Emma & Mike

Saturday 25th May 2019

bride and groom on a beautiful beach in the UK England, bride is laughing and has curly thick hair, groom is in blue suit

The Perfect Suffolk Wedding

This Suffolk wedding was so full of joy, laughter and emotion I could barely contain myself. I laughed and cried along with Emma & Mike through the ceremony and danced alongside them at the reception. From our first consultation, they told me they wanted a candid, relaxed wedding day and they requested their photography to match that.

wedding family piggyback racing

The details…

From the handpainted invitations featuring their very own fur baby to the miniature bottles of gin as favours, everything was so well thought out. The flowers were provided by the incredibly talented Lizzie Woolnough of The Southwold Wedding Co. and included Emma’s gorgeous floral crown. Emma also wore an incredible set from The Amber Shop in Southwold; an octopus necklace and ring. Both had an amber stone and were set in sterling silver. A beautiful gift from her future husband on the morning of their special day. The details were a true reflection of who Emma & Mike are because they wanted to be sure that the day was real. Nothing about this wedding was going to be traditional or anything that they didn’t want and I love them for that.

The venues…

The wedding ceremony was at The Swan Hotel in Southwold. Having recently been refurbished and updated, it’s new quirky take on decadence was the perfect place for Emma and Mike to get hitched. I still wonder whether their colour theme only matched with the decor by coincidence…

Afterwards, Emma and Mike had asked me to take a quick photo of them in The Nelson Pub before taking a couple on the beach. I don’t think I’ve ever turned down an invitation to the pub, so I was more than happy to oblige!

Once we’d had a little galavant by the sea, we took a trip down to the harbour where the happy couple had decked out the Southwold Sailing Club for the after party.

The food…

I feel like this needs its own section. The food was very simple. There were a few nibbles and bits out on a table in the club but most notably, they had a fish and chip trailer to cater for all their guests. Simple idea right? But OMG; it was the best idea EVER. Who doesn’t like fish and chips?! With a couple of vegetarian options too, this went down a storm among the guests.

beautiful wedding cake watercolour icing buttercream flowers blue pink and green

The cake…

I don’t feel like I can do this justice. Over the years I have photographed and tasted a LOT of wedding cakes but this one was really something. It was less a cake, and more a work of art. A watercolour, floral inspired piece of perfection not only incredible to look at, but also the most beautiful lemon sponge cake I have ever had the pleasure of scoffing. Made by the beautiful Beth Haxby Cakes.

The entertainment…

The entertainment was provided by some of the best local talent. Blues and skiffle band Owl & Wolves started the evening vibe with a perfectly unique, upbeat and stomping performance. Then Vix & The Kicks took over the proceedings and saw the evening into the night with their vibrant and energetic covers.

In a nutshell, this wedding really was one of the most unique, fun and genuinely beautiful days I’ve ever had the pleasure of shooting. It was such an honour to be part of it.

Here is a snippet of how that day went (music by Owl & Wolves). (Can we please do it all again?).

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