{Wedding Wednesday} Kimberley & Jamie’s Engagement Shoot at Hylands House!

Today, we’re delighted to be showcasing a gorgeous engagement shoot from a self-confessed anti-bride! Believe it or not, planning a wedding isn’t everyone’s idea of fun and this couple epitomise those who walk down that aisle only for the right reasons – for love. Not being a fan of the spotlight, the idea of an engagement shoot was, for Kimberley & James, an uncomfortable idea. But, of course, we all know that a good photographer can easily banish that awkwardness and get the best from a clearly very happy couple – and that’s just what Emma from Bloomwood Photography did! Over to the bride & groom-to-be for their story!

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Jamie and I met at 16. We were both at the same college and had no intention of settling down. 8 years, 2 houses, several faraway holidays and a dog later I was stood at the top of the Burj Al Arab being presented with a diamond ring on the sly. No down on one knee, no rose in the teeth, no string quartet. No fuss. No muss – much  like the rest of our relationship, but perfect for us. 

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                        As a die hard anti bride the thought of planning a wedding filled me with dread and nausea in equal measure as well as much eye rolling and sighing, but within days I was up to my eyeballs in venues, centre pieces, favours and flowers and to my surprise, ( and everyone elses) in my element!  
                   The one thing I didn’t waver into my manic wedding planning was an engagement shoot. As a bridal virgin I had no concept of what it entailed let alone if it was ‘me’ (or ‘ us’ should I say! ) but when Emma at Bloomwood photography called to say that I had won an engagement shoot, courtesy of a flippant competition entry one sunday afternoon ( who knew people genuinely gave such extravagant  prizes away!) at non other than our wedding venue,  the gorgeous Hylands House, I felt myself getting excited at the prospect of formally remembering our previously casual engagement. 
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                  Emma made us both feel incredibly comfortable and encouraged us to embrace the spotlight, something previously avoided by the both of us. Thank god we listened and went for it as we were left with an array of both fun and formal images to keep forever, reminding us in the best possible way of our pre wedding celebrations. We framed as many as we could and have never received so many compliments from our family and friends, most of whom nabbed some pictures from the shoot themselves. Our next dilemma will be replacing Emma’s engagement pictures ( a tough act to follow) with our actual wedding collection, courtesy again of Emma of course. 
Huge thanks for Kimberley & Jamie for sharing your beautiful pictures and, of course, to Bloomwood Photography for your gorgeous work, as always!
Do you have an engagement shoot planned? Were you nervous about the idea at first? Let us know your experiences too!

{Wedding Wednesday} Dionne & Gary’s Essex Wedding with a hint of Cockney!

Happy, hump day! Well, we’re halfway through the week & the sun is shining here in Essex! We hope it’s a lovely day where you are & you’re ready for today’s beautiful real wedding! Captured by the lovely Bloomwood Photography, Dionne & Gary’s Essex countryside wedding has a hint of the Pearly King & Queen about it today!

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Over to bride, Dionne, to tell us all about it!

Gary proposed at home, on one knee, just before we left for our holiday. I knew he may have been thinking about doing it at some point that year but it was still a surprise! The wedding planning didn’t get going for four years as I sadly lost my mum and went off all things wedding. But we started it all again after our daughter was born.

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We got married at Lord’s Golf & Country Club with our reception at Battlesbridge marquee in Essex.

Our wedding was supposed to be small but we ended up with 65 guests. We had a tight budget so most of the things was done either by ourselves or with help from friends.

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We managed to source our suppliers either through recommendations or searching the internet and eBay.

We met Emma from Bloomwood Photography while having photos taken of our daughter. We immediately felt comfortable and eventually even the groom warmed up to having the photos taken! The engaged shoot helped us prepare for what to expect on the day & we’d definitely recommend Emma to others.

I found my wedding dress from just one visit to a bridal shop! It was the 3rd or 4th dress I tried on and knew it was the one straight away. It was a flattering shape and the colour was perfect. The shoes had to be comfortable but would also give me some height!

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I helped Gary choose his suit as he always goes for black but I knew grey would go better with our colour scheme! 

Making our wedding personal was the most important thing to us. We wanted every detail of our wedding to be the things we love. My husband is a cockney and was very close to his granddad. Therefore, we had lots of memories of him and his granddad walking in London markets, eating cockles, winkles & stopping for pie & mash with liquor. So, this HAD to be our food theme. Also, his granddad used to fix the London buses so we had one of those to transport the guests.

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For favours, we decided to donate to Cancer Research with pin badges for every guest. This is a charity very close to our hearts.

