Date Archives August 2016

Cat and Andy – Offley Place

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I’ve been lucky enough to know Cat for several years and when I met Andy I knew they were great together. This wedding took place at Offley Place, Luton. As you can see in the image above, Cat is a very organised woman.

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CD loves AD

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Morning Prep.

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Mum and Maid of Honour helping Cat into the dress.

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Cat helping her father with the final touches to his suit.

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Emotions ran high. Tears of Joy and then…

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… Laughter! They were the same all day, great fun to be with.

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Husband and Wife.

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Everyone who came to the ceremony.

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Cheeky father of the bride.

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Laughter really could be called the theme of the day.

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The atrium in Offley Place is a stunning setting and just gives great light all day.

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Cat and Andy both work as engineers for an air travel company. There were a few clues on the cake.

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A quiet moment in one of the side rooms at Offley Place.

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The groom’s father and best man.

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The father of the bride giving his speech.

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And the rest of the night, well that was just a great party!

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Stacey and Paul – Alpheton Hall Barns

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Stacey and Paul got married at Alpheton Hall Barn, a venue I love, so I was really looking forward to this one.

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The beloved family cat was guarding those shoes very carefully.

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Purple was very much the colour of this wedding, wait till you see how the main barn was cloaked in colour!

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The beautiful bride was escorted down to her dashing RAF husband.

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And in no time at all they were married.

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Signing the register was, of course, a simple affair. Not everyone knows, but you are not allowed to take photographs of the real register, so usually you either get given a dummy book, or they turn to the next page which is blank. Data protection!

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Stacey beamed throughout the day and you can see here how happy she is.

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Stacey arrived, in the rain, in this wonderful car hired from Aye Deneaux. We had to take a few moments to enjoy some shots with the couple and the car.

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Shot through a small hole in a hedge to frame the foreground, with out lovely couple outside the church that shares the grounds with Alpheton Hall Barn.

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I’ve said it many times, but if I see long (dryish) grass, I’m probably going to ask you to take a quick walk in it, or at least pose. 😉

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Are you seeing the purple theme yet?

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Paul was a great laugh, as were the happy couples guests.

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I think the best man got the worst of the speeches on this occasion. Lots of laughter, lots of fun.

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I think it’s fair to say, she was just warning him that now they are married, he’d better do as she says.

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And if  proof was still needed that purple was the colour of the day, here it is!

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Holly & John-Paul – Easton Grange

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Lets start this post by saying that emotions ran high in this wedding. Tears (good ones) and laughter a-plenty. From the get go I was faced with a beautiful bride, with a stunning dress, killer (signed!) shoes and a Father-of-the-Bride who was larger than life.

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John-Paul waited patiently and when the moment came for him to turn around his face lit up. Who can blame him?

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Holly had to fight back the tears of joy as they spoke their vows to each other.

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Such a stunning couple. I love the way he held her hand here.

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And then they were husband and wife!

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They left to heavy applause.

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Everyone who was at the ceremony is in this shot.

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While this is just the friends. I asked those who have had one drink too many with the B&G to raise their hands…

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The boys. The girls. The boys and girls.

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Plenty of admiration for the ring.

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To break from the crowds and give the B&G a few minutes to regroup their thoughts, we went for a quick stroll before the wedding breakfast.

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I asked them to take a moment, look at each other and share a kiss.

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Such joy!

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A standing ovation as the happy couple entered. On the right is the father of the bride. I think this man holds a record, his speech lasted 90 minutes!  The sun set on us while we sat there and the first dance ended up about an hour later than planned. Not to worry though, I always stay until the first dance is done, regardless of unexpected delays.

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A beautiful moment together under the setting sun.

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Our bride was keen to get going with the dancing. We were in for a treat with a live rock band. I didn’t really want to leave that evening; I love a bit of live music and the band were great.

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Almost time for the first dance, just one last formality – the cake cutting.

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The first dance. A few moves thrown in. Classy, elegant and fun to the end.

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Air guitar! x

Paige & Andrew – St Mary’s Church, Combs

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Andrew and Paige got married at St Mary’s Church in Combs. It was a beautiful day with no rain in the sky. There were cute kids running around, and the Bride and Groom looking fantastic.

