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he calm after the storm. Getting married in January in the UK, you can pretty much guarantee that the weather isn’t going to be brilliant. You could almost rely on it being pretty rubbish. But you might get one of those unseasonably mild and sunny days but you always look at days like that as a bonus rather anything more reliable. For Marie and Jesse’s South Farm wedding, the day started off well – a few grey clouds that drifted away to leave a crisp, blue sky and not too chilly. Perfect! After a quick chat with the brilliant and incredibly efficient staff at South Farm, we made plans to do the photos outdoors after the ceremony. Excellent, that’s usually the best option, photographically. It was about half way through the ceremony that the thunder started rumbling in the distance and a few rain drops could be heard on the roof. The registrar gave a reassuring smile and said “if it rains on your wedding day, it’s said that you will have a very luck life together ahead of you”. Well, we managed a quick photo outside before the rain came down. And it came down like I have never seen before, the sky went dark and the rain hit the roof so hard that you could barley hear the conversation inside the barn. If the weather was any judge, Marie and Jesse are in for a lot (A LOT!) of luck in their live together. And to be fair, I couldn’t think of a lovelier couple who deserve a lot of luck and happiness in the years to come. And, as quickly as the storm came, it disappeared leaving behind a beautiful winter’s sky. Weddings at South Farm

Framlingham College wedding photography | Kirsten & Jamie

hat an incredible day! I met Kirsten and Jamie a year before their wedding and I knew straight away that their wedding was going to be a lot of fun. It was also going to be one of the most organised weddings I’d been involved in for quiet some time – Kirsten took wedding spreadsheets to a whole new level! When we met up for their engagement shoot earlier in the year, Jamie was completely unphased when Kirsten unfolded a bit of paper the size of a bed-sheet, which was my time line and organisational notes for the day. Jamie gave a little shrug of the shoulders as to say “this is standard Kirsten efficiency”, in-depth but it doesn’t half mean that things get done. And the day was faultless! I do often wonder if military campaigns wouldn’t be more efficient if they had a bride or a mother of the bride somewhere in charge. There was so much effort and detail put into the day but for me, as always, the success of the wedding comes down to the chemistry of the couple and these guys had it in the bucket-full. Framlingham Church is always a beautiful church to photograph in, grand yet warm and welcoming. After the ceremony, we wondered up to the castle for a few photographs – nothing like keeping the tourists on their toes. From the castle bridge you can see Framlingham School which is where the reception and wedding breakfast were happening later in the day – and impressive view. Equally impressive view was the site of the castle from the school grounds where the guests were enjoying the afternoon on the College lawns. Framlingham College wedding photography The staff at the College did an incredible job of making the whole day flow seamlessly and gracefully. Kirsten looked stunning from start to finish, even late into the evening on the dancefloor – Jamie had a day of two halves, pre- and post-speech. If ever there was a groom who looked more nervous before a speech or more happy afterwards, I’ve yet to see it. Then again choosing someone from your rugby club to be your best man, is always going to add a certain element of anxiety! Jamie made up for any nerves on the dancefloor. An impressive display from all the parents as well …but I’ll let the photos speak for that! Framlingham College wedding photography.

