Simone and Dan, Smeetham Hall Barn, Essex

This was without doubt one of the most entertaining, emotional and enjoyable weddings I have ever had the pleasure to shoot.  From the moment entered the pre-wedding chaos in ‘The Lodge’ at Hedingham Castle for the wedding preparation, I was made to feel welcome and part of the family.  I was met by the bride, her entourage of family and friends (the bride boasted a very large family) and I immediately knew it was going to be a unique and memorable wedding.  The house was full of lively chatter, banter and laughter. 

The wedding ceremony took place in the Essex rural countryside at the splendid Smeetham Hall Barns.  The inside of the barn was adorned with sparkling lights and a romantic archway, which looked quite magical. This lovely couple had made the wedding very personal to themselves, including handmade individual boxes with gifts and a personal message to each of the bridesmaids.  The groom had also made the light up ‘LOVE’ sign himself.

Some of the highlights for me were the speeches which were announced by the witty brother of the bride with his unique style of introduction, the beautiful personal poem that had been written and read out by the couples beautiful daughter and seeing the newlyweds on the bouncy Castle after the meal!  I think Rum punch was involved quite heavily too…..

As you can see from the photos, the bride looked undeniably stunning and the couple were obviously very happy!

 

Asher and Matt at Moreves Barn in Suffolk

I spent a wonderful morning at Asher’s family home during her bridal preparations with her parents and bridesmaids.  The home had a very calm and welcoming atmosphere.  I was spoilt with lovely cups of tea made by her father Bob (something I hear he is renowned for!) and getting to meet Bert the tortoise was a treat.

 

Asher and Matt are a really lovely couple and have been together for twelve years.  They married at the stunning Moreves Barn, a gorgeous venue, which fortunately is very local to myself and in all honesty, is one of my favourite wedding venues.  It is situated in the heart of the countryside on the Essex/Suffolk border.  I have had the pleasure of shooting here on many occasions and always find the venue stunning and the owners are always extremely welcoming.  On this particular day, I walked into the barn and the smell of flowers and cake filled the air.  It smelt delicious!

After a very emotional ceremony, the guests gathered outside on a lovely spring day for drinks and canapes.  The weather was kind to us and we managed to get some gorgeous shots of the couple in the beautiful gardens.  I have heard since the wedding that even though the groom is not usually keen on having his photo taken, he actually quite enjoyed himself on the day……..

Suppliers - 

Make up - Grace Leggett 'Make up by Grace

Hair - Studio56

Venue - Moreves Barn

Band - Jolly Polly and the Pirates

Great Dunmow Maltings

The Great Dunmow Maltings, a little gem of a venue, tucked away in this lovely Essex market town in the heart of the countryside.  A beautifully restored historic building, which is also home to the town’s museum.  It is a popular historic attraction and so was the perfect venue for this couple, who have a passion for history!

A touching and very personal service was held here for the couple, who wrote their own vows.  The reception was beautiful and had been lovingly organised by the couple.  Katie’slove of daffodils, tea and cake shone through on this colourful day.  The feast of pastries, sandwiches and cake smelt and looked amazing.

Katie and Jonathan are such a relaxed and down to earth couple and it was a real pleasure to spend time with them at such an intimate wedding,  along with their close friends and family.

Stephanie & Mark, South Farm Royston

My first wedding of 2017 was for the lovely couple Stephanie and Mark situated at South Farm in Royston.   It was my first time at South Farm and it is now one of my favourite venues.  Not just due to the setting and uniqueness of the venue, but also how helpful the staff were there, making sure the day ran smoothly for the couple.

 I first met the Mark and Stephanie some years back at the best man James and his wife Erin's wedding, where I was their wedding photographer too!  It's lovely to get recommendations like this.

South Farm really is a unique wedding venue for a country wedding.   On entry to the farm you can see the beautiful farm house standing in front of you, along with the Tudor barn and other lovingly restored buildings scattered around the grounds

The couples guests were able to stay at South Farm in the rooms provided, or choose from a selection of Romany caravans or a showman's wagon. 

The gardens and grounds of the venue are stunning and offered some fantastic scenes for some romantic shots of the couple.  I can see why it is such a popular wedding venue!

Here is a small selection of images taken from their day.

 

First wedding of 2017

South Farm, Shingay, Herts.  My first wedding of the year, at the amazing South Farm.  It was my first time here and it did not disappoint, such an original and stunning venue!  Congratulations to the fabulous Bride and Groom Mark and Stephanie who were super chilled out and looked gorgeous.  The sun even made the odd appearance during the day.

More photos  of this beautiful wedding to follow!

Model call - Maternity Photography

Model call - Maternity Photography

 

Your pregnancy may seem like it lasts forever while you are pregnant, but as soon as you have had your baby, but most miss their bump!

 

I think all women deserve to feel amazing during this magical time in her life and embrace her body. 

 

I currently need models to shoot on location in the Suffolk/Essex area, or within your own home (if you have space).

 

Requirements

30-36 weeks pregnant

Be noticeably pregnancy

Willing to sign full model release and all required contract and waivers

 

What you will get in return get:

Wardrobe help

Posing and direction

5 full resolution digital files with print release (with option to purchase more)

No purchase necessary to take part

 

How to apply

Contact me by mail at enquire@mariacarringtonphotography.co.uk or via face book for a booking form.

Please supply a full length photo of yourself

 

No investment, no obligations to make a purchase.  I just want to update my portfolio for this year.

 

Wedding albums

I absolutely believe if you can afford a wedding album, you should invest in one. In today's societyit is so easy to add the files onto your pc and forget about them.  I love the thought that couples have something to show their children in years to come, treasured memories that last from generation to generation.  As years pass by, looking throughthese treasured images will be a magical experiance

I have found nearly all my couples are now choosing to have albums, which is fantastic.  It is really important to me to supply my customers with a quality product.  I supply GraphiStudio wedding albums.  I chose this album supplier over the all others as this amazing Italian supplier is at the cutting edge of style and design. If you’d like your wedding album to ooze contemporary chic then you’ll love their range, which encompasses bold colours, covers in metal, acrylic and silk and a wide range of page styles.  You can also select more traditional finishes such as leather or suedette.  The choices are endless.  Plus their products are guaranteed to last a lifetime!

With regards to album design, one size doesn’t fit all.  I tailor how I work each album to fit my customers needs. If you want to choose the pictures and then I put a design together, that’s great. If you want to leave both the picture selection and the design to me, that’s fine too. If you would rather have an input on both the picture selection and the design, then let’s meet up and design it together over coffee, and maybe some cake. Seriously, it’s your album, so it’s your choice.

You've had the amazing day, the beautiful images, don't miss out on the album.

Albums are available from £275

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