Southwold Pre-Wedding Photography

So, this little shoot came off the back of a good run of weddings, 5 weddings in the previous 10 days and I can not wait to blog them all but this little shoot is going up now since, compared to a wedding, it's just a heck of a lot quicker to edit (but certainly no less fun to shoot - it was only an hour but I had such a good time!).

Robyn and Ryan are getting married in October at the church in Southwold, before a reception at Bruisyard Hall which, will be my first Wedding at Bruisyard Hall and I'm really looking forward to it!

So, without further ado, just a small selection from a fantastic hour in sunny Suffolk - cheers guys for being such great fun. I'll see you again soon - enjoy!

 

 


The One at Wells Harbour | Lucy & Simon

Pre-Wedding Photography in North Norfolk

It's Lucy & Simon's wedding at Godwick Hall today and I cannot wait to see them again.

Their pre-wedding shoot took place in January - I have no idea what we were thinking - it was freezing! But despite the weather, we had so much fun!

They are such an easy going couple and because of that, so very easy to photograph. They are just great together! It wasn't a "posey" shoot (by a long shot), it was just the two of them and a day out in Wells, eating fish and chips, playing the arcades and being a little bit silly. They laughed - a lot - and that always makes for great photos! But when we did stop do to some portraits by the sunset - oh wow!

All in all a perfect shoot for me, I really can not wait to see them again this morning - enjoy!

UPDATE: November 2018 - These guys are married go here to see their Godwick Hall wedding photos!


a busy dance floor at a Wedding in Suffolk, UK

Suffolk Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography in Suffolk

Although I'm a wedding photographer based in Norwich, I travel the width and breadth of the UK but on this particular occasion, I only had to head just over the border into Suffolk. Chloe and Danny got married at Chloe's parents home which, being an old rectory handily has a church in the grounds! This meant there was no rushing to get to the wedding venue, since it was only a short walk door-to-door. If you are planning a stress-free wedding, I recommend that you are getting married in a church that you try and choose a reception venue not too far away. Chloe and Danny nailed it with this one! Everything was but a short walk away and it made for a really relaxed and fun day.

Here's just a few photos from their beautiful Suffolk Wedding. If you are looking for a Wedding Photographer in Suffolk or, indeed elsewhere in the UK or abroad, let's chat - enjoy!


Destination Wedding in the Algarve, Portugal

Wind and Rain turns to Sun and Blue Skies for Lee & Jordan’s Same Sex Wedding in Albufeira, Portugal

I’m not sure where to begin with this one! So, I’ll start at the beginning. I met Jordan a few years ago at another wedding, in 2015 he was hairdresser and friend to the bride. We got on really well and so, it was great to hear from him, in early 2017, when he asked me to be his wedding photographer! The initial plan had been to get married at Henham Park (of Latitude fame), a wedding venue in Suffolk but a change of plan saw us heading for the Algarve instead (no complaints here!) for this perfect destination wedding in Portugal, where Lee and Jordan got married not far from the beach that they got engaged on in 2016.

I arrived two days before their Portugal wedding which meant, I got to spend some time getting to know their family and friends. I get to meet some truly wonderful people in this line of work – Lee and Jordan are no exception. And in addition to having got to know Lee and Jordan, their friends and family that bit better, there were a few other familiar faces and friends from previous weddings too! So, on the day of the wedding itself, as much of a cliche as it sounds, I genuinely felt like a “guest with a camera”!

The weather forecast for the wedding day was less than promising. In fact, the weather in the UK was looking better! Armed with this knowledge, I made sure that I took the guys down to the beach, the night before, to capture some images of  them enjoying the sun, sea and sand! You can go here to see their pre-wedding photos on the beach.

