Jess and Brian’s Wedding at Apton Hall.
Jess and Brian’s Wedding at Apton Hall.
It was my first experience of photographing a wedding at Apton Hall and I must say, it is a phenomenal venue! As it’s literally on my doorstep with it being just outside Rochford it was a pure delight to work here.
Chloe, Craig and Christopher’s attention to detail is fantastic and they are the perfect hosts for such a special occasion. This commodity is very rare and believe me, I’ve worked at enough venues to know when I see service at its best.I was delighted to be asked to photograph Jess and Brian’s wedding as my wife has been friends for some time with Jess as she is often around her house having her hair done and taking about 4 hours after they have finished talking!
Jess and Brian’s wedding day came around really quickly and I made arrangements to meet Jess and her bridal party that were mainly made up of her 2 sisters and nieces at the bridal suite at Apton Hall. Everyone was in high spirits having their hair and make-up done by Queen Bee MUA and Careesa (@careesamia).I managed to get a few candid shots of them all getting excited and the smaller bridesmaids enjoying the moment with their handfuls of Haribos. I then met up with Brian and his brother and best friends along with Jess and Brian’s boys. We got some fun shots of them in the surroundings of the beautiful Apton Hall’s grounds. The weather was much better than the day before bright & sunny although a little bit chilly!
The ceremony started in one of the beautiful converted barns, all decorated beautifully in natural colours. It was a beautiful touch to have their boys deliver the rings to Brian and Jess which made them both engage in the ceremony as well.
After the ceremony, I whisked the newlyweds with the boys around the grounds of Apton Hall to get a lovely few family photos. I was conscious it was getting a bit cold what with Jess in her elegant, laced back dress carrying her amazing flowers by KVS Flowers. I knew we still had to get some large group shots done so didn’t want them being out too long. After the group shots were done, and everyone was starting to feel the cold as it was approaching 4pm and then sun was starting to disappear, we headed inside to warm and start the wedding breakfast. The speeches kicked off nicely, although the emotion of the day all got the better of Brian who struggled to keep the tears at bay, or not sure if it was from the kicks under the table from Jess! 😉
The wedding breakfast followed swiftly after the speeches and was presented fantastically and everyone enjoyed their meal and could now relax and enjoy the rest of the evening ahead.
Although, I must say the African dance music certainly captured the spirit of the evening once the dancefloor was in full swing and even Brian showed us all a few of his favourite moves! The atmosphere was truly great and everyone was enjoying themselves. It’s weddings like these that really make my job as fulfilling as possible.
I would like to thank Brian and Jess for choosing me as their photographer, I will really enjoy showing them their full set of images soon.
In the meantime, here are a few of my favourites.
Wishing you both every happiness for the future.
Victoria and Blaze @ Friern Manor
Victoria and Blaze @ Friern Manor
I knew Victoria and Blaze’s wedding was going to be a fun day from the moment I had my initial wedding consultation with them due to their young son entering the lounge with a chocolate ‘willy’ in his hand!! Victoria almost died of embarrassment and had to explain that they were gift from her hen night that she had put in the fridge! 😉
We all laughed and it certainly broke the ice between us all.
Victoria and Blaze were getting married at Friern Manor which is one of my new favourite venues as all the staff are amazing and the food is incredible! I was lucky enough to have been there the week before as well. I was very lucky to have the talented Barry Paffey assist me with the reportage photography for the day. It was a joy to work alongside him.
Victoria and her bridal party were all excitedly getting ready in the bridal suite when I arrived just after midday. We managed to get some fantastic detailed shots and individual photos of all the bridesmaids and parents. Blaze and the lads arrived a short time after and we managed to get some fun and relaxed shots outside Friern Manor just before their wedding day guests started to arrive. Everyone was in good spirits and ready for the day’s proceedings. Whilst Barry started to get some reportage photos of the guests arriving, I managed to get back up to the Bridal party and took a few more fun shots of Victoria and her sisters.
