Emma and Robert

Emma & Robert | Our Wedding Day | Fornham All Saints church | Blackthorpe Barn | 20th August 2016



The romantic story of Emma and Robert goes back a very long time and in many countries. From Bury to Japan and back to Cambridge, they finally got married at Fornham All Saints Church, Suffolk. The bridal team got ready at the reception venue, Blackthorpe barn, in near Rougham. All the bridal team did their own make up but received professional hairstyling from Justin. After this, the bridesmaids had a surprise for the bride, they put together a scrap book filled with the story of Emma and Robert which goes back to when the two were children. Tasha, a bridesmaid and sister-in-law to Emma, put so much detail into the book which must have taken many hours.

Fornham All Saints was just a ten minute drive from the barn. I had a lot of freedom at the church with respects to flash and movement. The priest was a lovely man and I enjoyed our conversation while we waited for the bride to arrive. The wedding car ran into a bizarre problem, the ribbons on the car triggered off the parking sensors and eventually shut the engine down! Once the guys figured out a solution, the bride arrived at the church only to have her veil take off in the wind which got stuck up a tree. A local managed to get the veil down from the tree using a very large branch. When Emma finally walked down the aisle, I caught a sweet photo of her looking at Robert in a sweet and happy way. Their wedding kiss is a delight as you can see the priest’s smiling face in the background. It must be an amazing satisfaction to bond a couple’s love together.

After the ceremony it was off to Blackthorpe barn for the reception along with the threats of bad weather. We carried out our bride and groom photo shoot when we got there while the guests were having cocktails and other delights. I stuck to my recce for their shoot and using my light meter along with spot on settings on my two E-M1’s, it all run beautifully. The rain did make an appearance very briefly along with its friend, the wind.

When I opened the doors to have a look at the reception room, I was gob smacked. It was filled with blue and yellow origami cranes (1000 to be exact), hanging spherical lanterns and cute photos of the bride and groom on the tables before they were married. I cannot go without mentioning what a rare gentleman Robert is, from his mannerism and his friendly character, he mesmerised me. While he was reading out his speeches, I was shocked as he thanked me! I have never been thanked during speeches and when I heard “I also like to thank Nikos, our photographer, I know we are paying him…”, I didn’t know what to do! So took the camera off my shoulders and took a selfie of myself because when someone gets thanked in a speech I take a photo of them! Everyone laughed.

Just before the cutting of the cake and the first dance, the bridesmaids got a little happy and wanted more of Nikos. So outside in the courtyard, the sporting bridesmaids were up for all things photography. From piggy backs to random ideas, they were a lovely bunch. Thanks Tasha, Lindsay, Esther and Louise, so I have one thing to say to you all… “Ooh Yeah!”. The first dance song suited Emma and Robert beautifully; Kiss me, by Sixpence None the Richer. I used my Olympus 9mm fisheye lens for the first dance to awesome effect.



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