- FRIERN MANOR COUNTRY HOTEL WEDDING OF EMMA AND JOHN –
Welcome to this story of love at this Friern Manor Country Hotel Wedding day of Emma & John.
I often get asked what it is I love about being a wedding photographer & my answer can seem somewhat long winded, as there are many facets that enthral me. Ultimately, in a nutshell it’s the emotion. It gets me everytime!
I have to give myself a nudge sometimes, and turn my professional mind on, and this Friern Manor Country Hotel Wedding was one of them times!
Emma and John are two very brilliant people, very down to earth and totally fun guy’s to be around. No wonder they have so many caring friends and family around, and on their day that is exactly how I felt for them too.
As always with weddings it’s hard to keep those tears at bay - Therefore Tony, Emma’s Dad. Take a bow, you and Emma let it all go for a few moments that created some magical images of emotion - You rocked it. A great guy!
Whilst doing the blog post of this Friern Manor Country Hotel Wedding, I was listening to a bit of Randy Crawford & as I was carefully sorting images into order, Almaz (one of Randy’s greatest tracks) came on, and it dawned on me that Emma’s personality was all over this track. It seemed very fitting. The song if you don’t know is written about a lady called Almaz (loosely translated means diamond in arabic & is of ethiopian origin). So Emma, I think you are a diamond and with John as your keeper, you are both very precious :).
Before I start on the featured images of this wedding I would like to say a huge thanks to Makeup By Sian & Scarlett Heart Weddings & Events, Friern Manor Country Hotel and the other vendors who played their part. Sian was simply very pro and clearly a very talented make up artist and lovely as well - Check out her work as that speaks much louder than any words I can use or say.
Make up by Sian
Here you can find a link to Sian’s website - Make Up By Sian
Scarlett Heart Weddings & Events
Arran and his wife, Helja form the double team that run and operate Scarlett Heart Weddings & Events are consummate pros, who bring a very friendly atmosphere to the table. Arran is a singer and he sings Michael Buble so well, I had to double check Arran was still there. Honestly if you want an all in one solution to cover most of your wedding needs, these guys supply it all, including ridiculously outstanding wedding cakes - Head over to their website and see for yourself. Amazing value for money!
The Friern Manor Country Hotel
The Friern Manor Country Hotel Wedding thanks list wouldn’t be complete without including the fantastic team at the Friern Manor Hotel themselves. They bent over backwards to ensure that every last detail went according to plan & Sarah and her team were ace. This was my first time shooting here, and thankfully not my last, as I am here again in August - WooHoo! So many photographic opportunities here it is great - Brides in Essex, seriously look at this venue - It is beautiful!
Wedding dress designed by Maggie Sottero and supplied by Gillian Roberts Bridal
Every discerning bride needs a Wedding dress that compliments them. A champagne coloured, bespoke designed dress was supplied by Gillian Roberts Bridal & designed by Maggie Sottero. Now I don’t confess to know my Jimmy Choos from my Armani or wedding dresses for that matter, but I can tell you that Emma looked fantastic - Check her out below!!
Flowers by Ivy Rose
Flowers for this wedding were supplied by Ivy Rose of Brentwood, Essex. They were beautiful with very light, pastel colours with a combination of Sweet Avalanche Rose, Gypsophila and Eucalyptus made them look exceptional. Well done to Sophie - simply stunning!
Example image below
Now Emma & Johns Story
Told through images, as read by my eyes
Sit back, kick off those shoes and relax, as I take you through a journey of love, laughter and tears told through images - Oh and a few teasing shots of sweets, cake and delicious barbecue food…..Mmmmm foodie heaven!!
Dad sees his girl and Emma get’s down the aisle
The following images reinforce what I have always said about us Men, when it comes to matters close to the heart, we always show our emotion…Most of the time. When I first met Emma’s dad, I could tell that the first reveal shots would be emotional. It is a very proud moment, having that opportunity to walk your little girl down that aisle.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Well not this wedding, at least not yet!
This Friern manor country hotel wedding was going at a frenetic pace, and time was flying by (I know, I know they all do right!?). Normally I have time to keep track of things a little bit, so I know what is next in line photography wise, but I was whipped up in a whirlwind of romantic moments. “click there’s a kiss, click and another”! John, our “Mr doesn’t like photos” Magnus was calmness personified, the more relaxed he got, the more natural he become in front of the camera. At their engagement shoot, John clearly didn’t like any kind of posed images. The only way to deal with that was to let him be him and it worked a treat.
This was one of those weddings you don’t want to end, actually I wish they all didn’t have to end. For Emma and John, their friends and family, thankyou for being so receptive and allowing me the opportunity to share this very precious day with you. Thankyou for the rapturous applause you gave me at the speeches, It meant a lot!
After we have all gone home, the dress and suits packed away, wedding rings on our fingers, it can seem like a distant thing, and with each passing day, our memory of events from the day slowly become singular memories of a fleeting moment. Some many months or years down the line you will both sit down and turn those pages of memories. If those memories make you smile, then only then will I have completed my goal! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Magnus, may each passing year bring you more love and happiness than the previous ones!
In case any of you haven’t heard the song Almaz before & would like to know why I referenced it to this wonderful bride, then here it is - Almaz. Have a listen and make up your own minds. You can even leave me a comment below if you so choose.