When Ken first contacted me, he was eager to tell me about himself and Di as well as what they had planned for their wedding. The original plan was to get married in China, but that didn’t quite work out for them. Instead, they opted for a small intimate wedding in Ipswich with just six guests attending.
On the morning of the wedding, I met up with Ken and we walked to the Ipswich Registry Office - a venue, which I had not been to before, that made me fall in love with it’s colour scheme as it reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie (particularly The Grand Budapest Hotel). The witnesses (two good friends of Ken), Anne and Tim, greeted us there and told me lots of stories about good times they have had with Ken. The three of them waited in the ceremony room as Di arrived with Ken’s family.
Ken’s grandchildren, Amy and Hazel, helped Di to get ready that morning by doing her hair and make-up. After the ceremony, Di excitedly mentioned this to Ken as she explained she couldn’t have done it herself and felt truly grateful. Hazel and Amy, entered the ceremony room, whilst Paul (Ken’s son) and Sarah (Paul’s wife) kept Di company in the waiting room. Moments later, the registrar walked in the room and announced that the bride was ready. Ken’s face lit up and his two granddaughters were beaming just behind him. This was one of my favourite moments from the wedding. The excitement on their faces was magical. Di walked down the aisle with Paul, both beaming from ear to ear. Paul graciously pulled the chair out for Di to sit down, as the guests all sat down together.
The ceremony was lovely and moving, with a handful of emotional moments when tissues were needed! As the wedding party was so small, the registrar allowed the guests to gather round during the vows and giving of the rings so that they could all clearly witness these important moments. I think this was really special and unique because it allowed the wedding party to join in with the ceremony and become a part of it.
After the ceremony, we headed outside to take some formal photos and couple shots. We took some just outside of the ceremony room, where Tim wrestled a plant to stop it from getting in his face! Of course, I had to capture the moment where everyone watched him wrestle the plant! We wandered down from the Registry Office to the College grounds to take photos amongst the greenery. Although it was a small area, it looked really tranquil and beautiful. Whilst I whisked off Ken and Di to take their couples portraits, Tim and Anne sat patiently and attentively on a nearby bench, watching the newly weds. When we finished taking the photos, we strolled over to them when they enthusiastically rose from the bench and quickly made their way over to us to congratulate and hug Ken and Di. It was so special to see the joy and love they have for them.
It was such a huge challenge to capture their wedding in just 20 photos, especially as there were so many expressive moments between Ken and Di and their guests. If you would like to see more from this wedding, click here to see the full gallery.
If you are planning a small, intimate wedding and are looking for ideas on how to capture it, I hope this blog post helped to inspire you. I’m available for bespoke wedding packages, so feel free to contact me and let me know what you have planned! <3