Category Weddingstory

Helen and Jay – The Venue, Kersey Mill

I had the pleasure of doing the wedding photography for Helen and Jay earlier this year at The Venue at Kersey Mill, Suffolk. Bridal prep was at the couples home, and all make up and hair was done by the bridesmaids.

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The day had a Mexican flavour, with bright colours, a pinata, birds of prey and Corona! The beautiful flowers above were a taste of what was to come.

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Crochet hooks made this a quick and easy task.

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Jay showing his nerves of steel weren’t affected. Too badly. 😉

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Husband and wife!

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This is my second favourite photograph from their big day.

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All the guests had a go holding the birds of prey during the interval while I took the bride and groom off for their private photographs. Jay loved his time posing with this eagle.

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Multicoloured cake! To match the cupcakes in the photo below.

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Corona!

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And rings photographed on a sombrero. Of course.

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4 Colours of dress, plus the brides fantastic white wedding dress of course.

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And four colours of socks, tie and kerchief’s for the men.

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Pinata!

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My favourite shot from the day. I added a blue light to the right for an accent and the light to the left was bare to add the rim light and a little flare when I pointed the camera it’s way, as I did to capture this image.

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Get up and dance!

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Before I left, we had a quick play with a bubble machine and two off camera flashes. Fun day!

Sherryl & Richard – Hintlesham Golf Glub

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The brides accessories for the day. I grabbed these first as I knew they were going on shortly after I arrived.

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Sherryl and Richard got married at Hintlesham Golf Club. I’d shot at Hintlesham Hall before, but not the Golf club which was accessed at the same entrance, so I was curious to see how they did. The morning prep was fun, with the bridesmaids working on each others make up and hair whilst Sherryl and her mum enjoyed the benefits of the hired professionals.

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Mum enjoyed the treatments every little bit as much.

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As always with the morning prep, before you know it, it’s time to get the dress on.

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Sherryl particularly wanted this shot as it mirrors many shots she has before going out to proms and the like.

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We did a little dance to get Sherryl outside (and then into the conservatory) without her father seeing so he could be surprised.  It was worth the effort.

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And then it was time to set off to find Richard, who was waiting for us at Hintlesham.

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We did unfortunately get rained on, but the driver was very kind and prepared for every eventuality (hence the brolly). If you want to check out BKP Limosines, click here.

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One last set of photographs before I dive in to see Richard, in the Foyer of Hintlesham Gold Club. No one got too wet at this point, but the heavens opened and I knew group shots were going to be interesting.

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Richard and his Best man making last minute checks.

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Richard waited until Sherryl was almost alongside to turn and look.

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The ceremony was short, but there was plenty for cheeky glances at friends and loved ones. Plus of course between the bride and groom.

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Readings were given, in this case by one of the bridesmaids.

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Without moving too much I was able to change views to allow this cheeky over the shoulder shot.

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Rings were exchanged, and the ceremony sealed with a “just right” kiss.

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The traditional signing of the register.

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The reception was Super Mario themed.

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Hey kids… BRIDE ATTACK!!! RAH!!!

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Indoor group shots presented challenges in composition, but there was scope for a little fun.

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Speeches. First up, the father of the bride.

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Next, of course, was the groom.

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Finally, the best man, who had the lads in stitches.

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Apparently, Richard has an obsession with Ketchup on his food, so he was presented with a bottle by the host.

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Overcast skies give a dull sky, but lovely light, so it was hard to not take a great shot out there.

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We popped under cover and I mixed some off camera flash with the natural light, to great effect.

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The cake cut.

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Don’t ask how I got outside so quickly!

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The guestbook on this occasion was a table cloth. I’ve seen signed frames, motorcycle helmets and all sorts, but this was my first table cloth.

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First Dance.

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I think Sherryl is critiquing the lads dance style.

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Three generations dancing together.

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And it ended with cake.

 

Sarah & Stephen – Wherstead Park

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Sarah and Stephen got married at Wherstead Park on a lovely long summers day.

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They got married at the top of the stairs, surrounded on all sides by family and friends.

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Our lovely bride’s preparation was relaxed.

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Pro tip – NEVER hang a heavy wedding dress (or anything) on a chandelier. In this case, my assistant was stood behind the dress holding it’s weight, so we had the appearance of hanging it up without actually doing so. I had to find ways to use this wonderful round table!

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I opted to document the rings simply, with elements of the venue as backdrops.

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The flowers.

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I spotted this little event occurring and nudged my assistant, Sophie, to take the shot.

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The final moments of preparation, lacing the back of the dress up nice and tight.

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Some quiet moments in thought as we waited for the time to come and the venue staff to collect the bride.

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Sarah’s father uses a cane, so the stairs would present a challenge. This was remedied by a hand over at the bottom of the stairs to her son to bring them the rest of the way to Stephen.

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Lovely! 🙂

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We had happy tears during this ceremony.

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The traditional exchange of rings.

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I love this sequence.

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With guests lines up on the balconies above, we were able to get a great confetti storm descending down onto them.

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The reception area at Wherstead Park is interesting as I have to assume that it’s the courtyard between 4 buildings which has since been covered over and patio’d. It’s really bright and relaxing, with a few tree’s growing in there.

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The big entrance as husband and wife.

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Speeches!

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Cake cut.

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First Dance.

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Some relaxing together shots in one of the massive side rooms of Wherstead Park.

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Back up to that round table. I loved it and Sarah and Stephen were more than happy to indulge me by scrambling over and under the table to get into the middle.

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Two lovely evening images to finish the day off with.

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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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Cheers!

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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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Gifts!

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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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Married!

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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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