Lianne + Matt | Compasses Wedding
If you’re looking for a wedding day which includes an airline-themed sermon, a collection of embarrassing stories from the groom’s dad, and a late summer sunset to end all sunsets, you’ve come to the right place!
Lianne and Matt used to live in the Braintree area, and returned to north Essex to tie the knot first at St Mary’s church in Bocking, with their wedding reception held at one of my personal Faves, The Compasses at Pattiswick, near Coggeshall.
Lianne and her girls got ready at Pannells Ash Barn in Castle Hedingham, which despite me being a previous Braintree resident, I never knew existed in the local area. This was a beautiful out-of-the-way guesthouse for the bride and her bridesmaids to prepare, and the weather got in on the act too, providing glorious sunshine all morning and into the afternoon, making for a relaxed lead up to the ceremony.
Matt and their two daughters were waiting at St Mary’s, and the bride was sent back around the block as she was early (tearing up the rulebook) whilst a few cheeky latecomer guests scrambled into the church! Matt and Lianne’s history began in the airline industry, which was the theme of the sermon conducted during their ceremony, with plenty of ‘doors to manual’ and other airline-based jargon which seamlessly made its way into the address.
Once hymns were sung and confetti was thrown, we headed over to The Compasses in Pattiswick, a lovely boutique wedding venue near Coggeshall, and actually where I first met Lianne and Matt back last year. The heavens opening briefly and unexpectedly during our group shots just before dinner commenced, which was followed by the speeches and a very entertaining best man’s speech by Matt’s dad! Who knew fathers of the groom could prove dangerous in the embarrassing stories category?
Before the dancing commenced, we noticed the sun beginning to set across from the venue, so we ventured out to the newly-cut wheat field opposite, with the intention to get our pictures. You see, when Lianne and Matt booked me last year, they’d admired another popular sunset photo I’d taken in the previous summer, so we were determined to try and capture this glorious sunset! As we approached the field, it became obvious unless we took a rather dangerous leap across a ditch there was no getting into the field. But, these guys completely humoured me, so I stuffed the newly-married couple and my second shooter Emma into my car, and headed back up the country lanes in search of our perfect field. You’ll be surprised to hear this is not the first time I’ve had one of my wedding couples in the car!
You can check out the photos below, to see if you think it was worth chasing the light….