Mulberry House Ongar

Mulberry House Ongar

Mulberry House wedding Ongar.

A lovely place for a wedding set in beautiful lush grounds on the Chelmsford road with easy links to the M11 and M25

The wedding of Jordan and wendy in late 2019. A truly beautiful wedding. And a very wonderful couple.

As wedding venues go, Mulberry house Ongar is a lovely little wedding venue. The house itself a late Georgian Squires house has everything you could want from a wedding venue. As you walk in, a big reception room styled in the feel of a grand country manor house. The original high sash windows permeating lovely natural light. The wedding suite and its sunken bath, decorated in Victorian style overlooking the grandiose gardens.

Everything flows at Mulberry’s house. A dedicated ceremony room more than large enough to hold one hundred plus guests. Which also doubles as a turnaround room for the smaller wedding reception. The kiss the rings, signing of the register. Shots with family and friends. Then it’s outside onto the gravel courtyard for pics in front of the house. Onto the extensive lawns for canapes and drinks then the big group shot on the lawn overlooking the pond.

Mulberry house grounds

The grounds are what really make mulberry house a wedding venue. Twenty-two acres of manicured lawns and the pond. With its bridge is a superb place to get that just married romantic shot. Reflection in the water with Mulberry house in the background. The photographer trying to avoid getting attacked by the resident swans on the banks of the pond.

Wedding guests drinking and chatting in the gardens. Bride and groom soaking up the sun and lovely ambient light shining through the trees. whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly or two.

The good thing about the venue is that even if it’s raining there’s plenty of space in the house itself to get smaller group shots and when there is a gap in the rain onto the gravel driveway for shots in front of the house.

Wedding Breakfast

A very large permanent Marquee for the wedding breakfast with its own bar. Attentive and friendly staff. With the 23 furnished bedrooms right next to the  Marquee. Guests can literally fall into their rooms after a hard night of dancing and partying.

Then as the sun is going down on a warm balmy evening, a romantic sunset shot of the couple in a loveling embrace with the sun shining through the trees in the background.

From a wedding photographer’s point of view, this venue has it all. The wedding suite is perfect for natural light shots and the grounds are extensive and make perfect backdrops. The pond is great for reflections in the water and the way the sun sets in the evening makes for stunning sunset shots. My only criticism is the tea rooms are open to the public so when there’s a wedding going on the public has free use of the building.






Wedding at Ingatestone Hall

Wedding at Ingatestone Hall


Wedding at Ingatestone Hall

This has to be a prime 1st class venue. Wedding at Ingatestone Hall.

A Grade one listed Tudor country house with extensive manicured grounds this really is the most exquisite wedding venue in Essex

The oak-panelled stone hall with its original stone flooring and oak panelled walls give a Georgian feel to the  atmosphere

The long gallery with portraits of the Petre family and containing displays of memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.

So if you’re looking for a wedding venue that’s is in the same class as a venue such as Leez Priory or Hedingham castle then this is the place to hold your wedding.

The Grounds

A wedding photographer’s dream.

The long sweeping driveway leading to the clock tower finely manicured lawns and that’s just the front of the house. Through the house and into 10 acres os superb landscaping. The stew pond and its walk of ancient Lime trees and the former swimming pool now a lovely little duck pond and with Ingatestone hall in the background a beautiful backdrop for romantic images of a wedding with reflection in the water.

The Wedding

For the wedding of Ryan and Laura in June 2019, this was going to be a truly stunning wedding.

The Weather was looking like it was going to be a typical English wedding, rain, threatening on the horizon, luckily turned out to be warm and cloudy, Perfect conditions from my point of view as the wedding photographer. Not too hot and ugly direct sunshine in people’s faces causing the shadow.

With bridal prep in a rather lovely cottage right next to the main hall and with Laura’s father being the head Gardner, the grounds where manicured beyond perfection.

As with all weddings, introductory music is the norm, slightly different when the groom sings his own recording of songbird for the bride’s grand entrance and what a masterpiece it was, little did I know that he appeared on the voice and what a beautiful voice he had too.

With the wedding in the library with its lovely natural light, oak panelling and high ceiling this was the perfect place for a small intimate wedding.

Wedding photographers dream

Outside for canape’s and group shots then off to the rather large ornamental lake. The stew pond and walk of lime trees for reflections in the water, beautiful intimate shots around the pond.

By this time the weather had changed, and the sun was out in all its glory, no more shaded clouds to hide behind. Time to set up off-camera flash in high sync and to shoot wide and fast and if you’re a photographer you’ll know what the means. Dramatic clouds coupled with very fast apertures.

Speeches, not the standard boring cliched words dragged off the internet but some real heart to heart words from Ryan’s brother, the flamboyant one.

I loved this couple they were up for taking pictures and to be honest both natural, no directing with these two, just natural-looking poses. Laura really knew what I was going to ask of her before I asked it.

