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Secret Garden Wedding Marquee


“Thanks so much for the link – that’s a great set of photos!” Nanette and Oli


Nanette and Oli’s wedding took place at the lovely Burwash Manor in Barton just on the outskirts of Cambridge.


Burwash Manor = The Secret Garden Wedding MarqueeThe reception was in the Secret Garden Wedding Marque which is located in the secluded old walled garden of the 16th Century moated manor house.

Burwash is the perfect country wedding venue and has the advantage of offering couples complete freedom and flexibility to have their day exactly as they want it!

Burwash manor - wedding in the secluded walled garden

The wedding ceremony itself was at the famous Grantchester church and I started the day photographing Nanette and bridesmaids getting ready at the beautiful Edwardian End House B&B in Newnham shortly after having eaten what they described as one the best breakfasts ever! It was then on to photograph the boys getting ready in Grantchester before heading off to the church and then to Burwash Manor.


I think my favourite shot of the day is above. It’s just as Nanette and Oli were announced and entered the marquee to sit down for the wedding breakfast. It’s always a bit of an awkward shot to get and I normally try to get the expressions on the bride and groom’s faces as their friends and families cheer and applaud them on their way to their seats. In this case things happened completely the other way round and as they spontaneously raised their hands in the air I was able to picture their friends and family smiling and clapping through their arms!


Earlier in the day there were several highlights for me including photographing an unbelievably calm Nanette just chilling out and reading the newspaper before getting ready for the day. Frantic speech writing from the boys both before and during the wedding and reception! A trip in a well loved family camper van and the frankly amazing job that they had done of decorating the Secret Garden Wedding Marquee.

Some more of my favourites from the day are below.


If you are planning a wedding at Burwash manor or any other fantastic venue then GET IN TOUCH. It would be great to hear from you.

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    The small print… we agree to the terms and conditions?…….yah, yah, blah,blah! How many times do we just tick in the box or sign at the bottom without reading it at all?!


    Bride and groomIt’s so easy to do but wedding photography contracts are there to protect both parties and to make sure that there is agreement. It should be clearly written to avoid miscommunication and should set out the rules of engagement for both sides.

    Yet, often this isn’t the case. There is confusion, there isn’t a contract at all or it doesn’t really cover the things that it really ought to. There are many variations and clauses and as many different contracts as there are photographer’s lens caps but here are a few of the most vital points that can cause confusion.


    A model release clause

    What? I’m a model? Oh daarling I didn’t realise!

    Well not quite! – With the explosion of online media and wedding blogging many photographers now ask you to sign a clause in the contract that gives them permission to use your photographs for publicity purposes. This might mean showing images as part of their portfolio, submitting images to wedding blogs or using them on social media. To a certain extent a lot of photographers feel that it’s their right to use them as they took them but it’s important to realise that the images are a record of a very private and personal day and that brides might not want that plastered all over the internet.


    If you have strong feelings about this discuss it with your photographer – they should be very happy to accomodate your wishes and it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for your images to be kept private.


    Release of Copyright

    This can be a bit of a sticky one.

    Bride getting into a wedding carHistorically photographers have copyrighted their wedding images to prevent people from printing them themselves and photographers missing out on the extra revenue that this might generate. Recently we have all shot ourselves in the foot over this and started giving couples all of the digital files to print from – now sometimes this comes with a cavaet……maybe they are for personal use only, printing can’t be done within a certain time after the wedding etc etc etc.


    The thing is to check with your photographer and check exactly what is written in the contract regarding this. Again most should be understanding and flexible and, to be honest, copyright is extremely difficult to enforce anyway but it can be a matter of principle for some and should be checked out and completely understood.


    Cancellation or illness

    This could potentially happen on both sides. Couples do cancel weddings, people do get ill and the unforseen does happen.

    So what does actually happen in such a situation? It should be clearly stated on the contract what happens if there is a cancellation – check up on the financial position in this eventuality. What would happen if the photographer is unwell and can’t make it ti the wedding? There should be a clear contractual agreement in case of the worst case scenario. You also need to check that the contract is to your satisfaction in this respect. Are you happy with what could be the potential outcome in this eventuality? Are you reassured?


    Wedding flowers


    Feed me now!

    It’s a bit cheeky but a number of photographers demand that they get a hot meal on a wedding day!

    Yes, it’s fairly commonly written into contracts that not only do you pay them to be there but you need to feed them as well! Now you may have your own views on this but be prepared for it, it’s relatively common practice so don’t be surprised if it crops up. Personally I think is a bit cheeky and don’t have it in my contract – luckily I’m often offered food and it’s gratefully received but I certainly don’t expect to be fed!


    I hope that has cleared up a few questions on some of the most common contractual points. If you have any questions or you are considering entering into a contract with a photographer to photograph your weding then GET IN TOUCH with me – I would love to hear from you!


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      Wedding speeches


      “Thank you so much for Friday, you made us feel really at ease……….we love the photos, thank you so much. There are some brilliant shots……” -Emma and Nick


      I love photographing weddings at Longstowe Hall, I’ve been there many times before and it really does feel like photographing very much on my home ground to use a bit of a football analogy! However despite my frequency and familiarity I hadn’t photographed a ceremony “on the water” outside there so Emma and Nick’s wedding was a welcome first!

      Despite the fantastic surroundings I was naturally drawn to photographing the interactions and people on the day and spent a lot of the day looking for those moments which really capture the essence and tell a bit of the story. The picture above does just that and is one of my favourites – I always try to look for moments of connection between the bride and groom during the groom’s speech and this is exactly what I got here. I really like Emma’s expression and actually that is almost strong enough to carry the image on it’s own I think. What I really like is the background where you have a bit of a commentary on what’s going on with Emma’s mum and bridesmaid wiping a tear from their eyes! I would like to say that I deliberately included the man wiping his eyes/face in the background as well but I have to be honest and say that was purely a fluke!!


      I also really like the sunset picture near the bottom which is the only one that was set up – I think I would have preferred a bit more of a natural pose but I absolutely love the colours and so it just had to go into my list of favourites!


      A few of my other favourites are below…..


      If you are planning a wedding at Longstowe Hall or any other lovely venue with or without an amazing lake and garden…..I would love to hear from you so please get in touch!


      Reflection of bride getting readyGroom at Longstowe Hll CambridgeWedding greetings at Longstowe HallWedding guestsBride and bridesmaidsWedding hugsWedding guests - Longstowe Hall CambridgeBride and groom - Longstowe HallWedding hugsGuests on the lawn at Longstowe HallWedding guest group shotWedding guestsWedding reception at Longstowe Hall CambridgeSpeeches - Longstowe Hall weddingGuests in the marquee - Longstowe HallThe lake at Longstowe HallFirst danceWedding dancing

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