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Saturday 25 June - St Mary's Saffron Walden and Sheene Mill

Madeleine and James

I photographed for Madeleine's cousin a few years ago and was so excited when she contacted me to say that her and James were planning their own celebrations. In fact I was made to feel truely like a member of the family from the moment I arrived at her parents house to capture the preparations.

dress and shoes

gown embroidery

hair

bouquet

dress on

Getting to the church before the bride was a bit of a challenge given the need to park some distance away and was only possible due to the kind generousity of the brides brother in lending me some coins for the parking meter!

rings

groom and bestman

bride arrives

bride entrance

bride entrance

St Mary's in Saffron Walden has to be the largest church I've photographed in to date and quite strict over the taking of photos. I may have gotten told off for not staying behind all the guests on one occasion!

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony exit

Given the threat of heavy showers, everyone made a beeline to congratulate the couple directly on exiting the church. It was lovely to give them time to mingle and chat before doing some formal groups on the steps and then taking the bride and groom to the gardens for some time on their own.

greet guests

hug

bridal party

bride and groom in churchyard

sat on bench

champagne

Arriving at Sheene Mill the sun was still shining (for a bit). Of course it didn't stay that way for the whole drinks reception but thankfully there was a marquee to shelter under and we made the most of the dry spells. The new over the lake pagoda is lovely and makes a great backdrop for photos. Madeleine really wanted a shot of everyone so I had to scope which bedroom window would work the best.

Sheene Mill

family group

lake and fountain

pagoda

pagoda

confetti

all guests

For the wedding breakfast the couple really made it personal. Each of the tables was a year in their relationship with corresponding photos. Guests 'placecards' were handwritten pebbles from the beach where they got engaged. Now I hope Madeleine won't mind me mentioning that she's battled cancer in the last few years so the speeches were an amazingly emotional experience for everyone in the room.

wedding breakfast tables

cake

meal entrance

After the guests were well fed and watered I knew that the evening would be a proper party. What I wasn't expecting was the full choreographed first dance number, complete with fancy lift. I nearly dropped my camera I got so excited. It was just missing the Strictly Come Dancing score paddles!

bridge

first dance

first dance

 
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