I love photographing weddings at The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend. The views of beach and the Thames Estuary are fantastic. It’s a view I’ve seen so many times having lived by the sea for so long but I never tire of it. It feels like home. This wedding felt like home too.
Like me, Kelly and Richard grew up in the area and being near the beach was a big factor in deciding on their venue. Kelly and her bridesmaids got ready at her family home in Benfleet where there a real buzz in the air, a heady mix of nerves and excitement. I also have to mention the garden. It was one of the most perfectly manicured I’d ever seen. Kelly’s parents have created a real masterpiece there.
The ceremony was conducted at the Roslin by two of Southend’s relaxed and humorous registrar team. There were plenty of laughs and maybe a few tears too. After the ceremony we were treated to some perfect weather to go and spend some time on the beach.
Speeches are always a highlight of any wedding for me and these were no different. Every single one was heartfelt, emotional and very funny speeches. In a break from tradition, Kelly made a speech which drew many of the biggest laughs. Then listening to her father’s speech I can see that some of his humour has rubbed off on her. Best man Dave did a fantastic job of suitably embarrassing his brother Richard, telling stories from their childhood and the stag do in Sweden.
I always like to taking my couples for a few portraits around sunset to make the most of that lovely warm light. When Kelly and Richard had their engagement shoot at Hadleigh Castle a few months before the wedding we were lucky to get an amazing sunset. On the day of the wedding there were some clouds around so I wasn’t sure if we were going to get one. I nervously kept an eye on the sky as sunset approached. Then, it happened, the clouds broke enough to reveal some beautiful warm and dramatic light, so we rushed back out to the beach to grab some final portraits before the party started. Perfect.
So then the party, and what a party. Kelly and Richard had always said that they wanted the evening to start early and finish late. I love being there to capture this part of the wedding for my couples especially with dancing as good as this.
I left feeling part of the family.
A big thank you to Kelly, Richard and everyone else at the wedding for making me feel so welcome. I’d also like to thank the staff at the Roslin for their hard work as always and Steve and Jenn at Unique Films for being so great to work with. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we work together. Here are my favourite shots, I’d love to hear your comments at the bottom of the post.