsford Essex was the well chosen venue for Lisa and Paul’s summer wedding. It was my first time working there and I expected it to be very much like Channels which it was but only more intimate and with the same friendly feel.
Zoe and Rob chose a vintage theme for their Spring wedding at the Lawn Rochford Essex. It’s always good to work at the Lawn, knowing that everything will be taken care of and run smoothly.
Mandy & Greg chose The Old Parish Rooms in Rayleigh, Essex for their wedding celebration. Relaxed and informal it was a pleasure to share their happiness and celebrate with them and their family and friends.
An exciting day for Sam & Matt as they saw all their wedding plans come to fruition. The day started at Sam’s Nan’s house in Romford where all the girls got ready. Sam was very proud of her nails, which she informed me had taken 5 hours to do , they looked amazing, like a work of art. As this is what Sam does for a living it was very important to her that they were right so we took lots of bridal preparation photos featuring them.
Korina and Steven wanted ‘just a hint’ of Star Wars’ as their theme, it made me smile when they chose their wedding date May 4th (may the 4th be with you…) and I was fully expecting some costumes and maybe 1 or 2 light sabres, however, apart from the cake which included the Millennium Falcon in its icing everything else was quite traditional. Korina and Steven decided to get married at Southend Registry Office and have their reception at the Park View Suite, in Chalkwell Park.
Every now & then I get to work in a stunning venue, a fairy tale place providing amazing backdrops for my wedding photography, Spains Hall in Finchingfield is one of those venues. It is situated on the Essex/Cambridge border and has been a family home since 1086 and still is to this day. In the middle of a 2,000 acre estate it would be hard to find a better setting for a wedding.
Laura and Richard chose Prittlewell Priory for their wedding, it was a late wedding and we were very lucky with the weather, not too cold and nice even light. Prittlewell Priory is a great choice for a wedding ceremony, steeped in history, a medieval priory set in the heart of one of Southend most beautiful parks – Priory Park. The formal gardens are carefully tended and there is a vast choice of areas in which to capture lovely images of the couple and their guests.
Recently I was privileged to be part of Isabella and James wedding day. As soon as I met the family they made me feel welcome with their warmth and friendliness. We had our meetings, planned the shots we were going to take and of course, once I’d spotted that they had doggies, realised that they would have to be a part of it too, so naturally, on the wedding day, this was one of the first shots we took.
The Lawn, Rochford in Essex is where I have started my weddings for 2015, including doing a Twilight Wedding package which is all the more romantic with the candlelight and of course very challenging for a photographer.
We were very lucky with the weather for Amy and Lukes’ winter wedding, it was very bright and we braved the cold to go outside for a few garden photographs. Amy’s beautiful dress came from Precious Moments of Rayleigh and her well chosen bouquet was done by Christine of Hockley. Lukes’ suit came from Moss Bros. Amy had no qualms about having her photograph taken in the arch high above the staircase as they both do rock climbing and have no problem with heights. They spent their honeymoon snowboarding and Luke even enjoyed a helicopter drop.
What a coincidence that I should start and end my wedding photography year at the same place – Channels Golf Club near Chelmsford. This was where Amy and Nick chose to have their winter wedding reception. They had flown over from Australia where they live, to get married in Essex and celebrate their wedding with family and friends. They only had a short time to prepare but it worked as everything went like clockwork.
The fabulous Stock Brook Manor (formerly Country Club) was the chosen venue for Leana and Michael’s autumn wedding, with it’s avenue of trees providing a perfect setting for our wedding photography and amazing weather which was sunny, warm and totally unexpected we couldn’t go wrong.
Marianne and Colin chose to celebrate their commitment ceremony surrounded by friends and family at the Cliffs Pavilion. We had great weather which was a real bonus to our wedding photography and the estuary provided a pleasant local backdrop to our photos.
Marianne looked lovely in a pink dress which came from Barleylands, the boys suits came from Fields in Southend.
Rochford Hotel was the chosen setting for Kim and Andrew’s wedding and they pulled out all the stops. Jane and her team went to great lengths to make it a wonderful day for the happy couple, the room looked amazing with attention to detail and the cake in front of the mirror providing the final touch.
Continue reading “Wedding Photography at The Rochford Hotel, Rochford, Essex – Kim & Andrew”
Tracy and Mark had good weather for their wedding at St Andrews Church in Hornchurch, Essex, followed by the reception at the Holiday Inn in Brentwood. The church was beautiful and unusually had great light which really helped with our wedding photography, we took most of the wedding pictures in the grounds which were very suited for the purpose.
Tracy looked lovely in a dress from Special Occasions, the boys suits were from Moss Bros and the bridesmaids dresses were from good old BHS. The gorgeous old wedding car came from Arrow Vintage cars.