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Paige waiting to enter the church.

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Paige’s father is an amazing character, very charismatic and so proud to be giving away his daughter to Andrew.

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The way Paige and Andrew constantly glanced at each other just showed how much they love one another.

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The first kiss!

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Andrew’s face just beamed with pride as he walked out hand in hand with Paige.

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We spent a few minutes shooting some lovely images in a nearby cornfield.

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I rarely ask couples to look directly into the camera when posing. That’s not what it’s all about, it’s about capturing the connection between the couple.

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I rarely share group shots, but this lot were so full of character.

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Some couples want funny shots. Some want serious. I like to mix the two for couples who ask for it.

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Although jumping in the brides dress wasn’t practical.

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After the group shots I like to steal the couple away for a few together shots.

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It was a shared love of sciences that brought these two together, so it’s no surprise that a quirky library would appeal to them.

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Plenty to look at here. The speeches were fun. The bride’s best friend also wanted to say a few words about how much she loved the couple.

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Cake cut!

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First dance, before everyone returned outside to enjoy the late summer sun and to taste the ales on offer. Thanks for a fun day guys!

Kayleigh & David – Sotterley / Southwold

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Kayleigh and David’s wedding was held at St. Margaret’s Church, Sotterley. It features one of the longest aisles I’ve had the pleasure of shooting in, and I was asked to shoot from the rear of the church. This was definitely a time to pull out the long lens (70-200mm f2.8L mk2) and add a 1.4 extender.

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This lovely hug was caught just before we entered the reception room at The Swan, Southwold.

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Speeches came from both the Groom, the bestman (their son) and as a surprise Kayleigh also took the opportunity to speak of her pride and love. A few football references might just have been thrown in for good measure as half the guests had met through a mutual love of football with the bride and groom. 🙂

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No wedding in Southwold would be complete without a little stroll on the beach, despite the chilly North Sea.

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The reception was a riot and different than the norm – a Cèilidh (pronounced something along the lines of Caley), which was like a barn dance with dance moves described and then copied. Great fun, very energetic. Everyone got up and got involved with the dancing and it was a blast.

Amy and Rik – Stoke by Nayland

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Amy and Rick got married at Stoke by Nayland hotel, and since both got ready there (different rooms of course), I was able to shoot some groom prep shots as well as spend time with the bride as she got ready.

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Amy was attended to by her younger sister and her mum, plus the aid of make up and hair stylists.

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So many loops and curls!

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Having access to the rings in the early in the day was nice.

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The lads!

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The ladies!

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Amy’s dad, a born comedian I assure you. 🙂

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Amy’s dad with Amy and the B&G’s son. I gave Amy and Rik so many shots of this cheeky chap. The son, not the dad!

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Waiting nervously.

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They were so relieved to finally be able to see each other.

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The ceremony flew by, but was really sweet, and their little one added some comedy into it as he ran off and got tangled in the blinds!

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Not every couple beams so loving at each other, but I’ve been blessed with the majority of my couples being that into each other.

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I wouldn’t normally include a half table image from the signing stage of the day, but the middle shot here is a crop to show Amy and her Dad because the bond between the two of them just stood out beautifully in that image. The left image is the witnesses (both the nans) and on the right is the groomsmen and bridesmaids.

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We took a buggy ride over to the lake at Stoke by Nayland. Amy had recently discovered she was pregnant and I wanted to capture that in an image to go into her album. This hand shot fit the bill perfectly as it centers over her tummy.

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Cute couple.

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Taking a little stroll together as husband and wife.

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I caught Rik helping Amy with her shoe, so I called out to pose with the shoe showing, Amy threw in a little ham acting and this fun shot was produced. 🙂

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Details can make a wedding and this couples Butterfly motif flowed throughout the room.

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Cake cut! Note the little boy sitting on the cake. 🙂

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The last shot of the collection above is one of my favourites. I love the way couples can express their feelings in the way they hold hands.

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First dance and Amy’s sister joined them afterwards for a cuddle. She had very bravely sung for the couple.

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