On the morning of the wedding, I awoke to a view, not dissimilar to that in the first image below and watched as the wind picked up a beach umbrella for a triple somersault into the pool! I checked no less than three weather apps and then prayed for all it was worth for the weather to change but it wasn’t looking good! The hotel wanted to move the ceremony indoors and the wind threw another beach umbrella over my head! But I needn’t have worried, because, as I stood on the balcony, the guys getting ready, looking out to sea, the sun began to reflect it’s light on the horizon and made a glorious appearance just in the nick of time!

Coming up the aisle together, Lee and Jordan were absolutely beaming, giving the sun a run for its money! There was so much laughter during this ceremony, everyone was having the best time. The biggest laughs came though, when one of the registrars mispronounced Jordan’s middle name, “Guy”. She explained that she had been practising her pronunciation so hard but Jordan alleviated any embarrassment she may have had, delivering the punch-line, “It’s just like being back at school!” The registrar came back at him, saying that since she had said it out loud, he was now legally “Jordan ‘Gay’ Ayers-Terrell” – #touché ???

After signing their marriage certificate and being wonderfully serenaded by the one of their best friends, Polly, the boys made their way back down the aisle together as Mr & Mr! Hugs, kisses, congratulations, drinks and relaxing in the sun were next on the agenda before a series of fantastic speeches which took us into the evening. A few portraits as the sun got low in the sky we returned to watch a video that Lee and Jordan had put together to celebrate their nearest and dearest – truly making their day about everybody!

The drink and good times continued as Lee and Jordan took to the floor for their first dance before everyone joined them and lots more dancing ensued, sending them off on honeymoon in style!

It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to be a part of their day – thank you so much Lee and Jordan for taking me to Portugal with you, I hope these photos will bring happy memories back to you for many years to come – enjoy!

I’ll be leaving on a jet plane again for a destination wedding in Mallorca later this year and so if you’re looking for a destination wedding photographer and like what you see, then get in touch, I’d love to hear about your plans!


Dairy Barns Wedding

Drew + Carina's Wedding at the Dairy Barns

It's the done thing to talk about the weather in the UK. It's a fairly usual conversation starter. And blogging about this wedding, I do need to pay it some mention. The forecast for this wedding, at the Dairy Barns in Norfolk, was heavy rain and driving winds all day! It was the weekend of "The Beast from the East" Part II. I'd thought about a brolly but stepping out of my car, I realised that I would have just been lifted off my feet! It remained this way all day and so everyone remained indoor for pretty much the whole day. But this was no bad thing, the warm and welcoming Dairy Barns is a great little place to shelter away in. Everyone working there is really friendly and Hannah is such a welcoming host.

I began the day with Karina as she was putting her dress on, assisted by her mum and her best-friend before capturing some pictures of guests arriving and Drew, nervously and periodically checking his watch ahead of her arrival. Luckily, Carina and her dad only had a short walk in the wind to get back indoors before Bride and Groom reunited at the top of the aisle. They were all smiles, unable to control their giddy excitement! Having signed their certificate, officially becoming Mr and Mrs, they triumphantly headed back down the aisle and in to the arms of their friends and family who could not wait to congratulate them!

Braving the cold but avoiding the wet, we took some photos under the old barn - it was freezing but drew and Carina held each other close and had a good giggle nonetheless! After a few family groups, we nipped back indoors as quickly as we could to warm up ahead of the wedding breakfast - it was proper winter comfort food and went down a treat!

A heartfelt speech by Carina's dad, was followed by some lovely words from Drew to his new wife, before Drew was ritually humiliated in front of his guests by a double team of Best Men. Cutting the cake (lovingly made by Drew's mum!) in front of all their guests signalled that the party could get well underway and there was no shortage of drink available both, at the bar but also from a fair few craft beers that Drew and Carina happen to be partial to and which they had had dotted around the tables.

I left this wedding venue to the sounds of music playing and full on belly laughs as friends and family continued to toast to the new husband and wife and celebrated with them into the night. A wonderful day to have been a part of, even if I nearly did come off the road as a tree did it's best to fall on my car on the way home - but that's another story - enjoy!


