Wedding Photography for Louise & Jamie – Fennes, Bocking

The Fennes Estate with the addition of a snow covering, made an even more amazing setting for Louise and Jamie’s Wedding! Seeing the line up of wellies, on arrival, we knew it was going to be a great day!  Lots of excitable noise could be heard upstairs in Fennes with the girls getting ready.  Harry, Louise and Jamie’s son, was with them and had plenty of attention paid to him. After capturing the getting ready pictures and once the girls were ready we took a few photographs before it was time for the Civil Ceremony. wedding-photographer-essex-fennes-estate Louise looked radiant walking into the Ceremony with her Father, followed by the Bridesmaids. After the Ceremony, Louise, Jamie, family and friends enjoyed the Drinks Reception whilst we captured some informal images.  A little while later after a few family photographs in the warm in the Gold Room and following a change of footware for many of us, we ventured outside with the Bridal Party  for  some fun relaxed pictures walking through the snow. The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen returned inside leaving Louise, Jamie, Harry and us to go to the
wedding-photographer-essex-the-fennes-estate With beautiful light, a wonderful setting, a happy couple, some lovely pictures!  Confetti pictures were in the Gold Room before the Receiving Line.  After greeting their Guests, it was time for the Speeches before the Wedding Breakfast.  Harry’s Birthday was the following day so after the Wedding Breakfast there was a surprise Birthday cake for him. Before the arrival of their Evening Guests, Louise and Jamie wanted to have a few pictures taken around the inside of Fennes. Not long after Louise and Jamie cut their Wedding Cake and took to the dance floor for their First Dance.  Our night finished with a couple of closing pictures of Louise and Jamie in front of Fennes. wedding-photographer-essex-the-fennes-estate Great to work with David of Rideout Productions again and thanks to the staff at Fennes for looking after us so well.


Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Convention 2013

David has recently returned from Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Convention (WPPI) in MGM Grand, Las Vegas. The convention covers a whole range of seminars, classes and workshops for the 15,000 delegates.

David’s favourite part was listening to the judging in the competitions, at which the standard was extremly high. Despite the high standard one picture did get sufficient score for an ‘Accolade of Excellence’ and displayed in the exhibition. Only four pictures from UK photographers achieved that this year!

The Awarded picture was in the Wedding Photojournalism section and was titled ‘Bulls Eye!” Slightly hard to see on a small online picture, the bridesmaid has just thrown the petals into the bride’s cleavage, the reaction you can see even at this size!


Bulls Eye!


An Essex Wedding 50th issue

A great honour to have one of our Weddings selected for the cover of the 50th issue of An Essex Wedding. There is also a ‘Real Wedding’ feature inside covering four pages.


Thanks to Reena & Steve for letting us share their special day at the Fennes



We were delighted to receive this ‘thank you’:-

Dear David & Sandra,

Daniel and I would like to thank you both enormously for your part in making our special day yesterday so amazing.

We have received so many compliments on how friendly and professional you both were and we would thoroughly recommend you to any forthcoming bride and grooms – We would happily give you any testimonial which may be of use to your business.
Kind Regards

Ruth & Dan


Wedding Photography for Vicki & Dan – Fennes

Vicki and Dan chose the popular Fennes Estate for their Wedding and had a fantastic day to remember!  Vicki and her Bridesmaids were getting ready upstairs at Fennes, whilst Dan and his Groomsmen were getting ready in one of the Lodges.  It was soon time for their Ceremony and Vicki looked lovely as she made her entrance into the Pavilion as did Dan in his Army estate Following the Ceremony, although cold outside, everybody went outside for a couple of pictures before going inside for a few requested Groups. Later, we took a few fun bridal party pictures outside, thank you to all of you, it was really cold! wedding-photographer-essex-the-fennes-estate Vicki and Dan wanted a couple of pictures on the bridge, which happened in double quick time! wedding-photographer-essex-fennesAfter confetti pictures in the Gold Room it was time for the Wedding Breakfast.  Guests listened to the Speeches before the meal, unbeknown to them there was an extra Speech later!  Vicki’s Speech was a surprise to everybody, especially Dan, and when Vicki (not a good singer!) started to sing, the Soul Singer, Dominic, appeared on the Dance Floor to rapturous applause!  Dancing to his songs was followed by cake cutting and the First Dance.   A brilliant day and will be remembered by us especially for Vicki jumping with joy throughout the day!


