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Suffolk & Essex Wedding Photography By Lavenham Photographic

Wedding Photography Essex & Suffolk – Portfolio Galleries

Examples of my wedding photography from venues all across Suffolk & Essex can be seen over the next few pages.

Of course, as the entire day is photographed, many styles lend themselves to different times of the day. I photograph details, casual moments, atmospheric shots and a few of the traditional groups. What you see here only touches upon the photographic coverage from a whole wedding.

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Framing! The bride and groom photographed through two archways, with loads of carving details!Nicely framed wedding photograph of the groom with his groomsmen, standing under a huge weeping willow tree outside the Mill hotel in Sudbury, SuffolkA big blue sky over the bride and groom at Leez PrioryWedding shoes are one of the details of a wedding I ensure I capture well. I like to frame this photo sometimes by shooting through the edge of the wedding dress, having soft, out of focus elements like this helps to bring out the sharpness of the subjectOld Gate, Lavenham.
I love this photo - the happiness, the composition framing the photo with the gate edge, and the lovely rustic old gate.Bride and groom share a kiss, standing in a field of tall green crops at Gosfield Hall WeddingGroom with his groomsmen posing at the front doorway of Woodhall Manor, the orange bricks contrasting nicely with the ivy covered buildingAlways looking for ways to frame a wedding photograph - this metal arbour at Haughley Park's walled garden naturally brings your eye into the bride and groom in the centreDramatic evening sunset photo with bride's veil flying in the wind. This shot was created with the help of an off-camera flash, balanced carefully to show the sunset and light the bride and groom well.Wedding dress hanging on old beam.
The natural light brings out the textures of the dressHuge redwood trees at Haughley Park Barn. Going for a walk in the grounds gets the most relaxed photos before any posing needs to happenHengrave Hall Church Photography
A Back-lit shot like this has a really striking look to it, but I also love including architectural details of settings like this, the church at Hengrave Hall. I find it really pleasing how nicely the stone texture comes across.Fun jumping photo
This jumping photo is fun, but the way the fabric of the bridesmaids dresses folds and waves in the wind made it all the better!Sparklers Light Trail, Leez Priory
This photo is quite complex to set up, it takes a ten second exposure, three flashes off-camera, and several takes! But when it works it looks awesome!Buttoning the dress
Using a crochet hook to do the buttons up on th back of a dress. Natural light and short depth of field both making this a lovely photo!Lovely old brickwork at Bruisyard HallWedding dress hanging, Hintlesham Hall
The low angle of this photo makes for a dramatic image, natural light bringing out texturesNatural, Relaxed Poses, Stoke By Nayland
Taking a moment away from the wedding to have some quiet time is a lovely time of the day, and away on the eigheenth tee here over the lake, was quite a peaceful and serene little moment, which came across well in the photos.Nice framing, keeping the bride and groom low in the frame, central, and perfectly sharp, while the foreground and background are full of lovely out of focus elements, purple flowers and bokeh dots (The out of focus blobs created with a short depth of field)Bride and groom in front of Haughley Park's main houseBride looking at her wedding dress - this is a fun composition, just the bride's eyes visible!Dramatic evening sky, a long veil to pull through the photo, and off camera flash. Definitely a photo that was created and not just snapped!The front of Leez Priory is so distinctive!Photography in the upper gallery at Hedingham Castle weddingLeez Priory's tower, in early evening, with the moon directly overheadTender moment between bride and groom, looks great in black and whiteBridal Preparations, Leez Priory
I like the simple, straight-on angle for this photo, nice and sharp on the eyes, softening nIcely elsewhere with a short depth of field.Sparklers, Leez Priory.
