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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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Pip and George got married at the very beautiful Hampstead Parish church in London before moving to St Stephen’s (another converted church which is now the most beautiful multi purpose venue) for their reception. As you can see it rained, and rained and then rained some more before the skies finally cleared and the sun shone briefly in the early evening. I actually don’t mind the rain so much, it can make for some interesting photographs – reflections, people running to keep dry, huddling under umbrellas – and people generally quite like something to chat about and a bit of bad weather is great for raising English spirits!

Despite the rain the day was fantastic fun and I had a great time photographing everyone enjoying themselves. I have included some of my favourite moments below – I think my personal favourite is the one of Pip and George giggling together at something during the ceremony (7th one down). I think it was possibly during a hymn, it was the type of image that was “hard won” from my point of view – I sort of knew that it was inevitably going to happen and it was the result of a good few minutes of patient waiting on my part. The glance between them only lasted for a second or so but it was well worth the wait – I love George’s crazy fun expression!

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I always enjoy going to new wedding venues and I have, in fact, actually been exploring a few new ones recently in my blog post here. It’s actually quite nice not knowing what to expect until you arrive on the day and it makes the day a little more interesting and challenging if everything is fresh. That’s not to say that photographing at familiar venues is without any joy for me as well! – In some ways that’s actually harder because I always try to look for new angles and perspectives in a familiar environment and that can be equally challenging in it’s own way! So, I was delighted to be photographing Laura and Kemal’s wedding at Gosfield Hall and utterly thrilled when my first port of call was the incredible room that Laura was getting ready in! You can see the sheer size of it below, it was also great fun to photograph in due to the full length opposite mirrors allowing me to photograph a number of “disappearing into infinity” shots as you can see – great fun to play with!

The rest of the day was characterised by Laura and Kemal’s fun and laid back attitude with a lovely ceremony with the longest walk back down the aisle I have ever seen as Laura and Kemal hugged and greeted everyone, a great speech by a rapping bridesmaid and some great fun with the photobooth in the evening.

I have included some of my favourite pictures below and, typically they are mainly of people, moments and interactions. I have actually included a couple of Gosfield Hall itself and the view from the Hall just to add a bit of context!

Enjoy

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