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After spending a lovely hour or so at Blickling Hall with Clare & Joel for their pre-wedding shoot I was looking forward to photographing their wedding, we got on really well and I knew it was going to be a fun, relaxed day.
I started the day in glorious sunshine at Clare’s parents’ home, the gardens were looking immaculate and I have to say I fell in love with their swimming pond, if only I had a bigger garden!
Sadly the sunshine was forecast to give way to rain later so I put the drone up for some aerial shots while I could…
Clare’s beautiful dress was made by the talented, Norfolk-based dressmaker Katrine Mogensen
Preparation shots complete I headed off to Salle Church, an incredible 15th century creation, huge, beautiful and full of incredible features, a real surprise to find in such a small village…
Service complete, confetti thrown and everyone headed back to the Price’s home for the reception….
People often ask me in meetings before their weddings, “So what happens for the photos if it rains on the day?”, the answer is in these photos – we just get on with it! As you can see it’s not the end of the world, it just means your wedding photos will be a little different than if it was sunny but there’s no reason not to get a nice collection of shots to record your day…
Many thanks to Clare & Joel and their families & friends for making me feel so welcome on the day, despite the rain I’m really happy with the shots we got, it’s all about capturing the spirit of the wedding day and telling the story as it happens and I’d like to think Clare & Joel’s wedding photos have achieved that (I just hope my cameras will forgive me for getting them so very wet!).
For the full gallery of Clare & Joel’s North Norfolk wedding please click here.
It was third time lucky for Alison, Dan, Emily & Harriet – we had to reschedule their lifestyle portrait shoot twice over the summer due to poor weather but it was definitely worth waiting for – you couldn’t get shots like these on a wet & windy day!
Emily and Harriet were an absolute joy to photograph (as were Alison & Dan!), so polite and friendly with great smiles and confident in front of the camera. They really made my job very easy!
Below are a handful of the shots taken that afternoon/evening. I had a really lovely email from Alison this morning after she had viewed the images for the first time…
“WOW WOW WOW!!!
I literally feel that words are going to fail me here!! AMAZING!! So utterly thrilled with the photos, I can’t put it into words! They gave me goose bumps. It’s going to be near impossible picking our favs – but I’ll have a good go!
You have captured all my favourite things – I don’t know how you do it when it was all so quick and relaxed!”
Kind words indeed!
For the full gallery of The Jones Family’s North Norfolk family lifestyle shoot on Wells beach please click here.
This was my first of two weddings this year for me at the lovely Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall, it really is a great venue with superb food, beautiful gardens and located right on the Norfolk Broads.
Once again we had a lovely day for it (those anti-rain dances I do before a wedding seem to be working…)
Unbeknownst to their guests Sarah & Christian had hired The Singing Waiters as some surprise entertainment after the meal. The chaps had infiltrated the real waiting staff and had been serving the guests their drinks & meal for the last hour with some interesting foreign accents so when they broke into song it caught everyone by surprise and I have to say they were absolutely fantastic. Not only great singers but also really funny!
After the meal I put the drone up for a few aerial shots of the venue…
Many thanks to Sarah & Christian and their guests for making me feel so welcome, it was a really fun wedding to photograph! For the full gallery of shots of their wedding photographs at The Norfolk Mead please click here.
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So I’m currently totally up to date on my wedding processing (don’t like to keep couples waiting to see their photos!) but TEN weddings behind on blogging so I need to do some catching up on here.
I’m actually going to start the catch up with the most recent wedding – from Saturday just gone – Richard & Klara are good friends so apologies for the favouritism but I’m also quite excited to share their shots, I’m really pleased with what we got, it was a fantastic day.
I started the day’s coverage at The Ship Inn at Weybourne – a lovely village pub with superb food – if you are there in the non-summer months I heartily recommend their moules with freshly baked bread, they are just awesome! Anyway enough about food. Richard and his brothers David, Robert & George along with best man ‘Bones’ and other friends, family and ushers had gathered for a cheeky drink or two before heading over the road to the church, the weather was much, much better than the forecasts had predicted it would be all week, it was all good.
With everyone in church all that was needed was Klara and her bridesmaids, arriving in style towed by a brilliant vintage tractor, recently restored by Richard’s father and brothers, while Klara arrived in Richard’s classic Jag driven by Hector, her bestman (yes brides can have bestmen too!)…
After a charming service myself and the wedding party headed just up the road to a field near Weybourne Mill for some photos with the tractor. It was unfortunate that the straw bales had been taken away only days earlier as we had planned on having them in the background of the shots. Farmers eh?! Always thinking about their crops and not my photos! 😉
…and then it was to The Maltings Hotel also in the village, conveniently owned and run by Klara’s parents!
After the welcoming drinks everyone was seated for the speeches, followed by amazing joints of roast lamb…
An absolute work of art of a cake from the extremely talented Emma at the Buns of Fun bakery…
One more lovely feature which I had to include here was the jars of handmade cocktails on every table, there could be trouble ahead!
