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    Well hello there and welcome to Hayley Denston Photography. We are Suffolk Wedding Photographers who live in a little village on the Suffolk/Norfolk Border. We travel as far and wide as we can to photograph weddings although we mainly photograph weddings in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Our fingers are crossed that you've either found us through a personal recommendation or whilst looking for a wedding photographer in Suffolk, Norfolk or Essex. If not, perhaps you were simply having a browse for a Suffolk portrait photographer (as we do that too) or even just Suffolk wedding photography.

    However you've arrived at our website we're pleased you're here and hope that you've got a few minutes (together with a cuppa and a biscuit) to have a look through our photos. We hope that you love what you see and that we'll get to meet and photograph you in the future.

Well our first Happy Anniversary post of the year goes out today to the beautiful Leanna and Mike whose wedding we captured last February at The Avenue Theatre in Ipswich. This was a wonderful day to be a part of and these two are such a gorgeous couple. If you’d like to read about their day just click here.

We hope that you two get to celebrate in style today and we will be thinking about you both and your wonderful day with so much glamour, style and originality!

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Just a quick post today to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  David and I don’t tend to celebrate really (other than cards) but if you’re going out this evening (or today) we hope that you have a really lovely time.

Our congratulations go out to all of you who’ve got engaged today (or recently) and we hope that we’ll be photographing many of your weddings in the future. After Valentine’s day we do tend to see a large influx of enquiries from all of you newly engaged couples. Couples do book us a long way ahead (up to two years before their day) and we are currently turning away a lot of late enquiries for this year and many for next year too so please get in touch as soon as you can once you have a date (or dates) in mind as we don’t want you to be disappointed if we’re booked already.

A quick plug also that we will next be exhibiting next weekend at The Suffolk Wedding Show at Wherstead Park (on 24th February – further details next week) if you do want to come and meet us, have a chat about your day and see some of our lovely books and albums.

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As wedding photographers it’s true that the majority of our weddings are between Spring and Autumn but what about those forgotten winter months? If you’re in the process of planning your wedding day then I think a winters day can be truly beautiful. The chill in the air, the bleakness and lack of foliage can mean bright colours stand out in a way that they never truly do in other seasons.

We love capturing different winter wedding days and with a bit of planning they can be every bit as stunning as a summers day. One big tip I would say which is really important for us (as we love working with natural light) is for your ceremony time to be fairly early in the day (12.00pm is ideal). That way we would still have some light available afterwards to go outside and capture some gorgeous wintery couple shots as well as some formals if you’re all wrapped up warm enough and if it’s not too cold for all of you.

Over the years we have seen some truly magical days and here are a few small highlights

  • Taking hot chocolate (in thermos flasks), Emma Bridgewater Mugs and Faux Fur throws down to a wintery beach
  • Snow scenes (lots of different ones here)
  • Hot water bottles to warm toes on
  • Such thick fog that it has a magical feel in photos
  • Glorious frost in Thetford Forest
  • Beautiful Snowdrops poking their heads out the ground!

Don’t even get me started on Christmas Weddings, I love the run up to Christmas (think twinkly lights, baubles, christmas trees and that festive feeling which you just don’t get at any other time of year). Having a wedding in the run up to Christmas with all the excitement and Christmas Sparkle is stunning.

So basically I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t immediately rule out a winter wedding …. they can be truly beautiful and we hope to photograph lots of wintery days in the future.

Here’s a very small selection of winter weddings for you to have a peep at (one of the weddings was March last year when we had snow and one was at the very end of November when Christmas trees were up) to give you a taste of what your winter wedding could look like. I hope they may inspire you to think about having a winter wedding yourself. Enjoy x

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A quick post today to let you know of a couple of wedding shows we’ll be attending in the next month in case you’re still in search of your perfect wedding photographers and fancy coming along to meet us and see what we can offer you. The first wedding show we’ll be attending is The Suffolk Wedding Show at Wherstead Park and then the Sunday after that we’ll be at The Suffolk Wedding Showcase at Haughley Park Barn.

