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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Meeting Camille and Adrian at their engagement was a real pleasure, they were such a kind hearted and loving couple and they really took to the camera, making my life very easy with their natural approach.
I remember this wedding day with great fondness, from start to finish it was a real pleasure to be a part of. Families from two nations combining to create a beautiful atmosphere full of love, laughter and humility
I arrived at Rutland water golf course bright and early to find Camille with rollers in her hair, a cup of tea in her hand and a face beaming with excitement.
Whilst the girls were undergoing their morning prep I made sure I captured all the priceless details, I needed to do justice to the amount of thought and effort that had gone into her planning.
The morning was racing by so fast; as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. The cottage on the grounds of Rutland golf course has some beautiful rooms for bridal prep, they have lovely décor and great window light, perfect for us photographers. I entered the room to find Camille glowing with excitement, she looked stunning in her wedding gown. Shortly after he grand reveal to the family, the emotions spilled over, I really enjoy seeing the parents’ reaction, so priceless.
Normanton Church beckoned. Adrian looked the part in his chequered navy suit and burgundy bow tie. I loved the look; it really fitted in with the setting of the Rutland shore.
As more often than not, the wind was whipping around the church creating some photo worthy expressions from guest and all. The time had come to walk down the aisle to come face to face with her husband. Normanton Church ceremonies are always heartfelt and sincere; the registrars do a remarkable job of adding a personal touch to each service.
With the formalities over, the bride and groom could let their hair down and enjoy their day. We spent some time around the grounds of Normanton Church to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery and blue skies before heading back to Rutland water golf course for the reception.
A large line of guest with handfuls of confetti greeted them as they made their way into the grounds. Welcome drinks and canapés fuelled the candid moments. A particular highlight for me was the English and French kids running around playing together carrying their own flags of nationality, proudly waving them around in the air.
Once the meal and speeches where over I took the opportunity to take them off to embrace the rolling Rutland landscape, it offers some breath-taking backdrops for beautiful photographs. We were blessed with great light and everything just came together for them both. It was a real treat being able to spend some quality time soaking up the scenery, some welcome time alone for them to reflect on a wonderful day.
The fun didn’t stop there, back to the dance floor for a heartfelt first dance and some awesome dance moves.
I couldn’t resist taking them out once more to capture the setting sun over the horizon, a perfect end to a perfect day.
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After getting to know Emma and Ross at their engagement shoot I had the feeling was going to be a lovely day, they were such an easy going couple and both had great personalities.
I’d photographed some of their friends weddings in the past and all of them had been so much fun, such a lively crowd, so I had high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed.
It was good to be back shooting at one of my favourite wedding venues, Bassmead Manor Barns. The bride and groom can guarantee being well looked after here. The staff at Bassmead are a pleasure to work with.
I met Emma on site nice and early, with enough time to let the girls get ready in peace whilst I went about photographing the wedding dress and all her special details; I love focusing on all the finer details especially in this rustic setting.
As the preparations progressed, it was lovely to witness the excitement starting to build amongst the bridal party.
At Bassmead Manor barns the groom can also get ready on site; this gives the photographer a great opportunity to nip in between the bride and groom.
Ross and the boys were setting out the lawn games whilst enjoying an ice cold beer or two. I made sure I was in the vicinity whilst Ross was opening his presents from his wife to be, it was plain to see how much thought and effort had gone into the gifts.
I arrived back in time to capture the final stage of Emma putting on her wedding gown; she looked stunning. I also loved the pastel tones of the bridesmaid dresses; everything looked perfect together.
Emma’s father was patiently waiting to get his first glimpse of his daughter, and once he did the emotion spilled over once more.
The time had soon come around to enter the Rickety Barn for the wedding ceremony. This must have been one of the most heartfelt and emotional ceremonies I’ve ever photographed, it was a pleasure to be a part of.
From there on in, the day was all about having fun. I was kept busy capturing candid moments along with all the necessary group photos. I particularly enjoyed taking Emma and Ross out alone around the grounds of Bassmead, this was the perfect time for them to reflect on their stunning day. The fields out the back are a real highlight for me and offer some great photography backdrops.
After a delicious meal it was time for the speeches, and as anticipated, they were emotional. It’s amazing how fast the wedding day goes when you’re enjoying yourself and before I knew it I was setting up for the first dance.
From past experience I knew this crowd loved to throw a few shapes on the dance floor, I wasn’t disappointed; they tore up the dance floor, especially Rosie with her legendary Gangnam style routine, pure gold!
As the night was drawing in I managed to sneak them off once more for few creative images in the dark, what an ace bride and groom, Emma & Ross it was a pleasure.