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 loved this wedding for so many reasons and I literally had to drag myself away at the end of the night. It always helps when the bride and groom are awesome, the wedding venue is quirky and rustic, and to add to that you’re treated to one of the best sunsets of the year.
It all started in the small village of Stilton. EJ already looked stunning and she was only half way through hair and make up. Once all the final touches were applied, her wedding gown and headdress complimented her style perfectly.
The wedding ceremony took place at Huntingdon town hall, a beautifully kept building with impressive features adding a touch of grandeur to the service.
Jacob looked slightly nervous, the big deep breaths and constant gulps of water gave that away. Although he had some of the cutest flower girls dancing and giggling around his ankles to take his mind of the more important things to come.
EJ pulled up in a beautiful classic car with her father; they both had beaming smiles and faces full of excitement. All guests were seated in anticipation and Jacob was waiting patiently at the end of the aisle for his wife to be.
The whole room fell silent in awe as EJ made her way down the aisle. It was a lovely service, with plenty of emotion and a touch of humour, I particularly enjoyed the moment when the two flower girls joined the registrars at the front, it almost felt as though they were conducting the service themselves, such a great moment.
After the ceremony, the bride and groom were greeted by a confetti shower and after some time to mingle the crowds gathered to wave them off down the road as the new Mr & Mrs Grace.
I arrived at Bedinghams Farm in Ely and was really impressed with the venue. It has great options for photography with plenty of rural fields nearby, just what I like. I spent much of the day making use of some quirky hotspots around the grounds. The wedding day really flowed and panned out perfectly; all the guests were happy soaking up the sun and catching up on old and new stories. The lawn games went down a treat, not only did they keep the kids entertained but the adults too; as the alcohol consumption increased so did the difficulty of the contests, great action to capture.
I took EJ and Jacob off to a nearby field, during a point in the day where there were some really epic cloud effects that I wanted to capture. They both warmed to the camera so well, which made for some lovely pictures.
Time was flying by and the speeches were upon us, they where greeted with rapturous applause, again the flower girls added a touch of humour, they where both such fantastic characters. For their wedding breakfast they had some incredible Nigerian food. This added a real touch of spice to the menu.
I anticipated there would be a nice sunset, but I didn’t quite anticipate how nice. For 15 minutes the sky lit up with an amazing array of warm tones, finally setting to a fiery contrast of reds, purples and oranges. This must have been one of the best sunsets I’d seen. We all just took a moment to appreciate how beautiful this moment was and it made for some beautiful photographs.
Back to the dance floor for the first dance and crazy antics that lasted long into the night. From start to finish the wedding was a real blast and a pleasure to photograph. Thank you both for having me as your photographer!
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