Apr 242011
 

In my previous post I exhibited some of the photographs taken during Gemma and Joe’s wedding in St Andrews church in Halstead Essex. Well two days prior to the wedding they had a rehearsal in the same church around 6.30 in the evening. At this time it was dark outside and there was little light inside the church so I used this opportunity to practice some very low light photography and used what little light there was to produce some dramatic and artistic images.

I was very pleased with the results and have produced a selection of the images below.

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Photograph of a little girl

Photograph taken of a little girl,Ruby, playing in the church during the wedding rehearsal.

Little girl playing in the church.

Photograph taken of a little girl,Ruby, playing in the church during the wedding rehearsal.

Little girl in St Andrews church Halsted

Photograph taken of a little girl,Ruby, playing in the church during the wedding rehearsal.

The best man

Photograph taken of the best man, Nicholas, sitting in the church during the wedding rehearsal.

The best man sits in church

Photograph taken of the best man, Nicholas, looking thoughtful during the wedding rehearsal.

Contemplative - 'the best man'

Photograph taken of the best man’ Nicholas, looking thoughtful during the wedding rehearsal. (Tony Sale Wedding Photography)

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Apr 242011
 

Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding.

Back in February of this year I did a pre wedding shoot with Gemma McCoyd and Joe MacAndrews, both from Ipswich in Suffolk. That shoot took place in the public gardens in Halstead on what was a very cold, windy and showery day.

As I said back then I was due to photograph their wedding later in the year and now that time has finally arrived – well in fact it has been and gone. They actually got married in St Andrews church in Halstead on the 19th March followed by a reception at Smeetham Hall Barn near Sudbury in Suffolk.

This time the weather was completely different, there were blue skies, it was bright and warm and in fact it was probably about the sunniest day of the year so far.

Gemma likes to be different, she likes to stand out, be bold and make a statement and she certainly did this in her choice of bridesmaid dresses. There were three bridesmaids at the wedding, Louise, Jess and Katie and each wore a fluorescent colour of either, yellow, green or pink and the two young flower girls, Ruby and Tia wore bright orange. Also, just to make sure everyone saw them the bridal party walked the 300 – 400 yards from Gemma’s parents home to the church, this being along one of the busiest roads through the town. They looked absolutely fantastic, very spectacular and for part of it they actually walked in the road bringing any traffic to a standstill.

This was the first time I had photographed a wedding inside St Andrews church and I have to say it was beautiful, the décor was very grand and the lighting was fantastic for some excellent natural light wedding photography.

Following the wedding ceremony and a little bit more photography outside the church Gemma and Joe were driven to Smeetham Hall Barn in great style – in an old classic VW Camper Van.

It was at Smeetham Hall that we completed the formal group shots as well as some beautiful wedding portraits of the bride and groom.

Gemma and Joe are a fantastic couple and were a great pleasure to work with. I enjoyed photographing their pre wedding photo shoot and it was an absolute please to be an able to photograph their wedding.

I would just like to congratulate them once more on getting married and wish lots of luck and happiness and a long and successful life together.

Gemma & Joe’s Essex & Suffolk Wedding at Smeetham Hall Barn – a selection of images.

Bride has her make up done

Gemma had her wedding make up done at her mum and dads house in Halstead, the whole house was full of excitement and I have to say Gemma was beging to look pretty amazing already.

Groom with his (two) Best Men

Our happy groom Joe at St Andrews Church together with his (two) Best Men. All looking very handsome and happy as they await the arrival of the bride.

Groom with his 'mates' prior to his wedding.

Still in the grounds of St Andrews Church in Halstead Joe and the boys strut their stuff. I always find giving the guys something to do and having a bit of fun helps reduce any onset of nerves they may be having.

Bride, brides father and bridesmaids walk down the road to church

Wedding party stops the traffic – bridal party walks along the main road in Halstead Essex. Gemma and her bridesmaids look stunning as they make the short walk from bridal preparation to the church.

Bridal party walks to St Andrews Church Halstead in Essex

Gemma and her bridesmaids continue their walk to to St Andrews Church whilst people and vehicles stop to admire. I love black and white images.

Bride and bridesmaids - very colourful dresses

Bride and very colourful bridesmaids looking very sweet outside “Candy Corner”

Bridal party walk to church

Colouful bridal party – St Andrews church Halstead

Bride and her father enter the church

Beautiful moment as the bride and her father enter the church

Groom sees the bride for the first time

That exciting moment everybody is waiting for – the time the groom sees the bride for the first time at their wedding – glorious St Andrews church in Halstead

The wedding ceremony St Andrews church Halstead

The exchange of rings

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Bride and groom only have eyes for each other.

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Bride and groom enjoy the moment.

