“We LOVE our photos. We honestly can’t thank you enough for capturing our day so beautifully. Thanks to you we have the most amazing record of the happiest day of our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a legend.
Karli and James”
Get ready because this is a big one.
If you’ve seen my blog post from Karli and James’ engagement shoot in London, you’ll know these guys mean a lot to me. I just knew that shooting their wedding The Coach House at Marks Hall Estate in Coggeshall was going to be one of the best things I’ve ever done. I mean, you don’t get many opportunities in life to shoot your best mate’s wedding now do you?! James when one of my best men when I got married in 2007. Along with my other best mate Andy he did amazing job. They organised a fantastic stag do and delivered one of the funniest best man speeches I’ve ever heard. I couldn’t think of a better way of returning what he did for me on my wedding day than to give him and Karli photographs that will trigger memories that will last a lifetime.
Photographing Karli getting ready surrounded by her friends, mum, sisters and nieces was so great. Karli’s sister Shelley had made the trip over from Australia to there. Champagne was flowing and excitement was definitely in the air. The boys were getting ready at The White Hart Hotel in Coggeshall. I was chuffed to see James rocking a bow tie. Not many people can pull that off but I think he definitely did.
When I arrived at Marks Hall Estate I was blown away by the venue. It really is one of Essex’s best kept secrets for wedding venues. Beautiful flower gardens surround the outdoor ceremony area with a vast arboretum containing an amazing collection of trees in the grounds beyond. If you’re looking for a venue with nature at its heart, this could be for you.
The weather was one our side so the ceremony was outdoors which I know was important to Karli and James. It was a ceremony with plenty of smiles, laughs and a few tears of joy. A mix of joy and emotion continued through the day and could be felt especially during the speeches.
Then there was the dancing. Wow, the dancing. I’ve seen a few crazy dance floors but this one took some beating. Shapes thrown, maracas shaken, butts bumped and Mr Brightside belted out whilst jumping in unison. Every good dance floor needs Mr Brightside.
I also need to give a special mention to the details Karli and James put together. From the beautifully designed invitations to the personalised table cards to the incredible table plan, everything was perfect and massively impressive. I’m not sure how many hours it took James to find a suitable Victoria figure and photo for each and every person at the wedding but I’m pretty sure it was a lot. You’re a talented man my friend.
A big thank you to all of the staff at Marks Hall Estate for their hard work and to Katie from Glam Ready for making the girls look so incredible. Also massive thank to my second shooter for the day Luke Hayden, it was so good to have you along with me mate and look forward to the next time.
That’s enough writing I think, here are the photos which sum up the day much better than I can in words. Karli, James, you’re both awesome. x