Blog / An october wedding at sturmer hall, essex
At the end of October 2012 I had the honor of photographing Vanessa and Mike’s special day. The day started at the wonderful Sturmer Hall, with Vanessa a very relaxed bride-to-be. The weather was not the indian summer late October day that was perhaps hoped for, but as always the rains stops and the sun shines at moments throughout any day, so as much as it might seem a problem when your worrying about it, it never really is.
The next step was to follow the groom and best man on the walk from home to St Mary’s Church in Haverhill. I must have looked a bit odd diving in and out of the market, making sure that I didn’t miss them by being on the wrong side of the road, but it was very much worth it to join them on the walk and get some photos as they walked through the town and up to the church.
A very personal service, and a school choir singing the hymns all added up to a beautiful wedding that you couldn’t help but feel emotional during!
While we took a walk for some couple portraits the heavens opened, but a beautiful house to go inside and photograph in, and then a good umbrella and a relaxed couple lead to it not being stressful and resulting in some lovely portraits.
It was the first weddings I’ve covered where the bride was part of the evening entertainment! Vanessa plays the saxophone in the band Linton Jazz, and after their fabulous first dance Vanessa took her place on the stage for the first of several numbers. It was brilliant to see and such a wonderful personal touch.
A wonderful time was had by all! A real honor to be a part of it, many thanks indeed. Here are a few kind words that Vanessa emailed me after receiving her photos.
"I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you thank you thank you for the wonderful photos! I've looked at them all about 10 times now! From the moment we opened the lovely box with the beautiful packaging to the end of looking at the photos we were smiling and enjoying reliving every minute. You have captured all the key things, and they are a brilliant record of the day."