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Absolute Bridal Feature – A Reid Rooms Wedding

August 14, 2015 on 10:24 am | In - Misc Information | Comments Off on Absolute Bridal Feature – A Reid Rooms Wedding | Author Dean Robson

Absolute Bridal Feature – A Reid Rooms Wedding: I am very pleased to see one of my weddings has been featured in Absolute Bridal Magazine – Autumn 2015 – Issue 20 ( in association with Main Event Wedding Shows Ltd (




How Nicky and Jason said “I do”.

The Reid Rooms offered everything they wanted for their big day.

We first met on a night out in Chicago’s, Chelmsford in November 2007. Despite Jason being a bit worse for wear I still decided to go on a first date with him to La Tasca for a meal and then a few drinks in The Bar in Chelmsford.

Jason proposed whilst on a holiday in Rome. We were there for my 30th birthday in October 2011. He popped the question at the Colosseum.

After researching over 50 venues we decided to have our Wedding Ceremony and Evening Reception at the Reid Rooms.

We short-listed 7 venues in Essex and we then visited them all. The Reid Rooms was our favourite venue on paper and we viewed this last, they say you leave the best ’til last – they are right!

We wanted the wedding to be a fun, relaxed and less formal affair. We chose to have a small number of day guests as we wanted our ceremony to be intimate, followed by a big party in the evening to celebrate with all our family and friends.

The Reid Rooms was everything we were looking for. The flexibility of the venue allowed us to choose our own suppliers and to style our wedding using our own ideas. We always liked the look of an old style barn and the original beams, warmth and comfortable feel of the venue attracted us. We had 50 day guests with an extra 80 evening guests.

The Maid of Honour was Kim and the Bridesmaid was Lleah. I also had their daughters Lilly and Delilah as our Flower Girls. My brother’s girlfriend Beth was also part of my Bridal party, assisting with the younger Flower Girls as our head Flower Girl.

We opted for an out of season wedding because there is never any guarantee that having a summer wedding will mean that you would have a lovely dry day. That and the added cost a summer wedding brings, especially on a Saturday. When choosing which out of season month we wanted to go for the overriding factor in the decision was that our anniversary is on the 9th February, so we chose that month.

For the Evening Reception we had a DJ who played our selection of music throughout the night. He was fantastic and kept the dance floor filled. We provided a sweet table and disposable cameras and games in the sitting room to keep the children entertained. The thing we liked most with the Reid Rooms is the different rooms available for the evening so people could either enjoy the party in the main Reception room or chill out in the Breakfast room or relax in the sitting room where there were comfy sofas and a lovely log fire.

Nicky and Jason’s Little Black Book

WEDDING DRESS – Bellissima Weddings, South Woodham Ferrers (

GROOM’S SUIT – Moss Bros., Chelmsford (

BRIDESMAIDS – Eloise’s Secret Closet (

FLOWER GIRLS – BHS, Lakeside and Oriental Pearl, Bluewater ( and (

VENUE – The Reid Rooms, Dunmow (

CATERING – Magpie catering, Harlow (

FLOWERS AND DÉCOR – Michelle Broom, Dagenham (

ENTERTAINMENT – DJ – Richard Hughes (Rocky’s), Brentwood

CAKE & CUPCAKES – Sarah Lynch, Bishop Stortford (

HAIR AND MAKEUP – Catherine Hynes, Bishops Stortford (Catherine Hynes bespoke hair specialist on Facebook)

PHOTOGRAPHER – Dean Robson, Hertfordshire (

Thank you from Nicky and Jason

I also received this lovely thank you card from Nicky and Jason.



By Dean Robson LBIPP (Blog feature written August 2015) – Qualified and Professional Wedding Photographer based in Sawbridgeworth – Absolute Bridal Feature – A Reid Rooms Wedding featuring Dean Robson Photography – Natural Wedding Photography for Hertfordshire, Essex and the South East of England.

Capturing Natural Light in Environmental Fine Art Portraiture

July 22, 2014 on 10:03 pm | In - Misc Information | Comments Off on Capturing Natural Light in Environmental Fine Art Portraiture | Author Dean Robson

Today I put my photographer’s learning cap on and attended the British Institute of Professional Photography’s “Capturing Natural Light in Environmental Fine Art Portraiture” training day hosted by Bella West FBIPP and Chris Harper FBIPP. I am also a qualified member of the BIPP (


The training day revolved around using natural light to create portraits. It a made a change from my usual subjects on location at weddings, although all the techniques I can now use in wedding situations. All of these shots were taken in natural light and some with the use of reflectors.










