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Wedding photography at Gosfield hall can be breath-taking and I was there for the marriage of Charlotte & Ryan to give my take on this glorious palatial Georgian mansion. Set in 10 acres of carefully manicured grounds & only 30 minutes from Stanstead, it’s a gem in the Essex countryside.
Incredibly popular all year round, Gosfield hall was voted one of the very best venues in the whole of the UK in 2018. It’s 23 regal bedroom suites can accommodate your friends and family for the evening so they can enjoy a touch more of their favourite tipple.
I love coming back here and I’ve been lucky enough to have captured weddings in both summer & winter seasons. I would have to say that no matter what the time of year and whatever the weather might be doing, this venue simply shines through with flying colours. Take it from me, that can’t be said for all venues so it’s a huge plus point with regards to a wedding day.
My day started in of my favourite bridal suites to photograph in Essex. There was a hive of activity in this spectacular room with Charlottes closest friends helping her get wedding ready. I love the huge floor to ceiling mirrors facing each other to create an infinity effect when you stand between them. I had the ladies apply their finishing touches in this area so I could take advantage of how beautiful this looks. I always try to at least keep dad from seeing his daughter until she is fully ready so the moment is real and often filled with emotion. It’s a special bond that’ll never be broken so I like to give some time to the father/daughter scene where possible.
We actually had the time get the better of us that morning so we decided to return to the room later that day to finish up with some details, particularly Charlotte in her splendid dress. Ryan was waiting patiently at the altar in the 120-foot-long (aptly named) Queen Charlottes Gallery. The aisle walk is one heck of an entrance and a photographer’s dream. You really have time to soak up the atmosphere – look out for Charlotte & her dad’s expressions in my images below as they make that very walk. It’s a beautiful moment!
You couldn’t have asked for more from these 2 as they made their vows. The whole ceremony was light hearted and everyone was in high spirits.
I pretty much became a fly on the wall after the confetti and went with the flow of the day in my usual documentary style, which allows for a much more natural feel to my images. Charlotte & Ryan didn’t want a huge fuss made. They would much rather be part of the celebrations than some elaborate photo shoot. I totally get, and respect that and that’s why I only usually take my couples away for two 15 minute sessions in a full day. The 3 of us went off around the back of the building where the iconic statues of the stags loom large either side. There was no awkward posing and we kept the whole thing relaxed. Sometimes taking a walk in beautiful surroundings works really well and gives the couple that much needed 5 minutes to themselves.
I had made a mental note to return to the bridal suite once there was a break in the day. I thought it best to go back up during the daytime hours and before the meal because I knew the room would look it’s best. We did indeed get Charlotte in her dress which is always a relief.
My attention then turned to the reception Ballroom. A fine dining experience seating up to 116 guests and elegantly decked out to the couple’s requirements. It has a cosy welcoming vibe to it which I love. You’ll find this ballroom up the stairs just above the entrance nearest the car park. To enjoy the evening festivities, you’ll need to head towards the grand library room on the opposite side of the venue which also has a bar close by and a dedicated dance floor. It’s an intimate dancing experience and after Charlotte & Ryan’s chosen song, they were duly joined by some eager guests wanting to party the night away. I like to stay for a few songs after the first dance so I can capture the overall vibe of the later part of the evening (hopefully including some evening guests that may have just joined). I then leave everyone to it and say my goodbyes.
Below you’ll find a snippet from their day. This is wedding photography at Gosfield hall with my take on this impressive venue. Did it make up your mind about this venue after seeing Charlotte & Ryan’s day? Was it the game changer for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
I have featured some more venues in my latest blogs if you wanted to compare notes and choices. Check out my blog if you wanted to continue your research on your wedding and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions – I’m always happy to help!
So, it’s so long for now as I leave this wonderful place and onto the next.
Take care guys!