I have been lucky enough to photograph a number of weddings in some fantastic locations but I have never had the chance to photograph by the sea before until now. Paddy and Sue decided to get married in Walberswick, a tiny seaside village very close to Southwold on the Suffolk coast. In many ways it is typical of a small Suffolk fishing village with one main street leading steeply down to the marshes surrounded by picturesque flint walled cottages. The ceremony was at the local church with the reception at The Anchor in a small wooded back paddock where Paddy and Sue had arranged outside games and entertainment as well as a beautifully decorated tipi.
The day began with preparation shots at Sue’s parents house before heading off to the church for the ceremony. There are some ruins at the back of the church where we did some family group photographs before all walking down the road to the Tipi reception at The Anchor. Paddy drove Sue rather nervously in her Dad’s MGA – apparently he wasn’t allowed to drive it until her married her!
The woodland and the tipi at The Anchor were wonderfully atmospheric, there was a small jazz group playing and a number of outside games. The venue is also quite close to the sand dunes and mud flats and has a real sense of space and tranquillity. To add to the informality of the day some of the speeches were made outside and the whole of the afternoon had a great rustic feel to it. I always think that tipis make a wedding feel like a mini festival and give the occasion a real sense of informality and celebration which I really like.
Some of my favourites from the day are below.