To give Klara & Richard a chance to see the full gallery of their shots before anyone else I won’t post a link here yet as they are away on honeymoon but once they have had a chance to go through their gallery I’ll post the link here – all reprints will be available at 50% off for the first seven days after the gallery is unlocked and the link placed here so do check back!
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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to blog any photos since I’ve been so flat out this Summer trying to keep up to date on the many wonderful events and weddings I’ve been lucky enough to photograph but I had to post a few shots from the superb Blickling proms events last weekend (link to the full gallery is at the bottom of this post).
The weather was absolutely perfect on both evenings and the parkland was looking very colourful with the mass of picnic tables, blankets, union flags & fancy dress outfits. Not to mention the day-glo & glow sticks for the Friday evening Ibiza event!
So Friday was Ibiza classics with the Urban Soul Orchestra playing the classical arrangements while DJ Goldierocks worked the decks and three superb vocalists (Max, Gina & Izzy) provided the finishing touches. They performed a superb selection of tracks including some of my favourites (Groove Armada’s At the River and Insomnia by Faithless were definitely notable mentions!)
After the lively dancing of Saturday, Sunday was always going to be a more sedate affair but it was no less enjoyable and once again the weather was just perfect for it. This time the music was provided by the fantastic Sinfonia Viva orchestra with vocals by the world famous band Blake and the charming ladies of Classical Reflection. A huge crowd, many of whom really got into the spirit of it with fancy dress and thousands of union flags, a superb atmosphere, if you haven’t been before then I urge you to get tickets next year, you won’t regret it!
For the full gallery of shots from both of these evenings click here.
Emily and Ceirnan’s wedding was the second I have had the pleasure of photographing at Glemham Hall. A building full of character with beautiful gardens and grounds surrounded by the gently rolling farmland of rural Suffolk. Sadly the rain came in at about the same time as the wedding ceremony so we didn’t get much chance to use the gardens for photos or get any aerial shots but Emily & Ceirnan certainly weren’t going to let the weather spoil their day.
I started the day’s wedding photography with a quick wander around the grounds and the marquee before heading into the main hall and upstairs for preparation shots of Emily and the girls getting ready, as you can see – at this point the weather was beautiful!
Below, Emily’s father patiently waits to see Emily in her beautiful wedding dress for the first time…
The photo below cracks me up every time – what was supposed to be a photo of the bride & groom accidentally almost became a confused selfie with the slip of a finger!
Emily’s sister Rose played the piano and sang beautifully for the guests (and also played violin with her string quartet before and after the ceremony), very talented!
For the full gallery of Emily & Ceirnan’s fantastic Glemham Hall wedding please click here.
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This week I was lucky enough to be commissioned to spend two days documenting the building of a wind turbine in East Anglia. We were incredibly lucky with the weather (both for the photography and for the fact that the wind speeds allowed the construction to go ahead without delay).
It was a multi media commission involving aerial stills & video using the drone, dSLR video and stills plus GoPro and timelapse cameras.
Below are a small selection of the stills taken on my drone and dSLR’s, I also got some cracking aerial video footage from the drone (the lovely weather, dramatic skies and photogenic nature of the turbine helped!). I really enjoy the commercial photography aspect of what I do and it gets me to some amazing places as you’ll see in the final few images in this blog post!
Below, never let it be said that I’m afraid to get my hands dirty! Climbing the turbine & sitting on the top with fellow cameraman Mike was an incredible experience and one I will never forget. I should probably also add that I don’t usually look this rough but after two 5:30am starts and long days in the sun & dust I was about ready to collapse! That said though I do enjoy the variety of experiences and challenges presented by commercial photography. For more information about my commercial photography services in Norfolk and Suffolk please click here.
The full gallery of the wind turbine construction photography is here.
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Yesterday evening, just before England went on to lose to Iceland in the Euro’s, a large gathering of North Norfolk’s finest appeared on Cromer beach for a photo which makes you proud to be English once again! I’d been asked to do by the organiser – RNLI Lifeguard Manager Vince Pank to come along & photograph the lifeguards but the shot grew & grew as Vince called up more & more organisations and it turned into a pretty monumental image (if I do say so myself!)
Vince did a terrific job of getting so many people to be present for the photo which included Sheringham & Cromer’s RNLI lifeboats & crews, the RNLI lifeguards & Face to Face teams, HM Coastguard teams, Cromer Fire crew, representatives from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, East of England Ambulance Service, Norfolk Police, Broads Beat and many more.
Luckily enough one of the HMCG team, Christon Iliffe also happens to have the same drone as mine and was able to fly my drone to capture some superb aerial shots while I perched on the stepladder and got the shots from closer to ground level!
Below, Vince’s very organised, laminated & velcro plan for the shoot….
…vs my rubbish sketch! Funny that we both planned out the arrangement independently of each other in a very similar layout though….
For the full gallery of shots of these North Norfolk Emergency services by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor click here.
