• WELCOME

    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.

Just a very quick post today to let you know that we’ll be exhibiting at Haughley Park Barn’s Open Day next Sunday (21st February) should you want to pop the date in your diaries now and come along to meet us as well as seeing other suppliers and one of our favourite wedding venues in Suffolk!

We only have very limited availability left for the autumn and winter this year so if you’re considering us for a date later this year please do get in touch as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Next year is also booking up fast so if you have your 2017 date and are considering having us to photograph your day for you please do come along and have a chat (the only other wedding show we’re doing this Spring is The Suffolk Wedding Show on 13th March and I’ll post details of that nearer the time)

The details of the Open Day are as follows:

Sunday 21st February 2016

Haughley Park Barn 2.30pm-5.30pm

Free Admission

I’ll post a reminder again next week about the Open Day and we hope to see lots of new faces (as well as some familiar ones) very soon.

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This next favourite’s post from Elaine and Jack’s wedding and should come with a little warning, have your tissues at the ready as Elaine’s reasons for choosing the photo may make you cry (it did me)! Elaine and Jack’s wedding was a beautiful summer’s day that happened last year, if you’d like to read their blog story just click here. They are the most sweet, shy and loving couple and it was a joy to capture their day for them.

Here’s Elaine’s favourite and her reasons why:

‘Out of the hundreds of pictures (that I love everyone of) my favourite is this one. My mum and my dad. I quite simply have chosen this picture because my parents are remarkable human beings, in my eyes, my heroes. My mum sadly passed away a little over a month after we married. I was so pleased she was able to see us exchange our vows and it’s something that brings me a huge deal of comfort in some extremely difficult times. My mum battled cancer for almost 9 years and my Dad still is. Nothing can quite prepare you for the utter sense of loss when losing a parent but this picture makes me smile every time I see it. My mum, despite everything she’d been through on the weeks leading up to our wedding looks beautiful and my dad looks equally handsome in his suit. We often hear how as a parent (I have two children) you burst with pride over your children’s accomplishments and milestones but I am equally and immeasurably proud of my parents, they inspire me everyday.’

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We were so sorry to hear of Elaine’s loss and our heartfelt condolences go out to both her and her family.

Jack chose the following photo because:

‘Neither Elaine or I are people who reveal in being the centre of attention, so speaking in public to say our vows was something I was incredibly nervous about. This picture is finally when I felt more relaxed and I was so happy that we were officially husband and wife’

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Elaine also chose me the following additional photo for the same reasons as Jack

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I found choosing a photo from this wedding really tricky, I have chosen the following cake cutting one because they both look so happy and relaxed. At this wedding we still had all the main traditions like speeches and a cake cutting but they were done in a much more relaxed and easy going way which was lovely. I also love the cake!

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Well, it really is all go here with the website and I’ve been keeping very busy. The main slideshow on our Wedding Galleries page has been updated as have all of the individual galleries on this page. They should now all be in a fit state for viewing. If we photographed your wedding in the last two years there’s a strong chance you may just see some of your photos!

As with the main website slideshow (which I replaced a few days ago) I was sad to see a few of the old wedding ones go. Perhaps I’m getting overly sentimental in my old age and it’s easy to forget that when we look at the photos we’ve taken we remember other things about the day such as great speeches, laughter, a shared joke etc. It does help to remind me that this is what we try to achieve in our photographs, we want you to look at the image and feel the emotion of the person photographed without having been to their day. We also want it to bring all the memories and emotions flooding back for our couples whose days we’ve photographed. If we can achieve this then we’re very happy!

Right, back to the website work. I still have lots to do on various other pages (my little black book, testimonials and wedding venues) and sections (portraits will be looked at really soon) which are all yet to be updated.

I’ll write again when there’s some more to share with you, in the meantime if you have a spare moment to look through the galleries we’d love to know what you think. Also, whilst I’m working on the website if any of you have any thoughts on extra information you’d like to see on here that would be helpful to you please let me know.

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A lot of people ask what we get up to in the winter months when we have less weddings and portraits to photograph. The truth is there is quite a bit of maintenance work that gets neglected during our busier months and one of these areas is definitely the website. We work on the website ourselves (rather than outsourcing to other people) and therefore finding the time to work on it can be tricky and a long process. We like keeping the images on the site as current as we can so that you can see work we’ve recently photographed rather than that of a few years back.

All the photographs you have been looking at in the galleries and on the links have been weddings from 2012 and 2013. I know our blog stories have all our current weddings and portraits on but, it’s nice to see these photos in the main galleries too. Obviously we want you to see lots of our 2014 and 2015 weddings and so over the next few weeks all the galleries will be having face lifts with new photos added.

Today I have just finished our new home page images and uploaded these for you all to see. Whilst it’s lovely looking at all of our recent weddings I always feel a little sad removing the old photos that hold some fantastic memories for us. To that end I’ve decided to add the old home page ones to this post here just so I can still come back and look at them from time to time. If you fancy a look at the older ones just click on the link below to look at those photographs. If you’d rather look at the new recent ones then please sit back and enjoy the slideshow at the top of this page.

As I update all the wedding and portrait galleries over the next few weeks I’ll keep you posted via the blog so you’ll know what’s new to have a look at.

If we photographed your wedding or portrait session in the last couple of years who knows you may even see yourselves on here!

One section that has had no attention at the moment (I am intending to do it I promise) is the testimonials. I will start going through all the lovely thank you messages and cards that we’ve received and are incredibly grateful for and will write lots of these up. If we have photographed you recently and you do fancy writing us one though (and haven’t already) and you’d like to appear in the testimonials section please let me know!

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Click here to look at those gorgeous, older home page photographs

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Another favourites post today from an April wedding we photographed last year. April was a particularly good month last year for weddings and I’m hoping this year will be the same. This next wedding is Sue and Mike’s intimate day which took place at The Westleton Crown near the Suffolk Coast. This was a stunning day and I’m so glad we got to capture it for them. Here’s a link to their entire day in case you’d like to read about it.

Sue chose me the following photo because:

‘It captured our happiness perfectly. When I think back this is the image that comes to mind, the informal, relaxed wedding in a lovely Suffolk Inn with family and friends’

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Mike chose the following photo because:

‘For me it is the culmination of a fantastic day, both so relaxed and happy’

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I chose the following photo because for me it captures the happiness, giggles and relaxed atmosphere

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