Updated: Jun 29, 2021
It was a pleasure to be Jesicca and Samuel's photographer on their big day. The couple chose to get married at Braxted Park in Witham, Essex. Braxted Park is one of those incredible locations that is nothing short of a photographer's paradise and I’ve always wanted to photograph there as the place oozes with fresh inspiration for photography. Jesicca and Samuel are truly very fortunate to have their wedding captured at such a fabulous venue.
This wedding had a slight twist as Jesicca and Samual had a traditional Ghanaian wedding in the morning to be followed by their white wedding later in the afternoon. It always fills me with a great sense of pride to witness couples and their families arriving in traditional attires.
The day started with me photographing Jesicca in one of the rooms at Braxted Park. With a relaxed atmosphere, it was very easy capturing the bridal prep which always gives me the opportunity to get to know the bridal party and everyone else a little better. With the groom and groomsmen a few doors away at the same location, it was indeed the perfect morning to photograph Samuel getting ready for the wedding to complete the story of the morning preparation.
Once the prep was finished, it was time to leave for the church ceremony at All Saints, Great Braxted which was the perfect setting for Jesicca and Samuel to say their wedding vows and tie the knot. Jesicca arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce car, taking a deep breath as she walked down the aisle to where the groom was waiting.
After the ceremony and just before the wedding reception, we shot some portraits and formal photographs. The reception itself was full of awe-inspiring energy and joyful laughter. It was a chance to photograph the story as the reception went on and also looking for those candid moments which is something I always enjoy.
Summer weddings never fail to offer plenty of opportunities to photograph the bride and groom. It was a sunny day, which was a blessing, and made the photographs really sing.
All the guests sat down to listen to the speeches after the wedding meal. Photographing the speeches can be a challenging part of the day because it's all about the words, so as wedding photographers we have to do our best to tell the story of the words with our pictures. People were dancing for hours, enjoying the moment as the bride and groom showed off their best moves with the bridesmaids and groomsmen joining in and turning it into a fun time for their guests.