Crondon Park, a wedding venue I hadn’t been to in a long time. 17th-century baronial hall set in the lush green Essex countryside, Golf course, and a real little gem of a wedding venue.
The Wedding of Joe and Jodie was going to be a really buzzy wedding, joe the joker and full of laughter and up for a really good time, Jodie a little more reserved and very ladylike.
With Joe and Jodie’s wedding due to start at 3 pm, plenty of time to get on with the pre-bridal shots at the Greenwoods Hotel and spa, literally a minute’s drive from crondon park it’s self. A wedding venue in its own right. An original Georgian style country house with original features and a tastefully decorated Edwardian bridal suite.
As is the case with any wedding the weather makes a big difference, today the 12th June was proving to be very, very hot so far, by 12 pm the car thermometer was saying 24 degrees and by the time I had finished all the bridal prep shots, the thermometer was saying 27 degrees, baking! And the wedding hadn’t even started yet. In order to overpower the bright sunlight and harsh shadows, the direct on-camera flash would be needed to overpower the sun, not an ideal situation as I would have preferred off-camera flash for better tonality, The groom, joe turns up twenty minutes before the bride was due to arrive so it was a quick rush to get the groom and best men shots with the rings.
The wedding as with all venue style weddings was quick and simple all done in less than twenty minutes. Outside in the blazing heat, and I mean heat it was oh so very hot. With all the group shots and couples, individual shots to come, it was only going to get hotter. The highlight of the group shots had to be all the ushers and groomsmen with their hip flasks, looking almost like a military review of soldiers about to present arms to the queen, Hip flasks instead… Whiskey, I hope so. Nothing like a bit of Dutch courage.
From a photographer’s point of view, Crondon Park has a beautiful backdrop into the distance approach road, pond with water lilies and water reflection for those romantic couple shots. Enclosed laid to lawn courtyard with water features and all within a minute’s walk of the grand baronial hall. My only criticism of Crondon Park, no air conditioning, but with the typical British summer does it really matter…..
Crondon Park Wedding