Braxted Park wedding photography....
Going back to early summer in 2015 when I photographed the beautiful wedding of Ali and Joe at the stunning wedding venue, Braxted Park in Essex.
I first met Ali and Joe at the Bluewater Wedding Fair 18months or so before their wedding where we discussed their wedding and the collection that would best suit them.
Fast forward 18months and we meet up with each other again at one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Essex, Braxted Park ready for their big day to begin!!
It was a beautiful warm sunny day and as soon as I reached the top of the driveway of Braxted Park, I stopped to take venue photographs.
I met up with Sarah from The Wedding Dolls, the wonderful wedding planners, who talked through the plans for the day with me before I found Ali who was getting ready in the cottage with her bridesmaids.
During the preparation photographs I was able to flit between the bride and groom to take photographs of them due to both of them getting ready at the venue – it certainly kept me fit, running from one site to another.
The details of the day were stunning, the bridesmaids colours, the flowers, the guest ‘day plans’, the table plan and even the personalised cocktails – everything was beautiful!
The time came for Ali to walk down the aisle to meet her groom, her husband to be, and it was perfect! The ceremony took place outside in the Knott Garden and with the weather as warm as it was, it was the perfect setting.
After the ceremony, the guests followed the bride and groom through the grounds, stopping for a few group shots along the way. Eventually everyone reached the gardens where a steel band were waiting to entertain and giant garden games were waiting to be played.
During the day, Ali kept stopping to take it all in and I totally recommend this to brides and couples. Just stop, look around, breath it all in and take in the details. It was so lovely to watch as Ali would just stop what she was doing and look around, taking a deep breath. She was capturing her mental memories for her memory bank which was lovely!
I took the couple of on their own for 20ish minutes for photographs alone which was great for them, just to be on their own – well, with me but I left them to it and stuck to my longer lens so I didn’t interfere too much.
Soon it was time for speeches before dinner and after dinner, we did a few more photographs as the light was beautiful just as the sun started to set!! The ‘Golden Hour’ is such a beautiful time of day and I always stress to my couples that if we can, we should make the most of it!!
A little while after the last set of photographs, it was time for the party to start, which opened with a well choreographed first dance routine which left their guests clapping and whistling!!
Soon, it was time for me to leave!! I left smiling and happy with myself knowing I’d done the best job in the world – capturing the wedding memories for Ali and Joe!
I love being a wedding photographer!! It's the best job in the world!