On both days we’ll be there with all the books and albums and on hand to chat with you about your day to see if we may be the perfect fit for you and your day. I’ll post some reminders about the shows nearer the time but here are some brief details and the dates for your diaries!

Sunday 24th February 2019

The Suffolk Wedding Show – Wherstead Park, Wherstead, IP9 2BJ

10.30am-3.00pm

We will be in the marquee where you register

Free Admission

This show is always a good one to attend as you can view so many different suppliers all in one place. There are usually 70+ exhibitors for you to have a look at and there are always plenty of different photographers at this event so you can find a style to suit you perfectly!

The following weekend we are at Haughley Park Barn as follows:

Sunday 3rd March 2019

The Suffolk Wedding Showcase at Haughley Park Barn, Haughley, IP14 3JY

10.30am – 4.00pm

Free Admission

Last year was the first time this showcase was launched at Haughley Park Barn and it was a resounding success. It’s lovely that you can also view Haughley Park Barn as a venue (and as those of you who read the blog regularly know this is our favourite venue to work at) as well as meeting lots of the suppliers who are recommended by this venue and know it well. As this is our favourite venue we hope to meet lots of you who have already booked Haughley for your days and are now potentially looking for your photographers (fingers crossed we may be the perfect fit)!

At all the shows we attend we are always delighted to see and talk to so many people. Please don’t be shy, we’d love to have a chat with you about your day even if you don’t have many details yet or are newly engaged and just at the start of your wedding planning. We’ll always try our best to answer any questions you may have and hopefully, if you have your date already, we’ll check our calendar and hopefully be available to photograph your day. We also love seeing past clients and those who’ve already booked us for their days so if you do fall into this category and are attending one of the shows please do still pop over and say hi.

If you can’t make either of these Sundays please don’t worry though there’s plenty here on our website for you to look at and we can also arrange meetings at other times to get together where you can see everything.

We look forward to meeting and chatting to lots of you soon as well as hopefully photographing lots of your weddings.

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Apologies that we’ve been a little quiet on here lately and I intend to rectify that immediately by at least one blog post a week! We haven’t started the year in the best way both coming down with one of those nasty cough/cold bugs going around but 3 weeks on and fingers crossed (as well as touching lots of wood) we’re over the worst of it and not feeling quite so ‘zombiefied’.

As many of you who read this regularly know we sadly lost our beloved dog Pip last May after a short illness and we were both completely heartbroken. We still miss her daily but it wouldn’t have felt right to us to not add some new paws into our lives again. So, at the end of November once our wedding season for the year was over, we welcomed into our home a lovely little rescue dog who was very much in need of our home and he was transported all the way from Romania to be with us from a wonderful charity called Noah’s Ark  (if you’re looking for a rescue please consider the dogs and pups on here).

I know there are a lot of different opinions out there on taking on dogs from abroad and ‘rescuing over buying breeds’ and I’m happy to discuss these in more length with anyone who wants to but, for us personally the choice was very clear, we wanted to give an older dog a chance who had been overlooked and whose future would be incredibly bleak otherwise. As soon as we saw photos and videos of our little lad we knew we wanted him to be a part of our lives and although the journey so far hasn’t been easy (he has never lived in a house before, is very frightened by new situations and has severe separation anxiety) he is such an affectionate and loving little boy it makes our hearts smile again and we’re certain he’ll get there in time.

So, without further ado I’d like you all to meet our little lad Ansel who’s nearly 15 months old, just growing eyebrows (like an old man’s) and settling in making himself very much a part of our lives. I’m certain they’ll be many more photos of him on here and updates to the website over the next few months for all of you who are interested in seeing more of him (apologies that some of the photos are low quality as they’ve all been taken on phones and a lot in low light!)

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