The ceremony was beautiful and you could see how in love the bride and groom were. Their young son, running around just added to the excitable atmosphere of the day. The day was running to schedule and after the ceremony we managed to get some lovely shots of the newlyweds around the beautiful grounds of Friern Manor and I have even pin pointed a few secret locations that really work well around the venue. We delivered the bridal party on time to the Friern Manor staff ready for their receiving line into their wedding breakfast. After their meal, we grouped together the guests for some more photos out in the glorious sunshine.
Victoria & Blaze, I would just like to thank you both for making myself and Barry so welcome at your wedding. We even got placed amongst their guests for their wonderful wedding BBQ. Yet again, Friern Manor you were an absolute joy to work alongside with your professional and attentive staff. You really do make it an easier job for me when I know the venue goes out of its way to accommodate everyone. I look forward to working back at this wonderful venue again.
I wish Victoria and Blaze every happiness for the future and I look forward to showing you your full set of images but for now, here is a sample of some of my favourites from the day.
Amy and Nico’s Wedding – Friern Manor
Amy and Nico’s Wedding – Friern Manor
Let’s get this out in the open from the start – Yes! The Mother of the Bride, Tina has changed my nappy and has seen my ‘Ding a ling’ 😉
So……….. obviously, our families were friends from years ago so when Amy and Nico got in touch with me to photograph their wedding, it was a great honour and I was definitely not going to miss this wedding.
I met up with Amy and Nico and was delighted when they booked their wedding with me. Their big day Come around really quickly and we started off at the ‘Tina Colada’ Bar at Amy parents’ house. When I arrived, the atmosphere was filled with great excitement and laughter. Amy’s Dad, Neil was sitting on his own in the conservatory looking rather nervous and anxious but this soon disappeared when he poured himself a rather large stiff drink! I then proceeded to get a few pictures of the Bridal party in their dressing gowns before asking them to get ready as I was conscious that the time was ticking by.
Amy looked stunning in her white bridal gown from Kay Mason and the bridesmaids in yellow really complimented her dress perfectly.
It was soon time to meet up with Nico and his 2 French best men and brother in law at Friern Manor. When I arrived, the first thing that struck me was how organised the staff and how immaculate the grounds were considering the immense hot weather we have had although the pond was dry as a bone but it was a gorgeous sunny day but was getting hotter by the hour and was averaging a steady 28 degrees.
The ceremony was beautiful and a bit different from most I have experienced as half of the congregation were French; Amy and Nico added a few French traditions into the service to pay tribute to both nationalities which was a really lovely touch. Once the service was complete, as I always do, I gave the Bride and Groom a spare 5-10 minutes free time to let all of their guests congratulate them and have a breather before I started the standard group shots and I knew I only had an hour to get the vital shots and bulk of the day guests photos before their receiving line. I took Amy and Nico away for a few ‘Romantic’ shots in amongst the grounds and then we got stuck into the group shots and finished bang on time to enable them to have their receiving line before their wedding breakfast.
The food at this Friern Manor is immense and believe me, I have eaten at a fair few venues in my photography career and I must say, this was up there as one of the best. After the meal and wedding speeches, there was time for a few more photos of Amy and Nico and a few specific group shots that I needed to get before their evening guests started to arrive.
I would to Thank Amy, Nico and their amazing families for allowing me this opportunity to photograph their wedding at Friern Manor. I really look forward to showing them their full set of wedding images to them in a few weeks.
Wishing you both every happiness for your future as Husband and Wife
Voyons cela dès le début – Oui! La mère de la mariée, Tina a changé ma couche et elle a vu mon ‘zizi’
Donc, évidemment, nos familles étaient amies depuis des années alors quand Amy et Nico m’ont contacté pour photographier leur mariage, ce fut un grand honneur et ce mariage je ne le manquerais pas.
