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There’s something really lovely about being recommended to photograph a wedding and, in Chris and Emma’s case, I had been asked back after photographing Emma’s sister Holly’s wedding three years ago. Emma knew how I work really well and it’s great to be part of a day where the bride and groom really get my style and approach and just let me get on and “do my thing”! It was also bound to be a great day as they were getting married at Harston church which is a lovely building with a very nice church yard and also having the reception at Longstowe Hall – I love Longstowe and photographing there is very much like playing on my home ground so it was set to be a fantastic day!

 

There are lots of photographs of Longstowe Hall and it’s lovely grounds in the full set of images but for me weddings are all about people and some of my personal favourite pictures are below. My favourites are all about human interaction and emotion, there are laughs and smiles and a few funny little moments as well – I particularly like the one of one of Emma’s bridesmaids painting her toe nails – I don’t think I have ever taken a similar picture before and it’s a little detail that just appeals to me. I’m also very fond of the picture of Holly and family where their little girl is pushing a brightly coloured toy onto here Dad’s face – a funny little moment and nice for me as I last photographed them at their wedding three years previously.

 

Emma and Chris’s first dance was fantastic – choreographed and laced with intense concentration, moments of peril and a massive reaction from all of their guests when it was over.

 

I remember walking back to my car at Longstowe after I had finished for the day exhausted but with a warm little glow inside. These days, where everything just falls into place are what make my job amazing.

 

Wedding preparations CambridgeMorning preparation for a weddingWedding bouquets reflected in the glass of a wedding carBride arriving for a church wedding near cambridgeWedding ceremony at Harston church cambridgeGuests outside harston church CambridgeConfetti and bride and groom outside harston church near CambridgeWedding reception on the lawn at Longstowe HallWedding speeches in the marquee at Longstowe Hall CambridgeFirst dance on the dance floor at Longstowe HallAmazing first dance at Longstowe Hall

The Old Hall near Ely is a new wedding venue for me and WOW what a fantastic place it is! I started the morning of Ben and Eloises’s wedding by photographing Eloise getting ready at the Old Hall before whizzing down the A10 to central Cambridge for their ceremony in St Andrew’s church.

 

The bridal suite at the Old Hall has some great light and windows as you can see below – the first mirror image is one of my favourites as it really tells a bit of the story of the day as Eloise’s sister is helping her with her make up whilst the bridesmaids are looking on in the reflection. There’s also a really nice sweeping curve to the composition which works really well!

 

After the church ceremony we took a walk into Cambridge and through Clare College before heading off back up to Ely. A large number of local brides and grooms like to have photographs taken in or near the colleges and it can be a nice restbite from the busyness of the day to just take a leisurely walk, have a bit of a chat and a catch up and have some photographs taken. It’s surprising how little time couples get on the day to actually have a natter to each other and doing a walk and a mini shoot like this can be a great solution to the problem!

 

Image -wise I always try to go for pictures of the bride and groom chatting and interacting naturally rather than asking them to pose and smile for the camera and the streets of Cambridge city centre are great for this. it’s hard to resits a quick pose on somewhere like Clare college bridge though and when you have flowers in bloom on the backs it’s too good an opportunity to be missed.

 

Back at the Old Hall and it’s the view from the terrace that instantly makes this venue really special. I have to say though that it’s not just that – the welcome and attention to detail both by the staff and also the quality and sense of history of the building itself add up to make a great venue with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

 

In the evening I waited and waited for the sun to set, desperately hoping for some warmth in the sky and some great light to work with but, sadly it never quite came. Ben and Eloise took a walk out into the grounds after dinner and I’m really pleased with the pictures we have but….imagine what they would be like with a flaming sky and the cathedral in the background!

 

If I was a landscape photographer i would wait and wait and come back day in, day out until I got the image. As a wedding photographer the great skill, and indeed pleasure, is to work with what you have got in the moment and under the time constraints that are imposed upon you. You have to be a bit of an improvisor and be able to craft great images from whatever raw materials are presented to you – that’s the challenge and the fun of it!

 

Some of my favourites from the day are below:

 

Wedding preparations - Old hall ElySword bearers. St AndrewBride and groom walking through Cambridge city centreBride and groom. Clare college CambridgeWedding guests at Ely Old HallGuests on the lawnBride and groom walking at the Old Hall near ElyThe View over to Ely from the Old HallThe view over to Ely CathedralThe dance floor at the Old Hall Ely

Gaynes park is situated near Epping just north of the M25 and, despite being deep in lovely countryside and rolling hills, it’s possible to see the London skyscrapers on the horizon on a clear day.

 

Jen and Richard had planned a fun and relaxed day which started off with me meeting Richard and the groomsmen at a local pub to photograph a quick preparatory pint before the main part of the day got underway. They arrived in an old Austin A60 so, with the comforting combination of real ale and classic cars, I was feeling right at home from the very start! I then popped off to the venue to photograph Jen getting ready and we were then into the main part of the day.

 

Essentially the day was very much about family and friends and I enjoyed photographing a great deal of laughter and fun. As ever, I was looking for images that told a bit of a story and also give some sense of the interactions and communication between people.

 

A few of my favourites are below.

 

Bride getting ready for her wedding

Bride in a mirror

Getting ready for a wedding

bride getting ready at gaynes park

Wedding guests greeting each other.

Bride arriving for her wedding at Gaynes park Essex

Bride arriving through the gardens

Wedding ceremony in the orangery at Gaynes park

Bride and groom at a wedding in the gardens of gaynes park

Bride at a wedding at Gaynes Park Essex

Speeches at a wedding at Gaynes park essex

Wedding speeches

The view in the evening over the fields at Gaynes Park

Sun setting at Gaynes Park Essex

Wedding dancing

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