Seckford Hall wedding photography
Today was my first taste of Seckford Hall wedding photography. I was looking forward to this wedding a lot. It is a most picturesque venue in the heart of Suffolk, with the most amazing staff. But more of the venue later.
I started my day further south in Helen’s home town of Brightlingsea. Until I met David & Helen there for their pre wedding shoot, I had never been to Brightlingsea before either. I was aware of this town from years back. It was the centre of many a protest about the transportation of live animals. The beach and harbour area of this “Cinque Port” town is really quite engaging.
The morning preparations were filled with bustle as Helen and all her bridesmaids got themselves ready. As a candid documentary photographer, this is always one of my favourite parts of the day. Whilst here are times when I can laugh and be “one of the girls”. I can mostly quietly observe the interactions between the bride and her bridesmaids, or nervous mum or proud dad.
I left Helen getting ready and headed up to Brightlingsea Church to meet up with David and his groomsmen and to photograph some shots of the church. As a documentary “story teller” it is always important to me to capture some “scene settings shots” as these give the story a sense of place. Whilst I don’t normally like to be negative in my blog posts it is worth pointing out to future potential brides and grooms that the vicar has a very strict line on photography. Whilst she is a perfectly pleasant lady, she was completely unmoving in her stance of ” no photography whatsoever during the ceremony”. Nothing at all was allowed – not even from the back having pointed out that my cameras are completely silent. It is such a shame that one of the most important moments in Helen & David’s life had to go undocumented.
As we left church and guests were gathering to throw confetti, the skies darkened. Thankfully the ran held off until Helen & David were in their wedding car and underway. As I began the journey to Seckford Hall, the skies opened and much of the journey on the A12 was made in monsoon conditions. Thankfully, by the time we arrived at Seckford Hall the rain was easing and after a brief period the slies cleared and we were all able to enjoy the beautiful grounds and gardens.
This is where my Seckford Hall wedding photography started for real. An afternoon of drinking and chatting in the gardens, accompanied by some rather splendid live music. Then we headed into the main dining room for the wedding breakfast. Some exceedingly funny speeches punctuated the meal.Then it was back outside to enjoy some late afternoon sunshine in the gardens. I often use this time between the meal and the evening party to shoot a few romantic moments with just the bride and groom. This is usually a relaxed period of the day which means that the couple are not missing out on their guests whilst we achieve some pictures. In any event I usually only spend about 15 minutes or so doing these, before we get back to recording real moments of the day.
As the sun started to set Helen and David cut their wedding cake. The evening was then properly underway with a first dance. The excellent band then struck up and the party really “kicked off” with some great shapes being thrown. Helen & David had also asked me to arrange a second shooter to provide some Photo booth style images. I was therefore able to spend some time in the company of the rather splendid Sara Thomas Photography who came to help out.
I had completed my shooting for the day and was packing my car when I noticed the silhouette of the Scots Pine against the sunsets. Not being one to pass up a picture I quickly got my gear out again and finished my Seckford Hall wedding photography with what I felt was a great ending for this particular story.
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