Photographing Anita & Michael’s wedding at the stunning Parklands Quendon Hall, Essex had a few firsts for me. It was my first time shooting at Parklands (a sister venue to Fennes where I had shot earlier the same week), my first mass during a ceremony and the first time I managed to lose an item of clothing – my lucky waistcoat which I took off and must have promptly fallen through a worm hole.
My absent mindedness aside – what a great day! We kicked off with Anita and the bridal party getting ready at Parklands. A massive thanks to Suzy and her team at the venue. Nothing was too much trouble for them and their assistance and attention to detail certainly got the day off to an excellent start. During this time there were a few showers which we needn’t have worried about as the weather for the day, as you can see, was very kind to us. Meanwhile the boys were getting ready a short distance away at a hotel. Then we were off to the church. I always like to arrive at the church in good time so I can introduce myself to the officiant and check regarding any house rules or restrictions on photography. I knew that Anita had asked their local priest to undertake the ceremony and he was therefore guesting at this church. The church itself was fantastic, a modern design with lots of light. The father was really relaxed and very accomodating around the photography which I was really grateful for. Anita is a talented musician and she had a group of friends provide the music during the service which really added to the celebration and special feeling of the day.
Back at Parklands for the reception, the Indus restaurant that provided the catering did a fantastic job of laying on an outstanding feast for guests. I must admit I did have seconds but purely to keep my strength up through the day 😉 We managed to get some great shots in the pretty grounds of the venue. Anita made my job very easy as it was almost impossible to take a bad photo of her. Equally Michael was very laid back and it was a real pleasure working with them.
The guys had their first dance in Wedding dress and morning suit, then it was a quick change for Anita into a traditional Indian outfit and she led a dance, ending up with everyone on the dance floor.
It really was a colourful, fun and memorable day – and it was great to have been a small part of it!