Hannah and Simon’s Blake Hall wedding, wow, where do I begin with this? Two of the loveliest people I’ve had the good fortune to meet and with the warmest families that let me into their lives for 36 hours to photograph their beautiful wedding.
I was recommended to them by a mutual friend who’d seen Jo and Conor’s wedding photographs and thought we’d be a good match. We exchanged a few emails back in 2016 and then met in Norwich at the end of March. They talked me though all their plans and the theme for the day and although it was the first time we’d met face to face, we got on really well and had so much in common. The hour and a half in the cafe seemed like 15 minutes!
Their wedding venue was at the stunning Blake Hall in Ongar, Essex. Oh my, what a venue! With beautifully restored cottages and oak barns for the wedding ceremony and reception, impeccable gardens and the most helpful staff. It made the whole experience effortless for everyone.
Hannah, Simon and their friends had spent months making (and carefully storing) all the decorations for their Seaside themed wedding. From painted crabs, decorated pebbles, shells and bottled Anglesey Sea Salt, the attention to detail was off the scale. It was stunning.
They had also spent many hours planning their wedding ceremony. They came from Catholic and Jewish backgrounds and didn’t want just a civil ceremony. So they sought advice and made contact with their old family priest and rabbi and between them produced a hybrid ceremony to honour both families religions. It was very thoughtful and beautifully executed.
I’ve been to a few weddings now and the speeches always get me! This Blake Hall wedding was no different. The speeches were so loving, honest, heartwarming and funny all at the same time. They were beautiful and a testament to the two loving families coming together.
Hannah and Simon, thanks for a wonderful day.
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