Suffolk Wedding Photography - Catherine and Allan

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.

Bride preparation and a bit of reminiscing by the brides mother as she looks at her wedding album.
Groom preparation photographs by Embrace photography, fine art wedding photographers.
A wedding photographers drone photo of St Marys Church, Harkstead near Ipswich Suffolk.

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.

The bride and family with the bride then seen travelling in the stunning horse drawn carriage provided by hawthorn heavy horses.
The bride alighting from her horse drawn carriage and details inside the church.
The groom waits as his bride is led into the church by her father on their wedding day.
The beautiful church of St Marys in Harkstead, Ipswich during a wedding ceremony
The moment the bride and groom and pronounced husband and wife during their ceremony in Suffolk.
Bride and groom light a symbolic candle during their wedding ceremony.

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.

Newlyweds walking back down the aisle. Black and white wedding photograph by Suffolk photographers.
Newlyweds standing lovingly outside St Marys Church in Harkstead, posing for wedding photography.
Bride ringing the bells of St Marys Church, Harkstead in Suffolk after getting married.

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.

Relaxed family wedding photographs outside St Marys Church in Harkstead near Ipswich in Suffolk.
Horse drawn carriage provided by Hawthorn Heavy Horses taking the bride and groom from church to the reception.
Hawthorn Heavy Horses' beautiful wedding carriage taking bride and groom from the church to reception.
Bride and groom kissing in the back of a horse drawn carriage on their wedding day.
Wedding couple receiving best man toast. Local wedding photographers.
Fine art photographs of bride and groom on a beach on the Orwell River near Ipswich in Suffolk.
Relaxed bride and groom posing for wedding photographs on a log near Ipswich in East Anglia.
Bride and groom sitting relaxed on a log, posing for beautiful wedding photographs by Ipswich wedding photographer.

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.”

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Suffolk Wedding Photography – Catherine and Allan