Hengrave Hall summer wedding photos of Lizzy & Neil

A summer wedding wouldn’t be a summer wedding without the threat of a little bit of rain. Lizzie and Neil’s Hengrave Hall summer wedding was no different – the start of the day was tipping down, time to get the umbrellas out. Hengrave Hall is stunning all year round, even when it rains. It’s much better when it’s sunny, obviously (!) but I know there’s  plenty of opportunities to get stunning photos whatever the weather. This rain wasn’t going to put a dampener on the day – I don’t I’ve chuckled so much during the start of a wedding day, if there were any nerves from Lizzy and Neil, no one was showing it.

We might have needed umbrellas on the way into the wedding ceremony in the chapel but we didn’t need them on the way out. It went from grey, grisly and wet to blisteringly hot in the space of a few wedding vows. How cool is that, someone was smiling down on us. Beautiful weather for a beautiful couple. By the end of the wedding reception on the terrace, guests were looking for shade to hide from the heat of the sun. Someone else feeling the heat was Neil during his best man’s speech. Phew, that was a bit of a scorcher.

One of my favourite times at a summer wedding is after the meal, when the sun is just settling on the horizon, everyone is fed, watered and relaxed, perfect to kick back and enjoy the last bit of the day before the evening party starts. A few stretches from Lizzy and then into the first dance and the party into full swing. Belting night!


Callow Hall wedding photos of Emma & Will

Up to the incredibly beautiful countryside of Derbyshire for Emma and Will’s wedding at Callow Hall. The weather might have been a little grey but the surroundings made up for that, every part of the day we were spoilt with lush greenery and spectacular views – even the drive back from the church was through some of the most quintessentially English countryside (there was no way we going to drive through this without stopping for a few photos!) Even the marquee at Callow Hall had a spectacular view and with the weather being warm and dry enough to drop the sides to really make a spectacular impression. And the jewel in the crown of all this beauty was, of course, Emma herself. A little nervous in the morning, understandably, but after the ceremony I don’t think she stopped beaming with that gorgeous smile of hers! Will started the day off very confident but looked a little more anxious as the speeches drew closer – not only did he have two best men dishing the dirt but also his father managing proceedings and not being shy to chip in a few observations of his own through out the evening. Will made up for it by doing his bit on the dance floor, no nerves or the usual groom’s shyness about the first dance …he owned that dance floor!

Special mention has to go to the loveliest vicar I’ve had the pleasure of working with – she went out of her way to make sure everyone who was involved in the day felt part of it, a rare skill indeed. And just when I thought all her hard work was done, she surprised us all by pulling out a bubble machine halfway through her sermon. Along side me videoing the day was the ever entertaining and hugely talented Dan Neatherway of From the Hip – if you need a wedding video, I can highly recommend checking out his films!


Smeetham Hall Barn wedding photos of Clare and Luke

Clare and Luke had everything sorted for their wedding. And then, a couple weeks beforehand, things started to unravel, karma was keeping them on their toes. Their original photographer had some sad news and had to pull out of photographing their day and they contacted me. I was more than happy to take on the photography as the one thing I always look for when I meet a couple is great chemistry and these guys had it. I felt a little anxious to be stepping into someone else’s shoes but more than happy to be involved in a wedding with such a funny and generous couple.

The marriage itself was at Clare’s local church in Cockfield, a beautiful Suffolk country church and then it was onto Smeetham Hall Barn for the wedding celebrations. I like Smeetham Hall Barn as it’s a large 16th century wood-beamed building that is pretty much empty to start with and every couple creates their own style for their day. One of the things that stood out was the handmade chocolate tractor favours – it was a bit of a clue as to what Luke’s second big love of his life. And, although Luke was beaming with pride throughout the whole day, I think one of the happiest moments was when Clare said they could have their photo taken next to a large tractor. Boys hey! Luke did pay for it in his best man’s speech though!

Here are some of my favourite Smeetham Hall Barn wedding photos from the day.


South Farm wedding photographer | Marie & Jesse

I was completely taken aback by how much work had gone into Marie and Jesse’s wedding – from the invites right through to the incredible amount of details on the day. What I enjoyed most about all the work was how personal and delicate it was. But most impressively was meeting them both on the day and seeing how relaxed and calm they were, genuinely excited about the day but completely unphased by it all. But that’s how to go about organising a wedding, get it all done before the day, invite great friends and family and then sit back and enjoy the process, it’s one amazing roller-coaster ride. It also helps when you are in the capable and highly professional hands of the good folk at South Farm making the whole process seamless. All you need is a little luck with the weather. Aaaah, the weather! A day of two halves. Beautiful blue skies at lunchtime with the occasional wisp of cloud on the horizon. But halfway through the ceremony, the rain hit. And boy, did it hit! Now, I’m always happy to go out and photograph in pretty much any weather but even I had second thoughts about this. Again, both Marie and Jesse were completely unphased by this, there was a wedding to enjoy and they certainly made the most of it.

Many, many congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Poole! Here are a few of my favourite images from the day.


South Farm weddings | Just One

The 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.

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Framlingham College wedding photography | Kirsten & Jamie

What 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

Now … 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

The 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.

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