Katie & James - Downhall Wedding Photography, Essex

Katie & James literally had four seasons in one day (minus the snow of course….it was June afterall!) but it really was one of the most perfect summer days and the rain came at the best times (2 minutes before their wedding breakfast, rather than the start of their drinks reception as forecast!) and after dark, which meant that whilst Mark and I got soaking wet for their finale shot, Katie and James stayed nice and dry under the umbrella and we got a super cool shot to finish off their day!

The morning was relaxed with both of the couple getting ready at the 5* Essex venue DownHall Hotel, which Mark and I covered separately before heading downstairs for their civil ceremony. After a confetti exit, the guests then spilled out into the grounds where they were treated to piano music, canapes and drinks in the sunshine before being welcomed into the majestic ballroom for an amazing meal and entertaining speeches. During this time we captured the happy couple milling with their guests and stole them away for a few minutes of portraits before returning them back for their meal.

After the meal the wedding party enjoyed cocktails outside in the late afternoon sun before heading back inside for some serious partying and evening entertainment. The rain finally set in but this didn’t stop us heading back outside for a fantastic night shot at the back of the hotel and some inside with the beautiful chandellier.

As we left, MC Neat and DJ luck was seriously getting the party started and Mark literally had to drag me to the car!

A fun filled day with a seriously cool and relaxed couple who we thoroughly enjoyed being with on their big day! Huge thanks to both Katie & James, the Downhall team and everyone who made this day so amazing!

Venue: Downhall Hotel - www.downhall.co.uk

Florist: Gracie Day Flowers - www.gracieday.co.uk

Videography: Rideout - www.rideoutfilms.com

Cake: Cake Cuisine - www.cakecuisine.co.uk

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