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…)
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.
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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…
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…
Amazingly for all of the weddings I’ve shot at Chaucer Barn since being a full time Norfolk wedding photographer (11 years this year!) this was the first one where the service was held in the beautiful gardens. It was touch & go as to whether they would risk having the ceremony outside right up until the last minute but I’m so glad they did. It may not have been a blazing hot afternoon but it was great to be outside!
So after a wander around to get some scene-setting shots and say hello to everyone I headed upstairs to the lounge on the landing where I was really pleased to see their hair & make-up artist – the legendary Amanda Steed had set them up in front of the lovely big windows at the end – great light for me too!
Now that’s some l-o-n-g hair!
I had to spend a little time getting some good shots of the shoes, I mean, Manolo Blahniks deserve it!
…and then on to some shots of Chris, the groom, his two sons Cameron & Alex and future father in law Kevin.
Flowergirl/bridesmaid Rosie looked gorgeous in her ‘princess dress’ and was raring to get the wedding started!
The guests arrived en masse on a coach and Chris & the chaps were there to welcome them…
Once again the inimitable Dai Harrhy was the registrar, this time responsible for the serious business of writing the wedding certificate, but before the serious bit started Dai tried to surprise me while I was doing some other shots. You’ve got be quicker than that Dai!
While the guests awaited the arrival of their beautiful bride they enjoyed a drink on the lawn with a spot of football & table tennis thrown in!
There seemed to be a lot of finger pointing at the presentation of the wedding certificate!
Not only were we treated to the service on the lawn but we also had the speeches in the garden which was a really nice change (and gave me loads of freedom to move around for shots)…
…and before long it was time to be seated and for the guests to enjoy an amazing meal cooked by the lovely & talented team at AlexChef – one of Norfolk’s very best wedding and event catering companies.
The table names were film-themed as you may have gathered from the shots below!
…and finally on to the first dance (well, finally for me, the party continued long into the night), with the entertainment and live music provided by a lovely bunch of people known as The Blue Lion Band.
Always nice to finish with a kissing shot, although in a break from the norm this is the groom kissing his father in law after a mix up with the father-daughter, mother-son dance! Chris & Lisa’s Chaucer Barn wedding was so much fun to photograph, so many funny moments and plenty of very poignant moments too. Thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome, it was an absolute pleasure to play a small part in your great day. I hope the joy, love and laughter of your day comes across in these photos. x
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When I’m not being paid to take photographs I still enjoy taking landscapes and thought I’d share a few recent ones I’ve taken in Norfolk and on our recent trip to Northumberland & Durham.
I’ll be producing a 2017 North Norfolk Landscapes calendar again (missed 2016 as I was too busy tending an allotment which seemed to revert to a weed garden the second we turned our backs, sadly we decided to give it up as it was taking up way too much time). Some of the shots here will appear in the calendar but I have plenty more to get and a few others which I’m holding back. I hope to have the calendar finished & ready to sell in a few more months time, watch this space!
This first shot is of the iconic Cromer pier at dawn, I love how the image has a very quiet feel to it almost.
Next is this shot of snowdrops at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park – this was actually the same morning as the above shot, once the sun had risen more. I positioned myself to backlight the snowdrops with the sun so that the light shines through the petals & stems a little.
Cromer pier again, this time at sunset (although it does look like the sun is behind the pier to the East it’s actually behind the camera and the light is the sunset’s sunlight bouncing back off the clouds).
The below shot was just something I spotted while walking along Sheringham prom, the gates in the groynes are there to allow the coastal protection team to open them to allow the flow of stones at certain times of the year but here someone has very artistically stacked the stones up. I like the different textures and colours of the flints and the old weathered groyne.
We are lucky enough to have fulmars nest on the cliffs here at Sheringham. They are very curious birds and will fly quite close to check you out so I took advantage and took a few shots of them swooping about in the wind…
A couple of weeks we had some stormy weather and some quite dramatic squalls passed through, moving along the coast, I was out on the saltmarsh at Morston (part of the stunning NT Blakeney Point reserve) when this one came through. Luckily just as I got back to the car the heavens opened, there’s not much cover out on the marshes so I was pleased with the timing!
I can never resist a shot of Cley Mill if I’m passing when the light & skies are looking good. Not much more to say about this one!
Just to mix things up a bit (and keep my flying skills fresh) I take the quadcopter out with me and try to get some aerial landscapes too. This was a beautiful morning to be photographing Cromer Pier (again!) from the air…
Last one of Cromer pier I promise! Sunset again with a long exposure to capture the motion of the tide coming in.
Last week we took a trip up north to Durham and Northumberland, myself & Leanne had both always wanted to see the Angel of the North so it was a lovely surprise when we discovered it was only 5 miles from our hotel (and even better that we had the statue to ourselves!)…
While up north we took a day trip out to the Farne Islands, sadly it was a really foggy day so we didn’t get to see the islands in all their glory but enjoyed getting so close to the amazing (and very smelly!) wildlife. Below is a Shag on her nest…
This female Eider duck had her nest right next to the path, didn’t seem fussed at all by the constant influx of human visitors…
…and back to North Norfolk – these last shots are very fresh – this morning I was up at 4am to head to Wells beach for dawn, the forecast had been good and it didn’t disappoint…