Sometimes I play with sparklers, making light trails, words etc, but it's also nice to get a simple pose using the sparklers. This is one of my trademade night photos at Leez, with off-camera flashBride and groom, photographed through white cherry blossom at ChannelsDouble-Exposure Photography. This is a striking image created using one heavily silhouetted image of the bride and groom and another of the tree-line at Gosfield. I think this one works particularly well with the bride's fur bolero!Another great textured doorway at Leez Priory, so much texture here!Autumnal Bouquet, Woodhall Manor
This Woodhall Manor wedding had an autumn theme, so the bride's bouquet was made using vibrant orange coloursBride and Groom Behind Door, Before Ceremony
The bride and groom hadn't seen each other yet when I took this photograph, we got the groom up to the bride's room, and they just held hand around the door without seeing each otherWalking at St Paul's Cathedral
Walking shots are always my favourites, and the couple, the outfits and lighting are particularly great in this one tooLittle Hall in Lavenham is a great background for a Lavenham Wedding, and a walking photo is so much more relaxed than any posingThe wonderful carved details in one of the old doors at Leez Priory are just perfect for sitting wedding rings in for a detail photograph. Especially good when the wedding rings have this much detail!The Gardens, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
The gardens at Kentwell Hall are simply stunning, in this angle the shapes made by the reflection of the bridge are amazing, as are the colours and tones in the backgroundBride and groom share a kiss, while the veil flies through the photo!I often lift the veil, and fly it the the photo, for a little drama!Wedding Guest on vintage bus. This was a wonderfully styled vintage weddingA tender moment, in a golden field of wheat, on the walk back to Gosfield Hall from the Church ceremonyLooking at wedding ring
I like to find natural moments to photograph, this was during a little shoot at one of my favourites old doorwys at Leez PrioryBride, with her bridesmaids. This photo shows off the bridesmaids dress colours and the hairdo's of the girlsGroomsmen sit within the LOVE marquee letters in the ground at the Channels estateWedding Rings on Military Sword
It's nice to find different places to photograph the wedding rings, this military sword was very appropriate as it was the sword the groom carried as part of his military dress uniform.Details of wedding rings
The bride and groom share a kiss, while the focus and short depth of field bring the focus to the wedding rings in the foregroundA night time wedding photograph, the bride and groom in front of Leez Priory, lit by off-camera flashWalking on the Beach, Thorpeness
Taking a stroll, hand in hand is always a great photo, but on the beach, even better!This wedding had a surprise Chinese dragon dance for the guests!Groom adjusts his tie. This is such a simple shot, but shows the details of the groom's suit, tie and buttonhole flowerWedding Party walk, arms linked, in the garden at Preston Priory BarnNight photography at Gaynes Park Wedding. Metal arbour with its own lighting, plus my off-camera flash to ensure the bride and groom are correctly litBride, with her bridesmaids. This photo shows off the bouquets, bridesmaids dress colours, and the girl's hairDramatic evening sky, a long veil to pull through the photo, and off camera flash. Definitely a photo that was created and not just snapped!Bride and groom with sunset at Gaynes Park WeddingAnother of the amazing textured wooden doors at Leez Priory. Nice framing, the doorway central, the guys standing in a symmetrical pattern!These three mirrors in the reception area at Hintlesham Hall are quite striking, and it made sense to stand the bride and groom in the spaces between them for a photographLace wedding cake with Peony
This was worthy of a detail photograph, the peony made from icing, and the lace effect icing on the wedding cakeUnder Street Light, Old Parish Rooms, Rayleigh.
When I saw this setting, at night with the street light lit, I imagined it would look amazing as a wedding photo, with the huge windows on either side. The guest peeking out of the window is quite a nice touch too!Bride and Groom with Car Under Arch, Gosfield
It's always great to have a way to frame an image, as with the archway here, even better with the wedding car in shot and a gorgeous blue sky!Night time wedding photography as part of a Swan Hotel wedding in Lavenham, with off-camera flashI like a dramatic composition for a wedding photograph, keeping the bride and groom low and central, and filling the frame with the out of focus forest backdrop with a short depth of field creating a lovely soft, speckled bokehNice closeup of a tender moment between bride and groom at Hengrave Hall winter weddingWedding Cake, Gosfield Hall
I love to frame photographs by shooting through things, on this occasion there were some fairy lights to photograph throughI love how the I managed to get the church into the frame, to show what the subject is looking at, and really telling more of a story from one imageBride and groom pose in front of the LOVE marquee letters in the ground at the Channels estateWalking, Through archway, Woodhall Manor
I love how this came out, framing the photo left and right through the ivy-lined archway at Woodhall ManorA very dramatic wedding photograph - the bright orange colour inside the cart lodge at Moreves barn. photographed with off-camera flashEveryone enjoying the first dance at Alpheton Hall BarnDuring wedding ceremonies at Woodhall Manor under the dovecote I'm always on the lookout for what the doves are doing. At this wedding the doves were coming and going throughout so I was sure to capture one in flight during the wedding vows!Great macro detail photograph of wedding rings by Tiffany - on a little mossy bed!Bride finishing her drink!
