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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.


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Suffolk Wedding Photography – a beautiful garden marquee wedding

I had really been looking forward to doing the Suffolk wedding photography for Hannah and Rich’s wedding day in late July. Hannah is part of a wonderfully large and interesting local family, some of whom I have met several times before. The wedding was held at the family home, near Hitcham, in Suffolk and the ceremony in the beautiful local church.  I really love photographing home marquee weddings as the celebration has a real sense of a warm and welcoming family party.

Hannah’s family are all very musical and Rich, who himself is a concert conductor is, I imagine, destined to help orchestrate order to the Hannah’s family of seven sisters!

I started in the morning at the family home near Hitcham, with the bridal preparations and details. Hannah’s stunning wedding dress had been laid out in a gorgeous beamed farmhouse bedroom which was a joy to photograph. All the bridesmaids, including a sister, close friends and younger cousins, were really helpful and there was an obvious deep friendship amongst them all.  I quickly saw that Hannah had a quiet stillness that helped calm all those around her. She had a gentle quality that reminded me of an exquisite ballerina, with her elegant and restrained gestures, and she made a simply breathtaking bride. Here is a small preview of the day with all the pictures ready to view here: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=185276

After a ceremony which had been filled with wonderful music performed by friends of the couple, the afternoon reception was a lovely relaxed occasion with the many relatives, old friends and lots of children enjoying the sunny afternoon by the lake. A puppeteer was a great hit amongst the young and a great idea for wedding entertainment for the younger guests and the cute family dog was also an essential part of the afternoon guest list!
The band were great and, I believe it was also made up from even more of Hannah and Rich’s musical friends. The dance floor was packed as I left, with the family theme of the day still evident with both young and old strutting their stuff with an assortment of props to great effect! The last couple of images shot just as I left, of the marquee lit up against the night sky, were actually taken in a torrential downpour but it certainly didn’t dampen the atmosphere inside!

Essex Wedding venue Maison Talbooth wedding photos

Cecely and Tony planned a fantastic celebration at the Essex wedding venue Maison Talbooth over two days for their wedding in July. The first day was the actual wedding ceremony and a small and intimate family party at Maison Talbooth. The second day was celebrated with a larger glamorous event at the adjacent Essex wedding venue Le Talbooth Restaurant by the river in Dedham.  It was a very hot and humid day but Cecely did well to remain looking cool and elegant throughout.

They were a lovely couple to work with, obviously deeply in love and the day was full of fun and joy. I got to know many of the family on this first day, some of whom had flown over from Australia for the wedding. I left them the first evening, after some very moving and enjoyable speeches, to enjoy a private dinner and hopefully a fairly early night before day two of the festivities got underway! The first day’s pictures can be viewed here: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=185274

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I love this set of images taken just after the ceremony, still with confetti clinging to their hair.  I can only imagine what Tony and Cecely were whispering about but these I am sure that these intimate pictures will bring back wonderful memories of this special moment between just the two of them.
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So many couples come to me hoping for a relaxed wedding day where they can enjoy being with their family and close friends and this was exactly the case for Cecely and Tony’s day where the late afternoon was spent on the hotel terrace s in a perfectly relaxed reception punctuated by both adults and children’s laughter.
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In a small break from tradition, Tony had asked his sister to give the ‘Best Man’s speech and she was brilliant. Funny, a little bit naughty …. but the warmth and strength of their sibling bond was lovely to witness.
The adjacent Essex wedding venue Le Talbooth Restaurant was the location for the second larger and very elegant part of the wedding. A large number of guests had been invited to a champagne reception in the gardens by the river here in Dedham, where a saxophone player and magician strolled around to entertain them. This was followed by dinner in the marquee and dancing afterwards. Just a few more pictures here to give a flavour of the celebration at Le Talbooth with the full set of pictures available for family and friends to view here: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=185275
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Cecely and Tony, thank you for choosing me to record your wedding day. It was such a pleasure to be a small part of it and to meet your very warm and welcoming family and friends. I wish you all the very best for the future.

Woolverstone Hall Wedding Photos

Holly and Jonathan chose the impressive Ipswich wedding venue of Woolverstone Hall overlooking fabulous views of the estuary and marina. This lovely couple were childhood sweethearts and from the moment I met them, I could see that they were the perfect couple.I started the day  at Holly’s family home and then with the ceremony at their local church in Ipswich. Family and very close friends from their links with the church took part in the service, which made it extra special for both the couple and their guests. It was a warm but fairly breezy afternoon out on the estuary but Holly and Jonathan’s friends were more than happy to celebrate out on the wide terrace of the Hall and wholeheartedly threw themselves into the various games held later in the day. Here is a flavour of the day, with the full gallery of Woolverstone Hall wedding photos available for family and friends to view here: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=184713

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Lesley Henery - August 7, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Beautiful photos – you’ve really captured the day!

Hengrave Hall Wedding Photos

I was back just two days later for the wedding at Hengrave Hall for Vicky and Dan. This time, the couple had chosen to have the actual ceremony in their local church and the celebrations afterwards at the popular Suffolk wedding venue, Hengrave Hall. This was the first opportunity I had to approach Hengrave Hall along the newly opened Queen Elizabeth drive and which now offers the most wonderful vista and introduction to the venue for guests.

It was one of the hottest days of the year and Vicky did very well to keep looking so cool and elegant all day. Here are a few of my favourites from the day with the rest being available to view here: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=184711

Vicky and Dan were a lovely relaxed couple to work with and they had allowed time in their day for me to take a varied set of beautiful couple portraits. We also made good use of the softer evening light and welcome cooler air after dinner, with a second stroll around the beautiful gardens of Hengrave Hall.
One of my favourite’s from this set, taken at the front of the house, with Vicky and Dan looking effortlessly elegant in a timeless wedding portrait for them.
I hope family and guests enjoyed looking through these Hengrave Hall wedding photos. For lots more, please visit: http://www.everybodysmile.biz/cgi-bin/public.cgi?Id=184711

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