J’ai rencontré Amy et Nico et j’ai été ravi quand ils ont réservé la photographie de leur mariage avec moi. Leur grand jour a arrivé très vite et nous avons commencé au Bar ‘Tina Colada’ chez les parents d’Amy. Quand je suis arrivé, l’atmosphère était remplie d’excitation et de rire. Le père d’Amy, Neil était assis tout seul dans le conservatoire, l’air plutôt nerveux et anxieux, mais celui-ci a rapidement disparu lorsqu’il s’est servi une boisson plutôt dure!
Je me suis ensuite procuré quelques photos de la fête nuptiale dans leurs robes de chambre avant de leur demander de se préparer car j’étais conscient que le temps passait.
Amy avait l’air superbe dans sa robe de mariée blanche de Kay Mason et les demoiselles d’honneur en jaune complimentaient parfaitement sa robe.
Il était bientôt le temps de rencontrer Nico et ses 2 hommes d’honneurs français et son beau-frère au Friern Manor. Lorsque je suis arrivé, la première chose qui m’a frappé, c’est la façon dont le personnel et l’immaculée propreté du terrain envisageaient l’immense temps chaud que nous connaissions bien que l’étang était absolument sec. La journée commençait à faire chaude avec une température de 28 degrés.
La cérémonie était splendide et un peu différente de la plupart de ceux que j’ai vécu, la moitié de la congrégation étant française; Amy et Nico ont ajouté quelques traditions françaises pour rendre hommage aux deux nationalités. Une fois le service terminé, comme je le fais toujours, j’ai donné aux Bride and Groom du temps libre de 5 à 10 minutes pour permettre à tous leurs invités de les féliciter et de prendre une pause avant de commencer les prises de vues normales et je savais que j’ai seulement eu une heure pour obtenir les prises en vues vitales et un grand nombre des photos des invités de la journée avant leur ligne de réception. J’ai emmené Amy et Nico pour quelques photos romantiques dans le parc, puis nous avons commencé les prises en vues de groupe et nous avons fini à temps pour leur permettre de recevoir leur ligne avant du lunch de mariage.
La nourriture à Friern Manor est fantastique et croyez-moi, j’ai mangé dans quelques endroits de ma carrière de photographe et je dois dire que c’était l’un des meilleurs.
Après le repas et les discours de mariage, il y avait du temps pour quelques photos d’Amy et de Nico et plusieurs photos de groupe que je devais obtenir avant de l’arrivée des invités du soir.
Je voudrais remercier Amy, Nico et leurs familles incroyables de m’avoir permis de photographier leur mariage.
Amy et Nico je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur pour l’avenir.
Louise and Tony @ Crondon Park wedding venue
Louise and Tony @ Crondon Park wedding venue
When Louise and Tony asked me to photograph their wedding, I was really looking forward to photographing at this venue again as it’s been a few years since I have been there.With the heatwave continuing throughout the last few weeks, it was inevitable that it was going to be a really warm day but luckily the rain and winds the night before cooled the day off to a bearable temperature although we were still faced with some strong winds!
I arrived at Louise and Tony’s house the morning of the wedding to be greeted by Louise and her bridal party whom all seemed very chilled and relaxed. Louise was in the process of having her make up done by ‘Eve’ @e.v.emakeup. They all wanted a few cheeky shots in their bridal party PJ’s before they all got ready.We were completed at the house in really good time and all went like clockwork with some lovely shots taken of them all. Louise looked absolutely stunning and radiant in her champagne/peach bridal gown from Birds Bridal in Chelmsford.
I then made my way over to greet Tony and his Best Men at wedding Crondon Park Venue. The grounds and the main barn looked absolutely stunning and it was pleasure being back working in such a lovely venue. We were then met by Tracey, the wedding coordinator who was in charge of the day and ran through all the timings for the day. The wedding service soon got under way and in over 200 weddings that I have photographed, this was the most emotional and unique service I have had to witness.
I don’t think there was a dry eye in the whole congregation!
