Sam and Heather’s outdoor gardens wedding ceremony at Marks Hall in Essex with creative smoke and sparkler shots!

Sam and Heather’s outdoor gardens wedding ceremony at Marks Hall in Essex with creative smoke and sparkler shots!

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Sam and Heather are a super lovely couple who I got on so well with that when we had our first meeting we ended up hanging out for 4 hours! Heather wore a beautiful fitted dress with floral detail and a mauve sash, whilst the bridesmaids wore nude lilac mauve floor length dresses each with a different shape. Sam wore a blue suit with black lapels, a black bow tie and a spotted pocket square. Each of the groomsmen wore rainbow coloured bow ties and socks!

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Marks Hall is a lovely venue with a pretty outdoor garden for a ceremony space and an old rustic coach house for the wedding breakfast. Being such a sweet and fun couple, as soon as Heather got to the front of the ceremony she gave Sam a kiss, and then said "I'm not sure if we were allowed to do that!" and everyone cracked up! The ceremony was really emotional, with readings from one of the bridesmaids and Heather's brother, which brought a lot of tears out all round. Heather also had a proper get-in celebration to the ring exchange, which is probably one of my new favourite ring shots!!

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Sam and Heather decorated the coach house with rainbow hot air balloon paper pom poms, origami cranes, lots of multi coloured flowers in glass jars and bottles, giant pegs with kraft labels for the name and table holders. They had a wedding cake made out of Lego bricks with a Lego married couple on top next to a cake table with lots and lots of lovely cakes *nom nom nom*

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Before the wedding breakfast we dashed out to get some quirky, relaxed couple photos in the beautiful gardens of Marks Hall

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After the wedding breakfast speeches were given by Heather's dad, Sam and the maids of honour. Marks hall outdoor wedding_0042 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0043 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0044 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0045 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0046 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0047 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0048 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0049 Marks hall outdoor wedding_0050

After the speeches, we did one of the two creative shots that Sam, Heather and I had planned out for a while- a group smoke bomb shot!! At this point I have to say thank you so much to Marks Hall for being ace sports and letting us do this!

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After that we went straight into a lovely first dance to Macklemore's Same Love and partay mode.

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As the sun came down and the light basically got epic we ran out to take some beautifully intimate and romantic photos. I am predominantly a documentary style wedding photographer so most of my couples don't want a lot of posed shots, they prefer to keep it very natural or have photos covering the reality of their wedding day, but if I am asked by a couple to produce more editorial wedding photos I am always happy to oblige and I LOVE the results of Sam and Heather's! Ironically these guys were saying to me before the wedding that they are terrible at posing and getting nice photos, but clearly that's not true!

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Following that, the party continued in full swing for the rest of the evening, I've never seem such enthusiastic dancing guests so top marks there!

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Leading up to the wedding, Heather had told me she loved sparklers and really wanted me to recreate some of the sparkler shots that were circulating on Pinterest. I made it fit with my own personal style of dramatic night time shots and BOOM I feel like we did an ace Pinterest-worthy job of it!

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  • Posted June 16, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! And your editing is stunning!

  • Posted June 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Awesome group shot – gotta get me some of those smoke bombs!!

  • Posted June 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Lovely, Marianne

  • Posted June 17, 2014 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Marianne – your work is breathtaking as always. When oh when am I going to be able to feature your work on the blog?!!! In particular, that last shot is out of this world…

    • Marianne
      Posted June 17, 2014 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      Haha I’m shooting a Jewish wedding in two days!

  • Posted June 17, 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    great work lady!! you really pulled it out the bag on these!! Fab sparkler shot and lovely couple pics.

  • Posted June 17, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Super work. Love the sparkler image.

  • Posted June 17, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I always enjoying looking through your work, and this is no exception. Tears, happiness and the raw emotion everywhere. The couple must be really more than excited with the result.

  • Posted June 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Your work just gets better and better, M. Beautifully captured and I love some of the quirky observational shots like the guy in the hedge.

  • Posted June 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    So, so special. This is definitely one of my favourites from you!

  • Posted June 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Lush 😀 x

  • Posted June 19, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    brilliant work M and that smokebomb shot was…..well da bomb!!!!

  • Posted June 20, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Great set Marianne and I lvoe the smoke bomb shot too!

  • Sarah
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Marianne, there are so many characterful shots in here I just can’t pick a favourite!! I am torn between, comedy ring shot, bottom in hedge and those beautiful bridal portraits at the beginning, it looks like it was an excellent day the couple must be over the moon with these images.

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