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Carla and Stuart | Shendish Manor | Hertfordshire Weddings

Carla and Stuart were brave enough to hold out for an outdoor ceremony, and were rewarded with a brilliant summer’s day. Hertfordshire weddings have been as unpredictable weather-wise as anywhere, so it was a last minute call to have the chuppah outside. Shendish Manor is an ideal wedding venue, especially for big Jewish weddings like this, where space is available indoors and out.

It was a day of laughter and tears, and it’s always a privilege to witness the love between friends and families, fathers and daughters, mums and sons. Carla couldn’t hold back the tears as her dad came to wish her well, and Stuart couldn’t either as he drew the veil over Carla at the bedekken. So out of the getting ready chaos emerged a beautiful bride, and into the sunshine she stepped to be married, with tears of joy to follow.

As with every Jewish wedding that I have photographed, including many Hertfordshire weddings, I am never restricted in photographing the signing of the register. It’s always a relief, as English weddings whether church or civil, make such a fuss about it. In fact we created one of my favourite images of this summer, with a dramatic outdoor wide shot in black and white of the register signing.

As I’m sure you know, dancing is big part of Jewish weddings, and Dana and I got stuck right into the heart of the action, to document the passion, the fire, the intensity of the fast and furious dancing! You can’t do it from a distance – you have to be in there! So we take the bumps and knocks to bring you the action! We love it, and I hope you enjoy this selection from Carla and Stuart’s most excellent day.

 

Carla’s beautiful gown is by Ellis Bridals

Carla’s make-up is by Rose Magnall

Floristry by Mile House Events

Music supplied by the amazing Ambassador Band

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Carla and Stuart | Shendish Manor Weddings

I have photographed many Shendish Manor Weddings, and I am always pleased (and relieved!) at how different they all are. Every couple I work with brings there own style and personality to the day, and Carla and Stuart were no exception. Their celebrations were full of love and emotion, and dancing – a lot of dancing!

Here is a slightly unusual taster image for you, hopefully it will whet your appetite for the rest of the images, which will be along shortly.

 

Carla and Stuart

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Karen and Steve | Pendley Manor | Hertfordshire Weddings

Karen and Steve Jewish wedding celebrations took place at Pendley Manor, Hertfordshire, and despite having been a wedding photographer for longer than I really need to remember, I haven’t photographed there before, something which I’ve had to work hard convincing people, especially my wedding photographer friends. It’s a lovely venue, and Karen and Steve were looked after really well.

It had dried out about enough for just heels to sink into the grass, as opposed to one’s whole leg (it’s been that wet) and so we had a chance to break our reportage coverage of the day’s events to go outside for some portraits. Pendley Manor is famous for it’s peacocks, but despite my best efforts (peacock herding is an acquired skill…) I couldn’t get a decent shot of one with the couple. Happily I got some lovely shots of Karen and Steve without peacocks, so that’s a result!

Karen looked amazing in her dress, and I know Steve was thrilled when he looked round and saw her walking down the aisle towards him. The ceremony was touching, with lots of good humour. And talking of humour, the speeches were excellent, especially Steve’s opening remark, the response to which you can see below.

Here are a few favourites from the day. If you’d like to discuss your wedding photography at Pendley Manor, please contact me here.

You can see my pre-wedding portrait session with Karen and Steve here.

And you can see a slideshow of Karen and Steve’s wedding, with some extra images, here.

 

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