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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.

    Justine

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The Swan Hotel at Southwold wedding

It was a wonderfully Christmas atmosphere for The Swan Hotel at Southwold wedding photography at the end of December. As soon as I entered, it felt warm, cosy and festive, with several beautifully decorated Christmas trees, roaring log fires and the Salvation Army playing carols for the guests in the reception area. I found Rachael and her two gorgeous little girls getting ready in the Admirals Room at the top of the hotel and then later, tracked down Oliver nearby at the Nelson’s arms sharing a pre-wedding sharpener with his three best men. It was a well tested routine for these four, as Oliver had been the best man for each of his ushers in recent years. Enduring loyalty, perhaps … or payback time?

Rachael looked stunning as she entered the grand red Drawing room on the arm of her father with the two little girls walking proudly ahead as she entered the deep red Drawing Room on the arm of her father and with the two little girls proudly walking ahead. Friends of the couple provided the musical accompaniment to the ceremony.

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It was very brave of Rachael to step outside the lovely cosy hotel and wander down to the seafront with Oliver. It was cold, windy and threatening to rain but we managed to capture the moment and some memories of their special day before heading back into the warm.
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The children were being very well looked after upstairs with a marvellous entertainer, as Rachael and Oliver entered the Dining Room for the wedding breakfast. The entertainment for the more adult guests came in the form of a fun quiz with Oliver’s best man as compere and an encyclopaedic knowledge of both Suffolk, London and the happy couple a distinct advantage!
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More revealing stories were shared during the excellent speeches and all three of Oliver’s best men had the opportunity to share their personal and favourite stories of the lucky groom!
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A fab band eventually swung into action after the cake was cut and the delicious looking cupcakes were handed out to the children. I left this happy wedding as the guests, young and old took to the dance floor.

Warmest congratulations to Rachael and Oliver x

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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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