Blog / Relaxed and alternative wedding photography 2017 | Part 1

I’m a little late to this (it’s 11th January already….it’s going to be one of those years!)  but I just wanted to share some of 2017’s images.  What a year.  It was a good one, lovely jobs, more than I’d thought as the year started a bit quietly, but soon picked up.  The whole year was consumed privately with the buying and selling of our house and new house.  It was traumatic and I really thought I was on the edge a few times!  Now we are through that, it feels like a blur, but I really didn’t enjoy the year as much as I could have done.

Sometimes, no matter how lucky and fulfilled you know you should be, you just can’t shift the thing that’s dragging you down and pop your head up above the gloom.  But we are here!  A new home, new start.  Same town, same schools etc, so not huge changes, but we have space and an exciting project ahead of us. So, onto the work….

I had the pleasure of photographing some amazing couples weddings last year.  Many different venues and types of weddings, all relaxed and fun and informal, just my style! I photographed at the lovely Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds twice, one large wedding which started at the amazing St Marys church then onto the Athenaeum, and another which was a tiny elopement. I had a wonderful day at one of my favorite wedding venues, South Farm near Cambridge.  Such a beautiful venue, and an incredible day.  We were so lucky with the March weather last year, sunshine all round and even an outdoor ceremony!

I did several wedding which were marquees in fields, weather that be a family friends field right next to the church, or on the couples own farmland.  One stunning marquee wedding was near beautiful Aldeburgh on the suffolk coast.  Another was just outside Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  The reception was in an open sided barn, beautifully decorated and then with a marquee for dancing.  Complete with a flower power polly tunnel for selfies and the couples alpacas roaming around!

I had some other smaller day’s, including a ceremony at Uttlesford Register Office in Saffron Walden which was followed by a party at home.  An intimate wedding at The Red Lion Whittlesford Bridge was fabulous fun too.  I had an eventful time at an intimate wedding at The Riverside Hotel, Mildenhall. While photographing the bride getting ready, unfortunately someone drove into the back of my car and wrote it off!

A slight panic from me and very understanding bride and her family, and without too much disruption to the photography (the bride had some food while I was on the phone to the insurance) and then we were back on track!  With a lift from family I was transported to the venue in time and all went ahead fabulously!  A taxi home, hire car and then a little investment in a new car, and here we are!  At least no one was hurt, and the wedding was unhindered.  You really can expect anything to happen on your big day, but trust me when I say that it will all work out Ok in the end!

I ventured into Suffolk again for a wonderful wedding at the stunning Woodhall Manor, a venue I’d not previously worked at, and I’d really love to shoot there again.  There were so many opportunities for stunning images.  And as a contrast I also ventured into London for a wedding at the amazing Islington Assembly Hall.  Emma and Chris were incredible, and the day matched them.  A stunning Choccywoccydoodah cake topped off the amazing day, well that and some incredible dancing!

Another new venue that I’d not worked at before was the amazing Reid Rooms.  We were so lucky once again with the weather, and the outdoor ceremony was on! How amazing is it to travel to your ceremony in the middle of a field, on a tractor!  I loved it here and I’m so thrilled to be shooting here again this year.  I also re-visited the lovely Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, and we had a fabulous day with yet another lovely relaxed couple and family.

So as not to overwhelm, I’m doing this in two posts, as I found it hard to whittle down the images!  So look out for post number two, if you fancy it! Thanks for reading this if you have got this far!  I look forward to sharing more work with you soon.  Cheers all.  Rebecca x

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The Red Lion Whittlesford