Gorsefield Rural Studies Centre
Kathryn & Rhys
Gorsefield rural studies centre in Stansted Mountfitchet was the venue of choice for Kathryn and Rhys who tied the knot this July. The centre is normally used to increase children’s understanding of the environment and the importance of sustainable living but today was theirs, with a marquee pitched on the lawn and the house overtaken in preparation for the day ahead.
This was my first time shooting among rooms full of bunk beds and it was a completely different way of shooting the prep and fun too.
It’s the little things that stick with me and I knew I was going to have a good day when as soon as I arrived, Kathryns dad welcomed me in and someone shoved a large buttery piece of toast in my hand. That one kind gesture told me exactly the type of day I was going to have. And I wasn’t wrong.
The ceremony was down the road at the council offices and to get there the girls travelled in the family car, affectionately called ‘The Happy Hearse’ while I was in the ceremony area awaiting their arrival along with Rhys and all the guests.
It was a very emotional walk down the aisle, both Kathryn and her dad were excited, Kathryn so much so she held back for a minute as it seemed to be too much so her dad stole the opportunity and dived in for the first hug which was hilarious.
After, we all went back to Gorsefield where the afternoon unfolded. The lovely thing abot the rural studies centre is that there are allotments, polytunnels, orchards and lots of opportunities for photos without going too far.
That being said, during dinner I explored a bit further and was absolutely blown away with a sea of pink flowers and another field of yellow ones. We returned to them at sunset too.
I loved that they had their band and dancing outside on the grass and it worked really well. Something I wish I’d see more of at weddings. As the evening wore on things got progressively louder and they never really stopped dancing. I was there until nearly the end and at 11pm+ they were still going!
Here’s some more photos from their day…
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