The ride from the church to the reception was quite short on this wedding, so the bride had to finish her drink quickly, made for a very fun photo!Sparklers Light Trail, Leez Priory
This photo is quite complex to set up, it takes a ten second exposure, three flashes off-camera, and several takes! But when it works it looks awesome!A lovely short depth of field and natural light makes for a lovely detail photograph.Bride and Groom by the Riverside, Thorpeness
Lovely lighting and a great setting by the river here at the Thorpenes Hotel make this a great photo, with the sun sparkling off the water!Wind Blowing Dress, Leez Priory
The wind blowing the bow at the back of the dress makes for a great wedding photo!By the Lake, Leez Priory
With a prime lens such as my Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art, the bokeh (The quality of the out of focus speckles) is so good, that I sometimes make a feature of it and compose the photo to include it!Detail of thistle wedding buttonhole flowerExcited Bride and Groom, Leez Priory
Great expressions and natural, characteristic moments are the best thing to capture, this photo sums up their happiness perfectly!A lovely time of the day, when the sun is going down, but the sky is still very blue! Off camera flash, and dramatic framing with the bride and groom low int he frame to enhance thew feeling of a big sky!Lamp Lighting, Carriageway doors, Leez Priory
I came up with my own way of lighting this shot at Leez Priory, to give the effect that it's being lit by the lamp over their heads. The lighting from above gives a dramatic effect and shows the texture of the metal studs well too.The paving at Kentwell Hall, with its beautiful tudor rose pattern, looks great photographed from aboveLavender, Kentwell Hall Gardens
Kentwell Hall's gardens are as stunning as they come. The sky in this shot is great too!I love to do this ring-drop photo (And it's a lot hard than it looks to get the camera settings right!)First Dance
It's great to capture a big reaction like this, the bride enjoying her first dance, while guests look on, and the light-up Love sign in the backgroundA lovely detail photograph of the bride's engagement ring, sitting among strings of pearls and a detailed metal of an ornate lamp baseBride with golden doorway, Gosfield Hall, Essex
The Rococco Suite at Gosfield Hall has many amazing backdrops. It's golden coloured doorways with huge windows and natural light are great for bridal portraits.Heart Shaped Hands
This is a cute photo with a heart-shape made with the groom's hands, but made all the better by the detail of the wedding dressVeil blowing in an 'S' shape. The classic 'walking away and looking back' wedding photograph, made all the better by the wind blowing the veil into a lovely 'S' shape!Golden Hour is known to be the hour before sunset at a wedding, when the sun is at its lowest and it can give extremely pleasing photographsAutumn Leaves, Leez Priory.
These yellow leaves appeared just in time for this wedding, the following week was back at Leez Priory, and the colour had already gone, which makes these wedding photos quite unique!Bride getting ready before her wedding, framed in a huge gold framed mirrorThe simplicity of this photo is lovely, the bride posed simply against a blank part of the wallA lovely time of the day, when the sun is going down, but the sky is still very blue! Off camera flash, and dramatic framing with the bride and groom low int he frame to enhance thew feeling of a big sky!Gorgeous textures - macro photography of wedding rings sitting on old wooden gatepost with wood and lichen texturesNatural light in this photo brings the textures out beautifullyWedding rings on lace invites.
I'll let you into a little secret - the lace effect card on these invites might just be a doily folded over!Wedding dress hanging on blue door
The natural light brings out the textures of the dressSunset, Leez Priory
When I see a sunset, if I can, I go grab the bride and groom! Sunsets at Leez Priory are quite rare to capture, as the sun sets right behind a thick set of trees. On this occasion it filled so much of the sky I could capture it well, with off-camera flash to illuminate the bride and groomLovely black and white, of bride and groom with huge tree, Gaynes ParkI love getting a sharp focus on the subject, but framing the photo with out of focus elements, it really makes the subject stand outBride, with her bridesmaids. This photo shows off the bridesmaids dress colours and the bouquetsGroom adjusts his tie. This is such a simple shot, but shows the details of the groom's tweed suit, bowtie and buttonhole flowerLamp Lighting, Carriageway doors, Leez Priory
I came up with my own way of lighting this shot at Leez Priory, to give the effect that it's being lit by the lamp over their heads. The lighting from above gives a dramatic effect and shows the texture of the metal studs well too.Bride walking with her bridesmaids in front of Haughley Park's main house - walking shots down long pathways always feel relaxedLet it Snow!, Leez Priory
To add further to the amazing romanticism of a Leez Priory Tower wedding ceremony, we looked out of the window to see huge great snowflakes!I like to capture night photos, when the sky is very nearly - but not quite completely dark. The deep dark blue in this photo's background is lovely, the bride and groom lit by off-camera flashDramatic night sky at the Venue at Kersey Mill weddingSunset, The Fennes
When I see a sunset, if I can, I go grab the bride and groom!Bride and Groom with Car Under Arch, Gosfield
It's always great to have a way to frame an image, as with the archway here, even better witha gorgeous blue sky!Dramatic evening sky and off camera flash. Definitely a photo that was created and not just snapped! Looks great in Black and white!Autumn Colours.