The ceremony came to a wonderful end and the fabulous Glen Parish on the guitar played whilst Tony and Louise signed the register and we then got underway with some photos of the bride and groom in amongst the strong winds! At one point, Louise had to call on her hairdresser, Lucy @hairbylucyanne to put her veil back in as it had flown out of her hair in the wind! The bridal party pictures followed and we all had a bit of fun in the wind although her 2 bridesmaids were more worried that they were going to lose their eyelashes! 😉
It was an absolute pleasure photographing Louise and Tony’s wedding on their special day. I look forward to showing them both their full set of wedding images to them in a couple of weeks.
Wishing you both every happiness for the future as Husband and Wife.
Diane and Andy at The Rochford Rugby Club
Diane and Andy at The Rochford Rugby Club
I knew Diane when she used to work at the Cherry Tree pub when I was just a teenager, back in the good old days when it was run by Mr Oliver!
I have previously photographed her son’s wedding a few years back and was delighted when Diane contacted me to ask if I would photograph her wedding too. Their big day soon came around and I met Diane and her bridal party at her house that was just a stones’ through away from the Rochford Congregation Church in North Street. I was soon in the flow of photographing Diane’s grandchildren and I have to admit, they were all little ‘Pro’s!’ apart from their youngest, Teddy who was avoiding me at every opportunity! It soon become my mission to get some photographs of him throughout the day.
The time slipped by and unfortunately, I didn’t get any pre-wedding photos of Diane as she was not ready so I swiftly made my way over to the Rochford Congregation church to meet up with Andy and his best man and ushers. I went inside to greet the Vicar who was adamant that I had to take all the photos of the ceremony on the balcony. I later convinced him otherwise and the wedding ceremony and photo opportunities went without a hitch and ran smoothly. After the ceremony, I took Diane and Andy back inside the church on their own to take some photos and then we all swiftly made our way to their wedding reception that was being held at the Rochford Rugby Club.
One of the best parts of this venue is the road leading to the venue which has amazing trees and light streaming through them that gives me a great selection of backgrounds to use when getting photos of the Bride and Groom. I got some amazing shots of the whole wedding party and I cannot wait to show them their full display of images.
Here is a selection of my favourites from the day and was fortunate enough to get some photos of little Teddy after some perseverance!
Graphi Studio Italy Visit
Graphi Studio Italy Visit – May 2018
This year I had the opportunity to visit Italy and see where the albums from Graphi studio I provide my clients with are made.
I have been using the Graphi Studio album products for the last 10 years and was excited to visit the factory where these fabulous albums are made. The factory is located in Northern Italy and was situated in a beautiful valley. We had a 2-hour tour around the factory and visited all areas. When we say your albums are handmade, they really ARE handmade in every detail. From all the different coloured leather covers used on every album to the state of the art HD printing machines, the whole factory is mind blowing! The attention to detail and the friendliness of all the workers there was all inspiring. We even were allowed to see the new Young book videos being produced which was a spectacle on its own. Dario, one of the senior managers, gave an inspiring and passionate talk about the print and future of their products and the reason why having a printed wedding album is so important. There are so many Bride and Grooms who opt for a Disc Only option and never print any of the beautiful images that we produce into an album. This is fundamentally the reason why I have decided not to do Disc Only options anymore as we have no control over the final printed images each client produces from various retail outlets and it totally diminishes all that hard work, effort, passion for a beautiful photo that we have all trained hard to achieve.
I was lucky enough to visit the Graphi studio factory as well as Northern Italy with 12 fantastic photographers who have become really good friends.
Here are some of the images taken at the factory as well as some of the images from our workshop and training we undertook whilst we were all there.
A massive thanks to Scott and Paul who arranged such a fantastic trip and something we will all treasure for a long time.
Heather and Samuel Video @ The Lawns Rochford
Heather and Samuel booked me initially through http://www.yell.com/ although now knowing them better; I am pretty sure it was just Heather that made the arrangements! 😉
When their enquiry came through advising that they had chosen their wedding venue of ‘The Lawns, in Rochford’ in February, I was confident this would be a great day as the Lawns is just full of fantastic photo opportunities come rain or shine – or predicted snow!!
