Emma and Jamie’s wedding started with me photographing preparations at Emma’s parent’s house in Burnham on Crouch before heading off to Creaksea Church and then a reception at Creaksea Place. I can’t actually say the word “Creaksea” without making a creaking noise (even to myself in my head) – very juvenile! It’s such a wonderful place name and very evocative of this beautiful but tiny place nestled close to the sea in the Essex countryside.
“Thank-you for putting our photos online so promptly, we LOVE them, they’re exactly what we were hoping for!” Emma and Jamie
This is one of my favourite photos and I took it quite late on in the evening after the meal and speeches. By this time of day everyone is generally having a great time and is very relaxed and they don’t really notice me photographing any more as I’ve just sort of become part of the furniture!
Emma was showing her wedding ring to one of her friends and I just really like the light and the expression and the fact that you can see the marquee and guests in the background to give the moment a bit of context. Also the position and gesture of Emma’s hands just really works well. For me it was a sort of instinctive reaction as well – I had to take it extremely quickly and make sure that the lighting was right, so for me its a technically satisfying picture too! Most importantly it just tells an important bit of the story of the day. I have just noticed that the bride and groom figures on top of the cake look like they are looking on approvingly!
Back to earlier on in the day below. Camper vans are very popular wedding transport and this one seems to add another face to the picture! The informality of Emma’s bridesmaids getting everything ready for her to enter the church make this feel like an image of a real “behind the scenes” moment.
At this point I am always looking for a great look between the bride and groom as they see each other for the first time. In this picture there is the added bonus of a lovely sideways glance from a very proud Dad.
I just love the way that Jamie and Emma are clearly just so over joyed to be actually finally there! This was during the first hymn singing – moments before they were finally married.
And finally, grandparents watching a slideshow of photographs of Emma and Jamie from birth up until the present day whilst the bride and groom were signing the register.