On a little walk around the village I went on a hunt for autumn colours!First kiss during a wedding ceremony at Dove BarnThis photo is a great way of showing the ring details, with a background of the wedding suit's colours. An added bonus in this example is the heart-shape made by the shade falling on the hands!Sparkler exit at the venue at Kersey Mill weddingI love a good ring detail photo! When I saw this old cut log at Dove barn I knew I had to borrow the wedding rings from the best man for an extra detail photo. Especially good when the wedding rings were this detailed!Great blue sky, meadow and lake. This photo really has a relaxed, timeless feel to it!Lovely shot in black and white! A tender moment, with a lovely relaxed feel!I love to include as much texture and detail as I can at a Leez Priory wedding - here the  wisteria and red brick really let you know which venue this is!Bride putting on groom's wedding ring. This closeup taken during a ceremony, including wedding dress detailsThe Bridal Preparations.
Getting the eyes sharp, with a short depth of field to blur out a busy background.A very relaxed pose at Granary Estates, the bride going for a kiss with her groomWedding ring detail photo, sitting on hessian and lace detailing of bouquetI love to do this ring-drop photo (And it's a lot hard than it looks to get the camera settings right!)Striking reflection of Woodhall Manor. I love this low angle over the water at Woodhall Manor, getting as long as I can to show as much of the building in the reflection as I can.Guests mingling at Alpheton Hall Barn, details of drapes and balloons in the rafters of the barnA night time wedding photograph, the bride and groom in front of Leez Priory, lit by off-camera flashBride with the pearl earring
I often bounce my flash from diferent sides of the room to create a natural light fall, and at other times switch to completely natural light. Natural light used for this photo to great effect, in fact, framing this photo with a pictureframe in the background made it remind me of the famous painting 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'!Wafting the veil through the frame makes for a lovely effect in wedding photographs!A walking photograph is always the most relaxed!Natural light, in the light oak room. A very relaxed photo These huge pillars make a great setting for a wedding photographLeez Priory's castellations - so distinctive!Bride, with her bridesmaids. This photo shows off the bouquets, bridesmaids dress colours, and the girl's hairBride and groom with bokeh effect, at Gaynes Park WeddingOff-camera lighting and strong reflection make for a striking photo at Woodhall ManorThe soft purple colours in the greenery over the heads of the bride and groom, offsetting the bride and groom into the lower half of the frame for a dramatic compositionLovely soft green colours set off beautifully against the strong colour of the bride's hair. Also, a lovely short depth of field creates a lovely bokehEvening photo at Hintlesham Hall, Bride and groom standing under overhead light in doorwayVery simple wedding photography poses can be enhanced by simply framing a photo. here the lovely stone textured on the right of the frame are balance by the soft-focus greenery on the leftThe Groom with his Groomsmen.
It's a big day for the groom, so I spend a short wihle getting a few photos with his groomsmen. I always start with a very natural group photo, before getting them to pose a little more, to see what looks most comfortableEvening photography at Channels, with remote off camera flash lighting, and the lighting on the trees in the courtyardLovely natural tree-tunnel arch at Alpheton Hall BarnA very dramatic sunset photographed at Leez PrioryPassionate moment between bride and groom, under the long archway at Woodhall Manor, looks great in black and whiteBride, with her bridesmaids. This photo shows off the bridesmaids dress colours and the girl's hairSunset at Marks The Coach House, Hall Estate. I used my off-camera flash to create this photo, else the bride and groom would of course be standing in the dark. The lighting coming from one side adds a lot of texture to the fold in fabricsBride and groom walking in front of the lake at Leez Priory, with arms linked. These photos are certainly arranged, but my aim is to look as unposed as possibleNatural, relaxed poses, The Swan Hotel
Any photograph I set up I try to keep a very natural feelBride and groom walking with glasses of champagne at Bruisyard Hall. I love a photo with a relaxed feel, and nothing looks more relaxed than a simple photo, strolling around the grounds of the wedding venue.The Rolls-Royce Starlight headliner. Looks great with a short depth of field creating a starry bokehGreat candid and relaxed fell as the groom laughs during a photo session at a Woodhall Manor weddingBride and groom share a kiss, standing in a field of yellow wheat at Gosfield Hall WeddingPillars, ivy and pink flowers, The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
The groom with his groomsmen photographed here at the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds. It almost looks like a destination wedding, I think the low angle is very effectiveLamp Lighting, Carriageway doors, Leez Priory
I came up with my own way of lighting this shot at Leez Priory, to give the effect that it's being lit by the lamp over their heads. The lighting from above gives a dramatic effect and shows the texture of the metal studs well too.Red Brick Wall, The Fennes.
