Last September I was contacted by Matt and Jo regarding their Granary Estates wedding in Wooditton, Suffolk. They were looking for a photographer and needed someone fast, as the date was only a couple of months away. Fortunately I wasn’t booked and was happy to help. Matt and Jo are a lovely couple, and the kind of people I love to work with. And even though it was a last minute booking we still had time to shoot a lovely engagement session at Wandlebury County Park. Since 2014 I’ve been a recommended wedding photographer at the Granary Estates wedding venue. This means its a venue that I’m familiar with, and one where I really enjoy shooting. I had several ideas for Matt and Jo’s wedding already planned and on the day I couldn’t wait to get started.
Jo had decided to get ready at the Granary Cottage, which sits just outside the entrance to the Granary Barns on Parsonage Lane. I arrived early with my assistant, and we quickly settled in to the groove. Jo very kindly made us a cup of coffee, which was much appreciated. Downstairs I began by shooting the details and then moved upstairs to where Jo was having her make-up done. Her make up artist, who did an amazing job, was Chelsea Lenton of Sitting Pretty. I’ve worked with Chelsea before and can highly recommend her. Matt and his groomsmen arrived a bit later and made their way to the Granary Barns. I met them there to take some casual photos as they put on their button holes and shared some jokes. Back to the Granary Cottage and Jo had just put on her wedding dress. Using a wide angle lens I shot some beautiful images of her Dad seeing her in it for the first time. This is always an emotional part of the day and the sort of natural wedding photography that I love to capture.
The ceremony was full of emotion and was followed by some fun group shots in the courtyard. Being a winter wedding the sun was setting fast. With this in mind I quickly took Matt and Jo to the field next to the Granary Cottage. Part of my style is to create beautiful, romantic wedding photos using off camera flash. I knew we would be able to see the sunset clearly here and it was the perfect time and location to create some stunning portraits.
Dance the Night Away
So as the evening drew in and the wedding breakfast commenced, we took a short break and prepared for the first dance. The first dance can be photographed in a number of ways. I like to set up two flashes behind the couple and shoot toward them. This worked particularly well on the Granary Barns dance floor and produced some really beautiful wedding photos. Matt and Jo’s guests were definitely up for a party and the band they hired was brilliant. They blasted out a real mix of tunes to keep everyone on their feet and it was clear that everyone had an amazing time.
Are you planning a Granary Estates Wedding?
The Granary Estates is a beautiful rustic wedding venue, and perfect if you’re considering a barn style wedding. As one of the recommended Granary Estates Wedding Suppliers I have a fantastic knowledge of the venue, would love to talk to you regarding your wedding plans. Click here for details And of course, if you’re getting married elsewhere, I’d also love to hear from you. Give me a call on 07976 741 248, or fill in my contact form here