Secret Garden Marquee at Burwash Manor August Wedding – Sarah and Ed
Sarah and Ed were referred to me via another wedding photographer, and after the initial contact we chatted over Facebook about what they wanted from their wedding photographer. We talked about details about the day which was to be held at Barton church for the ceremony and then The Secret Garden Marquee at Burwash Manor for the reception, as well as general questions you would expect a bride and groom to be to have.
We met up in person in Ely shortly after and immediately hit it off. Ed and Sarah are so lovely and within minutes of meeting them I knew that not only were they ideal for each other, but I was also ideally suited to be their wedding photographer – Partly because five minutes into the conversation we were all chatting like old friends, and partly because we shared several views on not only wedding photography, but numerous aspect of life; such as work, art and hobbies. Ed and Sarah go diving and told me about their plans to go diving on their honeymoon. I’ve only ever been diving once, but it was one the best and most amazing experiences of my life. Ed and Sarah value art, including photography, and like to display it around their home, as do my wife and I.
We chatted some more by phone and Facebook during the lead up to the big day and then suddenly, it was here! I arrived at Sarah’s parents’ house to take some getting ready shots and details and managed to get some great shots of Sarah both getting ready and sitting on a swing that was on a tree directly across from their house. Sarah was to arrive at the church in a vintage VW camper van, (another bonding point – all the cool people drive VWs!) and we had that in the background as she sat on the swing – the colour of the van acting almost like a blue sky behind her, with the white top looking like clouds and echoing her beautiful dress.
Before long it was time to head off to the church to snag some pre-ceremony shots – both formal ones of the guys and some candid ones of people interacting. I love mixing up formal and reportage styles in my shooting, as I feel the couple then get the best of both worlds; the posed shots that get everyone they love in, plus genuine emotions from the day with the candid shots.
The ceremony was fantastic. Dignified but not without moments of laughter, (including from the presiding priest, Mike,) and with heartfelt readings that rang the walls with love for the couple, who barely took their eyes off each other, which is as it should be. Heads were bowed, hymns were sung and first (married,) kisses were applauded with aplomb.
We stopped outside for a few photos next to the church, before getting some more formal line-ups in front of the VW van, which by this point, was a feature of the wedding!
Then it was a short walk to The Secret Garden Marquee, which as always, looked amazing. Sarah and Ed had decided on a beach theme, which was quite subtle – pinwheels made from maps, tables named after UK beaches, shell motifs – and very effective. The work Sarah had put in was evident and had paid off, judging by the faces of their guests.
I managed to sneak the couple away for some shots of just the two of them in a couple of locations by the pond near the main house and got some of my favourite shots of the day. The owners are always so accommodating for us photographers – even allowing me into one of their own upstairs bedrooms to shoot a group shot of everyone!
The speeches were excellent and funny, (I had to change my camera’s settings at one point to counteract the slight motion blur that my chuckling along was causing!) cakes were cut and much merry was made by all attending.
As the day started to turn into evening, Sarah and Ed came over to thank me and my wife, who was assisting me, which again shows just how lovely they both are. What they didn’t know was that we weren’t quite done yet! I had another, special shot planned for them, involving sparklers! It was still a little too bright in the sky to capture the sparklers well, so I moved them into shade under an arch of branches, got them to hold a sparkler each and trace half a heart …
It took a few goes, in part due to trying out a new technique with the lighting for me and general merriment on their behalf, but we got the shot and it’s one of my absolute favourites from the day:
So congratulations Sarah and Ed. I know you’re in for a long and happy life together and I wish you all the joy that love can bring!
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