Chara and Neil's Autumnal Rain-Filled Gosfield Hall Wedding Previews | Grace Elizabeth, Colchester, Essex, Devon, Suffolk And Norfolk Alternative Wedding And Family Photographer
This might have just been the rainiest wedding I think I’ve ever photographed… but Chara and Neil didn’t let it get in the way of their autumnal wedding plans at the simply stunning Gosfield Hall!
This couple are so much fun. They’re the kind of people who don’t take life too seriously, and say things sarcastically with such a straight face that you can’t always know if they’re joking (as I came to learn!) This cat-mad-couple (check out their pre wedding session to see just how cat mad they are!) were exactly the kind of vivacious people you needed to get through a dim, wet, windy autumn day. Not once did you hear them, their friends or family complain; they just got on with it, and embraced it. I even took one of my very favourite photos from the entire year at their wedding, check the last few photos in this blog post to see which one I mean!
The day began with the couple’s wonderful co-ordinator Tegan letting me have first dibs at their beautiful bridal preparation room: the Rococco Suite. This place is like your very own palace, it’s simply stunning and has everything you need to have the best getting ready photos! I really loved photographing Chara’s wedding details, including those gorgeous autumnal blooms from Jasmine’s Flowers and Decor, her Irregular Choice heels and a handmade box from Neil, which contained a handwritten letter, a beautiful Tiffany necklace and a bottle of sambuca… The wedding essentials, obviously!
The wedding itself took place in the Queen’s Gallery, a decadent, wood panelled room fit for royalty. Chara was just captivating walking down the aisle with her very proud dad, who I later found out gifted them their wedding photography! Let’s hope I’ve done him proud!
Due to wind and rain, most of the day revolved around being inside, but Gosfield Hall is such a great venue in both rainy and sunny weather alike (this is the third time I’ve shot here and the second time it’s rained!) Everyone had such a lovely time chatting and snacking on canapés, and I took the couple away for a few photos together whilst the rain held off just a tiny bit, and I am so glad we did, as by the time speeches had finished, we didn’t get a chance for any sunset photographs - not that there was a sunset anyway! It was lovely just spending a bit of time with them, and I know it’s also usually the first moment that the concept that you’ve just got married really sinks in. It might sound silly, but a wedding day is such a blur that often, these are the first quiet moments you get together and it’s when reality really kicks in!
During the evening, I witnessed what was probably the longest speech I’ve ever heard, props to the best men for holding the attention of 70 people for 45 minutes, and then a cake cut, a quick first dance, followed by a few more photos outside, in the dark, with windswept freezing cold rain. I really wanted to experiment with some night photography, and as Chara and Neil were keen to try something new, we got some incredible results!
Anyway, that’s enough babbling from me! I think the photos will speak for themselves on this one, so I really hope you enjoy them!
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