I met up with Lise and Owain on their engagement shoot on the Norfolk coast; it was great to learn about all their wedding day plans at Bassmead manor barns, I had a feeling it was going to be a special day and it didn’t disappoint.
I arrived bright and early to find Lise and all her girls in high spirits and their make up preparations were coming along nicely. I also spent some time with Owain during his grooms prep and once he had opened all his lovely gifts, I took a few quick shots of the lads and it was back to the bride.
She looked absolutely beautiful in her wedding dress, it suited her perfectly, emotions were running high as expected as everyone waited for the nod to enter the Rickety Barn for the wedding ceremony.
It was a stunning service that had everything you could want in a ceremony, so heartfelt and beautiful.
The whole day really flowed and everything fell into place, the weather played its part, the staff made sure the day ran smoothly and Lise and Owain were complete super stars. They had so many personal family touches but my favourite was the family band, just magic.
We made the most of some awesome evening light and after some outrageous dance moves we even ended with some great after dark images.
Wow this wedding had everything; two ceremonies, two dresses and two of the nicest clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Lisa and Chris unwittingly forgot to book their registrar for their main 14.00 ceremony so this meant an intimate 10.30 ceremony for close family and friends then the main event a bit later on in the afternoon.
So an early start for bridal prep but I didn’t mind, I love this time in the morning capturing all the little details and emotions as they unfold. Bassmead manor barns is a great wedding venue to hold your ceremony, everything you need is on site and you’re well looked after by all the staff.
Lisa was full nervous excitement and I really enjoyed capturing all that emotion, especially as I had an extra cute flower girl to keep my camera busy.
It was time for the first intimate ceremony, it was strange seeing Bassmead set up for around 20 people. But as expected it was a beautiful service, really touching and personal.
We had about 30 minutes of time to capture some couples portraits, so I made good use of the grounds, it was a real treat to photograph the bride and groom at this time in the morning, making use of the different light and backdrops.
Back for the second round of bridal prep, leading up to the main event. All the guests began to arrive and filled up the Rickety Barn to the rim. The second service seemed even more emotional as the tears rolled down all the bridal parties faces.
After the service the bride and groom came out to a shower of confetti and after a quick group photo it was time for a welcome drink and canapés.
It seemed all of Lisa and Chris friends and family liked a good party as there were plenty of candid moments to capture, everyone was really enjoying the occasion.
Shooting the bridal party was so much fun, I’d say something to trigger off a reaction then the laughter just ran through them all.
After the speeches and food it was time for a good old knees-up, the celebrations ran long into the night and every now and then someone literally got thrown in the air.
Before I left I made sure I captured some after-dark images, these always go down well with the bride and groom.
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I caught up with Liza and Mark on their engagement shoot around Normanton. It was great to learn all about their wedding day plans. They warmed to the camera really well and I knew they would be superstars on their wedding day.
On the morning of the wedding I was greeted by a room full of lovely ladies all busy with hair and make up. There were also two of the cutest little flower girls that I just knew would keep my camera occupied all day. I went about my business capturing the moments that naturally unfolded. It was great to be able to switch between bridal prep and grooms prep as they where both getting ready at Barnsdale Lodge.
I was back at one of my local venues for the ceremony, the lovely Normanton Church. It looked great soaked in sunshine but on this occasion there was a strong wind whipping around which made for some interesting pictures.
As always the registrars delivered a beautiful service and before we knew it everyone was out in the fresh air once more. I took the chance to take some pictures around the impressive grounds of Normanton before we hopped onto the Rutland Belle, which gently took us from one shore to the other, a lovely way to arrive at your reception.
After all the traditional group photos I concentrated my efforts on capturing lots of candid moments. Liza and Mark were great fun to work with, I thoroughly enjoyed this wedding day; they partied long into the evening and ended the night with celebratory cigars .
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