A summer wedding - Laura and Dave Stephens

The wedding of Laura and Dave Stephens, well the sun was shining from start to finish, what an absolutely stunning day! 

The Bridal prep began at the Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey, when I arrived hair and make up were in full swing. Laura was positively glowing, with the excitement of the day looming emotions were running high. 

After documenting the bridal preparations with all the girls and mum and dad getting ready, I made my way to Gaynes Park, where the ceremony, and reception were to be held. 

On arrival I met Dave, Ralphie and Sydney. We gathered the ushers and best men to do some shots of all the boys, together with Dave’s mum and dad, In the courtyard area, where the bridal suite is situated. 

I must say Gaynes is one of my favourite venues, the gardens and setting are exquisite with so many beautiful areas for photos its hard to choose where to go next! 

After guests had gathered in the Orangery, we eagerly anticipated the arrival of Laura and her bridesmaids, Laura would be getting into her dress at Gaynes Park in the cottage. There was traffic on the way and Laura was in a rush, on arrival she got into her dress as quick as she could. 

When everyone was ready we made our way to the bottom of the garden, the weather was stunning, emotions were high as the page boys, bridesmaids and Laura and her dad, made there way down the long walk to the Orangery. 

After the ceremony I took Laura and Dave off for a few shots alone in the gardens as everyone got settled with there drinks and canapés.

When we returned we started the group shots and finished then with the all important confetti shot . 

After dinner, we ceased the opportunity to get some lovely shots before dusk drew in, I love this time of day was a lovely warm summers evening. 

The evening started with a beautiful first dance from Laura and Dave, after cutting their cake. 

It was an absolutely stunning day, it was an absolute honour to be able to document the day for the new Mr and Mrs Stephens. 

“Thank you, absolutely love the photos they are fab! love them all”
— Mrs Laura Stephens

What am I up to......

With Christmas fast approaching, I am currently in the office designing this years Bride and Grooms albums before the Christmas deadlines hit at the end of November.

As you may be aware, I am also extremely busy for portraits, as they make great Christmas presents to give to friends and family, everybody is booking in there's fast. With a variation of shoots, to at home in front of the Christmas tree or autumnal shoots in the countryside its definitely going to be an exciting build up to the holiday period. 

So as you can imagine its extremely busy, just after overcoming a fantastic and busy summer.

I hope to share the albums i have produced for my clients, and some of the great shoots I have in the run up between now and Christmas.

J xx

Jenna and Mark - June 2015

Three Lakes, Westmill Farm, Ware, Hertfordshire

Jenna and Mark had booked me for half a day wedding coverage, so I began the day at the venue Three Lakes, Westmill Farm, skipping the Bridal prep. I have covered this venue many times over the past few years, the staff are always friendly and really great with allowing enough time for photography. I really love the backdrop of the outside ceremony area looking over the lovely countryside and of course the Lakes, I always get some lovely shots there.

bestman, groom and father.

bestman, groom and father.

So I started by photographing Mark, with his dad and best man, his brother. We used the gardens and had a bit of a laugh with some fun natural shots of Mark and the boys.  

 

 

 

 

After capturing the arrival of the guests and them taking their seats, it was time to shoot the arrival of Jenna and her bridesmaids. They had a beautiful white Rolls Royce.

After capturing some images of Jenna and the girls with the car, it was nearly time for the ceremony. After the usual formalities with the registrar, I grabbed some natural shots as they gathered to walk down the aisle.

bride

bride

Placing myself at the front, I met Mark full of emotion. I feel I captured this moment as Mark's brother offered a supporting arm asJenna made her way down the aisle.

 

 

 

After the ceremony, as canapés were served, I used this as an opportunity to grab some informal shots of the guests and time for Jenna and Mark to greet their friends and family and relax.

We then began shooting the formal group shots of them both as well as family and friends.

My day concluded with the speeches, I must say one of my favourite parts of any wedding as I can capture some great expressions.

It was a lovely way for Jenna and Mark's story of their day to come to a close.

I would like to thank them both for choosing me to capture their day and wish them all the best for the future.

Jenna's facebook review

"Thank you so so much jodie. You were amazing. Can't wait to see all the pics when we get back from our honeymoon. Xxxxxxx"

xxx J xxx