Jun 012011
 

It was a great joy recently for me to photograph the wedding of Emma and Andrew at Castle Hedingham in north Essex.

I started the day by Photographing Emma at her parents’ house in nearby Gosfield, She spent the morning there being pampered and having her hair and makeup done along with her three delightful bridesmaids, Sarah, Nikki and Charlotte. It was great to work in Gosfield because, as you may know it happens to where I live and for me was just a short walk down the road.

The wedding itself was held at St Nicholas’s church in the centre of Castle Hedingham village and it was here that I met up with Andrew, his Best Man Richard and his groomsmen Bob and Adam, to take some photographs before the wedding ceremony. They were all a great bunch of lads, up for a laugh and very cool about having their photograph taken. As a photographer I love it when people are relaxed and natural whilst in front of the camera.

Emma arrived at the church in a vintage wedding car and she looked absolutely fantastic – stunning in fact, in her wedding dress. After a short discussion with the vicar and her bridesmaids outside, her dad, Steve, escorted her in to the church for the start of the wedding ceremony. As you will see from some of the photographs St Nicholas’s is a fantastic old church, very grand, very beautiful and is definitely worth a visit.

Emma and Andrew are a fantastic couple from Sible Hedingham also in Essex and for those of you that follow my blog you will know we did a pre wedding photo shoot, in Castle Hedingham in April this year.

Following the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom mingled with guests and posed for photographs outside the church. They were then driven slowly through the village, followed by the guests, to Hedingham Castle where they held the wedding reception.

The day of the wedding was gorgeous, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and I’m pretty sure the birds were singing too. The gardens at Hedingham castle are fantastic and from their elevated position give a fantastic view of the lake below. It’s a perfect location to take some stunning photographs.

Emma and Andrew were a dream to work with and throughout the day we got some beautiful shots. I particularly like the natural light portraits taken on the bridge in front of the castle and the shots taken using video light on the stairs in the main hall.

I have produced a selection of photographs below –

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Hedingham Castle is an excellent wedding venue situated in the beautiful village of Castle Hedingham in rural north Essex. It’s easy travelling distance from Colchester and Chelmsford and is also close to the Suffolk border.

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Bride with her bridesmaids get ready in Gosfield

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Natural light portrait of the bride

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Bridesmaids help the bride to get ready for the wedding

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Photograph of the brides beautiful wedding bouquet

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Natural light portrait of the groom looking very handsome outside St Nicholas’s Church, Castle Hedingham

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The groom, best man and groomsmen being photographed before the wedding ceremony

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The groom and best man wait ‘nervously’ for the start of the wedding ceremony

Photograph of the bride sitting in the wedding car

The bride, looking gorgeous in her wedding dress, arrives at church in the wedding car

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The wedding ceremony – St Nicholas’s Church Castle Hedingham

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You are now pronounced husband wife – A tender embrace

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Black and white photograph of the wedding procession

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The bride and groom showered in confetti outside St Nicholas’s church – Castle Hedingham Essex

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Black and white photograph of the bride and groom – St Nicholas’s church Castle Hedingham

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Guests follow the bride and groom as they travel in the wedding car from the church to Hedingham Castles

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Bride in her beautiful wedding dress ascends the stair at Hedingham Castle in Essex

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Bride as she looks out of the window – wedding reception at Hedingham Castle

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Wedding party on the lawn at Hedingham Castle

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Wedding guests on the lawn at Hedingham Castle

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Bride and groom ‘enjoy’ the wedding speeches

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Bride and groom cut the wedding cake – wedding reception at Hedingham Castlel

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Black and white wedding photography – Hedingham Castle Essex

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Bride and groom stroll by the lake at Hedingham Castle

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Wedding photography at Hedingham Castle in Essex

Bride and groom pose by the fire place

Bride and groom in front of a fantastic fireplace at Hedingham Castle

Bride and groom on the dance floor

Wedding photography – the first dance

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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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I love this shot looking up the Aisle towards the bride and groom. Wedding ceremony at the beautiful St Andrews church in Halstead Essex

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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 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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Aug 042010
 

 Wedding Photography St Gregory’s Church Sudbury.

I was recently involved in photographing Jo and Adam’s wedding, which I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed. They were a really lovely couple and a real pleasure to photograph. Jo looked stunning and I have to say Adam scrubbed up pretty well too.

What was quite fascinating and unique about this wedding was that Jo’s father is also the reverend for the church, revd Canon Gregory Webb, and it was he walked Jo down the isle to give her away and then switched roles and actually led the wedding ceremony.

One other thing that I find quite a fascinating coincidence is that the church, which is in Sudbury Suffolk, is called St Gregory’s and the Reverends name is also Gregory!

The wedding reception took place at The White Hart Hotel in Great Yeldham, which for those who don’t know is in north Essex and is a fantastic wedding venue (and is only a few miles from where I live).

It was a glorious day, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, the bride and groom were fantastic – a really lovely couple I congratulate them both and wish them a long and happy life together.

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Portrait of The Groom

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Portrait of The Groom

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Bride Poses with the Wedding Car

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Bride and Her father Enter The Church

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Wedding Ceremony

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Wedding Ceremony

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Bride & Groom with the Wedding Car

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Bride & Groom

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Bride With Her Father

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Bride & Groom

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Bride & Groom with The Bridesmaids

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Portrait Of The Bride

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Portrait Of The Bride

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Bride With Her Bridesmaids

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Bride With Her Bridesmaids

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Bride Walking Down The Staircase

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Bride Walking Down The Staircase

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Father Of The Bride Gives His Speech

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Bride & Groom During The Speeches

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Bride With The Guests

 

I have photographed a number of weddings now at St Gregory’s church and at the White Hart Hotel and they are both beautiful locations that I would be happy to photograph again and again.

If you are planning to get married soon (or not so soon) and would like to find out more about my wedding photography services then please phone me on 01787 474923 or visit my web site at www.tonysalephotography.co.uk

 

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Jun 042010
 

Essex Wedding Photography.

Emma & James

I was recently involved in photographing Emma and James’ wedding, which I have to say was a real pleasure, they are a delightful couple. Emma looked stunning and James and the guys really looked the part in their kilts. James is from Scotland and actually has his own tartan.

It was great to take some photographs of James and his mates beforehand they were a great bunch of lads and were clearly up for a laugh. As I say they really looked the part in their kilts and of course boys being boys had to have their fun pulling up each other kilts, or even occasionally their own!

The ceremony took place in the quiet and secluded, ‘All Saints Church’ in Rayne followed by a reception at High Barn in Great Bardfield. Although the day started off with some sunshine it unfortunately turned out quite cold and windy but of course none of that was going to ruin the day.

Sadly I can’t remember his name but one of James’ friends is a very accomplished pianist and played some fantastic pieces during the drinks reception. He really was first class.

The Essex Wedding Photography of Emma & James

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Groom Getting Ready

 

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Groom Getting Ready

 

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Groom With His Mates – Having A Bit Of Fun

 

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The Groom & The Boys

 

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The Groom & Best Man – Waiting For The Bride

 

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The Bride Arrives

 

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The Bride With Her Dad

 

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Outside The Church – All Saints in Rayne

 

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All Saints Church Rayne

 

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The Wedding Ceremony

 

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The Wedding Ceremony

 

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Signing The Register

 

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Bride & Groom

 

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Bride & Groom

 

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Wedding Car

 

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Beautiful Wedding Cake

 

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The Piano Player

 

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Wedding Reception at High Barn

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