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Saturday 9 July - Bradbourne House

Emma and Richard

When I met Emma and Richard I was living in Kent and their wedding was to be really close to my home. Things changed and by the time it came to the big day I'd moved back to Bedfordshire. However it was a great day trip, especially as I had my friend Obi along for the ride and as second shooter.

dress and shoes

mum hat and bride hair

Arriving at Bradbourne there was just time for a quick hello with Richard and to see orchard set up for their outdoor ceremony.

Bradbourne House

groom and rings

ceremony setup

signage and flowers

With a long sweeping driveway you get a real feeling of grandeur as you drive up to the house. Emma made use of the bridal room to see the registrars and make final preparations before the bridal party walked over to the orchard set within walled gardens. You may spot that Emma started out the ceremony wearing a veil ... but part way through a gust of wind took it straight out of her hair. So rather than faff about we didn't replace it until later for a few photos.

bride arrives

bride and dad



bride arrival




Rather than bay trees or large pedetals of flowers, the couple's florist had made heart shaped wreaths. Even the front door of the house was adorned with one that matched Emma's bouquet. After the ceremony and confetti we did a few photos in the orchard before they went off for a drive whilst the guests enjoyed drinks and canapes.

signing the register




wedding car

bride and groom at doorway

On their return I did the usual group and family photos. I liked the fact that Emma's bridesmaids were all in slightly different muted shades. To keep everyone entertained they'd also hired a range of vintage fete style games such as hook a duck. The sacks were a little small but a race was held!

bridal party


vintage games

sack race

The wedding breakfast was held in the Great Hall. There's no getting away from the strong blue wall colour and hundreds of portraits, so I understand it's not to everyone's taste. But I think it's an amazing room and with elements of blue within the flowers it merged perfectly. The big group was actually done after the meal as a way of getting everyone outside so they could change the room around for the evening.

wedding breakfast

wedding cake

all guests

A short walk along the river takes you to a small pond and waterfall. This is one of Obi's shots as I'd tasked him to find a way to the other side ... he was literally peering out from shrubbery at this point trying desperately not to fall into the water! We were also really lucky to witness the most stunning sunset that evening so dragged the couple back outside to make the most of the sky!

bride and groom across water

bride and groom walking

kiss and light up letters

cutting the cake

sunset and first dance

first dance

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