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    SUFFOLK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

    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.

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Madingley Hall wedding images

On Easter Saturday, I went over to Madingley Hall near Cambridge for Kate and Ben’s wedding. This was my first time at Madingley Hall and I really enjoyed exploring a new wedding venue and meeting the very helpful staff.

Kate got ready at her parent’s home with her bridesmaids, Susie and Ashleigh. Her parents, Jenny and David were very welcoming and it was lovely to witness the precious moments in this very close family just before Kate started her journey with her father to Madingley. It was all very chilled, with Dad sitting quietly with a glass of bubbly, waiting patiently whilst the ladies got on with their preparations. When Mum, Jenny first saw Kate in her dress, she was rightly overcome with pride.

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The last of the Spring flowers were just holding on up the long drive to the Hall. The rooms at Madingley are glorious, with high ceilings and tall georgian windows overlooking the breathtaking formal gardens. If you love topiary and magnificent and stately old trees, you will love Madingley Hall as a wedding venue!

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After the ceremony in the upstairs library, the guests drifted outside for champagne and canapes and accompanied by music from an excellent flautist. There were fairly large groups to organise for family photographs and then some more relaxed ones around the grounds with Kate and Ben’s bridal party. They were all great characters and made good use of the croquet lawn and sticks!

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Great speeches were enjoyed after dinner, including a very clever poem written and orated by Ben’s mother.

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Outside, the evening sun gave a beautiful burnished effect on the spectacular trees surrounding Madingley Hall and the guests were able to make the most of the lighter evening now the clocks have gone forward for summer.

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Lots more of Kate and Ben’s friends arrived in the evening to join in the celebrations and the guests were treated to the sounds of the very popular Funk Soul Brother Band

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Congratulations to this lovely couple and have a fabulous time on your exciting ‘honeymoon’ adventures!

The full gallery from the day will be available to view when Kate and Ben return from Guatemala.

Spring wedding at Le Talbooth in Dedham

Easter weekend was very busy for Spring weddings in Suffolk. First up was the wedding of Hannah and Ross which took place in their home village of Nayland in Suffolk. They probably had the best of the Bank Holiday weather and it was a lovely bright sunny morning when I arrived at Hannah’s parents house.

Hannah was a beautiful bride and very easy to work with, able to look effortlessly gorgeous and with the grace and poise of a ballet dancer. She wore a lacy covered dress by Nell Amore and chose a delicious pastel pistachio green for here bridesmaids dresses. The flowers, provided by Wflowers, complemented them perfectly with soft pinks, peach and cream.

A charming old classic car, driven by a local neighbour, arrived to take Hannah and her father just around the corner to the church. Nayland Church is one of the larger Suffolk churches and it looked particularly lovely with the Spring sun filtering in through the high stained glass windows. After some enthusiastic confetti throwing, Hannah and Ross took off to the nearby Le Talbooth restaurant for the reception. The guests enjoyed an afternoon with champagne and canapes by the river Stour which runs right past the marquee at the venue, before heading inside for dinner and dancing. Here is a small selection from their lovely wedding day.Please visit the Client area of my website for lots more pictures of a Spring wedding at Le Talbooth in Dedham and great inspiration for your own wedding day.

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Country Barn wedding with rustic, vintage details

I love this time of year. Spring is fully underway and the Suffolk countryside is bursting with an abundance of fresh green shoots and pale frothy blossoms. The perfect time for a Suffolk country wedding.

My couple this weekend were Charlotte and Chris, who held their wedding at Sproughton Tithe Barn in Suffolk. Perfectly in tune with the season, they had created a wedding day of abundance … rich in wonderful rustic, vintage details, brimming full of natural, wild country flowers and miles of lovingly handmade pretty bunting. Charlotte and Chris certainly achieved their dream wedding and provided a fantastic day for their guests. What really set this wedding apart for me though, was the obvious sheer abundance of love and friendship, made clear not only in both their families and close friends but also in the genuine warmth from their community. It seemed to me that the entire village of Sproughton was rooting for this great young couple on their wedding day! The church choir stalls were packed and there was a plethora of bell ringers, as everyone who knew them wanted to be present to support them on their big day. As we walked from the church, just across the road to the Village Tithe Barn, the quietness of the country village lane was punctuated with local car horns echoing the villagers congratulations for the couple.

I started as usual in the bride’s family home nearby. Charlotte had chosen a dress by Lusan Mandongus from Grace and Lace in Ipswich and her florists, Myrtle and Mint and The Garden Gate had provided me with a fantastic array of natural wild flowers to photograph. Flowers are one of my great passions and I always try to take as many shots as possible of this beautiful but rather fleeting part of the wedding day. I often use a specialised close up lens which means that I can isolate the flowers and create pictures that would look fantastic as a large canvas on my clients wall one day – a lovely reminder of their wedding day.

