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An Essex wedding with a South African connection. Tara and Jamie’s wedding at Friern Manor in Essex. Preview.




Some months ago an exciting email arrived from South Africa.

That email led to yesterday, a beautiful sunny wedding in Essex, the marriage of Tara and Jamie.

Its always an honour to be asked to photograph anyone’s wedding. I know how important that decision is to a couple, but it was more than a little humbling to be asked to shoot a photographer’s daughter’s big day.

Gary Henwood-Fox is a photographer out in South Africa. He contacted me to ask if I might be free to photograph his daughters wedding, having seen my work on twitter, and the relationship grew from there. I felt incredibly honoured to be asked, and yesterday, I finally met Gary, as of course he was father of the bride.

Tara and Jamie had the most amazing day. Thick fog soon dispersed leaving gorgeous soft spring sunshine and that meant guests were able to spill out onto the manicured lawns and enjoyed champagne in the lovely warmth.

Tara and Jamie were so calm, collected and happy, just as they were on their engagement shoot together. Tara had worked for months on all the planning, and the results were beautiful.



Tara’s rather gorgeous shoes were a marvellous find in Faith- they were just fantastic! And I have to give a huge round of applause to Tara for being SO brave and allowing me to take her gown outside and hang it from a gorgeous ornate flower hook ! I know she agrees it was worth it for the shots!


After the ceremony, Friern Manor encourage couples to have photographs taken straight away, and we spent a few minutes exploring the breath-taking grounds together, to create some beautiful images together.

*Sigh* Tara and Jamie are just too gorgeous for words….


Such a wonderful day.

I’ll blog far more from this gorgeous wedding after the couple have enjoyed their private viewing of images.

But for now, I’ll leave you with this photograph- for me, one of the defining images of the day, the moment Gary saw his daughter in her wedding gown for the first time.

I can’t help but fight back the tears when I see this. Memories like these are beyond precious.



My love and all good wishes to Tara and Jamie, thank you for being such fun to work with,enjoy your honeymoon.

My sincere thanks to Friern Manor for looking after us at every stage and the delicious food.


And of course my sincere and heartfelt thanks to Gary for putting his trust in me, and allowing me to capture one of the most precious days of his family’s life. I hope I did you proud.








  1. Posted 14 Apr at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely gorgeous. LOVE her shoes! What a beautiful day, and gorgeous couple, and even in these few photos you’ve captured so much emotion. Can’t wait to see the rest xxx

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 14 Apr at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much Katy. Aren’t those shoes just incredible? I couldn’t believe they were from Faith, the flower detail was so intricate. A great find by Tara! The day was so sunny and mild, amazing really for April.xxx

  2. Posted 14 Apr at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous images Cat! Such a fresh spring wedding, looking forward to seeing the rest xo