There are lots of great memories! The best parts of the day for us was the best man’s video speech, the sun coming out for group photos, the food & the songs we chose for our first dance & walking out as husband and wife. We chose Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.

For our honeymoon, we went to Tunisia as a family, with our two month old daughter.

My advice to brides would be don’t worry about planning too soon. Things might go wrong on the day but it doesn’t matter. You will still look back and remember what an amazing day it was.

We completely agree with what Dionne says! Enjoy every minute as it goes by in a flash! Huge congratulations to such a lovely couple!

Be sure to head over to Emma’s website here to see more of her fab work! www.bloomwoodphotography.co.uk

{Wedding Wednesday} Paul & Anna ~ Summer Sun, Peacock Colours & Fireworks

Happy Wednesday!

Yes, it is that time of the week already, time to be inspired you beautiful brides and handsome grooms to be! This week, we are delighted to share with you the wedding of Paul and Anna.  Taking place at Leez Priory, Paul and Anna’s wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year – very lucky indeed! I adore the bridesmaids dresses that have a peacock theme (something that is becoming increasingly popular *2014 trend alert*).  Now, this weeks Wedding Wednesday has a slight twist.  This being, that the talented photographers, Bloomwood Photography, tell us all about the day from their perspective and give us all some invaluable advice.  Now, I won’t keep you…

We invite you to Paul and Anna’s summer wedding that finished with a spectacular bang!

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Leez Priory

We were referred to Paul & Anna through a previous couple who we had photographed, but this was slightly unusual as they live in Dubai but were getting married close to friends and family in Essex at Leez Priory. We’re used to meet people face to face and getting to know them to understand their tastes and expectations, and initially speaking over email only was difficult.  However after lots of emails and a few telephone conversations over a number of months we finally meet just 2 months before the big day when they flew over for final preparations and we had an engagement shoot at the venue!

As soon as we spoke, it was clear that Paul & Anna wanted a very ‘English’ wedding with tradition and all their friends and family around them.  Having lived in Dubai for several years, they were used to modern and luxurious surroundings, but missed the people closest to them and wanted their wedding day to be a celebration amongst old and new friends, some of whom were travelling from Dubai with them.  We knew we wanted to be a part of their wedding day as soon as they started telling us how special it would be to be reunited with family and old friends, and many new friends meeting their families for the first time. 

The photographs we capture are all about the people, and this sounded like a day to be a part of.

There were many beautiful moments throughout the day, but the best part was undoubtedly the early evening after the wedding breakfast when the couple were able to relax and spend time with their guests.  There were many smiles and a few tears of joy as they celebrated and clearly enjoyed themselves.

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It was a beautiful day and one of the sunniest of the summer, which although can create challenges as a photographer, meant that everyone could enjoy the casual atmosphere outside.  The relaxed atmosphere continued throughout the day as the ceremony was held in the sun, at the foot of Leez Priory tower.  Following the wedding breakfast and speeches everyone returned outside where a band played through the evening as the sun turned into dusk, and eventually darkness.  As a result, the ambience was like a garden party, but as the evening wore on and the drinks flowed, the music and dancing turned it into a more lively affair.

We offer a boutique and personal approach to photography, covering weddings across Essex and surrounding areas.  Brides and grooms spend many months planning every little detail of their wedding day and choosing everything to their own personal tastes.  We understand this and spend time with couples, listening to what they want from their day and tailoring our coverage of the day, rather than telling what photographs they should have taken.  We aim to capture lasting memories of the wedding, telling the story from start to finish, but with good planning and without interruption on the day itself.  

Whilst throughout Paul and Anna’s wedding day we organised formal group shots and key moments, we spent much of the day in the background, capturing the natural un-posed moments that you cannot make happen.  Hopefully this kept their record in photographs true to the day and let them enjoy every moment.

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Choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions that someone can make about their wedding.  It is important that a photographer focuses on the people and moments that are important to the couple.  The best advice that we could offer is to tell the couple to think about what type of photographs they want from the day and how much time they are happy to spend away from guests, because this can make a big difference to how the photographs from the day are planned. 

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Once you have considered this, spend time talking to a photographer and make sure you feel comfortable with them, as they spend considerable time around you on one of the most important days of your life.  We are happy to talk to and meet with couples building up to the wedding to make sure that they are comfortable and know what to expect on the day.  We find that an engagement shoot often helps a couple feel more confident in front of a lens, and means that when time is precious on a wedding day that they can enjoy it.

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If you would like your photography captured by Bloomwood Photography, please get in touch with Emma and Ross – they will be so happy to hear from you!

Until next time xxx