Diamond Award | Engagement Photographer

A wet, windy and wonderful engagement session in Norwich

It was wonderful to hear, from the WPJA that I won a Diamond Award this week for the photograph above of Rhea and Pieter on their pre-wedding photoshoot in Norwich.

Dodging the wet and the wind, these two, nonetheless, made the absolute most of the day. And Rhea's hat and scarf combo added a good dash of colour on what was an otherwise very grey afternoon.

We grabbed coffee together and sheltering from the rain, they treated me to lunch as well. It was a great way to catch up with them about their wedding plans at the amazing Narborough Hall near Kings Lynn.

The Diamond Awards are the WPJA’s, first-ever, standalone portrait contest for Engagement Portraits. These awards are judged by news photo editors and award-winning photojournalists (including Pulitzer Prize winners) so, being only a recent(ish) member and being one of the first awards I've entered, I was absolutely over the moon to learn of the news!

Here's just a few more of my favourites from the day - enjoy!


BEACH ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY IN PORTUGAL

PORTUGAL PRE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Rob, those photos are just incredible! ?❤️ my god I’m a model!!! ?? we are soooo pleased!!!

I love engagement photography. It's an amazing way to get to know each other before the wedding day, have some pre-wedding fun and for a couple to get comfortable in front of the camera. Lee had been a bit nervous about the shoot but as you'll see below, he did just fine! Jordan, on the other hand is not exactly the shy and retiring type!

This shoot was extra special as the beach was the same beach where Lee and Jordan got engaged, it was perfect! I also got to join Jordan, Lee, their friends and family for a pre-wedding meal, looking out on the beach, after our shoot. The very next day, I was there to capture their wedding.

It was an amazing beach engagement session in Praia da Oura, in the Algarve. Their love, their outlook on life and their energy are infectious and this made the shoot so easy. They have a chemistry that I can't put into words, a true bond but if you know them, you'll know precisely what I mean!

With the weather forecast for the wedding day looking less than ideal, I wanted to make the most of the good weather while we had it and, so we spent a beautiful evening wandering the beach and around the hotel grounds. I like to do as little posing as possible on these shoots, offering a little direction here and there, otherwise it's really just about capturing some smiles, some laughter and a little of that chemistry they got going on. I might love these two a little bit - enjoy!


A Cambridge Back Garden Wedding

A Marquee Garden Wedding in Cambridgeshire

Rhiannon and Henry married in their local church in Cambridge and had a wonderful back garden wedding reception at the family home.

Rhiannon and Henry live in Norfolk but Rhiannon did her growing up in Cambridge and they both met at the University of Cambridge and so, it made the perfect backdrop for their wedding celebrations.

Amazing photographer (and photographs) for an amazing day! The photos were EXACTLY what we wanted and I never stop looking at them. It was an intimate affair and that wholly rings true with your approach. Thank you again!

I joined the girls first thing, while the final touches were being made to the marquee and everyone busied around getting ready! I love this part of the day, it’s always a great way for me to get to know some of the wedding party and since spirits are high, it’s always a good laugh.

I drove the short journey to join Henry and his ushers at the Church and I took the opportunity to capture some candid photos of the meeting and greeting.

Inside the church, as the wedding guests waited for the brides arrival, I nipped in and out to watch and wait for the arrival of a beautiful vintage wedding car. The acoustics in the church were unbelievable and the organ and choir were a treat. I wept when they sang Calon Lân, not least because of my welsh roots but because the music were so achingly beautiful!

The service too was wonderful, with some lovely readings and you could feel the love that Henry and Rhiannon’s friends and family have for them both. After the register was signed and it was all made official, the new Mr and Mrs came down the aisle and back outside where we took some quick portraits before the rain came. It came and went though and it certainly didn’t get in the way of the party.

An all round perfect day, it was a joy to be a part of. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Cambridge then take a look at this little selection and get in touch!

