On what felt like the hottest day of the year, we headed out to That Amazing Place, a 15th Century manor house, in Harlow, Essex to photograph the wedding day of Rosa and Alex. We'd already done a visit the week before, but we did a quick check again to look for lighting and to make sure nothing had changed since our visit.
After seeing all of Rosa and Alex's plans for their wedding day we knew it was going to be beautiful, and we weren't disappointed. The grade II listed venue looked spectacular in the sunshine and as we watched the cake being set in position and the flowers being dropped off I was so keen to get photographing all the details.
I joined Rosa in the Wedding Cottage where her and her bridesmaids were all getting ready, there was an air of excitement and anticipation for the day ahead! Make up was being done by @natalieguymakeupartist and hair was being styled by Rosa's very good friend (who was clearly very talented!). Rosa's dress was one of the most beautiful dresses I'd seen all summer, and was from The Wedding Shop. The detail was exquisite, and it suited Rosa's petit frame perfectly.
We were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Alex, as he was rumoured to be arriving in his new toy. Which I'm sure he was also just a little bit excited by - who wouldn't like to drive a Lamborghini to his wedding day?! He didn't disappoint, and was the picture of cool and calm when he arrived with his best man.
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Before the ceremony commenced we made sure to have captured a few more of the all important detail shots. These are the important details that make each wedding unique and are a reflection of the effort and love Rosa & Alex have put into their wedding day to make it special to them and their guests. These photographs help to tell the entire tale from the wedding, and shouldn't be forgotten.
We captured a few of Rosa, who looked absolutely stunning, before it was time to make her way to the officiant. The grounds of That Amazing Place allow for some photographs out of the way of the guests which is great. I love this time, you can feel the excitement in the air and it a real privilege to be a part of this time.
Rosa and Alex were able to have the outdoor ceremony that they had dreamed of, and my what a fabulous walk it was for Rosa and her bridesmaids from the main house to the ceremony spot, just down amongst the Willow trees by the lake.
Alex waited nervously for his bride, and he wasn't disappointed when she arrived. 'Given away' by her mum, Rosa made her way to Alex and their first looks at each other were priceless.
Shortly after the ceremony I stole the newly wed couple off to take their newly-wed photographs, and also to give them both 5 minutes to theirselves once we were done. The grounds at That Amazing Place are quite open, but surrounded by mature trees, a lake and a beautiful 'secret garden' which opens up lots of opportunity for some great photographs.
After Rosa and Alex had had a few minutes to themselves, we quickly got through the group photographs, which were taken in-front of the lake, and it made for a beautiful backdrop, the distance blurring out nicely. To photograph all the guests we chose to make use of the gentle slope at the back of the house - giving us that all important height so everybody could be visible in the photograph.
After a wonderful wedding breakfast (and one of the nicest meals I've had at a wedding) and a brief refresh and sit down. It was time to pick up my tools and get busy photographing the next all important events - the cake cutting, first dance and evening celebrations. It was a shame to cut the cake - it looked far to good to eat!
It was such a lovely day, and we was made to feel so welcome by everybody at the wedding that we didn't want to leave! Proceedings went so smoothly for this lovely couple, which is a testament to the venue's well organised team.
We wish Rosa & Alex all the very best for their married life together, and we were honoured to be a part of their special day.