By: David Burke On: February 3, 2014 In: Essex wedding photographer Comments: 0

Here’s the first part of the wedding photography from Leanne and David’s absolutely amazing wedding day last year in St Christophers Church Willingale, Essex.

I knew from speaking to Leanne just a few months out from the wedding (a very late booking) that this wedding was going to be special. Leanne and David were to be married in the village church of St Christopher’s, Willingale, and then having the reception in a marquee on the paddock of their family home. My excitement grew as the details were relayed to me – a Suzanne Neville dress, guests walking back from the church with balloons, the marquee, a funfair, candyfloss, fireworks – I just knew this would make for great photography. As it turned out, the day was also special with such a great little family and Leanne’s dad being present.

A few days before the wedding I went over to the house to meet Leanne; a long trip, but something I always like to do, especially when a marquee could potentially take up a lot of garden space – I needn’t have worried. Leanne and David have worked very, very hard for their success, but a more down to earth and friendly couple you would struggle to meet. As a bit of a petrol head, my excitement peaked when Leanne said David was hoping to drive himself to the wedding in his new car..a Ferrari 458 Italia (a truly stunning car!!)

A few days before the wedding I received a worrying text from Leanne, that her father had suffered a heart attack up in Scotland and she was en route to visit him, but that the wedding would go ahead. It came as a great relief to see Dad, resplendent in his kilt, at the house come the wedding day! The bride however, was nowhere to be seen – hair appointments at salons always have me worried – so I set about photographing the details at the house (with assistance on the day from Dan Woolgar) whilst I waited. When Leanne arrived, it was a case of a few quick photographs as her baby was being dressed and then we had to shoot off to the church.

We arrived at the church slightly later than planned, but still hoped to catch David’s arrival. This is always a tricky moment, but usually for the bride’s arrival – whether to wait by the side of the road (and potentially miss candid pictures) or risk missing the arrival. Luckily, I had an early warning device. I could hear David’s Ferrari and the best man’s Maserati a good 5 minutes before they actually arrived! Once I’d covered the boy’s arriving, it was time to capture guest candids, and then await the bride’s arrival in her Bentley. The ceremony was a great mixture of emotions, and there are always bound to be funny moments when bride and groom have a toddler – they never want to be parted from mum and dad and usually make a break for the front of the church!

I know there are loads, but these are my favourite wedding photographs from the first part of their day – please come back soon for the next part of this amazing wedding!

If you’re getting married and like my work, please contact me to discuss your requirements!

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David Burke is a Kent Wedding Photographer who specialises in photojournalism coupled with stunning bride and groom portraiture. David works throughout Kent, East and West Sussex, Essex and Surrey and is also available to photograph weddings throughout the UK and abroad.

All images copyright David Burke Photography 2014

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