Anna & Seb - Blackstock Country Estate
This past November, we had the pleasure of being a part of Anna and Seb's beautiful wedding day. The modern, yet country setting of Blackstock Estate lent itself perfectly to the weddings autumnal theme. Having followed Anna on Instagram I could see her planning process and it was so lovely to see it all come to life on the day!
I arrived at Blackstock and met Anna and her bridal party in the venues new bridal suite. The room was full of people all excited that the day had finally arrived, but nobody as excited as Anna. There was lots of space to play with at the venue in their newly renovated accommodation area, with Anna's dress hanging up on a wardrobe and a vintage restored fireplace to play with, I set to work.
Some of my favourite shots from the morning are of Anna with her beautiful autumnal bouquet from Pick-A-Lilly Flowers and Cakes which looked so fantastic with Anna's stunning white gown and the elegant black bridesmaids dresses. A special moment was when Anna opened her gifts from Seb with her Mum by her side, these shots are really natural and I LOVE the bright white walls and wooden floored backdrop of the bridal suite.
Steph was over with Seb for his getting ready shots. I think we can all agree that their suits were absolutely perfect for this autumn wedding.
I met back up with Steph at the venue where, whilst i was taking shots of Anna being buttoned into her dress, she took portraits of all of Anna's eight bridesmaids. Four of which were Annas sisters including her maid of honour Katie (Annas twin sister!)
It was a beautiful emotional ceremony. Anna and Seb became husband and wife watched on by their friends and family and their cheeky little toddler Saskia.
After a brief welcome drink it was time to take Anna and Seb off for their couple shots. As I mentioned I followed Anna on Instagram and I loved getting tagged when she saw something she liked! I had a lot of inspiration and clear idea of what they were looking for. It being early November timing was going to be tight but we made use of every golden ray, capturing the last few shots before dinner with the setting sun behind them.
After dinner and speeches we did a few more couple shots of the bride & groom using the lights in the courtyard. We also captured some of Annas stunning dress back in the bridal suite making use of the lighted mirror.
Myself and Steph always have a little competition to capture 'The' first dance shot and I have to admit her use of the wide angle is an absolute winner here!
I love a sparkler arch- Anna said on her Instagram that she was so bloody happy in this moment and you can tell! It was a gorgeous way to end our working day and to start the nights partying for them!
Venue: Blackstock Country Estate
Dress: Isabella Grace Bridal
Dress Fitting: Miss Kay Seamstress
Hair: Makeover Box
Make-up: Emma Heath
Grooms Waistcoat & Ties: Gresham Blake
Videography:Egg Cosy Pictures
Flowers: Pick-A-Lilly Flowers and Cakes
Venue Dressing: Inspiration Decor
I absolutely adore this shot of Anna and her maid of honour/twin sister Katie. I didnt stage them or give them instruction at all, they just sat together and talked.
Anna & Seb's wedding plan
"We had a vision of our wedding being a relaxed, country affair. Set in a couple of beautiful, rustic barns; our main priority was for everyone to enjoy themselves & I certainly feel that we managed to achieve that! Choosing black bridesmaids dresses meant that I wasn't limited by any colour scheme so colour became imperative to injecting some fun into the venue. Getting married in November meant that it could have been a very dull, drizzly day so I was adamant that our flowers would provide a joy of their own. Kathy, our florist, did a fantastic job at fulfilling the brief and I was over the moon with how all the decor came together - much of which I did myself. Bling and ball gowns were certainly not on the menu for our big day but never the less, it was important to me that everything was planned to perfection. A simple ceremony with a string quartet, a delicious two course meal (because who can sit through three courses AND speeches?) and a sparkler arch (the highlight of my whole day) all followed by a good ol' party in the evening. It was perfect for us and we keep looking through our beautiful photos, many of which are now displayed around our house, just to re-live it."
With the two shots above, one image was taken by myself and the other by Steph from two different angles.
This is what Anna & Seb had to say about us.
"First of all, please let me thank you on behalf of my husband and I. We are completely over the moon with the whole service we received from you, from our first contact to receiving our photos and beyond. You are your team are a very talented bunch and we can assure you'll be highly recommended by us. You constantly made me feel at ease in the build up; even with my many emails, suggestions and demands and were absolutely fabulous at calming me down on my wedding day. Both Seb and I had so much fun shooting on the day and that's reflected in the gorgeous images you produced. Thank you. Thank you for making me feel beautiful and giving us both memories we will treasure forever. After seeing what you produced for our friends' wedding, our expectations and hopes were high but you certainly surpassed even those. I don't think we could have picked anyone better and I hope we stay in touch for years to come."
The shot above is one I have taken before at Blackstock, but the courtyard area is such a great spot for it we made sure to re-create it.
6th Nov 2018