St Mary’s Saffron Walden Wedding // Alice and Josh

Bride and sister


“The photographs are perfect – I can’t stop flicking through them. You have such a talent for capturing those fleeting moments between people; the pictures are a joy to behold! Thank you for creating such perfect reminders of a perfect day :)” – Alice


First of all I just have to say how I love the funny picture above! Basically five very different faces, three generations and a strange face in the background – that’s my type of family photograph!


Alice and Josh got married in January at the very beautiful and very large St Mary’s Church in the historic town of  Saffron Walden Essex. I mention this as St Mary’s is the largest church in the whole of Essex and is singularly impressive in both it’s size, position and atmosphere. The Christian faith has been celebrated on the site for a staggering 800 years, there was a Norman stone church recorded there in 1130 and the current church was rebuilt into the “Perpendicular” style starting in 1450. Yes, I love this sort of historic trivia – I’m very keen on my work as being recording history for the couples I photograph and I love the sense of standing in a place where people have married for probably the best part of 800 years – awesome stuff!


It’s also particularly nice when the couple getting married have a connection to the church and congregation and Alice, Josh and family are very much part of the local community. In fact Alice is a bell ringer at the church which gave me the opportunity to photograph her, in her wedding dress shortly after the ceremony ringing the bells in the bell tower – the pictures are below!


After the ceremony it was a quick whizz up to Cambridge to the lovely Quy Mill Hotel for the reception. I got chance to photograph in the gardens just as the pale winter sun was setting before we all headed inside for the wedding breakfast and dancing.


Some of my favourites are below.


Morning wedding make upWedding make up and preparationsBride getting into her wedding dressBride and wedding preparationsSt Mary's church Saffron Walden and a route master busGroom at a wedding in St Mary's Church Saffron WaldenWedding guests arriving at St Mary's church Saffron WaldenWedding guests before the service at St mary's church Saffron waldenSt Mary's Church Saffron WaldenBride and Dad outside St Mary's Saffron WaldenBride and sisterBride and DadInterior of St Mary's Church saffron Walden during a wedding ceremonyWedding at St mary's Church Saffron Walden EssexSigning the register. St Mary's Church Saffron waldenBride and groomBride ringing the bells in St mary's Church saffron WaldenConfetti at Quy Mill hotelBride and groom - Quy Mill hotel CambridgeBride and wedding guest>Wedding speechesBride and groomWedding speechesSnoozing wedding guestWedding first dance at Quy Mill CambridgeWedding first dance at Quy Mill Hotel CambridgeFirst dance

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