Spring wedding at Hengrave Hall

ow … I love fireworks. Every “ooh” and every “aaah”. Which is why I was checking the weather forecast for Vicki and Dean’s spring wedding at Hengrave Hall more than I would usually. Clear weather for the reception would be great but if it rained, we had a Plan B in place. But to have to cancel the fireworks because of rain would have been a disaster in my book! A little sun dance the night before seemed to do the trick and we had a picture perfect day. Tensions were running high before the ceremony and it was no surprise that the wedding itself was pretty emotional. Vicki and Dean were married in the beautiful wood pannelled banqueting hall followed by a mini-reception in the courtyard before heading over to the chapel for a blessing. And then the party started! Hengrave Hall is an incredible venue – it’s a perfect romantic backdrop for the ceremony and an even better place to kick back and enjoy champagne and canapés. Just to let us know that this was a wedding in England and that the weather is in charge, we had a fairly dramatic burst of rain during the reception (still, forecast for a dry evening for the fireworks, so we were okay there – not that I’m being selfish about this!) Superb meal followed by even better speeches – Dean chose his brother as best man and if anyone has access to incriminating information, it’s a good chance, it’ll be a brother. And Dean’s brother delivered! It was back into the banqueting hall for the evening’s entertainment, the hall now completely changed for the party ahead. Quick check of the weather, double check with the firework team of Fully Fused and then the moment arrived – and what a moment it was, Vicki and Dean were treated like the super stars they were! 

OLEM Cambridge wedding photography

he last wedding of the year for me was a flying visit to Cambridge and the glorious church of Our Lady of English Martyrs for Catherine and David’s blessing. When I turned up to the church, my brain kicked into full technical mode, working out the best way to photograph the church and do justice to it’s splendour as well as work out the best way to cope with the typical cold and grey day outside – winter weddings are always tricky, even the simplest things at a summer wedding can become significant challenges in the darker months. My head was in full boring techno-mode when David and Catherine turned up – normally I’m with the bride for the preparations and I get to see the gradual build up to the day. But when Catherine arrived looking absolutely stunning in her dress, my breath was taken away. No more technical brain! (And just so David doesn’t feel left out, he looked pretty suave as well!) Look with charm and grace t’boot, perfect couple for such a lovely setting. It is part of David’s family tradition to be married at this church and it’s lovely to see this tradition carried on. Father Raf officiated the service, a true gent and refreshing change to have someone point out the best opportunities for photographs rather than give you that disappointed glare and read you the riot act! It all cane together for a charming and heartfelt service. We even managed a few group shots outside with out feeling the cold! OLEM Cambridge wedding photography. Cambridge wedding photography

Norfolk wedding photography of Isabella and Ben

‘m playing catch-up with blogging weddings from this year and the first bit of catch-up is the Norfolk wedding of Isabella and Ben from May. I drove up to North Norfolk on the Friday afternoon beforehand and the rain was lashing down sideways; I stopped off in Sheringham only to see the locals and tourists alike wrapped up in thick winter coats and woolly hats – I wasn’t getting the warm, early summer vibe I was hoping for! But yet again this year, the weather had kept us on our toes until the very last minute and the day itself turned out to be blue skies and rain free. If I had hair, this changing weather would be turning it grey! Rain or shine, this was going to be a great wedding, energy levels were off the charts and emotions were almost tangible. Unusually though, Isabella’s bridal preparations were pleasantly relaxed where as Ben was a bundle of nerves. St Martin’s Church in Overstrand is large but still managed to create a very intimate service and superbly guided by the vicar and his guitar. Off to the Sea Marge Hotel for the wedding reception, a short walk from the church. A blustery sea breeze kept most of the guest close to the hotel but Isabella and Ben were happy to venture off around the grounds – after the meal we even headed off to the beach for a few shots as well. Unfortunately the tide was in and waves were battering the shore which meant we couldn’t get onto the beach but every cloud has a silver lining in that one of Ben’s favourite hobbies is sea fishing. An unsuspecting fisherman dressed very sensibly in waterproofs and sou’wester was a little taken a back when an incredibly glamorous bride stepped up and asked if she could borrow his fishing rod for a few casts! A superb opportunity for some great and unusual photos, and a very happy memory of a bemused fisherman! And it will be one of many, many endearing memories of a stunning and unusual wedding from such a lovely couple. Norfolk wedding photography.

