A new wedding venue in North Essex close to Coggeshall. The lovely country setting of the venue is ideal for a bespoke wedding Reception or other family celebration. The venue was previously a restaurant and has an excellent large kitchen, lounge, dining and dancing areas! The gardens have country views which will be ideal for our style of photography. It looks fantastic for our signature sunset wedding shots! The Compasses Pattiswick is run by a highly experienced wedding event organiser Paul Gooding, who we have worked with many times previously. We look forward to our first commission at this venue.
Tara and Tom asked us to be their Colchester Town Hall Photographer and afterwards at Green Island Gardens, Ardleigh, for their Summer Wedding. It was a beautiful day when we arrived at Tara’s Parents’ home for Tara’s preparation pictures. Tara was having her hair finished and the Bridesmaids were putting their sarees on Everything was going well. When Mum was ready, she helped Tara put on her Wedding Dress. The garden was the place for a few pictures, giving a lovely backdrop and shade. With a few portraits of Tara and a the pictures of the Bridesmaids and Family completed it was time for us to leave. Colchester Town Hall was where the Civil Ceremony was taking place. We left extra time for some known road closures and also holiday time traffic! turned out not to be a problem leaving us with sufficient time for Tom’s pictures with his Best Man and Ushers. We also managed a few Guest arrival pictures before they made their way up the stairs to the Moot Hall for the Ceremony.
Tara arrived, we used the few minutes for a couple of pictures before she saw the Registrars and went upstairs. With everybody seated Tara entered the impressive Moot Hall. After the formalities of the Ceremony, Tara and Tom went out of the room, paused on the stairs for a couple of pictures before heading downstairs. Tara and Tom then went outside into the brilliant sunshine and chatted a little while with their Guests, whilst the Chaffeur was opening the Champagne. Everybody then waved them off as they left the Town Hall for the Wedding Reception at Green Island Gardens. The Guests arrived, they made their way into the gardens for the Welcome Drinks and being entertained by a String Quartet. Tara and Tom arrived a while later. Whilst the Bridal Party were organising the confetti with the Guests, we took a few pictures of Tom and Tara. After being covered in confetti by their Guests, they then had time to socialise, whilst we took some informal pictures. We managed to find a nice area in the shade to do the requested family pictures, followed by Tara and Tom’s pictures around the grounds as the time was racing by! The Garden games proved to be a hit with the Guests during the rest of the afternoon and provided a few good reaction pictures. Beautiful backdrops and light! Evening Guests then started to arrive and after Tara and Tom spent a little time with them it was time for them all to move to the Marquee for the Wedding Breakfast. It was at this point Tara and Tom went to get changed into traditional Sri Lankan clothing. They looked stunning! We were able to take a few pictures as they had to make their way over to the Marquee. Before the start of the meal the Father of the Bride made his Speech and after the main course, Tom made his Speech. A beautiful night sky appeared and we were able to capture this before the desserts were served. Yuandi completed the Speeches later before the cake cutting. Tara and Tom then took to the Dance Floor for their First Dance. This was followed by a Bollywood Dance Workshop which was fun. A colourful, rewarding and fabulous day! Thank you Tara and Tom for asking us to be your Wedding Photographers.
Prested Hall Wedding Photography – It was an early start for us arriving at Anna’s Parents’ home for the preparation pictures. It was a beautiful day, and preparations were well underway. After capturing the getting ready shots, it was time for a few pictures in the garden which Anna’s Dad had worked so hard on to provide a nice backdrop. It was sunny and very humid so we took the garden pictures as quickly as we could! David and I then left to go St Nicolas Church, Witham. Chris and his Groomsmen were at the Church when we arrived and we managed to take a few pictures of them in between their duties. It wasn’t long before Anna arrived, driven to the Church by her Dad in the E-Type Jag. With all the Guests in the Church she made her way up the path and into the Church with her Dad followed by the Bridesmaids. During the service there was an almighty downpour which was quickly followed by brilliant sunshine! At the end of the Ceremony, Anna and Chris led their Guests out of the Church for some requested family photographs. Once these were finished everybody made their way to the gate for the confetti pictures, before leaving for the Reception. Anna and Chris wanted some pictures with the car along the driveway to Prested Hall, which we were happy to do. Timings were perfect, us arriving, getting set up just as they turned into the driveway. It was a great fun session with Anna and Chris also rehearsing (without music!) their dance steps for later, with us getting the fun images we wanted. Anna and Chris then joined their Guests for the Drinks Reception whilst we took a few informal pictures. A little while later as we were starting to organise the everybody picture, the rain made another appearance! The Wedding Breakfast beckoned! After the meal, we covered the Speeches, which was then followed by a second attempt at the ‘everybody’ picture with more success this time! Before the start of the evening celebrations and the arrival of their evening Guests, we took the happy couple for a short walk around the grounds of Prested Hall for a few relaxed pictures. Being a day of good but mixed weather, they ended up with a brilliant sunset picture as well as a rainbow picture! Later Anna and Chris’ s rehearsed First Dance wowed their Guests before they joined them on the dance floor. It was nice to see familiar family members again. An amazing Wedding!
We were delighted to receive this ‘Thank you’ from Geni and Mark:-
“Just to say a big thank you for all your hard work. We are so happy with our wedding album and you really couldn’t have done better”.Geni and Mark were married recently at The Rose & Crown Hotel, Colchester.