The Old Rectory Wedding Venue – Brentwood

The Old Rectory Wedding Venue – Brentwood


Weddings for me are always fun! They are even more fun when you get to shoot weddings where you know the bride & groom, and have other friends there. This wedding at the old rectory wedding venue was one of those where I didn’t want it to stop.

Michelle & Tom are two very relaxed and laid back guy’s. Their modus operandi is about having fun, and it showed - I mean who has a bouncy castle at a wedding for kids and the adults end up hogging it for a photoshoot!? It was honestly one of those weddings, and I expected nothing less.

The good old british weather played it’s part….Again! Just when you had all those lovely little ideas in your head for the bride & groom, the rain decides to hit. It was a shame, as the old rectory wedding venue has some lovely little areas to explore for wedding shots, and being my first time here, I was keen to explore all of the opportunities.

Bridal prep was the start of the day for me, and I loved just how much energy was being put into all the preparation. I really loved the colour theme of red. It really suited the whole bridal party and all of the decor at the old rectory wedding venue was dressed in the colour too. Stunning!


-The Old Rectory Wedding Venue-

I wanted to say a few words about the old rectory wedding venue, as I felt it was one of those venues that doesn’t feel corporate. It had a very relaxed atmosphere (much like our bride and groom), and the guests clearly enjoyed their time there. All the rooms upstairs are modern, light and airy, and provide a great place of retreat once the dancing (and all the prosecco is drunk) finishes and bed is calling.

The reception and ceremony area feels like you are getting married in a lovely country retreat, and this just adds to the relaxed environment. The staff couldn’t be more helpful if they tried & the food service was great. Outside there is a a lovely little pagoda that at night is all lit up with l.e.d lights, and a little feature bridge with a pond which would be ideal for some wonderful intimate images with bride and grooms (weather permitting I guess?).

I would say that as a wedding venue goes it is ideal as an all in one solution. Petite & discrete I would call it, but with enough of everything you could need to make your wedding a truly wonderful day to remember.




So without further ado, let’s continue onto the wedding day images from Michelle & Tom’s wedding. A story of unrivalled love & commitment that started many years ago as young sweethearts, and blossomed into a relationship that has lasted the test of time. So many friends and so many family members made this day what it was meant to be, a celebration of two people and their journey together.

I would like to wish both Michelle & Tom a wonderful life together, and hope the riches of life shower you both! Congratulations Guy’s!!

Woolston Manor Wedding Venue – Sue & Scott

Woolston Manor Wedding Venue – Sue & Scott

Woolston Manor Wedding Venue

Sue & Scott

As far as laid back Bride and Grooms go, Sue & Scott were probably the most laid back couple I have had the pleasure of working with. Sue was super cool, calm & collected & Scott just flowed with the day. They were a real pleasure. The wedding setting was the very relaxed St Pauls Church in Woodford, Essex, and the reception was the rather wonderful Woolston Manor wedding venue in leafy Chigwell.

I had met Sue & Scott earlier in the year at the Woolston manor wedding venue to discuss ideas. A nice surprise was that they would be having a fireworks display, which turned out great, given that I have never shot them at a wedding before. Timing on this would be crucial, to ensure I got the images just right….No pressure there then πŸ™‚

The day started off at Sue’s mums house for bridal prep. The weather was a rather nice and mild day, with a few hints of summer blue sky, which as a wedding photographer is always nice for images. A nice bonus for me also was that Joy (a former window dresser) had beautifully arranged all the elements of Sue’s details, so I just had to take the images.

As always I always give a mention to the wedding venue & this was my first time shooting at the Woolston Manor wedding venue. Read on to see my thoughts of this wedding venue.

Woolston Manor Wedding Venue

I was personally excited to shoot at this wedding venue after seeing it for the first time with Sue & Scott. Woolston manor wedding venue sits on a beautiful golf course in Chigwell, Essex. The actual reception room has quite unique features, and being on the first floor there was a lovely balcony that worked it’s way all the way around the side of the hall. Inside there is plenty of room, so busting some moves on the dancefloor later isn’t a problem for those who haven’t retired their dancing shoes just yet.

Lee, who is one of the directors was a real pleasure to work with. The wedding party turned up a fair bit earlier than expected, but Lee and his team continued to work extremely quick to ensure the wedding guests were not waiting too long for a welcome drink.

An example of the personal attention you get from the Woolston manor wedding venue is being taken around the whole golf course by Lee himself. We had two golf buggies that took us to some beautiful locations around the golf course for some wonderful images. It is personal things like this that Bride and Groom’s remember, and of course as a wedding photographer it helps a huge amount that you have a venue that is more than happy to work with 3rd party suppliers like myself for the greater good of the bride and groom.

Here are the details for Woolston manor wedding venue –




Below are some of the images from this wonderful celebration of Sue and Scott’s commitment of love to each other. Their wedding, their way..Enjoy!

This truly was one of those days where the Bride & Groom felt the love! I would like to congratulate them both and wish them a beautiful life together.

Friern manor wedding venue – Sonia & Mike

Friern manor wedding venue – Sonia & Mike



OMG! Where do I start with this wedding at the Friern Manor wedding venue? I could start by saying how much I love working at the Friern Manor wedding venue, the lovely little discreet places where you can always get beautiful and intimate photographs of the wedding couple, and the always helpful & punctual Sarah (who always ensures a smooth day), & the master of ceremonies, Kieran. A really friendly and personable guy who makes my life as a wedding photographer a little easier.

As nice as the friern manor wedding venue is (and it really is), I’m going to talk about the two people who really made the day possible. Sonia and Mike. I first met these two fantastic people in late 2016, and I could tell instantly that they were a great fit for each other. Mike loves a laugh (and pictures from his stag do confirmed my suspicions, hey Jimmy!), Whereas Sonia is full of elegance, and the more emotive of the two of them. I had the first chance to get a glimpse of them together, when we had their pre wedding shoot in the early part of August. Most people tell me they feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, but both Sonia and Mike worked really well together (see the images at the first part of the storyboards below).

The Ceremony was perfect, brisk but beautiful. The light was great with the sun just peaking every now and then, but diffused from the soft clouds to help create some beautiful images with natural light. We had a few formal images and spent the rest of the day capturing moments. Special thanks must go to Sonia and Mikes children, Lucy, Ryan & Little Kai.

Now starts the journey in images. Starting from pre-wedding storyboards, all the way upto the first dance. Enjoy and if you like what you see, drop me a comment below πŸ™‚


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