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 photographers 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, threating 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 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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