Best Western Ivy Hill Hotel
Last July I had the privilege of Photographing the wedding of Diane and Barry at the Best Western Ivy Hill Hotel in Margaretting near Chelmsford in Essex. This is a great little Essex wedding venue and one that I really like to photograph at. The Hotel is very smart and clean with very friendly and helpful staff. The gardens a really nicely laid out and well suited as backdrops for wedding photos.
As you can see from the photographs Diane and Barry are a really fun couple and have some great family and friends. Diane is from South Africa and had her lovely mum over to give her away. The couple were married in a small civil ceremony in front of all their family and friends. Barry seemed a little nervous at first but soon warmed to the occasion once the proceedings got under way.
The weather that day was a little overcast with the odd shower thrown in for good measure, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm and warmth shown by the couple’s family and friends to Diane and Barry and for their love for each other.
I had a lot of fun photographing the group shots as everyone took it in good heart and were happy to join in and have fun. Then I took the couple for a little walk around the fabulous grounds at the Ivy Hill for some pictures of them alone. Diana’s wedding dress was fantastic and she really did look stunning; Barry didn’t look too bad either.
Before long it was time for the afternoon tea party followed by the speeches. I love the speeches, always a fun part of the wedding day! The couple then cut their wedding cake, and what a cake it was too. If you take a close look at the photos you will see what I mean. Finally, it was time for the first dance and indoor sparklers. Below are a few favourite shots from this lovely wedding.