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The English weather couldn't dampen the spirits of Essex couple Rebecca & Sam at the Old Rectory

Essex couple Rebecca and Sam chose the well kept beautiful Old Rectory as their place of marriage. I had started the morning bright and early in Basildon where the groom was to get ready. He was accompanied by 2 of his most trusted friends who were already looking dapper on arrival. These groomsmen shots are a fairly quick affair but it was a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of laughter and it went really smooth. Apologises to mum for moving the furniture around to get the shots we needed - you were great!

Groomsmen in mirror
groom in mirror
groom preparing

So a great start and now it was off to Wickford to catch up with the bridal party. I knew the bridesmaids were having their hair done while I was away and the bride hadn't started yet so I didn't miss much of this fairytale story at all. They were on the bucks fizz in no time and the atmosphere was one of excitement and anticipation.

I always like to start the bridal prep with some lovely detail shots. I collect the dresses, jewellery, flowers (if available), shoes and any other important details that need documenting this important day. I have quite a creative mind so details are my thing!

I found myself dodging the English weather - stepping in and out of the garden as the rain comes and goes to get a different perspective on the getting ready shots which took place mostly in the conservatory. The brides dress was the last piece of the perfect puzzle for Rebecca and when dad saw her for the first time upstairs, it was always going to be a tearful moment. 

bridesmaids dress
brides shoes
wedding flowers
father sees bride for first time

After some nice portrait shots of the family, I had started my journey to meet up with the groom at the venue. Little did he know that Rebecca had arranged a surprise guest for Sam which he was delighted to see after a good few years with no contact.

surprise for groom with friend
groom meets with long lost friend

So the classic campervan was used to deliver the gorgeous bride and her entourage of VIPs. Tears of joy flowed as the couple tied the knot in front of a log fire in the main room of the venue. We were so lucky to have a break in the weather for the larger group shots that I conducted out of an upstairs window overlooking the front entrance. I wanted to keep the guests happy so the rest of the formals were taken inside where we had just had the ceremony.

bride and groom see each other first time
group photo

From there, the weather didn't hold up much at all so I opted to create some lovely moments for the couple within the confines of the Old Rectory building itself. The first dance was emotional where we had 3 dances. The main first dance with Rebecca & Sam followed by a second and third dance with the brides father and step father respectively.

couple shot
first dance

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