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    I am a professional female wedding photographer and I specialise in capturing beautiful, elegant and above all 'natural' wedding photographs.

    I photograph the story of your wedding day as it unfolds, with a strong focus on people .... your family, your friends and the 'joy' of the celebrations!

    I am based in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and privileged to be a highly recommended wedding photographer for the top Suffolk wedding venues.

    If you are planning a wedding in Suffolk, Norfolk or Essex, please have a look through the many weddings I have covered and contact me to have a chat about your own plans for wedding photography.

    Justine

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Woolverstone Hall Wedding Photos

A Woolverstone Hall Wedding with a French flavour was planned for Carole and Adam in May.  There was lots of colour and vibrancy to the day, starting with the joint countries flags waving merrily at the church gates to the beautifully dressed little French children. Woolverstone Hall is a lovely venue, overlooking the Orwell River. After a rather damp and windy start to the day, the evening was warm and sunny and the many children at the wedding really enjoyed having lots of wide open spaces to run around.

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Hengrave Hall wedding photos

Photographing a wedding at the beautiful Suffolk wedding venue, Hengrave Hall, is always a pleasure and particularly so when working with such a charming couple as Katherine and Scott who held their May wedding there. I loved everything about this wedding, from the choices Katherine had made for her bridal gown (by JS Couture) and accessories, to the carefully chosen readings in the ceremony and fun speeches during dinner (including one by Katherine which was great to see). The stand out thing for me, as always though, was the wonderful warmth I witnessed between the couple and their lovely family and friends. Everyone was obviously so thrilled to see Katherine and Scott get married and start this new phase of their lives, that it made for a wonderfully joyful day.

In the grand bridal suite at Hengrave Hall, Katherine was relaxed and calm, welcoming visits from various family members during the morning – including, super excited mum-in-law to be who could hardly wait for the day to get properly started! Her lovely natural make-up was done by Zena.

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Scott and his groomsmen got ready just down the corridor in the specially designed “Guy’s Room’ where they took the opportunity to get in a bit of snooker practice whilst they were waiting.

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Katherine’s father came to collect her to escort her to the ballroom where the ceremony was to be held. A man with a character of quiet strength but I am certain there was a proud tear to his eye as he saw his beautiful daughter in her wedding dress.

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Out into the very bright sunshine, the newly married couple were pelted with confetti and then the guests enjoyed cool drinks and canapes on Hengrave Hall’s long West Terrace and explored the stunning gardens.

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The dining room provided a welcome cool interior and was decorated with fresh cream and green flowers designed by Heidi Appleyard. The table names had been chosen from many of the different places around the world that Katherine and Scott have already travelled to and their own top table bore the name of where they got engaged – the beautiful and romantic city of Rome.
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Katherine and Scott made time for a second set of couple photographs in the softer, gentler evening light and then they returned inside for their very adept First Dance to the sounds of the Hussy Band.
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For more Hengrave Hall wedding photos, please visit the posts for the many other lovely weddings I have photographed there.

Country wedding in Nayland, Suffolk

Louise and Oliver contacted me shortly before their country wedding day. They had chosen my beautiful local church in Stoke by Nayland for their ceremony, and a reception nearby at Louise’s fathers farm. With dark clouds threatening for most of the day, we were lucky with the few spots of clear weather which came later in the afternoon.

I started the day at Louise’s family home. The beautiful wedding dress by Lusan Mandongus had been kept safely away from everything with four paws and I photographed this in a lovely beamed room. The flowers from Hebe Flowers had also arrived and they were the perfect choice for a Suffolk country wedding – lovely loose, natural bouquets, bursting with pastel coloured sweet peas and peonies. Louise had told me that she would love to include her beloved pony, Rascal, in the record of the day and just before it was time to leave for the church, she was completely unfussy about stepping outside in the wind and drizzle to give Rascal the first glimpse of her beautiful wedding dress.

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Stoke by Nayland church is a one of Suffolk’s most impressive ‘wool churches’. Built from the proceeds of the prosperous medieval wool merchants, it is a beautiful light building with high stained glass windows all around. There were more abundant, beautiful flowers decorating the church to photograph and the arrival of a full church of the couple’s many family and friends.
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The heavens opened almost on queue as Louise and Oliver drove away from the church. The guests made the short journey to the family farm, set on the hillside of a Suffolk valley, in torrential rain and made a quick dash into the enormous marquee. Once inside, they quickly relaxed as the expert Milsom’s caterers took charge of the plentiful champagne and canapes.
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We took the opportunity of a brief glimpse of the afternoon sun for their couple portraits, very much using the theme of big Suffolk green fields and open skies. Despite the inclement weather, Spring was evident with the abundant flowers of cow parsley and a favourite old oak tree made a majestic backdrop.
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Back in the marquee, the guests were warm, happy and very well looked after. Lots of familiar faces for me from previous Suffolk weddings and I was spoilt for choice, capturing the many characterful, fun guests enjoying a fantastic afternoon.
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A slight alteration to the order of the speeches took us all by surprise but Louise’s father certainly had his reasons for the change to the timetable! Good food and excellent wine followed and then Oliver and Jonathan, the Best Man both gave memorable speeches.

