Zara and Ben’s Wedding at Thetford Forest and Elveden Inn photographed by Suffolk Wedding Photographers Hayley Denston Photography

Just after Christmas we had the joy of photographing the very lovely Zara and Ben for their intimate wedding held at Oak Lodge in Thetford Forest. We were blessed with a cold, frosty but bright day and were fortunate enough (and very grateful) that all the guests braved the cold for their photographs. I didn’t hear anyone moan about the cold at all with lots of smiles all round.

This was a wedding with lots of attention to detail. Ben’s sister Claire is a florist (Thrive Florists) and she kindly did the flowers for them as well as providing a lot of the accessories and they looked stunning. The wintery floral displays were beautiful and elegant and I love the Christmas Roses in them (I don’t think I’ve seen them used before!).

Zara’s mum made some delightful cardigans for the girls to wear to keep them warm and someone (apologies as I’ve forgotten whose idea this one was but it’s a brilliant one) even brought with them a hot water bottle so the girls could warm their toes after being in the frost – genius!

This was a very talented bunch of people and I am still astounded that Zara and Ben produced such an incredible wedding cake when neither of them are professional bakers (just look through the photos below to see a photo of their amazing cake!). Ben even made the cake stand!

After their ceremony at Oak Lodge we did a few group shots outside before David went back to Elveden Inn with the guests where they were having their wedding breakfast. At this point in the day I got to stay with Zara and Ben for a little while to take some pictures of them in the forest which holds a lot of happy memories for them. I just love these photos and could have put hundreds on here but instead have just included a few for you all to peep at.

On seeing their photos Zara and Ben sent me the following e-mail which I’m sure they won’t mind me sharing:

‘Hello, 

Wow!!!! The photographs are all amazing. Thank you so much, you both really captured everything magical about our day! We are so pleased with them all, we can’t stop looking at them. Thank you both so much for doing a brilliant job, you made it all so easy. So many of the pictures we have said we didn’t even realise you were taking a photo. We absolutely love the ones where we stopped the car. All of them are fabulous!! We have been getting phone calls from all the family tonight saying how lovely they are.

Thank you again

Zara and Ben x’

Shortly after receiving this Zara’s parents also sent me the following message:

‘Hi Hayley,
Just a short message to say how delighted with the Photos we are, you were great on the day, very professional yet totally relaxed. If you require any references don’t hesitate to contact me. Oh and you even supply hanky’s!!
Thanks again
Steve and Jan’
We’re always really touched when people to take time out to thank us as it means a lot. Zara and Ben are a gorgeous couple who we are sure will have a long and happy marriage. We hope that they’ll stay in touch and that our paths will cross again at some point in the future.
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