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Friday 24th October - St Marys Hornchurch and Gaynes Park

Caitlyn and David

Caitlyn was maid of honour at a wedding I photographed last October, and Kerry then returned the favour this year. There were so many personal touches and things to photograph that I don't think I put the cameras down once.

wedding dress and makeup

brides shoes

engagement ring and matching necklace

The ceremony took place at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hornchurch - only a 10 minute drive from their home. On arriving, a space had been left in the carpark for me which was much appreciated however I did have to warn David that Caitlyn was going to be around 30 minutes late so not to panic!

groom and buttonhole

entrance of the bride

pew ends

ceremony from the balcony



I just loved their priest, who not only made up some of the delay but was just so enthusiastic - especially on announcing them husband and wife!

announce as husband and wife


On exiting the church the bride and groom choose to release two doves from their hands whilst the parents got to open a basket full - all of which flew straight at me. Swiftly followed by us all getting covered in confetti too!

dove release

dove release from basket


bridal party

After a drive through the Essex countryside to get to Gaynes Park, Caitlyn and David asked for a few photos of them with their 'fleet' of vehicles before taking a walk around the grounds - there's no shortage of places for pictures at this venue.

wedding cars and bus

wedding bus

bride and groom hug

bride and bouquet

kiss through the heart gate

bride and groom walking

The barn had been dressed with drapes and a chandelier alongside plenty of candles and twinky lights. Guest seating was also on the mezzanine level which gave them a great view of the speeches.

barn set up for wedding breakfast


Darkness fell during the meal but at Gaynes this means that other areas get lit up - perfect for night-time photos. Mr and Mrs was also projected onto the wall for their first dance - plus, in my opionion, LED dancefloors are just amazing! To honour her South African heritage Caitlyn had arranged for zulu dancers and drummers to come and put on a show for everyone.

first dance

first dance

zulu dancer

zulu dancers

basket of flip flops



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