Apr 292013
 
Guest blogger Lauren Jeffs of Essex Bridal Wear Consultancy ‘Nell’Amore’ give some great help and advice for brides to be on what to consider when buying a wedding dress.

 

Lauren at Nell'Amore Follow Me on Pinterest Brides-to-be want to look fantastic on their wedding day, and, at Nell’Amore, we do our utmost to ensure they do.Proprietor Lauren Jeffs is passionate about customer care, building an enviable reputation for excellent service during her years in the bridal wear industry.From the moment a bride books an appointment to view our collection, she can expect the best. Clients and their entourage have the exclusive use of our boutique sitting room and changing facilities, enabling them to choose, in comfort, from our extensive range of beautiful gowns, must-have accessories and glittering tiaras and jewellery.Whatever your look – chic contemporary or embellished romantic – we have styles to suit you and your attendants.At Nell’Amore, in addition to the dress of your dreams, you will find free refreshments, parking, and, of course, that all-important one-to-one care and attention. 

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It’s the most important dress you will ever buy, so it’s no wonder that finding ‘The One’ can stress even the calmest of brides! Follow the tips below, and you’ll find that the path to sourcing your perfect wedding gown is smoother than you ever thought possible.

Before you attack the shops, it is helpful to gather ideas and inspiration giving you an idea about current fashions. This will help you decide your likes and dislikes regarding design, shape and fabrics.

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Magazines are a good place to start. If a particular designer catches your eye, go to his or her website and view the whole collection. Taking pictures of the designs to the bridal wear shops can help the consultant with her recommendations.

Ask yourself: “What kind of dress can I picture myself wearing on my big day?”.Research will only take you so far, however. Make bookings at a few bridal boutiques and start trying on. There is a world of difference between how a dress looks on the hanger and how it is when worn. So be open-minded; try as many as you feel you need. After all, it’s the only way to eliminate the definite ‘no-no’s, and narrow your search to those with definite possibilities.

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Strapless bras can help. Take one along to your appointments, and, if you are organised and have already bought your shoes, veil or tiara, take them too. Creating some idea of how you wish to look on your wedding day may make your dress decision easier.

Unless you are built like a model, in other words, six feet tall and very slim, chances are the gown won’t look the same on you as it does the mannequin. In lots of cases, you’ll probably look better. Dresses are designed to flatter a woman’s shape, and are so well structured these days, they shape you in all the right places.

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Plus-sized women can face a tougher time. Not every bridal wear shop stocks larger sizes, and some designers add surcharges. On the shape front, generally speaking, very curvy women are discouraged from wearing fishtail styles. However, I believe if you love your figure, flaunt it. It’s all about confidence; as long as you love it, your fiancé will too, and that’s all that matters.

But whatever your height or shape, begin your search with a positive attitude. If you go into a shop thinking you won’t be able to afford or find the right dress, nothing will flatter. Truth is, there is a beautiful gown out there within any budget.

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Your wedding day look – beautiful, naturally – is one thing, but it’s equally important to be comfortable. If you find yourself pulling the gown up or trying to prevent boning digging into your ribs, you’re going to remember the day for all the wrong reasons.It’s worth looking closely at the dress and checking you’re happy with the quality. Make sure you can see and feel that it is worth the price on the tag.

Give yourself ample time to plan. The general rule of thumb is you need to order your dress at least eight months before the wedding date. So, ideally, start shopping nine months or more before the big day. If you don’t have much time, consider allocating part of your budget to a ‘rush cut’ charge. This will ensure delivery of your dress usually within 8-10 weeks. If you’re lucky enough to fall in love with a sample dress which fits, or will do with slight alterations, the bridal shop owner may be willing to sell you if off the peg.

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Looking for your wedding dress should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and leave you with fabulous moments to cherish. Enjoy!!

If you would like speak with Lauren to find out more information then why not visit her shop at 14 High Street, Halstead, Essex, phone her on 01787 474923 or visit her web site at www.nellamore-bridalwear.co.uk

 

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 012012
 

‘With over 25 years of bespoke wedding services, Stock Brook Country Club has long been established as the premiere wedding venue in Essex’ Well that’s what it says on their web site anyway and I have absolutely no reason to disbelieve it.

I have to say Stock Brook Manor is an excellent wedding venue, it’s set in over 250 acres of English countryside on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Stock in central Essex and It’s here that I photographed the wedding of Jane and Ben some few weeks ago.

For those of you that follow my blog you will know that I did a pre wedding photo shoot a few weeks ago and that unfortunately Ben was unable to make it on the day. It was therefore a pleasure to meet him for the first time on the wedding day itself.

The day started photographing the bride (Jane) together with her bridesmaids Caroline, Nina, Tracey, Seliha and Izzy (and also Jane’s mum who had come over from Ireland). They were all at Caroline’s house in Shenfield and it’s fair to say that all was in a state of very organised chaos when I arrived, there was a lot going on but everyone seemed to know what they were doing. I even got a cup of coffee, which always goes down well (remember that!).

After photographing the ‘bridal prep’ is was off to Stock Brook Manor to photograph the groom (Ben) together with his best man (men) Jake and Aaron, his two brothers. Like I said before this was the first time I had met Ben and I literally had no idea what he looked like, however we had no problems meeting up and I found him to be a really nice guy.

I photographed Jane when she arrived at the venue and I have to say she looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress, although the dress was all a bit ‘bundled up’ as she squeezed in to the front seat of her brother in laws Ferrari.

The ceremony itself was lovely and a great opportunity to capture some more beautiful photographs. Following this Jane and Ben held reception drinks whilst they greeted their guests before we set off to photograph a few formal group shots on a beautifully manicured lawn, (I think it’s actually a bowling lawn).

