Chris Woodman Photography

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A 750 year old Church wedding in Laindon, Essex. You'll never guess what we did to make their day extra special.

It was an unusual way to meet the Essex couple from the start. I'm the sole Essex wedding photographer for the jewellers 'Ernest Jones' in Basildon where I showcase my work at their wedding events around 4 times each year. William & Claire had seen my products and in particular my top package wedding album and fell in love with it!.

I got the phone call soon after and without hesitation, they paid their small retainer fee to secure their date and we were on a magical journey together to capture their special day on the 25th July 2015. I knew we were going to capture some really emotional moments because if you've ever met them, you can see that they really are very much in love & like to show this!

Before we got to the big day though, there was one obstacle that I really wanted to overcome. The 750 year old historic parish church was masked on the inside with the lords prayer hanging down from the old wooden beams created by children some time ago. As nice as this was and quite useful in some respects to people learning the lords prayer, it had taken away the beauty of the church in my eyes. I had a tough time convincing the people of the church but eventually we agreed that if I take the banners down and replace them after the ceremony, then this would be ok. It made all the difference in the world and my couple were so happy with the outcome.

St Nicholas Church

My day started at the grooms family home a short distance from where the bride was getting ready. This made things easy for me to tell the story of both of them in their final hours as single  individuals. William is quite a laid back person by nature and was willing to do whatever it took to get the images he imagined. Everyone at the family home was welcoming and in high spirits which is always good to calm the nerves before the ceremony. We got some real nice portraits and natural getting ready moments of William and soon after I was with the bride in Basildon.

Grooms cuthlinks
Proud groom

There was a hive of activity upon arrival as you would expect with lots of great details to photograph. The colour scheme was a stunning red and white combination which I knew would stand out really well in the images I took. I had plenty of nice photographs before I left the increasingly nervous bride to travel a short way to their chosen wedding venue (St Nicholas church).

Details of jewellery
Little bridesmaids eyes
Bridal portrait

The Revd Andrei Petrine at the church was welcoming and pretty 'in' with the crowds even managing to take a selfie during the ceremony of himself and the couple.

Church selfie

The vowels went along without a hitch and we used the grounds at the church to get the formal shots and some lovely couple shots before moving to our evening reception location at Fords social club. Moving from one place to another was simple due to how close everything was. This kept the guests happy and the party soon started shortly after arrival at their favoured reception choice. There was plenty of open fields at the back of the club so it was ideal to get some larger group shots and any portraits we hadn't yet got. I find the easiest way to go over my shot list is to revisit them during the sit down meal when there's a break in all the excitement. If I've missed anything out, we simply shoot it after the meal so we have a full shot list before I leave. There had been one particular request from the bride for a shot I had taken at a previous wedding involving her children and a veil I like to bring along for nice effect. The sunset was ideal to pull this off in the fields at the back of the club and she was over the moon with the results.

Sunset kiss under veil

All in all a real nice wedding event and a pleasure to be part of Essex couple William & Claire's big day. Don't forget to read my other blogs from venues around Essex. If you know anyone who is engaged and looking for a wedding photographer in Essex, please send them my link or they can contact me here. I'll be happy to help!

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