Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

I'm sure when I 1st spoke to Alison & Ean on the phone they said they're not very photogenic, I'm sure they said that?!

But when I met them for their pre wedding shoot in the woods I was absolutely bowled over by how much in love they are!

That's definitely all that's needed in front of the camera!

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

It's infectious to be around a couple who giggle around each other so much!


A lesson for everybody; show the person that you love;......that you love them.....or at least just tell them every now and then!


Anyway back to the wedding.


Alison & Ean chose Smeetham Hall Barn in Sudbury for their beautiful wedding.

Smeetham Hall Barn is a 500 year old privately owned venue surrounded but the most amazing & photogenic buildings and scenery.

Seriously, if you're thinking about booking your wedding there, then do it!


Laura & I drove down to Sudbury that Sunday in July and had lovely meal out before heading to the venue to start the day with the ceremony.

For us it was both work for me and a little bit of a date day for us to spend some time together.

I think Laura's secretly jealous of me going to all these weddings, so she always likes to join me when she can.



The girls.

How proud Alison & Ean must have been to see their children together on their special day.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

Alison's hair & makeup was prepared by Jemma's Hair and Makeup.


Whilst Alison's dress was from Barn Bridal Boutique, Silver End, Essex.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

So happy!

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

Once the confetti and the group photos were ticked off the list it was time for us to explore those amazing surroundings.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

Smeetham Hall Barn has it all from huge houses to tree lined driveways.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

The light shining in over the driveway was just glorious.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

We stayed there for a while and just enjoyed the peace & quiet.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

Then over to the fields, again what a beautiful place!


Alison's flowers were arranged by Kirsty's Little Flower Shop, Braintree, Essex.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

And I just had to use the huge barn doors for a few photos!

This scene reminds me of Bassmead Manor Barns in St Neots. What a great place too!


Ean's suit was John Lewis.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

And full circle back in front of the house.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

Then it was time to say hello to everybody.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

And then head inside for the wedding breakfast.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos
Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

Damn I wish I got to taste this magnificent looking cake!

Excellently made by Bettys Crafty Bakes.

Alison & Ean | Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photos | Essex Wedding Photographer | Ben Chapman Photos

From their 1st date at the Star pub in Thaxted when Ean wore sandals and Alison wore heels it's been heading to this wedding day and long may their love continue!


Alison & Ean; thank you so much for allowing me to capture your day x


If you're reading this and looking for an Essex Wedding Photographer or maybe a Smeetham Hall Barn Wedding Photographer then send me an email benchapmanphotos@hotmail.com or give me a call 07852279219 and tell me all about your wedding dreams.

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