We feature the lovely wedding of Mariam and Alex that took place at Little Hallingbury Mill and was captured by Essex wedding photographer Stuart Murphy Photography.
About the couple
Mariam and Alex are both teachers and they had obviously used all that planning practice to put together a wonderful occasion for their big day. The choices they had made, from the venue to the décor were a perfect reflection of their own warm and friendly personalities.
Please tell us a little bit about the day and how it went
From the pre-wedding preparations until the dancing at the end of the night, Little Hallingbury Mill (Bishop’s Stortford) was the intimate, rustic setting for the entire day. Both Mariam and Alex got ready at the venue which lead to a great moment I managed to capture of Mariam in her wedding dress secretly glimpsing her husband-to-be through the curtains of her room.
Quote from the Bride
“Stuart, just viewed the pictures…Absolutely beautiful, not a dry eye in this house. Thank-you so much for capturing these wonderful moments, we really won’t forget it.”
Do tell us a little bit about yourself
I have loved photography for as long as I can remember and over the years I have realised that taking pictures of people is what I most enjoy. I love shooting weddings as the emotions of the day are palpable… they leap through the lens onto the photo!
I cover nearly all my weddings alongside my sister Steph who has long been my awesome second shooter… and who took some great photos at my own wedding!
My wife Sara is involved in building the online/social media side of things…it’s a family affair!
How would you describe your photography style?
Very relaxed and unobtrusive. We aim to document the day through capturing the big, memorable points of the day and the small moments that might have been missed. We take our cue from the couple, not imposing our own schedule on the occasion.
What did you love about the day?
Steph and I were struck by the relaxed nature of the day. The intimate venue was run by a very friendly and helpful staff which always helps. However, it was the happy couple themselves, Mariam and Alex, who set the tone for the occasion. They were relaxed and enjoyed every minute of their day; very clearly overjoyed to simply be getting married to one another.
What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding day?
There is always such a long list of things to plan! Try to focus first on the main aspects of the day that are most important to you both. With these in place, the smaller details and minutiae will (hopefully) feel more manageable. Ultimately however, nothing can be planned perfectly so when it comes to the day itself, try to let go and enjoy your day to the fullest. Come rain or shine, at the end of the day you will be married!