I had a blast taking the role of official photographer at The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair a few weeks back. Part of this wedding extravaganza was a stunning fashion show which showcased an awesome selection of pieces from Gentleman by Conduct, Moss Bros & The Bridal Lounge .
I recently took the short ride to the small Suffolk village of Belstead for Danielle & Aston's engagement shoot. Passing the private residence where their late April wedding will be held, we made our way to a clearing within a neighbouring woodland to capture some intimate pre-wedding images just before the sun came down.
Leah & Paul's Woodhall Manor wedding really was a perfect day. You may remember that we had the chance to catch up for their engagement shoot in Southend earlier in the year and before long the big day was soon upon us.
Leah chose nearby Milsom Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk for her bridal preparations. This beautiful boutique hotel boasts stunning rooms and so was a perfect choice for capturing the beautiful bridal images that the morning had to offer. Paul chose the stunning surroundings of Woodhall Manor for the groom preparation and with the luxurious facilities the venue had to offer, allowed for the boys to fully relax before the festivities began.
With a truly elegant, timeless style of airy tones and thoughtful personal touches, their loved ones gathered at nearby Sutton church for a beautiful ceremony, before moving over to Woodhall Manor for their stunning reception.
This was one of the greatest moments of the day when Leah saw her dad for the first time.
Leah and her girls decided to ride to the ceremony location in style.
One of Leah & Paul's favourite images taken outside of Woodhall Manor.
I truly enjoyed being Leah and Paul's Woodhall Manor wedding photographer on such an amazing and memorable day in their lives. I wish them many years of happiness and with their stunning bespoke wedding album now off to print, I cannot wait to hand over their own first heirloom.
It was a real honour to be asked by my good friend Emily McVeigh over at Kenton Hall Estate to pop over to her recent wedding fair at her gorgeous Suffolk wedding venue and run a workshop for brides on wedding photography. 'The Truly Marvellous Wedding Fair' is a unique, forward-thinking take on the conventional wedding fair, incorporating informative workshops and a host of other interactive events that run throughout the day to educate and entertain the modern bride.
I had a great time presenting a short talk on what to consider when looking for a wedding photographer, from researching the market to find a 'good fit' for your own style and personality, right through to what to expect at the wedding consultation and a whole lot more. It was great to also take time to speak to some really cool brides after the talk and answer a few questions too.
A big thank you also to my buddy Paul at Dreamwave Events, for capturing some shots of me presenting the workshop.
Kerry & Graham are to get married at The Church of St Andrew, in Aldringham, Suffolk next month, followed by a beautiful reception at The Dolphin Inn, in Thorpeness. The day sounds like its going to be really amazing and I was super excited to catch up with them again last week for their engagement shoot. The guys chose a really beautiful countryside walk setting, near to home in Thorpeness,as walking is something they really love to do whenever they can. So accompanied by Graham's beautiful dog, Ben, we headed out on what seemed like was going to be a little drizzly April afternoon, but were really grateful that the sky opened up just at the right time and gave us some lovely dry weather just when we needed it.
I had such fun and it was really an honour to celebrate their engagement with images full of fun, love and laughter to really treasure.
You may remember that last September, I had the honour of capturing the wedding of Michelle & Ricky at a private beach villa in Albufeira, Portugal. It was a truly magical day and I was really overwhelmed when the guys wrote to me after the wedding with these kind words.
'..Ross Dean isn't just a photographer. He's someone that truly cares about you, the client, and all that he can do to make your whole day, not just the photography side, more special. Throughout the whole day, Ross blended in with our guests and managed to achieve the most beautiful photographs that captured the true emotion of our day. We have had so many amazing comments from friends and family about his work and how truly lovely he is. If like us, you realise the true importance of memories then photography is something that you cannot overlook lightly. Ross has an amazing talent at creating beautiful pictures that show so much emotion and love that every time you look at them it brings back everything from your special day..'
- Michelle & Ricky O'Neill
As a wedding photographer, It's always a special treat when you have the opportunity to capture the engagement of a couple you already have acquaintance with, before they become clients. My relationship with these guys goes back quite a way, meeting Claire through a networking event over a year ago and going even further back, going to high school with Kevin. So it was a real treat to be asked to shoot their engagement photos last week at the Waterfront development in Ipswich town centre in Suffolk. It was actually 'The Waterfront Bistro', a cool little restaurant on the quay where the guys had their first date together and so this made a perfect choice for their pre-wedding shoot. Even in early September, the sun was out in force and provided a perfect setting for our afternoon together. After coffee at the gorgeous Salthouse Harbour Hotel, we had a gentle stroll down the quay and captured some great moments of the guys together, to mark their engagement.
Although we as wedding photographers invest a lot of time in building relationships with other wedding vendors, we do not always take time to connect with our fellow wedding photographers. I recently had the opportunity to do just this and on a sunny day in March, we all headed down to central Ipswich, in Suffolk to chat, have lunch and to take some time out to shoot each other, giving us all a rare opportunity to be on the other side of the camera. It was an awesome day and I can't wait for the next opportunity. If you're a photographer who hasnt't really connected with other photographers in your town, I whole-heartedly recommend it. It's good for the soul.