The simplicity of a nice textured old red brick wall is always great in wedding photos, simple shot, minimal posingLovely tones of these flowers set beautifully against the soft grey-blue of the bridesmaids dressesGroom with his son, Boreham House These huge pillars are a great setting, and really suit a black and white imageThis is a lovely simple pose, the groom's arms low and the bride's high, creating a pleasing symmetry. As well as a lovely relaxed pose!Little Hall, Lavenham.
At any wedding in the village in Lavenham I do suggest a little walk in the village for backdrops - I love the yellow colour of Little Hall - and at this time of the year it beautifully complimented the autumnal colour we photographed elsewhereBridal Preparation
This huge mirror showed too much of the room behind, so I ducked down out of site to photograph the bride putting on her earringA very relaxed pose at Granary Estates, the bride laughing as she hangs on the groom's shoulderRelaxed, comfortable posing of the bride and groom in front of one of the lovely old wooden doors at Leez Priory. There's so much texture at Leez!The leafy ivy covering the front of Woodhall Manor is a great contrast to the strong orange of the brick colour. I composed this wedding photograph with the bride and groom smaller in the bottom of the frame for a dramatic compositionOff-camera lighting and strong reflection make for a striking photo at Woodhall ManorInteresting to find new compositions, this one framing the bride and groom, and also playing with the focus from the short depth of fieldDress Hanging in Rococco Suite
This is one of my favourite preparation shots at Gosfield, shot from a low angle to really enhance the shape of the dressWonderful blue sky over Leez Priory, a dramatic composition with the bride and groom low in the frameFull Moon, Swan Hotel, Lavenham
This wedding at the Swan Hotel, Lavenham, was set entirely in the dark! I set up my off camera remote flashes and got creative! The full moon in this shot (just two days before Christmas) made the photo quite unique!Cosy pose of bride and groom at Woodhall Manor's main gate, with it's eagle statue and amazing texturesI love a photo with a relaxed feel, and nothing looks more relaxed than a simple photo, strolling around the grounds of Hengrave Hall. This photo enhanced further by the strong setting sunFirst dance in the carriageway at Leez Priory Wedding. I set up a couple of my remote lights to create these starbursts each side of the bride and groomNight time wedding photography on the streets of Lavenham, as part of a Swan Hotel wedding, with off-camera flashLondon skyline in the distance at Gaynes ParkLace Wedding Shoes
I photograph all the smaller details of the wedding, shoes, dress hanging up, etc. The natural light falling across these shoes really brings out the textureBride and groom in front of Haughley Park's main houseI love to do this ring-drop photo (And it's a lot hard than it looks to get the camera settings right!)Bride and Groom Behind Door, Before Ceremony
The bride and groom hadn't seen each other yet when I took this photograph, we got the groom up to the bride's room, and they just held hand around the door without seeing each otherLighting the bride and groom from the rear really adds dramaLamp Lighting, Carriageway doors, Leez Priory
I came up with my own way of lighting this shot at Leez Priory, to give the effect that it's being lit by the lamp over their heads. The lighting from above gives a dramatic effect and shows the texture of the metal studs well too.The tower at Leez Priory, one of the most distinctive and striking placesThis first dance looks lots of fun! I often mount my own off-camera flashes to create extra star-bursts during first dance photography at weddingsA night time wedding photograph, the bride and groom in front of Leez Priory, lit by off-camera flashThe metallic finish of wedding rings photograph with great contrast on stone surfaces, but the beaten metal effect on this ring is certainly worthy of a closeup photoStriking reflection of Woodhall Manor. I love this low angle over the water at Woodhall Manor, getting as long as I can to show as much of the building in the reflection as I can.Sparklers Writing, Leez Priory
On a November Evening, it felt the right thing to do to play with sparklers in photos