Chris Woodman Photography

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Intimate Essex wedding destination Newland Hall offers a fine experience. See why!

Newland Hall can be found 4 miles west of Chelmsford in Essex. A 15th century tudor manor house which provides almost limitless photo opportunities for your big day. 100 acres of greenery, nicely kept nearby lakes and beautiful gardens made this the right choice for my couple Victoria & Lee to marry.

Newland hall sign
Newland hall  wedding venue

Everything was to be recorded at this venue which turned out to be a fantastic idea. I knew once I was there, I could set my equipment up and simply focus on the task at hand. I spent the late morning and into the afternoon with the stunning bride in the bridal suite up the stairs and along the corridor on the left hand side. Spirits were high and the atmosphere relaxed early on while the hair and makeup was being finely tuned.

wedding dress
Bridal portrait

It wasn't until the wedding dress went on that we started to see Victoria feel the pressure which was somewhat quashed with the introduction of an alcoholic beverage. I actually think that the drink did help matters because although the bride became increasingly nervous, she still managed to photograph exceptionally well under the circumstances. The hair and makeup really complemented her & we captured some real nice portraits for her to treasure.

Bridal portraiture

The first time I saw the groom was at the alter. The weather was kind to us so their first choice outdoor ceremony could take place which was nicely decorated and in keeping with the shakespearian theme they chose. Lee was comfortable being centre of attention as his professional acting performances in the past had stood him in good stead for an occasion such as this. He was relaxed throughout and enjoyed entertaining the guests whilst eagerly awaiting his future wife.

groom smiling at alter
emotional daughter
bride and groom married

It was an emotional ceremony which went without a hitch and enjoyed by all. The new Mr & Mrs Jones were all smiles and now came the moment where I could whisk them away for a short while to enjoy the surrounding areas ands take a moment to reflect on what had just happened.

I was literally spoilt for choice with where to photograph them but my planning a few days before ensured everything went smooth and they kept those beaming smiles. I spotted a fine opportunity as you drive into the venue & down the long pathway which had a tunnel of trees either side. It was one of my favourite images of the day. We then used the barn to the left, the front of the tudor house and the old brick building at the back of the venue & near to where they tied the knot.

long pathway couple shot
fountain couple shot

With their marquee already beautifully decorated, their guests enjoyed a fine 3 course meal before Victoria & Lee took to the stage once more for a very special first dance. They had been practising this for some time and used a choreographer to help with the moves. It was received really well & you could tell that they had put plenty of effort into it. I ended up with first dance imagery that was both different and unique to the couple.

first dance

If you would like an experience like this captured in a way you always imagined it, you can get in touch with me here and we can discuss what you have in mind. I'm an Essex wedding photographer, based in Basildon. My wedding photography packages are luxurious and high-end (you won't be disappointed).....take a look here. Finally, my other blogs here give you more experiences & imagery to give you an idea of my ways of working. I hope you like what I have to offer and thanks very much for reading!

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