By the time of the evening guests arriving the weather was starting to turn and then the heavens opened up with pouring rain, albeit warm rain. Can’t be all that bad

For a wedding at Ingatestone Hall, you really can’t go wrong it really is one of the finest wedding venues in all of Essex.

if you would like an Experienced, not expensive wedding photographer please call me on 01708 862041 or 0737863644

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Successful Wedding Fireworks

4 Rules for Successful Wedding Fireworks

Are you looking for a way to surprise your wedding guests?
Adding a wedding fireworks display can be a wonderful way to create a magical
moment for everyone at your wedding to enjoy.
Organizing your wedding fireworks is simple, as long as you keep the following
four planning rules in mind!

Set a Budget for Your Fireworks Display

Fireworks won’t have to blow a hole to your wedding budget by any means. You
can organize a fantastic display for £500-£900 and buy individual fireworks for a
lot less. Of course, if you want to spend more, you can do so. Fireworks suit all
sorts of wedding budgets!
Just ensure you consider how much you want to spend before you start shopping
for fireworks. Having a clear budget will help you find quality products and
create the kind of display you want.

Pick Your Style and Timing Carefully

The great thing about wedding fireworks is how many options you have in terms
of using them. You could opt for a fireworks display to take place at the end of
the night or right before the first dance. Alternatively, you can also opt for
individual pyro-effects to use during moments like the cake cutting. Sparklers
and other indoor fireworks are a great addition to the wedding reception.
Fireworks bring the wow-effect and therefore, they work well right before big
events on the night. At the same time, you also have to be careful not to overuse
them. This is why you should pick a specific slot on the wedding schedule and to
only use fireworks in one specific way, such as choosing either having a display
or just opting for individual pyro effects. Planning for fireworks like this will
guarantee you find the best fireworks to use to ensure there’s no clashing with
other entertainment.

Be Creative

As fireworks can be used in many different ways, a big part of the fun is being
creative with how you use them. Fireworks could be used together with music –
combining a fireworks display with music will add a lot of magic to your big
display. You could use songs that have been meaningful for you as a couple as the
soundtrack to the show, for example.

Another outside-the-box idea is to combine fireworks with your wedding photos.
The bright colours of fireworks add a lot of wonder to the photos. Not only do
you get to enjoy the beautiful display on your wedding day but also reminiscence
with great photos of the moment afterward!
If you’re worried about the noise impact of fireworks, you also have the
creativity of firework developers on your side. There are plenty of low noise
fireworks available, which are a great way to enjoy the effects without the loud
Fireworks like smoke bombs also make very little noise and can be a great
addition to your wedding photos.

Put Safety First

It goes without saying that wedding fireworks require careful use. After all, you
are dealing with explosives! If you’re not an experienced user of fireworks, it’s
always a good idea to book a professional fireworks display company to perform
the display at your wedding. If you do want to use fireworks on your own, ask for
tips on staying safe from professional fireworks retailers.
It’s important to remember that you can’t use fireworks without getting
permission from the wedding venue, so clear it with them first. Some venues will
insist on a professional team for the display. The good thing about professional
groups is they’ll take care of everything for you from being insured to dealing
with the venue directly on your behalf.
Fireworks at your wedding can provide you with that special magical element on
an already magnificent day. They are versatile and fun – old and young alike
often love a good fireworks display.
Follow these four rules and you’re going to end up with a wonderful display to
celebrate a special occasion!

Hutton Hall wedding

Hutton Hall wedding

New wedding venue

A recent new wedding venue to the Weddings industry. Hutton hall wedding venue has everything a couple could want for their wedding at an exclusive wedding venue. Recently refurbished to a very high standard, this wedding venue offers superb value for money that other wedding venues in the area are charging almost double for.

To myself as a professional wedding photographer the backgrounds and atmosphere of any wedding venue are everything and can be what makes or breaks a descent wedding image.

Located just outside of Brentwood in Essex in the village of Hutton, easily accessible from the M25 and A12. Hutton hall is a beautifully restored grade 2 Georgian manor house

The Sweeping driveway to manicured lawns, the grand hall with its original stone floor and roaring Jacobean fireplace, the grand oak staircase. The piano room and library, their original high Georgian ceilings and sash windows allowing lots of natural light to permeate the rooms with warmth from the log fireplace, on a cold winters wedding evening

Hutton Hall Bridal Suite

Oh, what a room! Large totally white, masses of room, no clutter to get in the way or trip over, lots of natural light from the tall windows. No need for flash in here, just lovely warm natural light. A photographraphers dream of perfect light.

Blue Room

lovingly restored to its former glory with its blue panelled walls and Georgian windows allowing soft light to flood the room. Large enough to hold at least a hundred guests for your wedding and also doubles as the room for the first dance.

A Scottish Wedding

The Wedding of Paul and Sam. A late December wedding. All Scottish in all its glory right down to the Au natural of the under kilt and the real Scottish accents, which I couldn’t understand. Even the dog had a kilt.

A great wedding for a lovely couple. With lots of outgoing bubbly friends and guests, superb wedding breakfast from Limeberry catering this is what really makes a wedding worth filming. Normally Speeches are pretty much predictable. Not so this wedding, Jordan the best man stole the whole show, so outgoing and every line was an original.

