Lucy & Matt’s Chilled Wedding @ Hatfield Place

First time visit (hopefully of many more) to this beautiful new venue just outside of Chelmsford in Essex. It was lovely to get here early and have a wander around – checking out all the different rooms and all the gorgeous decor. So many photo opportunities and gorgeous light – I was in heaven!
Lucy & Matt chose to see each other before the ceremony – something I LOVE – particularly if anyone is probably going to be a bit nervous. Just those 15 minutes chill-out time before seeing all your guests – brilliant idea! Something I’d definitely suggest all my couples consider! We made a plan that once Lucy & Matt were both ready, everyone else would go away – to the bar… (Under my orders! I don’t mind taking the blame – I’m a bossy cow sometimes anyway!) And Matt would come into the Bridal Suite to see Lucy in her dress for the first time. I hid in a corner and took a few photos, but generally tried to let the moment unfold. Once I’d grabbed a few couple shots, I left them alone for a few minutes – I imagine this was probably awesome! I always see advice everywhere for newlyweds-to-be about “taking 5 minutes out away from everyone” which I try and instigate in the couple photos – but this is definitely better! After a few minutes they came down to drinks with guests before the ceremony – again, this took the pressure off the actual ceremony and it worked a treat!
Reception was in the brand new, bright and spacious orangery – again so much light! And I’d love to photograph a reception in the gardens – when it’s not raining!

Venue: Hatfield Place
Dress: Bridal Boutique, Southend, Essex
Suit: Jack Bunneys
Cake: M&S Mr & Mrs caterpillar cakes – the last ones I will ever see!