Photography at one of my favourite venues, Quendon Hall, in North Essex.
I’d been looking forward to this wedding for some time. Amy is a really fun girl, full of life and very bubbly!
Photography started at Quendon Hall, a few hours prior to the ceremony. Amy was, of course in great spirits, and even in rollers and without any makeup, looked fabulous! Amy’s dress was fantastic and totally different to anything I’d seen in along time, totally stunning. It’s always refreshing to see something different.
Amy’s flowers were a simple affair, cream roses in a standard bouquet. and looked very pretty.
It took Amy a surprisingly short time to get ready! (I was expecting hours!) and we were soon at the point that she was popping on the dress. Now, that last statement was not entirely accurate... more like 15 minutes of gently teasing the dress into place, ruffling, fluffing, tugging and placing. However, from my personal perspective, we walk out of the room and the Bride isn’t wearing a dress, we walk back 15 minute minutes later and tadah... It’s all done.
Amy and Jamie had hired a magnificent horse and carriage from the Ostler Carriage company. Magnificent is the right word, the horses were huge and incredibly well presented.
At this point, St. Mary’s was calling, so it was time to head on to the groom... Had I known what was coming next, I would have spent more time with the horses...
So, did you know there’s a St. Mary’s Church, Newport, Saffron Walden and a St. Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden? Actually, I did, however, the coach company bringing, alllll of the guests apparently didn’t. To make matters worse, Jamie’s father had followed the coach, and then got totally lost.
I guess there is a lesson to be learned, but I’m not sure what it is! Jamie had spoken at length with the coach company, and they had assured him that they knew exactly where they were going, when Jamie offered to draw them a map...
Anyway, in the end, we were 45 minutes down. No problem, we had plenty of time at Quendon, I knew, so it was time to get on with the ceremony and cracking on with the photo’s! I gave Vince, the front of house at Parklands a quick text to let him know we’d be late and got on with it!
The ceremony was nice, an American Vicar who gave a very pleasant service, we came to an agreement, that I would be allowed to quietly walk around the church and get some shots during the ceremony, and that suits me down to the ground
I do love a good confetti shot and today was fab! Lots and lots of confetti and loads of people keen to throw it. I am Really happy with this photograph... Because of the time constraints, we had to move on quickly, Quendon was calling. The group shot was first, and then some smaller family shots, which we had to do indoors.
The great thing about photography at Quendon Hall is that it just doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing. The rooms inside are stunning with lots of natural light, which really lend themselves to photography.
The dining room was decorated beautifully, with roses matching Amy’s bouquet. Absolutely stunning.
The meal was pretty much the norm, however, all of the guests were in a real party mood, and there was dancing between the courses! Well, I just had to get some photographs! It’s things like this that really makes a day. People can make a day great, they really can. Amy’s guests were determined that she was going to have the BEST day.
After the meal, I managed to grab Amy & JAmie for a couple of quick photographs outside. Quendon Hall looks stunning lit up at night and I love to take advantage of it.
All that was left then, was the first dance and we’re done. Well, I was anyway, I imagine the party was ... memorable, to say the least... It’s day’s like these, that I wish I could stay, just a little bit longer!
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The wedding photography of Neil and Louise at Boreham House, Chelmsford, Essex
My first wedding yesterday at Chelmsfords newest wedding venue Boreham House.
What can I say, it was absolutely fantastic!!! The building is sublime, the setting perfect, I don’t have a single bad thing to say about it. The great thing is, I think it’s probably going to get a lot better too!
Louise was really relaxed, which I always find a little un-nerving, it’s so rare! I expect to walk into a room full of nervous people, not peace and calm!
Anyway, I got some lovely shots of the exterior and interiors, along with some photography of the lovely flowers in the brand spanking new (bloody expensive) pavilion.
Neil arrived on time, fetched by Steve at Boreham House, in his Bentley. I asked Steve if he’d mind if I borrowed his car, he gave me a funny look and politely refused.
Please note the ‘Starsky and Hutch’ pose…
The service went without a hitch, the lovely Sonia of Chelmsford Registry office, who I haven’t seen in ages, took the ceremony. Lovely to see you again Sonia!
The ceremony room is gorgeous, the carved fire surrounds work well with the colour of the room and the chandelier is lovely too. The Bride and Groom stood opposite the French doors, which meant we had some lovely natural light.
After the wedding service, I managed to get some great photographs of the Bride and Groom in the interiors of the house. I love the Henry VIII staircase, the colour of the wood is just beautiful and there are a lot of opportunities for some great photos.
Obviously we had to get some photographs of the Bride and Groom in the front of the house, the pillars are magnificent.
After these we moved to the rear of Boreham House, and got some great formal photographs of the family and some fun candid photography of the guests.
Everyone seemed to be in good spirits, the bridesmaids were well behaved, Neil’s Dad was lovely. A really pleasant afternoon, all in all.
Boreham House is going to be the most sought after venue in the Chelmsford area, I have absolutely no doubt about it, I feel privileged to be their recommended photographer! I know that sounds cheesy, but there are some places that you actually feel honoured to be, and this one of them.
Alright, I’ll stop gushing now, before I make you sick! I’ll keep you up to date with more weddings in the future…