Amy and Peter’s Old Parish Rooms wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year. With perfect blue skies and beautiful sunshine it really was the perfect summer’s day wedding.
As is typical of all our weddings I, Laura, spent the morning with the bride Amy whilst Dan met the groom Peter at the venue, The Old Parish Rooms in Rayleigh.
Amy spent the morning at her parents’ home getting ready with her Mum and bridesmaid sisters. I love this part of the wedding day. Photographing the day unfolding with all the emotion that a wedding day morning includes. The excitement, the laughter, the nerves, the anxiety and everything in between! And knowing that the bride is sharing all this with some of the most special people in her life means I know these pictures are so poignant.
Inviting me to be a part of such a special moment always feels such an honour. I always try to muck in and become part of the family. Amy’s family were so welcoming and natural from the start, they made my job easy. I even got involved with some of the banter the poor Father of the Bride had to contend with! But in a household of 5 females (his wife and 4 daughters) I think he is more than used to it!
Amy & Peter’s wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast, evening reception and party were all at The Old Parish Rooms in the town centre of Rayleigh, Essex. The building is a former school house and on the exterior has maintained a charming traditional look. The interior, with clean bright white walls and high ceilings with spectacular lighting brings a contemporary atmosphere to the venue.
A perfect size for an intimate ceremony where all the guests were able to see the couple exchange their vows. With open stairs and a small mezzanine level we were able to photograph the ceremony from two angles.
Amy & Peter added lots of personal vintage style touches to their day which was so in keeping with the mood and atmosphere the team have created at The Old Parish Rooms. The flowers were beautifully displayed in vintage white metal jugs. Each display stood on rustic wood slices at the centre of the table. Each table had natural jute table runners edged with white lace, There were personalised heart shaped biscuits for all the guests and each guest also had a wooden script place name too. A lovely keepsake of the day. The room looked so pretty with subtle hues of rose pink and flooded with natural daylight streaming in through the large gothic arched windows. It was picture perfect!
The interior of the building is fantastic for photography. Amy & Peter were really keen to have some of their couple pictures inside. They particularly wanted to replicate the pre-wedding shoot images that we did there, using the huge mirror and the amazing exposed light bulbs. The industrial styled light bulbs hanging on long ceiling pendants are an eye-catching design feature of the venue and were fabulous for some striking images too.
We also had the opportunity to use the grounds of The Holy Trinity Church which is adjacent to the wedding venue. With ancient trees, old brick walls and beautiful late evening golden sunlight we were able to get some lovely romantic shots. It was also here that we captured the stunning silouette image. Peter & Amy were a little confused as we lay on the ground of the church yard but, as all our couples do, they trusted that we knew what we were doing! We just hope they are as pleased with the results as we are.
Suppliers that helped make Amy & Peter’s wedding special at The Old Parish Rooms.
Hair by Carly Williams Bridal Hair, Essex.
Makeup by Light Box Studios, Stansted.
Flowers by The Orchid Rooms, Wickford.
Wedding cake by Little Lucy’s Bakery, Braintree.