By Dean Robson LBIPP (Blog feature written July 2014) – Qualified and Professional Photographer based in Sawbridgeworth – Capturing Natural Light in Environmental Fine Art Portraiture by Dean Robson Photography on location at the BIPP training day – Hertfordshire and Essex Wedding Photography.

“Full marks!” says the editor of the BIPP magazine.

January 30, 2014 on 1:18 pm | In - Misc Information, - Wedding Photographer Chelmsford, - Wedding Photography Essex, - Weddings, Crondon Park Wedding Photography | Comments Off on “Full marks!” says the editor of the BIPP magazine. | Author Dean Robson

Crondon Park Wedding BIPP editorial – In December I photographed a wedding for Jonathan and Lisa, which took place at Crondon Park ( in Essex. I treated this as I would any of my weddings, I always do my best and give 100 percent although there was a slight difference as the groom is also the editor of ‘the PHOTOGRAPHER’ magazine, the flagship of the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photographers – of which I am a qualified member. (Oooh the added pressure!!). Jonathan has since put together a fantastic article about his experiences in booking a photographer and also how it went on the day which I just had to share.


He listened carefully when we said we didn’t want much pre-venue stuff and didn’t flinch when we explained our wedding dance would be a full-on ballroom extravaganza. On the day he picked up the feel of the occasion; he got a huge cheer from our guests when I thanked him in my speech; and he got the all-important picture of the lift. Full marks! Jonathan Briggs, Editor – ‘the PHOTOGRAPHER’ magazine


The full article from ‘the PHOTOGRAPHER’ – Winter 2014:

The winter wedding

Not usually into requests, but here we (myself and the new Mrs Briggs) succumb to the pressure and give you some pictures from our December wedding – on the premise of explaining how we came to select our photographer…


Please note: this is no vanity project but a very serious article about a couple with a reasonable wedding budget (I’d point out I no longer have budget available for anything else) came to make the tricky decision of whom should photograph their wedding. The situation was made all the more difficult by the groom being myself and obviously I know plenty of photographers and count them as my friends. But I was clear – no mates, no mates rates… we’d look around, make a shortlist, trim it down and see a few in person just as anyone else would.


There were some lingering worries: ours was not the average wedding in terms of practicalities; it was taking place in December and hence would likely be raining and cold; and admittedly I am very hard to please when it comes to (a) photographs and (b) photographs of me.

Planning is everything of course, but when a crate – no less – of wedding magazines appeared in the hallway (it seems it’s quite the done thing that back issues are passed around friends) I did realise that all decisions would be joint at best. On reading a budget planner in one such mag I was informed that we were supposed to buy the bridesmaids’ lingerie! No way! What kind of fool do these publishers take me for? We had four…



Now admittedly my wife is younger than me, but I was momentarily surprised that for photographers the first point of call was blogs – either those written by brides or those written by photographers. And the key links were our venue and the time of year. So at the risk of annoying anyone, I will say that all those costly display ads in wedding magazines really counted for nothing.


So we were quickly looking for a photographer who had done a wedding at our venue before, preferably at or around the same time of year. Through a mix of social media and blogs found by a simple google search we were able to view many weddings that matched up, and actually ended up looking at many that didn’t too. Easy.

Our run-in period from engagement to wedding was about seven months – not the longest, but not the shortest either. And long enough for us to have been to a few friends’ weddings in the meantime and formed pretty strong opinions about what we didn’t like.

From talking to friends since, this is very common ground and it yielded some pointers. We didn’t like: being ordered around; the bride and groom being carted off for ages away from their guests; cringe-worthy sentimentalism; any use of photoshop filters and / or vignettes; or feeling like there was a camera on you all the time. Hence we were ready to get into the shortlist.


At this stage price came into it, and whether it seemed good value in relation to the price. We also got a good sense from photographers’ websites and blogs on whether they were likely to listen to us or not, and that was crucial. Then came some initial email enquiries regarding availability and you just wouldn’t believe the range of tone; quality of grammar; and basic politeness that came back… It’s amazing how terse a simple email can appear at the receiver’s end.


One of the few we saw face to face was Dean Robson who goes by the business name Arty Weddings. I’d noted he had a BIPP qualification and when he came around to see us he listened carefully when we said we didn’t want much pre-venue stuff (I especially didn’t want pictures of me and my best man putting our trousers on…) and didn’t flinch when we explained that our wedding dance would be a full-on ballroom extravaganza. He showed us books but we’d already decided he took great shots from the websites and blogs. He got the gig.


On the day he picked up the feel of the occasion; he got a huge cheer from our guests when I thanked him in my speech; and he got the all-important picture of the lift (above). Full marks!
Jonathan Briggs, editor – ‘the PHOTOGRAPHER’ – BIPP magazine – Winter 2014 – Crondon Park Wedding BIPP editorial

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