Just a short trip down the road for me is Emma’s father’s farm just outside Holt where we started the day’s photography for Emma & David’s North Norfolk wedding. With a thick mist surrounding us it wasn’t looking promising for the day’s weather but the weatherman had promised sunshine so would he deliver?
The day started with the bridal preparations, everyone was in great spirits and staying positive for that big yellow thing in the sky to make an appearance…
As you can see the actual weather was pretty different from the forecast!
Preparations complete I left ahead of the ladies to get to the church for a few shots of David & the lads and some of the guests arriving…
A short while later Emma & the bridal party arrived, having been very calm all morning I think the emotions of the day caught up with Emma & there was a bit of a tearful moment before they went into the church!
The ‘churchy bit’ completed we all headed back to the Ross’s farm for the reception and wedding breakfast, as you can see below the sun finally burned through the low lying clouds and gave us a beautiful afternoon & evening…
I’m lucky enough to photograph quite a few farm weddings in Norfolk and always like to make use of the farm buildings as a backdrop for the couple’s shots, I love the warm colour of these storage shed doors.
After drinks, canapes and games in the sunshine it was time to head in for the wedding breakfast followed by some superb speeches, topped off by a Swiss-style musical interlude by David’s parents & grandmother (David’s family are from Switzerland).
As the sun began to set myself, Emma, David and their two lovely friends Fran & Bongi headed down to the farm quarry in my car for a few more shots…
Unfortunately disaster stuck in the form of me making a bad decision when turning the car around and getting stuck in the soft sand! I was mortified as the groom and Bongi tried to push my car out of the sand but it was going nowhere so the only option was for us all to walk the half mile back to the farm & borrow Stuart’s farm truck to tow me out. Thankfully everyone took it in great spirits and on the plus side it did give me a chance to get some more photos of Emma & David walking back along the country lane…
Pretty soon after we got back to the party (and I managed to get my car towed out of the sand – big thanks to Ben for the tow (and Stuart for the loan of the truck)) it was time for the first dance…
David had tasked one of his friends to photograph all of the guests for their guestbook holding this picture frame, I jumped in to grab a shot of the happy couple having theirs done and wasn’t the only one jumping in!
So, my work was done and I left them to enjoy the rest of the night. Many thanks to Emma & David and their family and friends and to Stuart & Elizabeth for their hospitality, it was a great day to be fondly remembered by all.
For the full gallery on Emma & David’s Norfolk wedding please click here. As a special offer all reprints order within 7 days of this post will be available at half price – discount automatically applied to the basket.
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Last Saturday was the first time I had photographed a wedding at The Boathouse, Ormesby. I’d heard great things and they are getting an insane amount of wedding bookings there each year despite having only started offering weddings fairly recently so I was looking forward to Kelly & Christian’s wedding.
I arrived early so I had a wander around the grounds to familiarise myself with what we had to work with and it was a feast of great views across the water, a beautiful outdoor setting for the ceremony and some great opportunities for photos…
I found the ladies getting ready upstairs, it was a hive of excited activity with Princess Millie probably being the most excited (and most keen to get in every shot possible!)
Christian and the boys arrived by boat – a truly gorgeous custom-built wooden boat, electric powered to minimise noise and pollution and driven by the nicest fella you could ever wish to meet…
This blog post would be incomplete without a mention of Christian’s wedding shoes, no one told him the bride was supposed to have the flashiest shoes on the day! Gotta love that style!
After a beautiful ceremony our amazing ferryman took myself & the happy couple for a quick lap of Ormesby Broad – a chance for me to get some different photos and for Kelly & Christian to have a little time to themselves before heading back into the melee! Beautiful wedding flowers provided for the day by Lavenders Blue of Aylsham.
Drinks, canapes, boat trip & group photos done it was time to head in for the wedding breakfast and speeches…
While the guests enjoyed their meal I hung out with the local wildlife and took a few moments to get the quadcopter out for some aerial shots. I’m always happy to include some aerial photography at weddings at no extra charge (as long as the weather conditions allow and the property owners give their permission). The aerial shots are a great way to show the venue and it’s surrounding countryside.
With the meal completed it was speech time….
…and so to the final ‘duty’ of the day for Kelly & Christian – the first dance – they had hired an industrial strength dry ice machine for their first dance, apparently known as Dancing on Clouds. Made for some cool shots…
After the first dance the guests had been asked to bring masks for an evening of fun & dancing (another great idea and made for some fun photos!)…
So there it is, a stunning Norfolk wedding at The Boathouse, Ormesby – a superbly laid out venue in a unique setting on the world-famous Norfolk Broads. It was an honour to be a part of Christian & Kelly’s wedding day and a real pleasure to meet their families & guests.
The full gallery of images is available here, viewing is free and reprints may be ordered online – as a special offer I have set a 50% – that’s HALF PRICE! – discount on all reprints ordered within the next 7 days on the gallery (discount automatically provided at checkout), just another bonus for choosing Chris Taylor Photo as your Norfolk wedding photographer!