Thursday, 29 September 2011

Ipswich Waterfront Wedding: Mel & Ed

Bride's Preparations: Melverley Heights Hotel, Ipswich, Suffolk
Ceremony: The Unitarian Meeting House, Ipswich, Suffolk
Reception: The Waterfront Bistro, Ipswich, Suffolk

I've known Ed for a few years now and I was chuffed when he and Mel asked me to photograph their wedding. The fact that it was being held in Ipswich was a bonus as I'd never been there before and it meant that we could make a weekend of it and explore a bit of Suffolk.
Mel left it right until the last minute before getting into her dress and it wasn't until we were leaving the hotel that we realised that no-one was sure how to get to the Meeting House (although we did have a vague idea having been to the rehearsal the day before).
I volunteered to lead the way, guided by the ever-reliable satnav, only to lose Mel 5 mins later in heavy traffic. We arrived at the beautiful historic Meeting House 10 minutes late to be greeted by some worried faces. Thankfully, Mel arrived shortly after, much to everyone's relief (especially mine!).
Ed's father conducted the ceremony, which made it feel really intimate and quite special and after a few formal photos in the nearby courtyard, we all headed for the Waterfront Bistro for the reception. The marina was full of boats for the annual maritime festival and there were loads of people about, which made for some interesting reaction shots as the couple walked along the quayside.

Congratulations to Mel & Ed and thanks for a belting weekend away!

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