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Hot Fun in the Summertime

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Storytelling is always at the forefront of my mind when I photograph a wedding and the responsibility of capturing such an important part of someone's life story is definitely not lost on me. Of course, when telling a story through my own eyes, the importance lies in ensuring it is as authentic and truthful to the experience of the bride and groom as possible and truly reflects their day. It is for this reason that I try, (as far as possible in such a short time), get to know my couples as best I can before their day and then take time to observe interactions and relationships carefully when I arrive, in order to identify the moments which will be most important for me to capture for them.

The story of Helen and Jonathan is one of fun, laughter and of a relationship in which both seem totally able to be themselves. Their day started with chatter, excitement and noodles at Helen and Jonathans home in Chelmsford, where bridal preparations took place surrounded by family of the two legged and four legged kind. Free spirited and spontaneous, Helen's approach to the day was relaxed from the outset and it was clear that she was going to enjoy her their day, regardless. All was calm and beautifully organised so we had time to go out into Helen's grooming salon for a quick business profile picture, in full bridal gown before leaving for the ceremony!

A few beads of sweat were appearing on the grooms forehead as he awaited his bride but this had nothing to do with nerves and everything to do with being in full military dress on one of the hottest days of the year!

The beautiful wood panelling of Braintree Town Hall offered an incredible backdrop to the wedding ceremony and couldn't have showcased the bride and groom any better. Stunning in a fitted, lace detailed dress from Wed2be with a dried flower bouquet, Helen elegantly walked the aisle with a huge smile which did not faulter throughout the whole day.

After confetti on the steps, the couple picked the most perfect of laid back rides, a vintage VW Camper, to transport them to their reception which could not have been more perfect for such a hot day. Cool beers and a hog roast awaited them at The Three Horseshoes where the guests rocked up to luxury, shaded glamping tents with bouncy castle and garden games to keep the children occupied; and it didn't take long for everyone to strip back, relax and enjoy the sunshine. The relaxed vibe continued into the evening with guests enjoying home made wedding cake from a family friend, an extremely romantic first dance sung by their neighbour's daughter and live music from The Matchsticks.

The best times are truly had when people are in a relaxed environment surrounded by those closest to them and it was clear to see that this wedding had all the right ingredients for a perfect summer event. I hope that my images tell their story honestly and take the bride, groom and their families back to this magical day.

With huge thanks to Mr & Mrs Kent for sharing their special day.

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All Images ©Nicola Parry @thesecretweddingphotographer

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