Gaynes Park Wedding Venue
Ada and Cam’s wedding was my first Chinese wedding and this was my first visit to Gaynes Park Wedding Venue so it was a very exciting and challenging day for me. On this occasion my friend and fellow photographer Mark Varney joined me to photograph what turned out to be a fantastic wedding. The wedding was also vidoed by Neil from NDR Films.
The day started very early with a trip to Ada and Cam’s home on the Isle of Dogs in East London to capture some pictures of the very different bridal preparations. Chinese Weddings have a tradition of what they call door games. This basically means that the groom and his groomsmen are given certain tasks to perform in order to gain access to the bride on the other side of a door. If they do not perform said games as prescribe they are given further silly things to do until they meet the requirements, the groom also has to pay some money before he is allowed to see the bride. Anyway, Cam (Cameron) and his groomsmen did a fine job and all was allowed to proceed.
After the very funny door games we all set off to Gaynes Park where the couple performed another Chinese tradition of serving tea to their guests who, in turn gave the couple gifts.
Gaynes Park is a stylish and contemporary barn-wedding venue in the grounds of a historic country estate in Epping, Essex. The gardens are fantastic with lots of lovely backdrops for wedding photography.
With all the Chinese traditions duly completed it was time for the civil ceremony in the Orangery, which is a lovely building set within the walled garden at Gaynes Park. The ceremony was a very emotional affair with quite a few tears being shed by both the couple and guests alike.
After the wedding I set about taking all the requested formal photographs with the couple and their family and friends. With all the formal photographs completed we had some time to take the couple for a short walk in and around the extensive gardens for some pictures of them alone.
The time seem to fly by that day and before long it was time for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Ada and Cam treated us to a lovely meal so I can vouch for the quality of the food at Gaynes Park. During the wedding breakfast the couples friends entertained everyone with an impromptu song and dance routine, which was very unusual and funny.
I could wax lyrical about this wedding for hours, but suffice it to say, this was a fantastic occasion for which I feel very privileged to have observed and photographed. Between us we shot more than fifteen hundred photos that day and below are a few of my favourite images: