Greenwoods Hotel and Spa
In August of this year I photographed the wedding of Nicola and Jamie at Galleywood Church and Greenwoods Hotel and Spa, Stock, Essex. Nicola and Jamie commissioned me to photograph their wedding from the bridal preparations up until the first dance. They are good friends with Katherine and Ian, who are good friends of mine, and a couple who’s wedding I photographed last year. It’s great to think that I got this wedding from being recommended, something I’m seeing a lot more of now that i have shot more than one hundred weddings. It’s also worth mentioning that Katherine was one of Nicolas beautiful bridesmaids.
The day started off at Nicolas parents home which is just down the road from the lovely church of St Michael and All Angels on Galleywood Common. As with all my weddings I try to capture in photographs the atmosphere of the day and right from the very start I new this was going to be a really fun wedding. From photographing the bridal prep it was on to the church and some photographs of Jamie and his best men. The weather that day was quite good for photography, not too bright and slightly overcast for most of the day. Inside the church was quite light and the Vicar, Andy Griffiths, allowed me virtually free rein to shoot what I liked. I have to say the service was really nice and expertly delivered by Andy.
From the church it was on to Greenwoods Hotel and Spa just down the road in Stock. I have photographed at Greenwoods before but the last time was in December so it was really nice to be there in the summer. Nicola and Jamie held their reception in the marquee at the rear of Greenwoods set in the lovely gardens there. Greenwoods has some extensive well manicured gardens and some great spots for wedding photography, including a superb sunken garden just right for the formal group photographs. As can be seen from the photographs Nicola and Jamie are a lovely couple so very much in love and it was a real pleasure to play a small part in their very big day. Below is a selection of my favourite photographs from their big day.