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An explosive end to this wedding at Woolston manor in Chigwell, Essex

The Essex wedding for Victoria & Bill started at their homes where they were getting ready to tie the knot later on in the day at the well kept wedding venue at Woolston manor in Chigwell, Essex. The day started off nice and sunny where we were back with the groomsmen not far from the venue. It was a light hearted and upbeat atmosphere which made for some really memorable images for the couple to treasure.

Groomsmen sharing a joke while getting ready
The 3 groomsmen laughing while seated

You could tell the groomsmen were close friends which is always a nice thing to see at this stage of the wedding. A touching moment came when the groom discovered he had a personal message inside a card chosen by his future bride. The whole morning was laid back and fun so a great start to an action packed day ahead.

Opening a letter from the bride
Touching letter from bride

Once I'd finished capturing the groomsmen, I headed over to the brides quarters where they was a hive of activity. The bridesmaids were already having their hair and and makeup done but one of the first things I captured when I arrived was the moment the bride had heard she too had a note and a gift. The moment was lovely and you really couldn't ask for more from a day that was bound to be full of emotion throughout. She received a beautiful piece of jewellery so we were all smiles & tears here.

Wedding letter from groom
Tears of joy at reading the letter
Wedding flowers and shoes
Wedding dress hanging in the window

Everyone was looking forward to this wedding. The kids were really helpful and the bridesmaids done a great job of making sure the bride was happy with how things were progressing.

Kids playing
Happy times with bridesmaids

We were almost out of time to get the formal shots of the family but with some lovely portraits in the bag of some lovely people, I made my way to the wedding venue just a short drive up the road. There were plenty of guests already there milling around outside but they were soon ushered upstairs to the ceremony room as the bride wasn't too far behind me. We just had the bridesmaids waiting for the big arrival with beaming smiles.

After the arrival, I went upstairs myself and captured a nervous looking groom at the alter. It really does get even the most laid back of people once you're up there waiting. It was a lovely ceremony and it went without a hitch. The weather at this stage took a turn for the worse whilst the ceremony was taking place which mean't that the group shots planned outside were now to be inside. These things happen but it certainly didn't put a dampener on the rest of the day. The speeches which came at the beginning of the sit down meals were a great example of how everyone quickly forgot about the weather outside. There was laughter galore which even I got caught up in at times.

Nervous looking groom at the altar
Bride being given away by her son
son gives mum a kiss
ring goes on the finger
happily married

So after the meal, I had planned a trip across the fairways to a stunning location that could only be reached via a golf buggy. What's more, the buggy could only be driven by a member of staff AND we had to dodge the on off weather while we were out there. It all went really well though and we got some amazing images.

reflection of the couple in the lake
bridge shot of the couple

I think from here on in, it just got better and better as people settled into the day which ended with a spectacular fireworks display which signalled the end of my coverage for Victoria & Bill. A very enjoyable experience and I wish the happy couple all the best for the future.

stunning fireworks
finale to fireworks

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