The nice thing about summer weddings is that if you’re lucky you get nice weather. The day of Leanne and Christian’s wedding was just the kind of day you hope for, dry and sunny.
This was a bonus because the couple were getting married at Sturmer Hall in Haverhill, Essex. It is set in beautiful countryside with a fishing lake and it’s partially moated. So, it’s a fantastic setting for a wedding photographer to take photographs.
Leanne and Christian were getting married in Sturmer Church, which was built in the Medieval period. It is in the grounds of the Sturmer Estate. You enter the building through an ancient oak door.
I started off by taking photographs of Leanne as she was getting ready. I particularly like the black and white close-ups.
When I take photographs at a wedding I always try and include small details, which capture the anticipation. There’s photograph of Leanne’s shoes, the couple’s rings and one of the page boys having his buttonhole attached.
The hotel had wonderful dark wood doors, panelling and staircases. It made for nice atmospheric photographs of Leanne and the children. I love the photograph of Leanne being fitted into her dress and her young son, behind her looking proudly at his mum.
At the church, you can see the bride and her bridesmaid at a distance through the famous door and inside the church Christian has his young daughter in his arms. As soon as they set eyes on each other they didn’t stop smiling. It was a moving ceremony full of love. Leanne looked stunning in her bridal gown with Christian and the bridesmaids and groomsmen in pale blue.
Outside the church, I was able to get some great shots of the happy couple, their guests and the gorgeous children. Then it was time to move to the hotel for the reception. I took photographs outside and inside. The countryside was lush and green and made a wonderful backdrop. I also managed to get an outside photograph of all the groomsmen together looking fabulous in their blue suits.
At the reception, there was lots of singing. Leanne and Christian are both professional singers, so they performed too. There was a giant Mr and Mrs Jules sign on the dance floor and an elegant white 3-tiered wedding cake.
Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it was a real pleasure to photograph. I hope that Leanne and Christian will enjoy looking at their wedding album for many, many years to come.
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Wedding venue: Sturmer Hall