Weddings at The Punch Bowl
I just love photographing Weddings at The Punch Bowl, High Easter and last October I photographed the wedding of Katie and Nick there. The Punch Bowl is a truly superb restaurant set in the heart of this historic Essex village. Katie and Nick are a lovely couple from Wickford in Essex and like me The Punch Bowl is their favourite restaurant. The couple were married at St Mary The Virgin Church, High Easter which rather conveniently is directly behind the restaurant.
The day started off in Wickford, Essex at Katie’s parents home and on this occasion I was joined by renowned wedding videographer Richard Knight from White Dress Films. Richard makes great wedding videos and although I have not seen the results yet I know this one will be fantastic. During bridal prep I like to act as a fly on the wall and capture natural images as they happen, as a photography acquaintance of mine says; observation not orchestration. Hopefully some of that comes across in the bridal prep photos.
From Wickford it was a thirty minute journey to High Easter for the wedding. The church is quite large and as if ordered was flooded with some beautiful light illuminating the couple perfectly as the said their vows. After the ceremony Katie’s farther had arranged for a Scots Piper to play the bag pipes as the couple mingled with their wedding guests outside.
There are large and extensive gardens at The Punch Bowl just perfect for wedding photography. We made full use of all the areas available for not only the formal group shots but also the more intimate shots of the couple alone. So after drinks and canopies in the large garden marquee it was into the restaurant it self for the wedding breakfast. One of the reasons I love this wedding venue so much is the food; it is simply exquisite! Katie and Nick were very generous by treating us to a lovely three course meal. After the meal it was time for the speeches, which as always, was great fun.
In the early evening we all moved back into the marquee for the cake cutting, first dance and evening entertainment. The marquee was large enough to accommodate all the guests and still have room for a good sized dance floor, bar and large area for the band. This was a fun wedding to photograph at a superb location and just more proof of why I love my job so much.