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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!


Bride showing her wedding ring. marquee of Creakse Place Essex
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.


Bride arriving for her wedding at Creaksea Church Essex - VW Camper Van
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.


Wedding at Creaksea Church Essex. Bride and groom see each other for the first time.
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.


Bride and groom during the wedding ceremony
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.

Grandparents watching a slideshow during a wedding ceremony. Creaksea Church Essex

I always enjoy photographing in the Cambridge Colleges and Queen’s is one of the very best in that it has such a wide variety of architecture and character. From the modern front and then over the mathematical bridge to the wonderful cloister court (which always feels rather Shakespearean to me!) followed by the atmospheric Old Court, Chapel and then the riverside frontage it really is an amazing place to be photographing in. The dining hall is also absolutely amazing with it’s incredible colours and stained glass.

I started off the day with Jess getting ready at home in Cambridge and then made my way over to Queen’s. I have to say that it’s other great redeeming feature for me is that Queen’s has fantastic parking which always makes my job much easier and far less stressful. The only thing that really stresses me out or worries me on a wedding day is logistics, travel and parking so it was reassuring to hear from the porter’s lodge that there would be plenty of space and that actually, on this day the entrance gate was broken!

The ceremony itself was in the chapel followed by a drinks reception on the lawn backing on to the river. There were ice creams all round before heading off into the dining hall and then to the bar for music and dancing!

I have included some of my favourites below. Naturally I took several images that showed off Queen’s in all it’s glory but I am naturally, in terms of my favourite images, always drawn to moments of emotion, interaction and storytelling.

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I love a wedding with a bit of variety and Luci and Will’s day certainly provided that! From two beautiful locations in Saffron Walden to afternoon tea, from Samba to folk music, magicians to giant jenga, blazing sunshine to torrential thunderstorm, and finally a cadleigh in the evening – Luci and Will’s day really did have it all. However the best thing I remember is the fantastic atmosphere, completely chilled and fun, full of love and warmth and, as the bands played in the tents in the sunshine and the guests drank beer on the lawn the reception felt like a fantastic mini music festival rather than just a wedding reception! If I was going to be guest at a wedding this is exactly the sort of wedding I would love to come to!
I started off by photographing preparations at Luci’s parent’s house in the morning before heading off to the very impressive and beautiful St Mary’s church in Saffron Walden. After the ceremony there was Samba outside the church before we all made our way through the little streets and alley ways of Saffron Walden to Bridge End Gardens. The gardens really are an absolute hidden gem and you really couldn’t ask for a more perfect setting for a marquee reception. The afternoon was spent playing lawn games, listening to a variety of music before afternoon tea was served. More relaxing garden party/mini festival relaxation followed before the evening buffet and speeches during which there was an absolutely torrential thunderstorm as the hot weather of the afternoon broke. Into the evening and there was music and dancing.
I had a thoroughly fantastic time and it was one of those days where you come away with a warm glow in your heart and a rather smug feeling of satisfaction at having been part of, and also been given the privelige of recording such a personal and special event.
Some of my favourites are below.

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