Great Lodge Wedding | Emily and Donald

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Emily and Donald’s superb Scottish themed wedding at The Great Lodge, Anne of Cleves Barn

The Great Lodge wedding of Emily and Donald was a grand occasion and one that I will remember fondly. It was there back in June of 2015 that I photographed the couple’s wedding reception.

However, my day started off in the lovely village of Great Waldingfield, Suffolk where I met up with Emily, her family and Bridesmaids as they prepared for the big day at Emily’s beautiful family home. From there I travelled to the equally picturesque Clare Priory, Suffolk where the couple were to be married. Clare Priory is a stunning location full of character and history and it’s new extension has been discreetly positioned so that it complements and does not compete with the existing medieval church.

As with all my weddings I try to capture the atmosphere of the day as well as the traditional photographs that my couples expect. During the service it is important for me not to disturb the proceedings and I always try to be as discreet as possible yet capture the vital moments. The church was completely full with the friends and family of the couple and they were treated to a lovely service. After the service I followed the couple as they were led out of the church by a lone piper. The scottish connection comes from Donalds side of the family and as can be seen from the photographs there were lots of tartan references to reinforce those connections.

Great Lodge Wedding, Anne of Cleves Barn

From Clare Priory we moved onto The Great Lodge, Anne of Cleves Barn, Great Bardfield some forty minutes away by car in the heart of Essex. The Great Lodge, Anne of Cleves Barn is an impressive Grade 1 listed brick and tile barn. It was built when the estate was owned by Anne of Cleves following the annulment of her marriage to King Henry VIII. The Great Lodge is a new wedding venue for me, but one that I can highly recommend! The beautiful walled garden and extensive grounds are truly superb and are available for exclusive use of wedding guests. Outside ceremonies can take place beside the lake in their handcrafted green oak wedding pavilion. Guests can wander through the gardens and visit the vineyard. A meandering path takes you through the woodland and up a spiral path to the top. This is a superb location for wedding photography and one that I hope to visit again soon. The barn itself is a wonderful conversion with plenty of space even for the largest of wedding parties. To add to the Scottish theme of the wedding Emily and Donald had hired a traditional Ceilidh Dancing band to really get the party going.

Hopefully you can see from the photographs what fun this wedding was. There are links in this text to the venues spoken about and if you would like to contact me to photograph your wedding day please do visit my website or use the contact form on this blog to do so.

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