The end of July presented us with another wedding and another county to travel to! Although in reality it is next to Suffolk, Waltham Abbey in Essex is still a little trip away from our base in Ipswich. My assistant for the day was Joe Howlett, or “little Joe” so as not to confuse anyone who asked!
Steph and Jamie had booked us for their wedding back in 2014 and that just seemed to have come around so fast with the big day looming! I had not long seen them both at their pre-wedding shoot and I know they would probably be a bit nervous on the big day – but then who isn’t really? The whole day and all eyes are focused on you as the bride and groom and add to that 2 photographers following you around and it can soon hit you – this is the day! Both Steph and Jamie were absolutely brilliant as were all their family and friends who once more made us feel very welcome, looked after us with drinks when needed and were a pleasure to be around.
The magnificent church of Waltham Abbey was where the ceremony took place and with the sun making an appearance every now and then some beautiful light made it through the windows hitting our couple as if it had all been planned by the big man upstairs! Sometimes a 2 dimensional image can’t capture all the splendour around but the stunning Waltham Abbey really did speak for itself and was a privilege to be able to photograph there.
The ceremony was beautiful and I did have to keep reminding myself to keep focused and not get too distracted – sometimes easier said than done. With my assistant, little Joe, covering the back of the Church for me with a 24-70 Lens, this allowed me to move around a bit and I switched between my 70-200mm lens for some close ups, and my new 35mm F1.4 lens for some wide shots to compliment little Joe’s from the back of the Church.
We then headed off for the reception at Ye Olde Plough House in Bulphan Essex and at this point everyone kind of has the chance to relax a bit, the happy couple are married, the drinks start to flow, the food is arriving and the rest of the day is there for everyone to celebrate with the happy couple.
And celebrate they did for the rest of the day long into the night! I witnessed a really emotional first dance and Steph’s dance with her father was, well, you had to be there really. And for us luckily we were – it was an amazing day and a real privilege to photograph the wedding and subsequent celebrations.
Thank you to Steph and Jamie and both sets of families for being fantastic – we wish the happy couple all the best for the future together.
Joseph George Photography