Jan 312015
 

A Pre Wedding Photo Shoot with Rachel & Ben.

 

Some months back I did a pre wedding photo shoot with Rachel and Ben a really nice couple from Colchester in north Essex. Although I had never met them before Rachel’s dad, Mick is an old colleague of mine so it was especially nice to meet her and put a face to a name.

We did the photo shoot in Colchester at Castle Park, quite a popular place for me to do pre wedding photo shoots, having done quite a few there over the past year.

 

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Let me tell you a little bit about the history of the park (only if you’re interested that is). Colchester Castle Park is situated to the north east of Colchester Town Centre and is divided into the Upper Park and Lower Park by the Roman Wall that crosses through it east to west.

The castle there is built on the foundations of an earlier ancient building, The Roman temple of Claudius (built between AD 54–60). Colchester’s keep is the largest ever built in Britain and the largest surviving example in Europe.

The castle was ordered by William the Conqueror and was designed by Gundulf, the Bishop of Rochester. The actual building began between 1069 and 1076 but stopped in 1080 because of a threat of Viking invasions. It was subsequently completed by around 1100. Many materials, such as brick and clay taken from the Roman town, were used in the building and these can still be easily seen.

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I arranged to meet them at the park in the early evening, when most of the crowds had left and the sun less harsh (a much kinder softer light for portraits). Mick had told me that Rachel was a little bit shy and that she may have been apprehensive about having her photograph taken but I have to say she was brilliant. She seemed quite relaxed and they both seemed to very much enjoy the experience.

They are getting married at St James – the – Less church in Little Tey followed by a reception at The White Hart in Great Yeldham, another one of my favourite venues.

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If you are planning to get married in 2015  and would like more information about wedding photography then please contact me now!

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Jan 112015
 

So, why do brides have bridesmaids?

Nowadays, they help you with the wedding planning (as well as carrying your lip gloss on the big day). But….

The history of why brides have bridesmaid varies across different cultures, religions and time periods. In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal army as they accompanied the bride to the groom’s village. This “protective shield” of similarly dressed bridesmaids was designed to intervene if any local thugs or vengeful suitors tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry.

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The Western bridesmaid tradition, however is thought to have originated from later Roman Law, which required ten witnesses at a wedding in order to outsmart evil spirits (believed to attend marriage ceremonies) by dressing in identical or similar clothing to the bride and groom, so that the evil spirits would not know who was getting married.

In fact, even in the late 19th century, the belief that ill-wishers could administer curses or taint the wedding still existed. If you look at old  Victorian wedding photographs, for example, it can take quite a bit of inspection to pick out the bride and groom from among the other members of the bridal party!

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The Modern Day Bridesmaid

These early customs continue to have an influence today. The expression “thrice a bridesmaid, never a bride” arose from the bridesmaid’s interception of, and gradual infection by (over the course of three weddings), the evil spirits trying to disrupt the ceremony!

Bridesmaid dresses are still commonly chosen in harmony with the look and feel of the wedding. And the bridal party continues to serve a vital role in the wedding process, not by fending off evil spirits and robbers, but by providing support to the bride

 

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Jan 082015
 

Santa Dash around the streets of London

Thought I had better get this out quickly before the moment passes, if it hasn’t already! Ah come on Christmas was only two weeks ago.

Anyway this was a shoot I did up at Spitalfields Market in the big city of London, just a week or two before Christmas. It was an amazing sight with around 300 Santa’s taking part. But, was best of all is that it was all done in support of a fantastic charity which I am always happy to support, ‘Brainwave’

If you would like to support or find out more about Brainwave then check them out here www.brainwave.org.uk/

 

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Tony is the owner of Tony Sale Photography a much sought after wedding and portrait photographer based in Essex. He is known for his particular style of putting couples at ease and of mixing traditional, documentary and artistic genres to ensure the perfect capture of your special day.
He is also a great lover of coffee so if you fancy discussing your wedding or portrait photography over an Americano, Flat White, Skinny Latte or whatever else is going do get in touch – phone 01787 474923 or email tony@tonysalephotography.co.uk
Jan 082015
 

So why is it traditional for brides to wear a white wedding dress?

Well believe it or not it’s all down to Queen Victoria. Before she married Prince Albert in 1840, most brides would simply wear the most expensive dress they owned. However, Victoria wanted white because it was the colour of her favourite lace.

She wrote in her diary: ‘I wore a white satin dress with a deep flounce of Honiton lace……

Victoria set the trend for brides in the future, helped by the colour’s association with purity – and also the fact that white was a status symbol, only the wealthy could afford to wear it.

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So whilst on the subject of the wedding dress, why can’t the groom see the dress before the wedding?

Well in fact he can!!!! He just can’t see the bride in it.

It’s a tradition that started long ago in the time of arranged marriages. Marriages were once business deals between land owners. A marriage between land owners could mean prosperity for both families. The favoured son of the first house usually did not get a glimpse of the bride until the wedding. Therefore, if the groom saw the bride and didn’t take to her then the wedding may never happen.

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Nowadays of course, it would be most unusual for the bride and groom not to have seen each other before the big day and  it’s just fun to pretend that it’s bad luck or forbidden

 

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Jan 022015
 

Prested Hall Wedding.

Prested Hall is a beautiful wedding venue, an old manor house situated in parklands near the north Essex towns of Kelvedon and Feering and just a very short drive from the main A12. It’s here that I photographed the wedding of Michelle and Matthew on a bright but showery April day.

I did a blog post some time back with details of Michelle and Matthew’s pre wedding photo shoot, you can see it here.  I remember we had to postpone it it a few times due to inclement weather and in the end we opted for a studio shoot, where they had a great time and we captured some wonderful and memorable images.

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It seemed a bit unfair therefore that it should have been raining again on their wedding day, though it was only showery and they did manage to get outside on a number of occasions.

Actually I’m not really sure why I said it seemed a bit unfair, some people say it’s supposed to be lucky if it rains on your wedding day.

In fact many cultures believe that rain on your wedding day is good luck. In the Hindu tradition rain on the wedding day is considered lucky, as it is believed to foretell a strong marriage. The logic behind this belief is that a wet knot is more difficult to untie. (Getting married is often referred to as “tying the knot.”) So if it rains on your wedding day you will have a long, happy marriage.

Rain is also believed to be a symbol of fortune and abundance, which falls generously on the bride and groom. It brings good wishes and washes away all the couple’s troubles and woes. It also means you will be blessed with fertility and have many children because rain is what replenishes reservoirs and sustains crops. (http://www.valleyadvocate.com/)

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I started the day photographing Michelle and her bridesmaids, Karen, Sarah and Kelly who were all getting ready in the bridal suite. They seemed to be having a lot of fun helping each other to get ready they also all seemed pretty relaxed – maybe the bottle of bubbly I spied on the side table helped!

From there I spent some time with Matthew who was also fairly relaxed as we shot some portraits both in the lobby and around the building and gardens.

 

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The ceremony went extremely well, as did the whole day. They were a fantastic, good looking, couple, who were just clearly so much in love they just couldn’t take their eyes off each other most of the day. They were also perfect hosts too and took time out to spend with each of their guests.

 

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I had a fantastic time photographing Michelle and Matthew’s wedding and managed to capture what seemed to be all of the significant moments and emotions of the day. These were edited and subsequently presented in a Luxury Bellissimo wedding album, which I know they just loved!

 

 

 

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