On one of my previous visits to Stock Brook Manor I had seen a fantastic line of trees just along from the main gate; I knew these would be a perfect setting for some beautiful wedding photography and so that’s where I headed next, along with Jane and Ben of course. Only this time Jane had to squeeze her dress into the front of my car (not quite a Ferarri I’m afraid).

The rest of the day was brilliant and everything seemed to run very smoothly. The line up, the wedding breakfast, the wedding speeches, the toast, the cutting of the wedding cake, the casino, the chocolate fountain and finally of course as traditional at every wedding – the first dance and of course I photographed them all.

Jane and Ben are a wonderful couple and they were an absolute joy to work with. I wish them lots of luck and happiness in their life together

If you are planning an Essex wedding in 2012, and would like to discuss your wedding photography then please do not hesitate to contact me.

A selection of some of my favourite images from the day can be seen below. Please do leave a comment if you can.

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Stock Brook Manor wedding

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Stock Brook Manor wedding

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Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

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Stock Brook Manor wedding

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Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

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Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

Stock Brook Manor wedding

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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
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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Having fun on the dance floor

May 222011
 

Prested Hall Wedding

Gaynor & Tony

 

It was my privilege back on the 29th April to photograph the wedding of Gaynor and Tony at Prested Hall near Kelvedon in Essex. As I’m sure most of you remember this was also a special day for another wedding as well – of course I’m referring to the Royal Wedding of William and Kate at Westminster Abbey. (As I had already agreed to photograph Gaynor and Tony’s wedding I unfortunately had to let Will’s and Kate down! But I think they managed to find someone else!).

Gaynor and Tony are a fantastic couple from Braintree also in Essex, for those of you that follow my blog you will know we did a pre wedding photo shoot, also at Prested Hall back in March this year.

The 29th was a beautiful day, with blue skies and bright sunshine, Gaynor looked fantastic in her wedding dress and Tony had scrubbed up pretty good too, looking really cool in his morning suite and teal coloured cravat and handkerchief. The bridesmaids were also wearing teal coloured dresses and looked delightful. Unfortunately one of the bridesmaids, Gaynor’s daughter, Chloe, was feeling unwell on the day and was unable to carry out her role. That was a real shame but I’m pleased that she soon recovered and is feeling better now.

Both Tony and Gaynor had previously told me that they felt a bit nervous and uncomfortable about being photographed, but that’s really very difficult to believe because they were both so relaxed and the photographs look so natural. I think having a pre wedding photo shoot definitely helped. We were able to get to know each other a lot better, I was able to gain their confidence and most importantly I was able to give them some tips on how to stand and pose to look natural and relax. I think we got some beautiful photographs but I particularly like the natural light portraits taken on the bridge and in the grounds of the hall.

I have produced a selection of photographs below –

Prested Hall is an excellent wedding venue situated just off the A12 and not too far from either Chelmsford or Colchester both also in the wonderful county of Essex.

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Prested Hall Wedding Photography of Gaynor & Tony (Selected photos)

 

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Photo of the groom looking very dashing outside Prested Hall

the groom standing on steps at Prested Hall

The groom poses for photo’s before the wedding ceremony

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The bride looking pensive but gorgeous before the ceremony

bride sitting on the bed at Prested Hall

The bride waits calmly before the wedding ceremony

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Bride and bridesmaids at Prested Hall

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Bride looking out of the window at Prested Hall

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Groom and best man wait nervously for the bride to arrive

the groom sees the bride for the first time

Wedding photography Prested Hall – the groom sees the bride for the first time.

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Bride and groom during the wedding ceremony

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Bride and groom at Prested Hall signing the wedding register

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Bride and groom at the start of the wedding procession.

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Guests throw confetti in the gardens of Prested Hall – Kelvedon Essex

close up of the married couple

I only have eyes for you

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The bride and groom enjoy a quiet moment in the gardens at Prested Hall

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Tony Sale Photography – wedding and portrait photography Essex

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Black and white photograph of the bride and groom

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The happily married couple on the bridge in the gardens of Prested Hall in Essex

a tender moment between the bride and groom

A tender moment between the bride and groom

The bride and groom

A natural light portrait of the bride and groom at Prested Hall

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Oct 302010
 

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Chris and Ashlea are a truly delightful couple and they have two equally delightful children, Ben (aged 2) and Brook (aged just a few months). They recently got a unique opportunity to get married a Gosfield Hall which is an extremely impressive wedding venue, a Georgian manor house situated in the picturesque village of Gosfield in north Essex, which coincidently also happens to be where I live. (Gosfield that is – not the hall).

It was a beautiful day, not too hot, but with lots of sunshine and blue skies. Ashlea looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress and Chris also looked very dapper in his morning tails.

They were a fantastic couple and were great to work with, as indeed were all of their guests. It was a truely memorable day and everyone seemed to  enjoy themselves and have a wonderful time.

For those of you that attended the wedding or are friends of Chris or Ashlea then ask them for the ‘code’ and you can then access all of the photographs in a private gallery on my main web site. www.tonysalephotography.co.uk

Finally a special thanks to Becca who came along and assisted me on the day.

I hope you like the images.

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The Gosfield Hall Wedding of Ashlea and Chris (A Selection Of Images)

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Bridal Preparation

 

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Portrait of The Groom

 

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Cute Page Boy

 

 

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The Groom and The Boys

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Bride and Groom on The Grand Staircase

 

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Portrait of The Bride & Groom

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Bride With Her Bridesmaids

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Wedding Breakfast

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Wedding Portraits

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Bride and Groom Portrait

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First Dance

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