Beaumont Estate wedding photography of Tina and Matt

there was one word to describe Tina & Matt’s wedding, it has to be “laughter”. Lots and lots of laughter! Brilliant to be around. So many little moments of pure fun dotted through out the day, some planned and some not, every little “ta da” and “finger dance”, hardly any part of the day went by when these two weren’t in stitches. Now …normally I’m the one trotting out a few poor jokes to try and get reactions for photographs but not this wedding! Their laughter and sense of fun was infectious and a joy to be a part of – if they have half as much fun for the rest of their lives that they had on their wedding day, they’re going to have a pretty spectacular life together. Beaumont Estate wedding photography at The White House is a new one for me and I was very pleasantly taken aback by how helpful and friendly the staff were & what a simply stunning place it is. It’s huge and with so many places this big, you can get lost in it’s sheer size and forgotten about. Not here, staff were lovely, helpful and relaxed. As for the building and grounds, if the weather had been a little warmer, I would happily have taken Tina and Matt off for a bit of a photographic adventure to make the most of the late autumn colours. But as ever with weddings this time of year, you have to treat the ability to get outdoors for a few shots as a bonus …let alone without turning blue. The evening reception and wedding breakfast were held in The Chapel at The White House and is truly stunning – only at a firework display have I heard so many guests “oooh” and “aaah” as they walked in. Beaumont Estate wedding photography Special thanks go to Matt’s staff – Minion One and Minion Two (or ushers to the rest of us – I suspect they may repay that compliment in due course!) and to Tina’s Maid of Honour, Simon. Here are a few of my favourite images from Beaumont Estate wedding photography.

South Farm winter wedding of Karen and Alex

e’re on the cusp of the chilly weather for the South Farm winter wedding of Karen and Alex – the leaves are golden brown and still on the trees but there is a definite winter feel in the air. Not quite enough for me to break out my woolly hat (Karen and Alex were spared that!) but enough to make any photography outdoors a challenge. We had to move quickly outdoors as turning blue in photographs is not a good look. I t might have been chilly weather but you couldn’t have asked for a warmer reception from Karen and Alex. Karen was beaming with excitement when I turned up to photograph the bridal preps, calm and in control. When I turned up at the church, Alex was fizzing with energy, you could tell he so keen to see Karen walk down the aisle. Throughout the day there was a quiet yet furious blur that was Karen’s brother with a ‘To Do’ list in one hand and a determined look on his face – imagine Billy Whizz in a morning suit. I love the energy and connection these two have for each other – they couldn’t keep their eyes off of each other and couldn’t stop smiling all day. South Farm was the ideal backdrop for them, intimate, stylish with a huge heart. Here are some of  my favourite images from the day. Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs. Job well done! South Farm winter wedding

Kew Gardens wedding photography of Katy and Rico

rganising a wedding in three weeks is no mean feat – organising a stylish, relaxed and fantastic wedding in three weeks is even harder. But Katy and Rico managed to do that and make the whole thing completely effortless on the day. They even managed to organise a gap in the blustery autumn weather and have a sunny, warm day. Now that really is organisation! The wedding ceremony was held at Wandsworth Town Hall, one of a few between the wars/art deco style town halls built in London that provides a great backdrop for any civil ceremony. Walking into the ceremony room, Katy was greeted by all the guests holding sunflowers, like walking into a field of yellow. After the ceremony, Katy and Rico drove off in Katy’s father’s 1970 Mercedes sports car (very cool car and I’m very jealous!), as the guests made their way to the reception at Cambridge Cottage, Kew Gardens by a single decker route master bus. Kew Gardens wedding photography never disappoints – Cambridge Cottage itself is a simple, elegant and stylish venue and the gardens themselves need little introduction, beautiful all year round. The speeches were a particular highlight for me, Katy’s father more than adept at public speaking with a pitch perfect introduction to the wedding; Rico’s father’s speech was deeply touching and heartfelt as was Rico’s speech (still rivers run deep). And Rico’s best man rose to the challenge of only a few days notice for an hilarious and well placed speech, a fine art even with plenty of notice. Congratulations to Katy and Rico!