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In the height of summer it was an absolute privilege to photograph the wedding blessing of Alex and Rupert at East Carleton church. Alex is an artist, her brief was simple; be her eyes everywhere, capturing the stories, details, colours and flavours of their day.

They hosted their celebration in the grounds of their tree nursery, with a backdrop of log piles, country vistas and a prettily styled marquee. My day started with a super relaxed Rupert, his groomsmen, dog, a couple of bottles of fizz and some rogue chewing gum. Soon after I headed across the road to their guests enjoying the sunshine outside the church. I was eager to see Alex and she looked stunning in her Maggie Sottero gown, accompanied by her pretty in pink flower girls and son in his cute waistcoat. Their blessing was so beautiful and special thank to the vicar for giving me carte blanche to wander.

Afterwards we enjoyed confetti before walking across the street, lured by the tropical sounds of the Ipswich Caribbean Steel Band. The atmosphere was exactly as Alex hoped, with guests (and their children and dogs) relaxing in the summer sun around the hay bales. Before the hog roast, I took Alex and Rupert away for 10 minutes for their first portrait session, returning for their entrance. Alex had created most of the decor, with individually painted table details, styled with the trees and lanterns looked so pretty. At the end of the emotional speeches, the golden light and sunset was magical. By now the Anthemics were raring too go, with one of the best sets I've ever heard at a wedding. The guests certainly loved it, with many moving like Jagger to the Stones and singing along to Blur. This one was a huge honour, congrats A&R.

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