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One of the things I love about photographing a local Suffolk country wedding is the fabulous fun that is so obvious right through the day. Every direction I pointed my camera in, there were guests, many old friends and new, laughing and enjoying the celebrations.

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Louise and Oliver took to the dance floor for a very elegant and classy First Dance, before literally the entire party joined them and danced to the fabulous sound of The Piano Factor
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The best shots of marquee weddings are usually late in the day as, when lit from within, they look amazing against a dark sky.

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Congratulations to this fabulous couple. It was a pleasure to be a part of the wedding day.

For all the day’s pictures, please visit the Client Galleries page on my website.

Amy Cartmel - June 2, 2014 - 7:12 pm

These photos are so beautiful Justine. Can’t wait for you to capture our special day in November.
Amy & Paul

Gosfield Hall wedding – gorgeous handmade details.

Marti and Simon chose the Gosfield Hall wedding venue on the Essex/Suffolk border for their celebrations at the beginning of May. The weather forecast had not been full of hope but on the actual day, the couple were incredibly lucky to have sunshine at all the right moments.

Martin got ready in the stunning bridal suite at Gosfield Hall, with her two bridesmaids. There were lots of unique wedding details and accessories for me to photograph as Marti had cleverly made all the bouquets from feathers and crystal beads. The feathers were an important element of the wedding day as they held special memories for Marti of her grandmother. They were used not only in the bridal bouquets but also for the eye-catching centre pieces on the tables in the dining room, created by Lacey Events. Simon had used his creative talents as well and his expert craftsmanship could be seen in the beautiful wood of the table plan, family tree montage and the wedding post box.

There was lots of laughter throughout the day and right from the start, Marti and her bridesmaids were really enjoying themselves as they got ready. Professional but easy-going hair and make-up experts added to the calm preparations, with Nic Elkins on make-up and Amanda from Blondies creating the hairstyles. Marti’s stunning dress was from Cristiano Lucci and suited her perfectly.

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Meanwhile, Simon and his groomsmen arrived in a fleet of white range rovers. They looked very smart in their morning suits and also had one of Marti’s handmade feather corsages as a finishing touch.

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Marti’s dad arrived to escort her to the ceremony and Simon didn’t take his eyes off his gorgeous bride throughout the long walk up the aisle.

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The guests were treated to Gosfield Hall’s excellent cuisine before the speeches started. Once again, after the traditional men’s speeches, the bride got to her feet to also say a few words.

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The lighter evening and the absence of the earlier biting winds encouraged the guests out onto the terrace for the evening. Lots more friends then arrived for the evening party started off by Martin and Simon doing a First Dance and gradually pulling more and more family and friends onto the dance floor.
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My warmest congratulations to this lovely couple.

For all the day’s pictures, please visit the Client Galleries on the main website.

 

Leez Priory wedding venue pictures

Kate and Oli chose Leez Priory wedding venue in Essex for their May Bank Holiday wedding. After a series of fairly large mishaps before the day, they were lucky to be blessed with the most beautiful weather and Leez Priory was looking magnificent in the early morning sunshine as I arrived. You couldn’t wish to meet a more friendly and warm person than Kate and both she and all her family made me very welcome.

There was quite a bustle of activity in the small bridal prep room at the Priory, as the bride and her four bridesmaids and two flower girls got ready. Kate had picked a dream of a dress, the stunning Barrocco from Pronovias 2014 Glamour Collection. It fitted her tiny frame like a glove and her very pretty look was set off with a low pinned veil over her hair.

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Oli and his ushers got ready at the little cottage in the grounds and then set off to wait for Kate in the East Arch of the Priory where the open air ceremony was to be held. Ollie told me later that the slight nerves he had felt as he waited there, disappeared the moment he saw Kate walking across the lawns on the arm of her father. It is a very special moment as a father walks his daughter up the aisle and this was a very important shot to capture for Kate too.

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Afterwards, the guests enjoyed champagne and canapes in the courtyard whilst the family groups and romantic couple shots were completed.

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The dinner reception at Leez Priory wedding venue is often held in the adjoining Coach House, which is an airy and light room with large glass doors. I always love the speeches part of a wedding day and these certainly were among the best I have ever heard. By the end, and particularly after Kate herself had given a really heartfelt and moving tribute to her parents, there was certainly no one in the room in any doubt of the extreme closeness of this lovely family. I would really love to see more bride’s take this perfect opportunity to speak to all their family and friends.

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The warm weather held through to the evening and more evening guests arrived to celebrate with Kate and Oli. They were even able to do their First Dance outside in the candlelit courtyard before The Supershakers Band attempted to shake the old Priory’s foundations, playing a brilliant set right through until the surprise fireworks lit up the night sky.

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For all the pictures from the day, please visit the Client Galleries on my website: www.justineferrariphotography.co.uk

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