Essex Wedding Photography: Dan & Lucy’s wedding Part 2: Great Prestons Reception

Having left their beautiful church wedding at All Saints in Stock, Essex, the wedding party made haste to Great Prestons, a grade II listed Queen Anne farmhouse set in the beautiful Essex countryside.

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A champagne reception awaited the guests at the relaxed and fun garden party reception that awaited everyone.

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The marquee was decorated by the bride & groom, whilst food and the wedding cake were supplied by Limeberry Catering.

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Whilst the reception was in full swing, and guests were being entertained with some music, I took the opportunity to take the bride and groom away for a portrait session –  something I do with all my couples – just a quick 15-20 minutes alone, uninterrupted by guests to get some beautiful portraits for their wedding album.  The metal doors of a barn in the adjoining farmyard provided the backdrop for some of these, as well as the structure providing some much needed relief from the bright sunshine we were blessed with.


Then it was back to join the party, assemble a few relaxed group shots we had elected to save for the reception and capture lots of candid photographs of people enjoying themselves, before the bride and groom joined everyone for their wedding breakfast.


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Some entertaining speeches were followed by…

the cutting of the cake and….

the first dance.


I have to confess I really enjoyed shooting Dan and Lucy’s wedding – they are a delightfully easy going and relaxed couple, with a great group of family and friends – it was an absolute pleasure to work with them on recording their wedding day.

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11 Responses to “Essex Wedding Photography: Dan & Lucy’s wedding Part 2: Great Prestons Reception”

  1. Lovely, touching photos of an ace couple – really love the intimate feeling of these shots. Top notch.

  2. Beautiful details and a beautiful wedding. Love how you’ve captured the day!

  3. Tracy Morter says:

    Your pictures really reflect the elegance and love! What a special day!

  4. James says:

    Fantastic work as ever! Very well done

  5. Andy Garfitt says:

    Really good story told in these wedding images. Great stuff, and I want to eat that cake right now!

  6. Lucy Preece says:

    Andy – thank you SO much for these fantastic photos. It takes me back to the day all over again! I think you did an incredible job on the day and everyone has since complimented your brilliant work. I want to do it all over again!

  7. Great work. there are some really lovely portraits of the couple and you’ve captured the details so well too

  8. oh what a beautiful wedding – the bride and her dress were stunning, the venue and decorations to the marquee and cake were amazing and you’ve captured it all exceptionally well in the photos. makes you wish you had been there!! fabulous.

  9. […] photographed Lucy and Dan’s wedding at this Essex venue last summer (you can see the photos here). Early evening saw me capturing the guests arrival prior to the groom’s, then the […]

  10. what an original wedding gown! i love it… beautiful photos especially the ones in black and white.

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