I just love these kinds of days. Friends and family think it must be horrible spending the amount of time I do on the road, especially when you tell them that there would be around nine to ten hours driving. However, I really like this aspect of the my work. I get time to think through new ideas, listen to music while sat on my behind and ultimately spend the day travelling somewhere beautiful and new.
Leaving Leeds at about 5am with a car full of coffee, snacks, CD’s, a nice 1930s three piece suit to change into and my camera gear I set off on my long journey to Norfolk. I adore this part of the world deeply especially south-east of Norwich towards Beccles so it was a joy to visit again.
From the first time I saw Hales Hall online it had stunned me with it’s beauty. I’d kept checking back – seeing other pictures taken there and finding out about it’s history. It’s typical old and established Norfolk fair really – the site has had a house on it for over 1000 years. It has been lived in by the Attorney General to King Henry VII and the barn is medieval and just happens to be the largest brick built one in Britain. I knew it would make a stunning location and a great place to get some fantastic pictures.
Arriving first at Rachael’s parents house on the outskirts of Norwich I got to actually meet my bride. This was an example where we couldn’t meet before the wedding due to the couple living in London and me in Leeds. Rachael’s family looked after me very well. With unlimited tea I got pretty caffinated and I could start snapping away with no worries, capturing lots of little details and the happy atmsophere of all in the house.
The colour theme at this wedding was really nice. Light blue and white was the order of the day. All bridesmaids dresses were vintage style 1950s baby blue polka dot dresses, the flowers matched and even the wedding VW camper van matched too!
Arriving at the venue which was about 30 minutes away I was struck by it’s beauty. Very quickly I met Pete, his ushers and his best man and could start snapping various details and guests arriving. This wedding was such a breeze from my point of view as every single person was in the such high spirits and were clearly behind the couple 100%.
The day passed by wonderfully. The brides arrival was perfectly timed. The service was true and heartfelt and clearly was the coming together of two people so deeply in love. I could get lovely pictures of people having drinks on the lawn. The few group shots went well and I could do a first set of bride and groom portraits all before the meal and speeches at around 5pm.
It was time for a well earned relax. I hadn’t really stopped since 5am so I could sit down with a meal and have 15 minutes relaxing myself before having a flick through what I’d taken so far.
Once the speeches started at about 6.30pm I was on the go again, capturing what were some of the funniest and most eloborate speeches I’ve heard. The chaps had arranged a sound track to be used and had some specially created props. The guests really were cracking up over this.
It was then time for another set of portraits as the sun was setting. This is always a favourite with my brides, when you can backlight them and surround them in that lovely pinky glow of the evening which is especially beautiful in May.
The evening passed into the night time reception. This entailed a great 1950s and 60s styled rock and roll band that had everyone dancing. I got some cracking pictures of all the guests and also some pretty wild dancing. It was around 9pm that I climbed into my car for the drive back to Leeds. A couple of strong coffees on the A1 on the way back I in bed by about 1.30am. Very tired but very pleased with how the day went.
I sent Rachael and pete the CD’s when they were back from their honeymoon and received the lovely message back .
The photos are great, really pleased with them – thank you.
Rachael & Peter- 4th May 2013
What a lovely couple and what a pleasure to capture such a lovely day with them and their families and freinds. I wish them all the best.