The year since they booked me came around very quickly and when I sat down with them both a few weeks before their big day, Heather and Samuel both seemed very excited and were looking forward to their special day.
When I turned up to The Lawns, I was told that sadly Mr Keddie who was the owner of the estate had sadly passed away a few days prior and the place just seemed to be a little bit empty although I did not personally know Mr Keddie, I am sure he had a vast influential part of The Lawns being as spectacular as it is and being one of the best wedding venues in the County.
I think the temperature when I turned up at The Lawns at around lunchtime was about 0 degrees and with the wind-chill it felt about -2 degrees! But when I walked through to the library with the magnificent roaring open fire, it really made the venue warm and inviting.
Heather and her bridal party were well and truly engulfed in ‘Hair and Make-Up’ preparation so I decided to photograph all the finer details and wait for Samuel and his entourage to turn up.
When Samuel, ‘the Bearded Wizard’ (His Brother), his best friend and Father turned up, we braved the cold weather outside for roughly 8-9 minutes and we all agreed it was going to be very challenging taking photographs outside today due to the bitter cold.
After Heather’s bridesmaids had been photographed, I had approximately 7 minutes with Heather before her interview was arranged with the registrars before the ceremony commenced. Although this is sometimes how it goes and at times I have no time to photograph the Bride before the ceremony, but these shots can almost be made up during the day.
The ceremony went off without a hitch and we decided to grin and bear the cold weather outside to have a few photos with just Samuel and Heather. To be fair, she done amazingly well considering she had a strapless dress with no shoulder or arm coverage that protected her from the cold!
We were soon back in front of the roaring fire to thaw out and to start the group set of photographs.
They decided to undertake their speeches before their wedding breakfast which is always something I recommend as the nerves quickly get eradicated and everyone can then relax and enjoy their meal. I then discovered that Heather and Samuel had placed me to sit on one of their guest tables to enjoy the meal which was really a lovely and unexpected gesture.
Samuel’s Dads speech had some of the funniest jokes I had heard from a father’s speech and was certainly one for the memory bank.
Both Heather and Samuel have wonderful families and it was an absolute pleasure and honour being a part of your Big Day by allowing me to photograph your wedding.
I hope you enjoy a selection of some of my favourite photos on a “video” that were taken on the day and I look forward to seeing you in the next few weeks to showcase your full set of wedding images.
Congratulations to you both.
Laura & Steve’s Wedding @ Phyllis Court Club
A close friend of mine, Colin asked me if I would photograph his best friend’s wedding and of course, I was delighted to. When Laura and Steve told me that their wedding was going to take place in Henley, I knew this was going to be a spectacular wedding especially as they were having their wedding reception on a paddle steam boat going up down the River Thames.
I have known Laura and Steve a few years myself and knew the kind of wedding approach they would like to take and it helped that they were going to be both fairly relaxed knowing I was going to be taking their wedding photos. For me, this also gave me the opportunity to make this day as fun as possible.
When I met up with Laura and Steve a few weeks before their big day, I could tell how excited Laura was about the day’s plans and events. We were fortunate enough to take a quick look around the wonderful paddle steamer boat that was being hired from Hobbs of Henley and also take a look around their stunning boathouse ceremony room that was located in the Finley Suite at the Phyllis Court Club.
This venue was so light and airy, I knew this would be a stunning place for a ceremony and would make my job an absolute delight. I couldn’t wait to get started!!
Their Big Day soon came around and as I made my way across London the weather for forever changing and the clouds were beginning to look pretty angry but I could see some glimmer of sun trying to break through and I just prayed that the day would give me the opportunity to get some amazing shots at this wonderfully planned day.
I arrived at the Phyllis Court Club and started the bridal preparations photos Laura’s bridesmaids but the time soon slipped by and unfortunately Laura was not completely ready so I had to leave and photograph Steve and his Best Man and Usher.
