At the beginning of April I spent a wonderful day photographing Sam and Keith's stunning wedding at Houchins in Coggeshall, Essex.
Sam and her bridal party got ready at her gorgeous home in Colchester. I knew the styling was going to be amazing as Sam is a fabulous Interior Designer with her own company, Morph Designs, but I was amazed by all the wonderful details she had even before we got to the wedding venue - areas for people to get ready, special, thoughtful gifts for the bridal party neatly laid out and an Alice in Wonderland themed treat table!
Sam's stunning dress was Pracatan by Ian Stuart from MiliMili Bridal in Colchester, which she paired with Melissa by Vivien Westwood heels. The layers looked incredible!
I then headed off to Houchins to meet up with Keith and his best men before the ceremony. Houchins is a gorgeous venue really well designed so that the full wedding day really flows from start to finish, and it was fantastic to photograph.
Keith and his groomsmen had suits from Anthony Formal Wear, and I really liked the buttonholes with tiny succulents - a lovely touch! The ceremony was lovely and heartfelt, with the fabulous 'love' letters adding a touch of style and warmth to the room, and Sam and Keith's gorgeous little dog Ralph joining friends and family to be part of such a special moment.
We did have a little rain on the day but it help off enough for a lovely shot of everyone outside (yep, I'm standing on the roof here!) and the confetti, so we barely noticed!
Everyone then headed in to the bar where they were offered colourful 'Woo Wood' or Pina Colada cocktails, and the choir that Keith's mum belongs to gave a rousing performance!
Sam's incredible interior design could be seen everywhere, and the 'wood' theme in celebration of their new family name was absolutely perfect - and worked beautifully with the Houchins design too! I loved all the details - the tables named after trees, the gorgeous sweet table, the illustrations. The favours were fantastic too - tiny music boxes! I had a great time playing with that! The delicious meal was followed by speeches from Sam's Dad, Keith, and his best men, all sharing a mixture of lovely tales from the couple's time together and amusing anecdotes from their childhoods! After cutting the stunning cake from Hunny Bun Bakery (I'm using the word 'stunning' a lot in this blog, but it's honestly justified - there were so many stunning aspects of this day!) Sam and Keith took to the dance floor for their first dance - Feeling Good by Muse, and their family and friends joined them to dance the night away to a great DJ set by Paddy from Disco Wed - there were some seriously good moves on that dance floor!
It was such a wonderful day filled with gorgeous details, fun and laughter and I'm so happy to have been asked to capture it for them. Congratulations Sam and Keith!
To see more photos from the day please visit the gallery here: www.jayneheather.com/samkeith
It was really lovely to work with everyone on such a fantastic day! Thank you so much to everyone, and to Sam and Keith for asking me to photograph their day.
Hair - Zoe and Craig
Dress - Pracatan by Ian Stuart from MiliMili Bridal - www.milimili.co.uk
Flowers - A Vintage Wedding - www.avintagewedding.co.uk
Venue - Houchins - www.houchins.co.uk
Venue Dressing - Morph Designs Ltd - www.morphdesigns.co.uk
DJ - Disco Wed- www.discowed.com
Cake - Hunny Bun Bakery