Last year, Lucy and Doug, who were looking for an Essex wedding photographer, approached me to document their wedding day in July this year.
The wedding ceremony itself was at the lovely parish church of Holy Trinity Church in Takeley, followed by a reception (read BIG party) at The Pledgdon Barn in Essex.
Lucy and Doug really wanted a documentary wedding photographer for their day and I enjoyed photographing their wedding a lot. The Holy Trinity Church in Takeley is such a lovely, traditional church – a perfect place for a wedding. The vicar was very amenable and the ceremony itself, whilst solemn, wasn’t without its fair share of emotion and fun too. There is an untouchable bond between Lucy and her Mum, and I really wanted to capture that sense between the two as her mum prepared to walk Lucy down the aisle. As it turns out, the first image in the sequence below is one of my favourite of the year to date. Its shot through a glass door that was shut, and of course, technically its not perfect – but very few of my images are. It’s all about the moment and I particularly like that image for the sense of bond that it captures.
Lucy and Doug were enveloped by friends and family when they exited the church, and it really was lovely to see how happy everyone seemed to be at their celebration. An impromptu confetti walk and they sped off in a Morris Minor “Lucy” (appropriately) to The Pledgdon Barn.
The Pledgdon Barn is a lovely, romantic wedding venue with plenty of character. It’s a stunning, beamed Elizabethan venue, set in beautiful countryside. It would be an understatement to say the speeches were some of the most emotional I’ve ever photographed. They were also some of the funniest I’ve ever photographed. Lucy’s mum, Lucy, Doug and Doug’s brother all delivering touching but humorous speeches – and the master of ceremonies had some wise quips up his sleeve too.
A genuinely lovely couple, who I could tell from the moment I met them were just so “into” each other. The wedding was a fitting finale to a lot of preparation and, looking through the shots of the dance sequence, I think you can all tell how much in love they genuinely are.
Most of the images in this selection are monochrome. As always, please feel free to leave comments below. Guests at the wedding can see the full gallery here.
Don’t forget – if you are looking for an Essex Wedding Photographer, please do get in touch. I have very limited availability for 2012 and 2013 is booking up quickly too.