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    I specialise in photographing beautiful, elegant weddings.
    I am based in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and privileged to be able to work at some of the most beautiful wedding venues ......from historic churches and stately manor houses.... to fabulous themed garden tea parties and quirky tepee marquees.
    I love to capture the abundant ways my clients choose to celebrate their special day and to show the elegance and detail that make up the quintessential romantic ‘English Wedding’.

    Please have a look through the many weddings I have covered and I hope that if you are planning your own special day, you will get in touch.

    Justine

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The Granary Barns Winter Wedding Photography

I spent a wonderful day with Sarah and Will at their fantastic winter wedding at the Granary Barns. They were the most delightful couple, with the warmest of family and friends who made me so welcome throughout the day. I saw several previous clients and friends there and it was a pleasure to be a part of this lovely local Suffolk wedding.

Sarah made her bridal preparations at Newmarket and then travelled across Suffolk so that they could have their actual ceremony in their local family church. I could see the bridal party arriving from across the fields in a fleet of four wheel drive vehicles. Sarah emerged, looking stunning in a beautiful cream and lace dress, accompanied by her father and her five bridesmaids who were also looking stunning in navy blue silk dresses. The ceremony was very special, with a memorable service led by the lady vicar and accompanied by music from a harpist and carols from the congregation. Sarah and Will looked so so happy as they left the church under a cloud of rose petals and their fleet of land rovers made their way in convoy to the reception at the Granary Barns.

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Once we arrived back at the lovely new Suffolk wedding venue, the Granary Barns near Newmarket, Sarah and Will first made time for some couple portraits in the last bit of evening light. They were both very relaxed and it was a fun, if a bit cold, Granary Barns winter wedding photography opportunity.

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Back in the warmth of the barn, the drinks were flowing and the place was alive with the laughter and easy chatter of family and local friends who know each other well.

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Sarah and Will were announced into the dining room to the sounds of the hunting horn blown by Will’s father and after a delicious meal provided by local Suffolk caterer, A Moveable Feast, the guests were treated to very amusing and revealing speeches.

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There were even more surprises later on in the evening, as the wedding reception was raided by some very amusing and vocal ‘police’ who carried off the bride’s sister for past misdemeanors and then serenaded the wedding guests with a selection of musical numbers!

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I couldn’t have enjoyed a wedding more and it was a shame to have to leave as Sarah and Will and their friends took to the dance floor. The Granary Barn was beautifully lit up as I left and I look forward to returning to this lovely Suffolk wedding venue in the near future.

My warmest congratulations to Will and Sarah – and wishing you and your families a very Happy Christmas and New Year. x

The Hanger, Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk wedding venue

This week, I was invited to attend the opening of a new and fabulous venue which is one of the few Suffolk wedding venues that can hold a very large number of people. The Hanger, Kesgrave Hall is the latest in the Milsoms brand of high quality locations which you can book to host beautiful weddings throughout the year. It has only just been completed and on the opening night, guests were treated to a sneak preview of the glamorous setting and fine attention to detail that Milsoms is know for.

I imagine that this will soon become a top wedding venue in Suffolk and with the bookings already busy for 2014, The Hanger will soon be a regular venue for me during the wedding season. With opportunities for some gorgeous romantic wedding photographs in the wooded area around the Hall and the pleasure of working with the Milsoms highly regarded and efficient staff, I will really look forward to be a regular wedding photographer for The Hanger at Kesgrave Hall.

 

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Look your very best on your wedding day

As someone who really dislikes having my own photo taken, I have every sympathy with any of my clients who feel the same way and would have loved to have some helpful tips to look your very best on your wedding day.

At our pre-wedding meetings, I always aim to reassure my clients that on the actual day, a sympathetic photographer will capture them as they are relaxed and happy, whilst enjoying their friends and family and with no time to worry where the camera is and how they might look.

I have had a lovely email this week from a recent very happy bride. This comment for me, is the perfect thank you from a recent lovely bride….

“Thank you so much for our wonderful wedding photographs. Everyone has commented and said, ‘What lovely photographs you have of your wedding day’ and we totally agree! We are so thrilled that we have such beautiful, natural images that we can keep forever. Justine, you made me look amazing! I don’t think I have ever looked like that in a photo.”

EVERY bride deserves to look her absolute best on her wedding day and I always do whatever I can to help them achieve this.  With this aim in mind, I have started to collect together a little helpful information and tips from all my experience on weddings days to share with my future brides. Do please email me if you would like me to send this to you.

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Dove Barn wedding photography in the Autumn

I was chosen by Helen and Chris to do the  Dove Barn wedding photography for their lovely Autumn wedding. The colour’s of the foliage around the house and barn were spectacular and this wonderful splash of colour in the quirky rustic setting, makes this lovely Suffolk venue an excellent choice as a venue all the year round.

Helen arrived in specially arranged VW Camper van, which have been a really popular choice for wedding car’s this season. It obviously was a special choice for the couple and they made sure that they took time out during the reception to have a short private ride around the nearby country lanes.

Helen had chosen some lovely accessories and details for the wedding and there were lots of bunches of natural country flowers placed in jugs around the barn. The theme of cornflower blue and white was echoed in the choice of men’s accessories too.

Here is a small selection from the day, with their full gallery available in the Client Galleries area on my web site.

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I made good use of the glorious Autumn warm coloured foliage to great advantage during the romantic couple shots. Helen and Chris had been a little wary of this part of the photographic coverage but as they both told me afterwards, they needn’t have feared and really quite enjoyed the time we took out to do these. I certainly found them both a pleasure to work with.
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Ely Cathedral Wedding Photography

Sarah and Pat had already had one fabulous wedding in Las Vegas when I provided their Ely Cathedral wedding photography for a second celebration. I absolutely loved photographing this great couple in such stunning surroundings as Ely Cathedral and I turned up at least an hour early just to enjoy capturing a myriad of scene setting shots and architectural details, to add to the pictures from the day.

Sarah got ready in the new hotel, The Poet House, just a short walk across the green. She was joined by her very friendly and helpful bridesmaids to help her get ready before Sarah’s father arrived to walk her over to the Cathedral. It was a very special moment as father and daughter came into view of Pat, who was waiting for her at the grand doors of the entrance, and he saw her in the surprise and absolutely stunning ethereal wedding dress designed by Terry Fox from Bury St Edmunds.

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There was a simple private blessing in the grand chancel. Photography here was limited by the vicar’s restrictions and the extremely low light but I made good use of the different angles I could access.

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After a quick portrait session around the grounds of Ely Cathedral, Sarah and Pat joined their family and friends at The Old Fire Engine restaurant for some welcome champagne before the speeches and dinner.

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I left as the very cool guys from the Gourmet Jazz Trio were preparing to entertain the wedding party through the rest of the evening. Congratulations to Sarah and Pat – really great day!

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