I always knew from the first 5 minutes of their engagement shoot that Ruth and Greg would be a brilliantly fun couple on their big day - and they didn't disappoint!
Their awesome wedding was back in Early September and I started the day over at their venue, Swynford Manor, for morning bridal preparations. After getting a selection of scene-setting shots around the superb grounds, I headed upstairs to spend a few hours with Ruth and the girls. To put it mildly, we all had a huge amount of laughs and giggles as they all got ready including a great attempt to get wedged in the brass bath they had in the prep-room! There were some beautiful touches including the picture book presented to Ruth and the "Survival" kits for the mum and the girls.
My assistant Amy (https://amyblairphotography.co.uk/) spent the morning over with Greg and the boys over at Ruth and Greg's lovely thatched cottage on the outskirts of Newmarket. Once they were spruced up, they made their way over to the church to wait for Ruth to arrive.
The ceremony itself was an absolute dream - beautiful couple, beautiful church and beautiful light! The vicar made the ceremony so very personal including handing out presents to Ruth and Greg midway through.
With the ceremony over, the newly married couple headed over to Swynford in a sweet Rolls Royce to be greeted by all their guests under a magic blue sky. Heading into the shade for the set of group shots was followed by a wander around the grounds with just Ruth and Greg to get some portrait shots of them both.
The hilarious speeches were presented shortly after the sumptuous wedding breakfast and then the evening was closed out with an amazing choreographed first dance to the music of Something Beautiful by Tim Halperin followed by us getting some lovely indoor and outdoor night portraits.
I hope you enjoy looking through a selection of the images below...
Back in early July, I had a great day shooting the wedding of Laura and Chris at Mulberry House in High Ongar, Essex. A venue I was glad to be back at - lovely boutique hotel with great gardens.
The morning started with a quick walk around the grounds to capture some details of Mulberry and we then headed up to the Alderney room where Laura was getting ready with her mum, sister and friends. During times at bridal prep we had to play a game of 'wedding couple logistics', as Chris was getting ready in the very next room - must not see the bride or that dress! After shooting all the bridal details followed by hair and make-up, Laura made her grand entrance down the stairs to meet dad - lots of emotion made for a beautiful moment!
After a few portraits at the grand hotel entrance, the bridal party made their short walk to became part of a lovely ceremony with lots of love and smiles.
The gardens then hosted a nice, relaxed champagne drinks reception. This gave us a chance to work through the small set of group shots leading onto taking a walk around with just the newly married Laura and Chris to grab some gorgeous bride and groom portraits.
Once we'd captured images of the reception room and all the table details, all the guests enjoyed a great meal with some brilliant speeches to follow by Laura's dad, Chris and Chris' brother as the best man.
Moving into the evening, everyone admired the first dance and then joined in with their own moves on the floor! We finished up with some awesome artistic dusk portraits and then let everyone boogie the night away!
Many thanks to Amy from http://www.amyblairphotography.co.uk for second shooting with me on the day!
I hope you enjoy taking a look through a selection of the shots below...
It was awesome to shoot Emma and Jaturong's wedding back in early June - especially as I've known them both for a few years now - such a lovely couple!
The day kicked off for my wife Catherine (and assistant for the day) and myself with an early morning arrival at their house where Emma was getting ready with all the girls. Another amazing dress was first in front of the camera, capturing the fine details of it along with the shoes and jewellery. It was great to see the lovely touch of the bride, bridesmaids and flower girl all having their own personalised dress hangers.
After many a laugh with the ladies and dad had seen his daughter all dressed up for the big day, I headed off to Slepe Hall Hotel in St Ives where Catherine was already shooting the groom preparation. A gorgeous blue Rolls brought the bridesmaids then the bride herself to the Hotel - this was followed by a fantastic ceremony with lots of love and smiles! It was beautifully finished with singing from Emma's mum - brought tears to a few eyes!
We then stepped outside to grab a selection of group shots during the bubbly reception. With those completed, it was time to get some moments with just the two of them, shooting around the grounds and over at the lovely white bridge near Holt Island Nature Reserve.
Being guests of the day as well meant that Catherine and I got to sit down and rest our feet and enjoy the cracking wedding breakfast with everyone else - brilliant food followed up with some hilarious speeches!
With the light being superb still after the meal, we took the chance to grab a few more bride and groom shots around the hotel. The evening's entertainment started with the cake cutting and a great first dance and finished with lots of fun on the dance floor late into the night! I finished off the shooting with a bit of tree-lighting outside!
I hope you enjoy looking through a selection of the shots from their day...
Having known Jen for many years I was thrilled when she asked me to shoot her wedding this year! Especially with the day being based in my home town of Ely.
My involvement in the day started at the Poets House Hotel in Ely where Jen was getting ready with her sister - an amazing location for bridal preparation. Ely itself was hosting the famous Eels Day weekend and so the buzz of a full-on food festival could be seen right outside the hotel window.
I took time to capture the bride's details - the dress, shoes and jewellery and then, after the dress went on, I made my way over to the Old Palace to see how Ed was getting on.
Jen then had the fun challenge of making her way through the crowds on the Cathedral lawns over to make her entrance and see her husband to be! After a lovely ceremony everyone made their way outside into the gardens for some bubbles and group shots.
The short walk for the new married couple to the reception was through a hilarious human arch of arms while being covered in confetti - even I got a handful ruffled into my hair while carefully negotiating the tunnel backwards!
The reception venue of the Lady Chapel was pretty awe-inspiring to say the least. The guests were treated to some fantastic choral singing along with prosecco and some wonderful food. We captured some great bride and groom shots around the cathedral grounds both before the meal and into the evening and also had the entire inside of the Cathedral itself to use as a backdrop!
After shooting the first dance and a bit of the party afterwards, my wife Catherine (and assistant for the evening) headed home and let the wedding guests carry on enjoying themselves!
Please take a look through a selection of images from the day below...
A few weeks I had a great engagement photography session down in Epping Forest with Laura and Chris who are getting married in July this year.
I hadn't been shooting in Epping Forest before so scouted a couple of locations beforehand via good old Google Maps - it turned out to be a great combination of a forest stroll in the trees and then a sunset walk around a lake. Beautiful place and well worth a visit if you haven't been there before!
Can't wait for their wedding in a couple of months time!
Check out a few images from the shoot below.
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