 


DIY Farm Wedding in Norfolk

A Farm Wedding in Norfolk

Georgina and Alex got married last Summer at the family farm in Norfolk on a fabulously sunshiny day! I love a wedding on a farm and this setting in the North Norfolk countryside could not have been more perfect.

The day started with a few getting ready photographs at Georgina's family home. I arrived at the farm house to join the family putting the finishing touches to the marquee in the garden which had been beautifully decorated with flowers and other personal touches. Later, I got some of my favourite captures from the day as Georgina was helped in to her wedding dress by her sister, before she travelled with her dad and her bridesmaids to the local church. Being a farm wedding and a farming family, there was only one way this was going to happen, by tractor, of course, entirely in keeping with the rural setting and the wedding theme.

Georgina looked stunning as she arrived at the top of the aisle and I knew Alex's socks would be well and truly knocked off when he saw her. After a beautiful church ceremony, Alex, Georgina and their closest friends travelled back in the tractor, they had a great time, laughing and joking with each other and this continued throughout the whole day.

The wedding day was a very laid back affair with friends and family relaxing on straw bales, enjoying the summer sunshine, as well as canapés and Pimms provided by the guys from Back to Your Place.

After some fine speeches it was time for the first dance, the party and the hog roast to begin. I'm not much of a dancer but I went back for second helpings on the hog roast! After the food and drink, more dancing ensued and everyone was left having an amazing time. It really was a wonderful day!

I had a great time at Georgina and Alex's farm wedding in Norfolk. There's just something extra special about a wedding that takes place in such an idyllic setting and in this case, a venue that also has a family connection. Another of my favourite farm weddings from the same year was a farm wedding in Suffolk. I'm next looking forward to a farm wedding in East Sussex in 2019, which will be on a family farm in the South Downs. I'm a Norfolk Wedding Photographer but I travel all over the UK and Europe and so, if you're planning a farm wedding or, any kind of outdoor wedding, I'd love to hear about it!

For now, a huge thanks to Georgina and Alex for choosing me to capture their day - enjoy the images!

   


Scene Stealers - The Kids are Alright...Really!

Should we have children at our Wedding? ...

…it was one of the first questions we had to address at our wedding and it no doubt comes up fairly early on for most couples planning a wedding.

I love children at weddings, they’re unpredictable and for this reason it makes them a joy to photograph (see a few of my recent favourites below).  But for a Bride and Groom planning the wedding of their dreams, the prospect of a temper tantrum during their vows might well be enough to put them off.

We took the decision to invite children from close family only, it was a tough decision but we made it clear early on.  We telephoned friends to let them know in person and in order to avoid misunderstanding and save hurt feelings later on.  I can’t remember it being a big issue, in fact, for most people, it was an opportunity to get the babysitter in, have a night off and let their hair down.  Ultimately, it has to be a personal choice and whatever you decide, it will be the right choice for you.

If you do have children at your wedding here's one really fun way to keep them entertained (and it's photography themed!).  It's become quite common to have disposable cameras on the table at a wedding but had you ever thought of combining this with a game of I-Spy?  Well here you go...you will need copies of this card, disposable cameras, and pencils at each child's table setting.

Martha-Stewart I-Spy

(via Martha Stewart Weddings)

The idea is that using the card, the children can go off on a photographic scavenger hunt ticking off items on their list as they capture them on camera.  The winner is the first child to tick off all the items on their list but, to save any fall-out, a small prize for all the completed cards wouldn't be a bad idea!  Some younger children might need help from an elder sibling, or, adult guest but otherwise this should keep them busy for a while.  A little bit of healthy competition from your younger guests should also help to keep your photographer on their toes and you never know, they might surprise you with the results! Just promise not to bruise my pride if they do ;-)

Rob Dodsworth is a wedding photographer in Norfolk working throughout the UK and Europe.  If you are planning a wedding in Norfolk, or further afield and would like to have an informal chat about your wedding photography then please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!

Article updated: 2 April 2018