The Old Rectory Wedding Venue – Brentwood

The Old Rectory Wedding Venue – Brentwood

-THE OLD RECTORY WEDDING VENUE - MICHELLE & TOM-

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.

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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 🙂

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.

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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

- 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 🙂

- THE WEDDING IMAGES –

Barn Brasserie wedding venue

Barn Brasserie wedding venue

 - BARN BRASSERIE WEDDING - LORRAINE & ANDY –

The Barn Brasserie provided the perfect backdrop for Lorraine and Andy’s wedding day. The day had a rustic feel to it & Bridal prep started the tone of the day. Set in beautiful grounds of a former working farm, it was full of charm & character. The place these two call home seems a perfect fit for them. For Andy there really is no place like home, as it has been his since he was a young boy.

Both Lorraine and Andy are wonderful people, and I really loved their personalities. What I really loved about Lorraine & Andy was their desire to embrace the moment and just go for it. They were full of youthful exuberance!

Through meeting close friends, to getting a chance to work closely with their intimate family members, this was one wedding that will live long on my memory.

We had a plethora of emotions on this day, some sad and teary & some happy and teary. I got a chance to get a privileged insight into the very core of both of them, and when that happens it is like they have trusted you to be part of their time, and their day.

I yearn and crave these creative moments in life. Having that opportunity to leave your mark on someone else’s life in a positive way is something money cannot buy.

 

I would like to say a huge thanks to a few people, who helped make this the day extra special.

 

 

-BARN BRASSERIE-

The Barn Brasserie pulled out all the stops to ensure that everything went as smooth as it could possibly be. It is a lovely venue that offers a discreet service and customer service as it’s forte. Set in beautiful surroundings, it really is somewhere where you feel very welcome. A perfect place for bride and grooms to get hitched.

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- FEE ALICE MAKE UP ARTIST –

The make up artist - Fee Alice. I come across many of these fine ladies when photographing weddings, and they are always approachable. Fee is no different, and to boot she is so good it seems quite effortless for her. I always try to help promote other good professionals, and I have no hesitancy in promoting Fee.

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Below are a few storyboards of Lorraine & Andy’s wedding at the Barn Brasserie. Enjoy x

I would like to offer my congratulations to both Lorraine & Andy on their marriage, and wish them every success in the years to come together!

London wedding photographer – Michaêla & Titus

London wedding photographer – Michaêla & Titus

Being a London lad, born and bred, it was a pleasure to abandon being an Essex wedding photographer for a day and become a London wedding photographer. North London was the setting for this wonderful wedding of Michaêla & Titus. We included a visit to the iconic Alexandra palace for some images (though getting the weather to play ball was hard - It’s about time us humans found a way of controlling the weather with an iphone app..Haha.)

In all fairness to the Bride and Groom they rocked it, irrespective to the weather, and in typical UK style as the rain settled, then the sun came out. That gave us a limited time to get some shots, but I think we just about won this one.

Bridal prep started at Joy’s house and I earned the moniker of “Purple Tel” (A reference to the fact I was wearing a purple shirt on the day). A name that seems to have stuck with me now :).

Below are the images from this wonderful wedding, a wedding full of soulful and gospel overtones. A wedding full of all the typical emotional characteristics that I have come to expect and yearn for.

A massive thanks goes out to my faithful 2nd photographer, Darren at Sureshotz photography for once again being on hand to undertake the second side of the photography. Thankyou!

These were a few images from the bridal prep. A mix of organised chaos and moments of serenity…

A few from the groom prep, taken by Sureshotz photography.

The ceremony was a busy affair, and one that deserves a bit more attention, after all it is the most important part of the day for both the bride and the groom. The moment when they say I do are words that bind us together.

A few select images from our time at Alexandra Palace. I so wish we had more time at this iconic venue. I so wanted to use more of the exterior features of the palace, but it was all sectioned off to the public that day. 🙁

That concludes this London wedding. A shame it went as fast as it came. I really enjoyed this day. A couple who I felt were so deserving of one and other, and perhaps their biggest symbols of love and commitment lay not in the rings that they adorned, but in the two beautiful daughters they have brought into this world together. Family and friends gathered to celebrate a truly romantic moment between two people, and being given the opportunity to record these moments of love was an epic experience - Thankyou both for providing me with those moments!

Essex wedding photography – Debbie & Ray wedding

Essex wedding photography – Debbie & Ray wedding

- ESSEX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY - DEBBIE & RAY –

This was one of those weddings where luck was clearly on our side, in terms of the weather that is. During bridal preparations there was an almighty thunder storm, and the worst was feared as the time approached to the ceremony, but fortunately the gods cheered up and blessed us with beautiful weather for the rest of the day.

With Essex wedding photography, much like wedding photography  anywhere in the UK, the weather can and most often does play a part (normally of the wet kind!).

Debbie and Ray are a fantastic couple, who so deserved a wedding that delivered it all. Surrounded by family and friends who were so willing to play their part, and when it came to the photography, boy did they play their part. This wedding had it all, and kept me firing off shots all day and almost all night long, and that was thanks to the  very special people who made this day what it was……Fantastic!

Sit back and enjoy some of the storyboards that were created from this wonderful day in Essex.

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