Wedding Photography for Sammy & Jack – The Fennes Estate

Sammy and Jack chose the superb Wedding Venue, The Fennes, for their Wedding.  Our first port of call on our arrival at Fennes was to the girls to see how things were coming along.  All was running smoothly, time for some detail pictures and capturing the atmosphere of the day.  Before long it was time for Jack, his Best Man and Usher to greet the first of their Guests downstairs as well as having a few photographs.  It was a dry bright day so stepping outside for the guys pictures was a must.  Once Sammy was ready, and after seeing the Registrars, it was time for her to make her entrance into the Pavilion for the Ceremony. wedding-photographer-essex-fennes After the Ceremony, Sammy and Jack led the way to the Drinks Reception at the front of the House and outside to take the ‘everybody’ picture.  The Guests remained outside enjoying the Drinks and sunshine  so we took the opportunity to take their family photographs. Sammy and the Bridesmaids wanted some pictures on the bridge we then took Sammy and Jack for their pictures around Fennes. wedding-photographer-essex-fennes After confetti pictures in the Gold Room, it was time for the Wedding Breakfast and Speeches, before a few pictures of Sammy and Jack followed by the evening reception.  After taking some informal pictures of their Evening Guests and the First Dance, Sammy and Jack wanted a night picture with Fennes Bridal cottage which we took before saying goodnight and watching them re-join their Guests for the rest of the evening. wedding-photographer-essex-fennes Thanks to the staff at Fennes for looking after us so well.


St Francis Hospice at House of Commons

It was a great honour to be asked to photograph The St Francis Hospice fund raising night at The Speaker’s Apartments in the House of Commons with our good friends Kevin & Sabrina Pengelly . Sandra and Sabrina were there as guests of Pam Court, the Hospice Chief Executive.  The patron was TV presenter Richard Madeley and the guest list included numerous MP’s for the champagne reception. The Apartments are absolutely stunning, however, we were requested to keep the paintings out of our photographs, which of course we have complied with as far as possible.


Richard Madley with Pam Court


Picture by Dave Court


Testimonial BEFORE seeing the pictures!

David and Sandra
“Thank you so much for your time and patience on Saturday! You both did a great job and everyone commented on how professional you were, always being in the right place at the right time yet also being very discreet.
We can’t wait to see the photos when we get back from our honeymoon”
Thanks again
Mel and Dave

Pre-Wedding Pictures

Vicki and Alex came to see us recently to let us know the final details of their Wedding and to have a few pre-wedding pictures taken.  Vicki and Alex are getting married at Leez Priory, Chelmsford, was good to meet Ruth and Daniel again for their pre-wedding pictures.  Ruth and Daniel are getting married soon in pictures


Wedding Photography for Natasha & Mark – Crabbs Barn, Kelvedon

It was a cold but dry day when we arrived at Crabbs Barn, Kelvedon, for the Wedding of Natasha and Mark.  Natasha was getting ready in the Bridal Suite together with her Bridesmaid, Khadyah, and as the time progressed we captured the images.  When Natasha was ready, her Dad greeted her and after a few pictures it was time to take the short walk to the Barn for the Civil Ceremony, where close family and friends were waiting.  Natasha and Mark wanted an intimate and relaxed day with their close family and friends. Following the Ceremony, Natasha and Mark had a little while by themselves before we took a few pictures of them.  Not wanting to keep them outside very long, we managed their time very well and achieved some nice barn-kelvedon
wedding-potographer-essex-crabbs barn-kelvedon With their Guests enjoying the Reception Drinks and Natasha and Mark joining them, in between we took a few family group pictures inside the Garden Room together with some informal pictures.  The Wedding Breakfast was held in the barn on one big table, which made for a wonderful intimate barn-kelvedon Coverage of the Speeches followed before the start of the evening Reception.  As more Guests arrived for the Evening Reception we took some informal pictures of them before the cutting of the cake and the First Dance.  To finish our day we took a couple of pictures of the happy couple outside the Barn.