I managed to get some great shots of the lads on the banks of the Thames and then I made my way back to see if Laura was ready and luckily, I had time to grab a few shots before the ceremony was about to begin.
Just as the ceremony started, the heavens opened and the bridal party had to be escorted in by the staff holding an array of umbrellas! Minutes before the ceremony, the sun decided to come out and light up the room and the ceremony went off without a hitch.
Laura looked stunning in her bridal gown and was glowing with excitement, Steve was beaming with pride although I have a feeling he was putting on a brave face feeling a little delicate after a little bird tells me he had a few pre-wedding drinks the night before!
The paddle steamer arrived and we all embarked for the celebrations and wedding breakfast. I have got to say, it was one of the most exciting, breath-taking and unusual wedding I have had the opportunity to photograph and the sights and views going up & down the Thames were amazing and a photographer’s dream.
The entire wedding congregation were in high spirits and had a fantastic time – even to the point where the heavens opened again and at least of 20 of the guests, including the Bride were dancing in the rain! Everyone was having an absolute ball.
I would just like to Thank Steve, Laura and my friend Colin for letting me be part of this fantastic day. Laura and Steve, Many Congratulations to you both, it has been an honour photographing your special day and here are a few favourite photos of mine from your special day.
I will look forward to showing you the complete gallery of photos once you are back from your honeymoon.
Lauren & Danny @ Blake Hall Ongar
I was recommended to Lauren and Danny by a friend of mine who I had the pleasure of photographing her wedding a few years ago #BestDrivingInstructorEver
When they initially told me they were getting married at Blake Hall Ongar I was quite excited about this venue as I hadn’t photographed a wedding there for a few years and had heard really good reviews about this venue and their new refurbishments and improvements.
When we met up for our pre-wedding appointment, I can remember telling them that the perfect wedding photography weather was dry but with a slight cloud covering so it is not too bright. This was exactly the type of day we ended up getting on the day.
On the wedding day at Blake Hall Ongar, I met up with Lauren & her bridal party that consisted of Lauren’s sister, Mum and Grandmother.
After a few cheeky photos of them in their designer dressing gowns, it was all systems go to get ready and for Lauren to get into her amazing bridal gown that complimented her perfectly.
I took some individual photos of Lauren’s Mum, Nan and Sister but unfortunately, Lauren was still not ready when I had to leave to start photographing Danny and his wedding entourage. Danny and the Lads were in a buoyant mood and ready to go! We got some amazing shots and they all seemed very relaxed and excited about the day ahead. I photographed the wedding rings that the Best Man had securely in his possession and I noticed that they both had personalised inscriptions on the inside.
This is always difficult to photograph this as the details is so small but I managed to get the shot I was after, capturing their wedding date. I managed to get back to see Lauren, in the hope that she was ready so that I could get a few shots of her before she made her way to the ceremony.
Luckily, she was ready to go and I managed to complete the set of images I wanted but I could see she was starting to feel the nerves a little and just wanted to get going.
The ceremony went off without a hitch and they both done extremely well with their vows and before we knew it, it was time for canapes, Pimms and a chance for Lauren and Danny to relax a bit whilst their guests congratulated them both. As the weather was proving perfect, I decided to whisk the happy couple around the stunning grounds of Blake Hall that were full of colour and just a dream to work with. I captured a wonderful set of images of them both on their own and then we made our way back to the guests before they were called in for the wedding breakfast.
With one eye on the sunset, we managed to escape into the grounds of Blake Hall Ongar and got some fabulous shots of Lauren and Danny in the low light levels having a cuddle.
It was a real pleasure to work with Lauren and Danny and their families. Thank you Tracey & Chris for recommending me, it was an absolute honour to photograph this wedding at this fantastic wedding venue.
Here is a sneak preview of some of my favourite photos from their day. I look forward to showing Lauren and Danny their full set of images once they are back from their honeymoon.