LAUREN AND DANIEL BREEN- BLISSFUL SPRING CEREMONY – LANGTONS HOUSE AND GARDENS, HORNCHURC – SHIANNE MERCER PHOTOGRAPHY.
Oh I could talk about this day forever, I have and I will continue too!
Lauren booked with me quite last minute I would say, with only a couple of weeks to go before she said I do! She was getting married at Langtons House, a location I know very well but for those who don’t Langtons House and Langtons Gardens are a grade II listed 18th century house and landscaped gardens located in the heart of Hornchurch. The house and gardens are used as the borough register office and a public park. For anyone who lives around this area, Langtons House is a perfect location to walk the dog or have a little picnic. The house itself overlooks a beautiful duckpond and have so many beautiful features in itself.
When Lauren asked me if I would be her photographer I was instantly excited. An early Spring wedding at Langtons House, lets hope for good weather! I could stop imagining the photographs I could get in the ground and fast forward to the wedding itself I actually said a couple of times. Oh I want to head over here, I have visioned a beautiful photograph I can create *walks to specific location*.
Lauren only wanted ceremony coverage so 1 hour and 30 minutes was perfect to cover her ceremony and some photographs afterwards, who knew you could take so may photographs in such a small space of time eh!
I arrived at Langtons House 30 minutes before the 4pm ceremony and greeted the Groom, Daniel. With guests already waiting in the courtyard I began taking photographs. I made two little friends instantly, let’s call them A and F. They were the two most adorable sons of Lauren and Daniel and they were my friends throughout the day! Also the little flower girls, one specifically loved to smile for the camera that makes it all the must easier for me. Photographing guests awaiting to go into the hall is a breeze, documentary is my thing so snapping away I go. Everyone was brilliant too, they took no notice of me what so ever which is another great thing! Oh but little A, he couldn’t wait for Mummy to arrive. We spoke about the car she was coming in and he said “I bet she looks so beautiful today”, I mean them words really are enough to melt anyones heart! He was so proud of her arriving in a black Audi because that is he’s favourite car, even better.
Soon after the Bride-to-be began to drive down so all the guest were taken into the hall. The ceremony itself took place in the Langtons Hall which is a part of the house I hadn’t ever seen before, it has high ceilings and is very traditional. Lauren looked absolutely breathtaking in her wedding dress and bridesmaids too! We spent a little time together before the ceremony began.
The groom beamed with pride as he’s children walked the isle before he’s bride. Especially when he’s youngest walked down hand in hand with two older bridesmaids. The entire room awww’ed. Holding back the little tears myself and yes they always creep up at this time of the ceremony the bride entered the room on her Fathers arms. There honestly wasn’t a dull face in the room, smiles were on everyones face and it was absolutely amazing!
I can’t begin to explain the love I felt between Lauren and Daniel on this day. They were a match made in heaven and totally bounced of each other the moment they was together. The little giggles and smiles during the ceremony were adorable to witness and felt so magical. You could just tell that they are so in love and proud of each other as people and that is honestly the best thing ever.
After the ceremony we went onto the grounds to spend some time chatting and getting the traditional family photographs. There was lots of friends and family and the ground were perfect to accommodate to this. The weather was a little overcast but for me thats perfect wedding weather. None likes sun beaming uncomfortably in your eyes and as for the children, they was having a whale of a time. After the more traditional group photographs I spent some time with the children which is something I always aim to do in families with children, we didn’t do this light heartedly either. We climbed trees, well when I say we I mean they, there was no way I was getting up a tree! But the boys, they loved it! We did a mini ‘photoshoot’ infant of the big late for two little brothers. We they played a game of who can just the highest and reach the tree branches. It is always so important to interact with the children and make them feel at complete ease especially when you’re walking around aiming a camera at them the entire time.
The littlest flower girl was the Bride and Grooms daughter, lets called her little D. She was the cutest and of course never let me take her photograph knowingly! I had to make a little friend of her before she even stood still but of course we accomplished this in the end! Even if it did mean I had to gift her with a little handmade bracelet to make her like me and my camera. Where theres a will theres a way guys! The grounds are so beautiful and airy that it felt a complete breeze to get everyone together for their photographs.
After all the guests went onto the reception venue I stayed at the venue with Lauren and Daniel to do their couple photos. It was such a lovely thing and for them to have a little time away from everyone else was too. It gave them time to reflect on the day, the ceremony and finally being a married couple. It was tranquil and relaxing for them to have a moment to themselves. We walked through some of the grounds, explored areas of beautiful backdrops for the most perfect photos and lastly got to thank them for having me as their photographer.
I say it was the perfect weather for a wedding and the perfect love for a life-time.
“You’re simply amazing and have gone above and beyond to capture our special day with so much detail, professional and a lovely person”