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The church was set in the centre of the village alongside a river and beautiful old mill house. Charlotte arrived with her father in a classic car driven by Ken, a fellow church friend but after the ceremony, Charlotte and Chris simply strolled through the village using the beautiful village backdrops and fresh Spring flowers for their ‘couple’ pictures on their way to Sproughton Tithe Barn where their reception was to be held.
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The Barn looked stunning. Charlotte had used her considerable artistic talents to make a dream venue for this country barn wedding with rustic, vintage details. Special touches included several miles of handmade bunting and brightly coloured paper pompoms strung from the ceiling. Personalised raspberry vodka shot bottles were given as gift favours for the guests
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After some great speeches and the arrival of more friends for the evening celebrations, Charlotte and Chris took to the dancefloor for their First Dance accompanied by younger brother, Jo who played drums for The Blue Print band.

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For all the pictures from this lovely day, please visit the wedding gallery here: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=201523

Congratulations to Charlotte and Chris and best wishes for a wonderful future xx

 

 

 

Gaynes Park wedding images, Spring wedding

The 2014 wedding season is now fully underway and last Saturday, I drove down to do the Gaynes Park wedding images for Tara and Steven’s big day. It was the start of a fabulous spell of gorgeous Spring weather and the early warmth had brought out the bright yellow daffodils and pale pink blossom on the trees.

Tara got ready wih her bridesmaids in the little Coach House in the grounds of Gaynes Park and she looked stunning in her silky Maggie Sottero dress which had the most beautiful jewelled straps and back decoration. The very charming Steven and his Best Man, ‘Couch’ were busy greeting guests in the conservatory, some of whom had travelled all the way from Malaysia for the wedding.

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It was a very proud moment for Tara’s father as he walked her through the gardens to the ceremony and I do believe there was a tear or two in his eyes as the ceremony began. Both were word perfect, with Tara so keen to say her vows that she almost beat the registrar to it!

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After the ceremony, the new Mr & Mrs Emms left the conservatory under a cloud of rose petals and the guests joined them in the garden for a celebratory drink. My thanks to ‘Couch’ who did an excellent job helping with the family groups and Tara and Steve were soon back enjoying time with their friends.

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Tara and Steve were great clients and they gave me plenty of time to capture a full set of romantic couple portraits enabling me to really make the most of all the lovely backdrops at Gaynes Park. They were a really charming and easy going couple and a pleasure to work with.

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Tara and Steven’s wedding day was a real family affair, with generous help from various members. The tables in the barn looked lovely, decorated with flowers arranged by Tara’s sister, Gemma. A clever idea using very pretty ivy and gypsophila wrapped around the pillars is one that other brides might want to use themselves. The wedding cake had been made by one of Tara’s sisters.

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With this being the first weekend after the clocks went forward, the guests were able to return outside after dinner and the children were thrilled to be able to let off a bit of steam before returning inside for the cutting of the cake. The guests were treated to a very impressive solo guitar performance by one of Tara’s nephews before some fabulous First Dance pictures and a poignant Father/Daughter dance ended this lovely day. For more Gaynes Park wedding images, please visit their full gallery in the Client Area.

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My thanks to both families for making me feel so welcome and my warmest congratulations to Tara and Steven – thank you for letting me share your day x

 

Winter Wedding Photographs on New Year’s Eve in Suffolk

The Winter wedding photographs for Florence and Dan captured theirĀ  fabulous celebration on the last night of 2013. The weather wasn’t too kind but when couples choose mid-winter for their wedding date, they fully anticipate enjoying the party in the warmth of inside, with just a quick dash outside between church and venue. I started at the family home, where I met Florence’s very welcoming family and the four lovely bridesmaids who were helping Florence get ready. Everyone involved with the wedding preparations appeared to be good friends with the family and the hairdresser, florist and dressmaker were on hand to lend last minute help and advice. I particularly liked the pretty hairstyle Florence chose, held up with combs but with loose, tumbling curls, which made her look extremely natural and pretty.

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At the church, Dan and his ushers were welcoming guests in from the rain. Florence had planned the details to be white and sparkly – perfect for New Year’s Eve – and it was a great idea to have the natural boughs and dried flowers sprayed with gold, decorating the church.
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A quick first kiss in the porch before they headed back inside where the guests were being treated to some sloe gin whilst the groups were photographed.
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The reception was back at the family home, with a spectacular marquee decorated with the same elegant white and gold sparkly theme. Tall vases on each table held beautiful white and incredibly fragrant flowers , filling the whole marquee with the gorgeous scent of lilies.
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Before the wedding, Florence had told me how important it was to her to capture photographs of her guests – the ‘people’ at the wedding were definitely a priority for her. It was an enjoyable and easy task to mingle with her vivacious friends who were refreshingly very comfortable being photographed – a lot!
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If you were a guest at Florence and Dan’s fabulous wedding, please visit the Client Galleries for all the day’s pictures.

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