It was great catching up with Catherine and Allan again. We first worked with them when shooting their pre-wedding shoot so it was lovely to see them again, especially after such difficult times for everybody.
Catherine and Allan chose a traditional church wedding ceremony for their spring wedding in Suffolk. St Mary’s Church is a pretty little church in the Suffolk village of Harkstead near Ipswich. And as numbers were restricted to 15 guests due to Covid-19 rules, it was the perfect size for Catherine and Allan’s intimate wedding ceremony. We were able to get some great images of the church using drone photography. The images reminding us of how lucky we are to be Suffolk wedding photographers.
On the day we arrived early to capture Catherine and Allan getting ready for the day. The wedding parties were in good spirits and we got some great candid and group images of everybody before they left for the ceremony.
Natural images by local wedding photographer
Allan surprised Catherine by arranging a traditional horse-drawn carriage to take her and her family to the church. This was provided by Hawthorn Heavy Horses and made a magical addition to the day.
Harkstead Church was surprisingly light inside (many churches are a little dark) which enabled us to capture some lovely images of the ceremony. Now, as East Anglian wedding photographers, we’ve seen most things at weddings. But this was the first wedding where we’ve seen the bride ring the church bells herself to announce the news of her own wedding. And that wasn’t it for bells, as the couple left the church, they were serenaded by friends ringing handbells in celebration.
Outside the church were friends and family keen to congratulate the couple in a socially distanced way. Which was lovely for Catherine and Allan. The sun was still shining so we took the opportunity to get some more formal photographs and group shots.
Catherine and Allan then boarded the horse drawn carriage to be taken to Harkstead Village Hall for a little ride around the village and surrounding countryside. The images we took were gorgeous and the black and white ones of the carriage in motion look like they could have been taken 150 years ago. That’s Suffolk’s landscape for you.
Creative Suffolk Wedding Photography
The wedding reception was held in Harkstead Village Hall where Catherine, Allan and their guests enjoyed a lunchtime wedding breakfast. Afterwards everybody walked down to Harkstead Beach for a photoshoot.
The images we took of Catherine and Allan on the beach were amongst our favourites of the day. They were good sports and took their shoes and socks off for a paddle. By this time the sun had disappeared to be replaced by an overcast sky. We worked with it and we think the dramatic sky really added something to the images. Here, take a look!
Everybody then headed back to Harkstead Village Hall for refreshments.
A lovely traditional Suffolk village wedding for Catherine and Allan. Congratulations to both of you for getting married. We hope the images in your wedding album will allow you to relive it again and again for many years to come.
We’ll leave the last words to Catherine and Allan. Here’s what they had to say about working with us.
“Thank you for the lovely photos. It was a pleasure having you there – it felt as if a couple of friends had joined us for the day.”
If you’re planning your wedding in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Cambridgeshire - and would like us to photograph your day, then why not get in touch.