Although the lawns where unusable due to the wet grounds, there was loads of photo opportunities within the grounds of Hutton hall, group shots and sparkler confetti styled shot at the front of the house, no problem with damp grass and sinking high heels. The red brick wall of the House and roses garden for those more intimate shots. In fact, Hutton hall has so much to offer any potential wedding couples.

It has the grandness of any of the top Essex wedding venues and is on an equal par with Gosfield hall , Braxted hall or even Down hall.

Back to the Blue room for the 1st dance and let the party commence.

As a new wedding venue, exceptionally good value for money.




Hutton hall wedding

The House meadow rustic farm wedding

The House meadow rustic farm wedding

The House meadow

What a wonderful wedding venue. There are grand wedding venues all over the place from stately castles to he little mini venues, this place really does beat them all. Size isn’t everything and sometimes just the simple things in life can be just as exciting as the biggest. The House meadow is just such a stunning wedding venue.

Rustic farm wedding

As soon as you drive into the house meadow, can feel a real sense of a charming rustic farm wedding. The darling buds of May come to mind. That iconic Tv series from the 1980s.This is what The house meadow is all about. Beautiful summer days in the kent countryside. Lazy summer evenings, drinking wine and champagne, eating strawberries and cream, in a nutshell, pure relaxation.

The house meadow is for the faint-hearted, meaning to say this is the sort of wedding that you throw your cares to the wind, Chillout, Relax, and just enjoy the day. No clipboard management here running your wedding like a well-oiled conveyor belt wedding. Like a hotel or a huge venue organizing every little time slot for you, “when to cut your cake”, “when to have your first dance”. This is all about you.

The simple barn with all its nook and crannies and natural ventilation. On a blisteringly hot summer day, the perfect way to have your rustic farm wedding. From a wedding photographer’s point of view, this is just the perfect wedding venue.

The lush Kent countryside and the long sweeping views into the distance make for just the perfect images. A little off-camera flash to create those warm shadows, The natural light of golden hour for those warm earthy tones.  For just that intimate romantic moment the Meadow of buttercups and wildflowers over the beautiful lake with the sun in the background.

Suffice to say the house meadow is fully booked for 2019, almost all of 2020. A testament to its endearing charm of simplicity within a stunning masterpiece.

The House meadow rustic farm wedding

Elinchrom Elb400 Wedding

Elinchrom Elb400 Wedding

Elinchrom Elb400Hs

As an experienced wedding photographer, well versed in the use of speedlights for weddings I often find they have their limitations. Portable and easy to use, in bouncing the flash off a wall or ceiling to give that nice soft light and inside of a venue they work very well. Outside on an overcast day with a small aperture and depth of field and a low shutter speed, can produce a lovely evening sunset shot. My signature spiky sun shot is brilliant when using a speedlight, on Full power at F11,  the spiky sun comes out. Doing the same set up in bright sunlit daylight means having to get the flash extremely close to the subject. Just a couple of feet away and literally right on top of them. Not an ideal situation, any further away and they just can’t overpower the sun.

Elb400 research

Things needed to change for the better and the search was on for a better lighting system. With the majority of the weddings I film I do on my own and for the odd one or two have an assistant. More often than not someone just starting out and wanting to learn. So it had to be a portable system and easy to use for just me alone. I looked at various options. The Chinese systems were nice and cheap but reliability could have been an issue especially when shooting forty to fifty-odd weddings per year. This narrowed it down to three contenders. The Elb400hs. Profoto B1  and the  Profoto B2.  The B1 head was just too heavy and the B2 not enough power to overpower the sun and only 250 watts opposed to 424 watts and I don’t do TTL, manual all the way for me. The Elinchrom Elb400 won. The flash Center was the ideal retailer to buy from. Really helpful guys and more than happy to answer my questions. Felt really at ease with them.

The wedding of Sam and Sophie at the orchard suite in Maidstone was going to be the first real test of the system.  Perfect conditions for overpowering the direct harsh sunlight. Shooting at shutter speeds of 1/160 to 1/4000th of second and wide-open apertures, something I could never do with regular speedlights. The system itself performed flawlessly and the ability to shoot at 4000th at 2.8 was superb. Overpowering the sun from several feet away with bare flash and with a lastolite Ezybox. Something I could never do with a speedlight. We even did a few shots with depth of field. But really the whole point of the system is the ability to overpower the sun, shoot wide open and get lovely Bokeh shots.

I ummed and erred before I bought this system wondering if £1420.00 was a worthy investment for such an expensive flash setup. I’m now a convert to Elinchrom flash systems. If I had a choice, would have made the purchase a long time ago. From a wedding photographer’s point of view, the Elb400 is a superb flash system. The flash head is as light as a standard speedlight. The battery pack is light and can be easily worn by its strap from a shoulder and feels very light considering the job it has to and holds enough juice to shoot all the points of an all-day wedding and coupled with the ability to get those wide-open bokeh shots in bright sunlight, you can’t go wrong.

Elinchrom Elb400 Wedding