Heidi and Shaun married in their parents village church in Knodishall, Suffolk, then continued their wedding celebrations at Glemham Hall. I joined Heidi and her family at her parents home as she prepared for her big day.
Her dress was laid out, her shoes were neatly placed beside it on the bed, and the pastel pink peonies displayed in the room were a sure sign that Heidi and her family had been looking forward to and preparing for this day for a while!
I love all these little details that go into planning a wedding day – they’re so often overlooked by everyone else, yet mean the world to a bride and groom who have thought so hard about how they want their day. It’s always a pleasure for me to record the little details and give them as a memory to a couple in their photography collection.
Heidi wanted a soft and feminine colour scheme and Karen Leah Flowers in Aldeburgh created whimsical hand tied bouquets made of peonies, baby spray roses and daisies in the prettiest tones of blush pink and white to co-ordinate with the chosen colour palette.
Heidi opted for a natural makeup look and Victoria at Victoria Bradfield Makeup produced a look that was perfect to reflect Heidi’s features. Victoria always creates beautiful looks that brides love and reflects them as a person.
As the time approached for Heidi to make her way to the church, preparations moved up a gear – from leisurely and relaxed to dressing and a few butterflies. But with a reassuring hug from her Dad, Heidi was ready to have her bridal portraits taken.
Heidi’s parents have a beautiful garden that they’d been nurturing in time for Heidi to have special portraits with her bridesmaid and flower girls who had real flower crowns and looked unbelievably sweet in them!
While Heidi enjoyed a few more minutes with her family, I made my way over to the little church that they’d chosen. I met with Shaun and the guests as he started to pace while waiting for Heidi to arrive. The evening before the wedding they’d all been to the church to decorate it with more flowers for guests to enjoy.
Heidi had always dreamed of arriving in a horse drawn carriage, and she looked like royalty as she arrived. She couldn’t stop smiling!
At last it was time to start the ceremony and Heidi actually couldn’t stop smiling from the moment she entered the church. (This lasted well into the evening too!)
The sun really came out as Heidi and Shaun left the church, super for group portraits and those all important confetti shots!
Shaun loves classic cars and has an old Cortina that he’s restoring in his garage at home – it’s an ongoing project. As a surprise, Heidi had arranged for a similar car to collect him from his parents home to escort him to the church. He was delighted with it, it certainly had flair! They took a trip from their village church to the area at the back of Glemham Hall in it before they swapped to the horse drawn carriage, so it was a day of varied and classic transport.
Shaun and Heidi had chosen Glemham Hall for their wedding celebrations because the grounds are so beautiful and the marquee is wonderful. It’s one of my favourite venues too!
They didn’t want many formal group portraits and I think with little ones, this is even more important to keep things relaxed and fun. So for the bridal party portraits instead of having everyone standing in a straight line, we got the adults involved in the snakes and ladders game that the flower girls were playing. I think the adults enjoyed themselves just as much as the children.
Glemham Hall has beautiful gardens and the roses and lavender was perfectly in bloom for this wedding – it makes the prettiest portraits and as Heidi brushed against the blossoms in her dress it released light floral scents wherever she walked.
Their choice of decor in the marquee was soft and whimsical to match the rest of the day, with delicate flower arrangements on each table and stationery to match.
The wedding breakfast was catered by Blue Daffodil events who made delicious offerings that everyone enjoyed.
After the meal, the sun was getting soft with that warm tone that I love so much, so we headed out to the gardens for a little while to make the most of it – and to give Shaun and Heidi some precious time alone.
The evening celebrations kicked off with ice-cream!
Heidi and Shaun had decided on a simply designed cake set atop a rustic and personalised log that they will be able to keep in their home as a reminder of this day. It was decorated with really flowers to match the rest of the day.
Shaun assured me that the extra cone was for his new wife as they wondered off to enjoy it together!
A few more romantic portraits and it was time for them to go off and enjoy their evening party – complete with the hen party group donning their Shaun masks and dancing to Gang Nam style! It was time for me to leave!!
Heidi and Shaun are one of the kindest couples I’ve met and I was honoured that they asked me to capture such an important event in their life.