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A lovely moment when the bride and groom enjoy a special moment bewtween themselves and their bridesmaids.

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Signing the register two mums two witnesses

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The wedding procession – as the bride and groom leave the church

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‘Very cool’ bride and groom leave their wedding in a camper van

Bride and groom with friends - formal group photograph

Wedding photography Smeetham Hall Barn – formal group shots in gorgeous sunlight

bride and groom walk through the grounds

Wedding photography Suffolk – Bride and groom stroll across the lawn at Smeetham Hall Barn

Artistic photograph of the bride

Wedding photography – portrait of the bride.

Bride and groom in a romantic embrace

Bride and groom enjoy a romantic embrace – Smeetham Hall Barn

bride sheds a tear during her fathers speech

Bride sheds a tear during her fathers speech

A toast 'to the bride and groom'

A toast ‘to the bride and groom’

Wedding photography Smeetham Hall Barn - Sudbury Suffolk

The ceremony is over, the feasting and fun have begun – it’s time for me to leave but not without congratulating the bride and groom just once more and wishing them a long and happy life together.

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Apr 192011
 

Prested Hall – Pre Wedding Photo Shoot.

One of the reasons I love being a wedding photographer is because I get to photograph great people like Gayner and Tony. l first met them at their home in Braintree, where after showing them my portfolio and talking about the photographic services I offered, they booked me to photograph their wedding. The wedding is to be at Prested Hall, near Kelvedon in Essex on the 29th April this year.

This was obviously to be quite a popular date as since they decided upon it, a certain William and Kate have also decided to get married on the same day, unfortunately for them Prested Hall was already booked.

A few weeks ago I met up with Gaynor and Tony at Prested Hall to do a pre wedding photo shoot. Gaynor had previously said she was quite nervous about being photographed and so thought a pre wedding shoot would be an excellent idea. I have to agree, it’s a great way for the three of us to get to know each other and for me to give them some tips on how to pose and feel relaxed in front of the camera.

Just like my two previous pre wedding photo shoots (if you follow my blog you will know this) the weather was a bit cold and a bit windy and at some point during the session it began to rain – in fact when it came time to leave the venue it was absolutely ‘chucking it down’.

Non-the less we had a really good shoot, using mostly natural light and a variety of different poses. Both of them said they benefitted greatly from the experience and were delighted with the photos.

Gaynor & Tony’s Pre Wedding Photo Shoot – a selection of images

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Apr 182011
 

Engagement Photography in Sudbury Suffolk.

A few weeks ago I completed a pre wedding photo shoot with Louise and Mike, a really great couple, from Milford in Surrey. They both work for the same company involved in developing computer software and although they are based in Surrey Louise actually originates from Sudbury in Suffolk. It was in Sudbury, at Louise’s mums in fact, that I first met them almost a year ago and when they booked me to photograph their wedding. The time since then has gone incredibly fast but I have to say it was a great pleasure to meet up with them both again. We planned the photo shoot around the area of the Quay Theatre and local footpaths situated just off Sudbury town centre.

The day itself was cold and incredibly windy / breezy (you can tell if you look at their hair in the photographs) I’m sure it even started to rain at some point. Nevertheless, Louise and Mike were both wrapped up well and the shoot went ahead as planned. We had a great chance to try out many different poses, to photograph some natural light portraits and we also produced some great portraits using off camera flash.

After about an hour and a half we were done, we had lots of shots in the bag (or in the ‘can’ whatever the right terminology should be) and it really was starting to get quite cold and miserable. Hence we retired to the Quay Theatre were they very kindly made us some very welcome steaming hot coffee. Following this we all headed off to Moreves Barn at Great Waldingfield, this was to be Louise and Mike’s venue for their wedding reception and they had a meeting arranged with staff to discuss their wedding plans. I went along to check it out from a photographic perspective and make some plans / develop some ideas for the big day.

Following the day I was exchanging emails with Mike and in one of them he included the comment, ‘The photo shoot was really good, both Louise and I enjoyed it a great deal, and hopefully it will give us a more relaxed feeling on the wedding day”.

Below you will find a selection of photographs from our day, Louise and Mike have already seen them all and in fact ordered quite a few after receiving the prints Mike sent me another email saying, ‘We received the prints today and they are absolutely fantastic’.

A Pre Wedding Photo Shoot With Louise & Mike (a selection of images)

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A Tender Moment

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Romantic Portrait Photography

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Beautiful Black & White Portrait

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Romantic Moment Between Louise & MIke

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Another Great Shot Together

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Louise & Mike on The Footpath in Sudbury

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Beautiful Portrait of Louise

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Louise & Mike

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Loise & Mike – Happy Couple in Sudbury

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A Tender Touch

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