Glemham Hall wedding – Helen & Josh

Glemham Hall

Glemham Hall reportage wedding photography

A Glemham Hall wedding in Suffolk for Helen and Josh on Saturday. Under both blue skies and torrential rain. However the schedule was timed perfectly - it rained when everyone was in the marquee. Weather is a constant theme on this blog. It has to be, the weather determines so much about a wedding and in particular the wedding photography. I tend to monitor a Norwegian weather website - it is more detailed than the BBC or Met office efforts. For Saturday it predicted heavy rain in the morning, then sunshine and then at 5 pm, heavy rain again, clearing within the hour. Well, it poured with rain all the way to Suffolk from my home in Sussex. By the time of the ceremony and for the drinks reception in the rose garden, it was blue skies, fluffy white clouds and sunshine. With everyone in the marquee, the skies cleared into a deep blue. When I went in to join the meal - Helen & Josh had kindly reserved a place for me - the weather changed dramatically. The blue quickly disappeared and very heavy rain fell - a bit early at 4.45 pm! But by the end of the meal, the blue was back, the sunshine was back - perfect timing!

Glemham Hall is a unique venue. A Grade 1 listing building, an Elizabethan stately home with a Georgian facade, sitting just off the A12 north of Woodbridge. It hasn't been sanitized by some big hotel chain and is still a family home, so oozes character. In fact, I've never seen such a place used for weddings with so many knick-knacks laying around and no endless "Do not Touch!" signs - very trusting. It helps add to its charm and atmosphere. It's like a delicately laid out film set.

Helen got ready with her mum, twin sister and bridesmaids just up the main staircase. She would descend later and straight down the small aisle, for the ceremony in The Grand Hall at the front of Glemham Hall. Now wedding ceremonies follow a pattern. The registrar/vicar, says a line, you as the bride and groom, repeat each line. Occasionally someone gets a word wrong ( I've heard three vicars mix up names completely just in the past couple of years ). Sometimes they ask for a line to be repeated - they are nervous, they are staring into their partner's eyes. Sometimes though, they say nothing - like Helen. The registrar said the line...silence...that seemed to last. You'll spot the moment below when Helen realizes and holds her head in her hands. It was a classic, funny moment.

Drinks in the rose garden followed, under blue skies. The rain, as I said, timed it perfectly for when everyone was undercover for the meal and speeches. It made way to sunshine for the evening drinks and the arrival of Dylan, Helen's dog - a big, bouncy, ten-year-old black lab. A homemade photo booth and an enthusiastic céilidh followed for the evening party. A cracking day!

Here are a few images from this wedding day at Glemham Hall...

Rocking horse at Glemham Hall
Wedding shoes on the window sill
Bride hugs her mother
Bride and mother chat in the mirror
Getting ready at Glemham Hall wedding
Wedding dress going on at Glemham Hall wedding
Glemham Hall wedding
Tearful bride
Bride and her sister
Groom waits at Glemham Hall wedding
Bride walks to the ceremony with her mother
Glemham Hall wedding
Glemham Hall wedding ceremony
Glemham Hall wedding
Wedding ceremony at Glemham Hall in Suffolk
wedding ring
Bride and groom kiss
Glemham Hall wedding
Moments after the wedding ceremony
Glemham Hall wedding confetti
Glemham Hall wedding reception
Glemham Hall gardens
wedding lemonade
Glemham Hall wedding
Glemham Hall wedding reception
Glemham Hall wedding couple portrait
Bride's mother
Glemham Hall wedding guests
Glemham Hall wedding
Dog at the wedding reception
Pretty wedding guest
Glemham Hall wedding garden reception
Guests head in for dinner
Glemham Hall wedding
Dodging the rainfall
wedding speeches
Marquee meal at Glemham Hall wedding
Glemham Hall wedding bride and groom portrait
evening light
evening reception
Glemham Hall garden
Photo booth
Glemham Hall wedding ceilidh
Glemham Hall wedding dancing
wedding dancing


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  1. They truly are beautiful and capture the day perfectly. I especially love the photos taken during the ceremony- they capture the emotion perfectly, particularly when I forgot my vows! Thank you so much for capturing an amazing day.

  2. Fantastic remarkable photographs that have truly captured the excitement, fun and essence of what was the most stunning day.
    Thank you!

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