Lauren and Ross: A Countryside Wedding Full Of Love & Laughter (Part 2)

Just before the wedding breakfast, it was time for me to whisk Lauren and Ross away for their couple portraits. This is one of my favourite moments when photographing a wedding: it allows the couple to spend some quiet time together; we get to explore the venue’s grounds and they can show me some of their favourite spots as well as being able to have a laugh whilst taking some dreamy, romantic photographs. I loved spending this time with Lauren and Ross as we got to see a lot of the beautiful gardens and hidden treasures, which we totally made the most of! 

Following the delicious three-course meal, the guests sat excitedly awaiting the speeches given by the father of the bride (Martin), Ross and Lauren. Martin delivered his speech accompanied by a photo slideshow, which told the story of his daughter growing up, meeting Ross and his advice for the future. His speech got everyone laughing and even shedding some tears. All three speeches were very touching, sentimental but also filled with big laughs. 

The evening started off with a relaxed atmosphere as guests mingled inside and outside of the barn in the sheltered terrace. During the early hours of the evening, it started to rain on one side of the barn and the sun peered out from the clouds on the other. Ruth (the mother of the bride) and I, eagerly looked out of the window in hopes of seeing a rainbow. After a couple of minutes, our hopes came to fruition as a beautiful rainbow appeared. We turned to each other with excitement, “There’s a rainbow!” Ruth exclaimed. Together we ran over to Ross and Lauren to beckon them to take some photos by the rainbow. 

As the evening went on, everyone gathered around to watch the couple cut the cake and have their first dance. Following this, we all went outside for a spontaneous sparkler photos. We all felt like big kids as we excited waved the flaming wands around in the air. It was brilliant!

Lauren and Ross’ wedding day was simply magical and I am truly grateful and honoured that they asked me to capture it for them. I had such a blast! Thank you for inviting me, guys! You rock! <3

Lauren and Ross: A Countryside Wedding Full Of Love & Laughter (Part 1)

Lauren and Ross’ wedding was one I had been looking forward to for some time. Due to the pandemic, they had gone through the misery and stress of postponing their wedding six times! Eventually, they were able to reschedule their wedding almost a year to the day of their original wedding date! It was absolutely a wedding that was worth the wait!

The day started with the two of them getting ready at different houses: Ross got ready at his house and Lauren got ready at her parents’ house. I visited them both to capture how they spent the morning. Feeling nervous, Ross had a quiet morning, enjoying a drink and the company of a few family members, who helped to keep him relaxed and get him ready for the day. In contrast to this, Lauren spent her morning with her four bridesmaids (Lorna, Kerry, Bryony and Sarah), her parents and Nanny, with additional family members joining them as the morning went on. It was a lively morning filled with laughter, getting glammed-up by the brilliant Toni Clark and Amy Hales, as well as playing with their two adorable dogs: Peggy-Sue and Mabel. Soon, it was time for Lauren to get into her breathtaking La Belle Angele dress with the help of her mum (Ruth) and bridesmaid (Kerry).  Once everyone was ready, Lauren was whisked off to the brilliant Southwood Hall in her family friend’s corvette.

When they arrived, they were greeted by the lovely staff at Southwood Hall along with the registrar, Malcolm. He hosted a wonderful ceremony, which got everyone cracking up and even encouraged the best man to take a bow once he had handed out the rings. It was a really special celebration filled with movie quotes and music that were included for sentimental reasons that reflected who they are as individuals and as a couple.

After the ceremony, we went outside to kick off the party. We strolled along the paved walkway, led by the newlyweds, which took us to the back of the venue where we were greeted by a herd of cattle. The cows grazed happily on the nearby fields, whilst the guests enjoyed the confetti line, along with spending some time to take a few group photos and eating lots of scrummy canapés. It was so much fun! Their guests were up for a laugh and a good time, which I loved documenting through my camera.

Soon, I will post part two of this AMAZING wedding. Make sure to come back and take a look at what happened next!

Sarah and Chris: A Pretty, Colourful Garden Engagement Session

In some ways the Covid-19 pandemic has brought people together through video calls, online quizzes and various other means. This was definitely the case for Sarah and Chris. Being neighbours for sixteen years, they formed a bubble together and realised their friendship was flourishing into something much more. I was moved by their story, how they expressed that their children grew up together and how excited they were for this new chapter in their life. 

We met at Castle Park, Colchester, which is the setting of the biggest built castle and the largest remains in Europe. The castle is now a museum filled with a wealth of interesting historical artefacts. The castle is surrounded by lots of beautiful gardens which we certainly made the most of to photograph Sarah and Chris’ engagement session. We were spoilt for choice: archways draped in wisteria; a quiet lake with swan pedalo boats and of course the breathtaking castle itself. If you have never been to Castle Park, I highly recommend a visit because there is so much to explore.