Hayley & Andy’s wedding took place just after a week where Essex had seen some light snow flurries. Nothing really had settled more than a centimetre or so earlier in the week, and when the Saturday came around it looked like any other day. Very cloudy though bright enough, Leez Priory looked stunning as always. It was only during the ceremony in the tower that we looked out of the window and saw how romantic it had become outside! …•-PREVIEW-COVER-310115 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 01 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 02

A few photos that show Hayley’s preparation, then to Andy for some of the same…310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 03 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 04 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 05 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 06 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 07The composition of this bridal portrait is really nice of Hayley, offset to one side, with a glass of bubbly. We opted to take some photos with her veil down, which is a lovely look, and of course some with it back.310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 09

I always make sure details like this are photographed, the strong colour,Hayley’s engagement ring, the brooch on her bouquet and of course the flowers, all with a pleasing depth of field effect.310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 10

On our way to the ceremony a light drizzle of rain started. Nevermind, I love umbrella photos! Or is that rain?… looks a little sleety!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 11 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 12

My usual plan before the ceremony is to take extra bridal portraits in the light oak room at Leez Priory, just after the bride has had her meeting with the registrars, as there is much more room than in the bride’s dressing room. I love the natural light in the light oak room, , lovely wood paneling.310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 13

 I take a mixture here of naturally-lit photos, and some with a bounce-flash balancing the lighting out. 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 14 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 15

Umbrella photos are always nice, lovely shots her of Hayley and her Dad as they make there way to the wedding ceremony at the tower!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 16 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 17 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 18

The all-important moment when the groom sees the bride for the first time!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 19

In an enclosed space like the tower i often change to a wide lens and lift the camera over my head to quickly grab a shot of the whole room. Lovely character of every corner of Leez priory.310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 20I always look past the bride and groom to see if there are nice moments to capture of family looking on. Often there’s an angle just between the bride and groom of Dad looking , this time the better angle was of Mum and sis.310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 21 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 22 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 23 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 24 Just after the signing of the register was when we noticed what had started happening outside! Not so rare perhaps in other parts of the world, but in Essex we don’t get snow all that often, and in my 13+ years of photographing weddings I’ve not been lucky enough to had a snow shower during a wedding. The decision was made to make the most of the snow as it may not last long. To make sure the bride didnt get too cold we did it in two stages – first a little shoot as we made our way back to the main house, then I let Hayley & Andy warm up again in the bar while I set up my remote lighting  to really make the next photos pop!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 25 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 26 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 27 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 28

I love this shot! Great big snowflakes, relaxed natural photo, umbrela for a prop, showing the tower from a different angle too, and great the way Hayley is holding her dress to show her shoes!
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These photos now include my own umbrella that I carry with my gear all year round in case we need it. Also I’ve set up a light on a tall stand, to lift the subject from the background a little. These are such unique photos, I love them!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 30 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 31 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 32

Another one of my favourites; walking- always the most natural couple photo you can get, looking to each other – looks like I’ve captured a candid moment, umbrella – cute prop, remote lighting – lifts the subject from the background, oh, and snow!  310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 33 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 34

After our short photoshoot (I didn’t want them getting too cold!) I left everyone to have a good mingle before anything else formal happened. Amazingly, within another 10 minutes it had stopped snowing completely! Lucky timing!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 35

Group photos at Hayley & Andy’s wedding were also taken in the Light Oak Room, as it was too cold outside. A few shots on the sofa too, sitting makes a nice shape with a dress like this.310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 36

Whenever I see clients have opted for flowers up the stairs I like to make sure I include them somewhere in the photos – I know from experience the cost of these! (I had my wedding reception there myself!)310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 37 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 38 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 39More natural light here too, quite a classic photo310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 40 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 41

My usual spot for the ‘everyone’ photo is from an upstairs window, however it was raining lightly so I got creative, gathered the guests to the carriageway and used my monopod to lift the camera in the air and fire it remotely. This was arranged around the venue staff, as it was a great way of getting everyone together in time to go for dinner!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 42The monopod technique gives a different angle to the dining room photos too!310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 43 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 44I make sure I capture all the small details in the dining room, before it’s full of people.310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 45

I like this angle, shot through the banisters of the stairs before coming up to the wedding breakfast310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 46
Braving the cold again for one of my favourite Leez Priory wedding photographs, when the sky isn’t quite black yet. This deep bue, against the floodlit building has far more impact than a jet-black sky. Remote lighting off the the right hand side on a light stand. 310115 Leezz Priory Wedding Photographer 47

Ben Brown, Wedding Photographer for Lavenham Photographic Studio has been recommended by Leez Priory as a photographer for over 13 years! This means there is a close relationship between Ben and venue staff, helping the day run smoothly. Also, this experience means the best locations for the best wedding photographs are easily found in all kinds of weather, lighting and times of year!

More Information about Leez Priory can be seen here: http://www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/leez-priory/

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