Blake Hall wedding photographer

Wedding photography at Blake Hall, Kathryn & Ed – A lovely summer wedding.

It doesn’t seem that long ago I met Kathryn and Ed for a relaxed lunch in Cambridgeshire to discuss their plans for the wedding.

Kathryn and Ed had the perfect summers day for their wedding at Blake Hall in Essex. I last photographed a wedding at Blake Hall in May 2013, it is a popular venue for weddings and with good reason too.  Hidden away in the Essex countryside and accessed via a tree lined drive is a restored 17th century barn, part of the Blake Hall estate. Licensed for wedding ceremonies inside and out the venue is popular all year round. Kathryn and Ed made the most of the summer weather and opted for an outdoor ceremony.

My coverage started with photographing Kathryn getting ready in The Old Coach House, a self contained cottage in the grounds of Blake Hall.  It was then a short walk to catch photographs of Ed arriving and greeting the guests.

The wedding ceremony took place outside with Kathryn and Ed standing under the old Saddlery and guests sat on cedar benches. This was followed by a drinks reception and a chance for Kathryn and Ed to leave their guests behind for 10 minutes alone in the gardens.

After a receiving line guests were seated in the barn for dinner and the speeches.

Here are a few of the highlights from Kathryn and Ed’s wedding photographs at Blake Hall.

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St Paul’s Walden Bury wedding photography

Kelly and David’s wedding photography at St Paul’s Walden Bury and St Peter’s church St Albans.

It’s that time of the year again when I get behind with adding new weddings to my blog, recently I have been extremely busy with one or two weddings every week. At this time of the year I start to get a lot of my favourite type of weddings, the ceremony in a church and reception in a marquee. The British summer weather doesn’t always behave itself and Kelly and David’s wedding was no exception to this.

My coverage started at a pub in St Albans where I caught up with David and his ushers, then it was a short walk to St Peter’s church. Kelly and David live in St Albans and I had last seen them when I visited with albums last year after they contacted me about their wedding. I had photographed a wedding for a friend of theirs, that is how I book a lot of my work.

Kelly arrived for the ceremony under threatening skies, although the rain held off until later in the day. St Peter’s is a beautiful church which made for some lovely photographs during the ceremony.  Afterwards it was time to head over to St Paul’s Walden Bury, the gardens in which the marquee was located.  This was literally in the middle of nowhere and even my usually reliable sat-nav seemed confused as it sent me down a track in completely the wrong direction. Reverting back to old fashioned paper maps I eventually found my way.

St Paul’s Walden Bury is between Hitchin and Luton, it is a grade 1 listed garden and part of the wider estate which includes the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The garden was laid out in the 18th century. The marquee was situated next to a beautiful wild flower meadow which run down to a lake. It really is a perfect location for a wedding.  When I arrived the clouds opened up to heavy rain but soon cleared up leaving everything looking even more colourful. The showers continued on and off through the afternoon giving an interesting contrast to the photographs.  Kelly and David made the most of the dry spells to enjoy some time alone in the gardens.  All to soon my coverage ended with the first dance.

I hope you enjoy these images from Kelly and David’s wedding at St Paul’s Walden Bury.

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Allerton Castle wedding photography

Allerton Castle wedding photography by Simon Atkins – Janine and Stephen’s wedding.

By pure coincidence I had two weddings at Allerton Castle over a week, I had never photographed a wedding here before so it was unusual for me to be at the same venue for two weddings so close together. I was recommended to both couples by another couple whose wedding I photographed a few years ago, they were also at both of the weddings. This was the first of my two weddings at Allerton.

Allerton Castle is in North Yorkshire, a couple of hours up the A1 from me. It really is one of those venues that takes your breath away when you first see it. A house has stood on this site back to around 1066 although the current house dates back to 1848. Allerton Castle was extensively damaged in a fire 9 years ago and has since been completely restored.  Described as ‘England’s grandest and most elegant gothic revival stately home, Allerton Castle is a popular venue for weddings.

My coverage started at Janine and Stephen’s home at East Keswick near Leeds, then on to a pub to catch up with Stephen before heading to All Hallows Church in Bardsey for the wedding ceremony. Over the 14 years I have been doing wedding photography I have had a fair few late brides, but this was the first time all the guests arrived late after the bus got caught up in traffic. After the ceremony guests boarded the buses for the trip to Allerton Castle.

Stepping into Allerton Castle the first thing you notice is the height of the ceiling in the Great Hall, some 70ft high it was certainly a talking point with the guests. Then there is the ballroom with amazing plaster work and bright blue walls.

Janine, Stephen and their guests enjoyed the spring sunshine in the grounds of Allerton Castle, the wind caught Janine’s veil leading to a lovely series of photographs.

A little more black and white photography this week, Janine and Stephen love black and white photography and asked for plenty of it for their wedding.


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Hengrave Hall wedding

Hengrave Hall wedding, Alex and Jenny.

Hengrave Hall  is one of those wedding venues that takes your breath away as you come along the drive and the hall comes into sight.  Set within 350 acres of Suffolk parkland just a short distance from the A14 road. I last visited Hengrave Hall in April last year for another wedding.

Alex is a talented composer (his work has included the soundtrack for a film about the photographer Don McCullin) so it wasn’t much of a surprise that music featured throughout the wedding, Alex wrote the music played on a Cello as Jenny walked into the chapel.

I have picked out twenty of my favourite photographs from the day as well as a slideshow which features a soundtrack recorded live at the wedding. Scroll to the end of the page for the slideshow which starts with the music Alex composed.


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Eastington Park wedding photographer – Alice & mark

April has been a very busy month for weddings and has seen me travelling all over the country. A couple of weeks back I was the wedding photographer at Eastington Park for Alice and Mark.  It doesn’t seem that long since I did their engagement photography here in Higham Ferrers.

An early start at Eastington Park meant driving down the night before and stopping over nearby so I could photograph Alice having her hair styled at 9,30am. I thern caught up with Mark and the ushers in the bar at Eastington park before photographing Alice getting into her dress and heading down the famous staircase which I’m sure features in a lot of wedding albums.  The wedding car was an old Rover which had belonged to Mark’s father and has been kept in immaculate condition.

Next it was off to St Michael and All Angel’s church, which was a pretty as it sounds. I am always slightly nervous when the vicar greets me at the church gate and asks if he can have a word, however in this case it was to tell me I could take as many photographs as I wanted and to show me a good position at the front of the church, fantastic!

After the ceremony guests walked the couple of minutes back to Eastington Park and Alice and Mark went for a few minutes together in the Rover.  Back at Eastington Mark’s niece and nephew seemed to be enjoying the swing hanging from a tree in the garden. Alice and Mark rejoined the guests who were making the most of the weather in the beautiful grounds at Eastington. All too soon it was time for the speeches and then the first dance.

These are a few of my favourites from Alice and Mark’s wedding photographs at Eastington Park.

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