Over the years, my favourite weddings have been those of my friends, many of which I have been privileged to do the photography for. In August my friends Paul & Colin were married at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich, a stately venue with an intimate ceremony room.
It was a sweet service, perfect for the happy couple, surrounded by close family, with me up front. Sisters of both grooms delivered readings to which there were a few tears of sentiment. Even I succumbed when they walked down the aisle to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (tricky when one is wielding a couple of heavy cameras).
Formal shots were taken in the grounds, the mansion providing the perfect backdrop. The weather was grand. When the guests moved on to the reception, we ventured across the park to the secluded woodlands in the centre. This is a great area that is surprisingly quiet, like a secret hideaway, and made for some great couple shots.
They really looked the part. They wore matching blue suits, but varied from each other with different details, like shirts socks and accessories. Smart.
The sun continued to shine at the reception over at Suffolk Food Hall, with a backdrop of the Orwell Bridge that contrasted nicely against the mansion and park, showing off some of the fine landmarks of our town.
The party soon started when everyone moved indoors and the rest of the guests arrived. I can certainly recommend the Cookhouse at the food hall, really good food, and splendid views of the bridge. Caroline Gould deserves a mention here, she and her team did a very good job at ensuring everything went smoothly.
The speeches were fun, finishing with Colin giving Paul a personalised numberplate for his Mini centered around their newly combined surnames. Something that really impressed me was all the branding and stationery, created entirely by themselves. Something I can really appreciate being a graphic designer control freak type person. Classic and friendly, just what you need. I made full use of the chalk board signs for the guests to hold up.
The day finished with a good old boogy, with Paul’s nephew stealing the limelight, giving John Travolta a run for his money. Overall the day was really laid back, happy, and full of love. Good work everyone.
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