Marcus and Emma’s review
Words cant describe what a credit Martin Beard was to our wedding day! Not only did he exceed our expectations by creating the most fantastic magazine quality photos we could have ever wished for (Im really not photogenic but even I looked good!) but his professionalism, knowledge and advise gave us a better day all round and certainly made it more enjoyable. We particularly liked the way he knew how to get the best from our Hengrave Hall experience and that showed, again, not only in his photography but in his guidance and involvement throughout our day. He put my bride at ease and that was good for me too! Our family and friends have been wowed by our pictures! and we cannot imagine a better album of memories to look back on. We cannot thank or recommend Martin enough.
Hengrave Hall Photographer Martin Beard.
Choosing Martin for our wedding photography was one of the best decisions we made. Not only are photos absolutely stunning but the way that Martin managed the day was absolutely perfect. It’s important not to underestimate how much time you spend with your photographer on the day and it really helps to have someone who is professional but good company at the same time. We couldn’t have imagined having more fun. Even before the photos were released we had guests complimenting us on how fantastic our photographer was and now that they have seen the fruits of his labour they are blown away. Our only problem now is trying to narrow down our favourite shots.
Francesca & Graham: Married at Woodbridge Church and reception at Kesgrave Hall
We would like to thank Martin for capturing our superb day in such wonderful style. We asked Martin for a relaxed approach with the aim of taking natural photos of all our guests. We were amazed by the fantastic range of excellent pictures that completed our celebrations in style. Martin was a true professional throughout the day and many of our guests commented on his fantastic service! Thank you for exceeding our expectations by creating photos that really captured every part of our special day and that not only we love but that friends and family will treasure too. Simon & Eleanor Rees
Hengrave Hall is a Tudor manor house near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England and was the seat of the Kitson and Gage families 1525-1887. Both families were Roman Catholic recusants.
Work on the house was begun in 1525 by Thomas Kitson, a London merchant and member of the Mercers Company, who completed it in 1538. The house is one of the last examples of a house built around an enclosed courtyard with a great hall. It is constructed from stone taken from Ixworth Priory (dissolved in 1536) and white bricks baked at Woolpit. The house is notable for an ornate oriel window incorporating the royal arms of Henry VIII, the Kitson arms and the arms of the wife and daughters of Sir Thomas Kitson the Younger (Kitson quartered with Paget; Kitson quartered with Cornwallis; Kitson quartered with Darcy; Kitson quartered with Cavendish). The house is embattled, and in the great hall there is an oriel window with fan vaulting by John Wastell, the architect of the chapels at Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge. The chapel contains 21 lights of Flemish glass commissioned by Kitson and installed in 1538, depicting salvation history from the creation of the world to the Last Judgement. This is the only collection of pre-reformation glass that has remained in situ in a domestic chapel anywhere in England. In the dining room is a Jacobean symbolic painting over the fireplace that defies interpretation, bearing the legend ‘obsta principiis, post fumum flamma’ (‘Stand against the basic tenets, behind the smoke is a flame’). Also in the Banquet Hall of the house is a window with the coat of arms of George Washington, quartered with that of Lawrence. One of Sir Thomas Kitson’s daughters married into the Washington family.
The house was altered by the Gage family in 1775. The outer court and the east wing were demolished and the moat was filled in. Alterations on the front of the house were begun but never completed, and Sir John Wood attempted to restore the interior of the house to its original Tudor appearance in 1899. He rebuilt the east wing and re-panelled most of the house in oak. One room, the Oriel Chamber, retains its original seventeenth century paneling, in which is embedded a portrait of James II painted by William Wissing in 1675. It is thought that some of the original panelling found its way to the Gage’s townhouse in Bury St. Edmunds, now the Farmers’ Club in Northgate Street. The ornate windows and mouldings at the front of the building feature on the coverpiece on the Suffolk edition of Pevsner’s Buildings of England.
This is Granny in the groovy frock. You were there from the house in the morning to close of proceedings and what a lovely happy family day we all had. I would like to say that never have I viewed such a wonderful set of pictures that so truly represented the informality and happiness of the day. All of us who were there will forever have a magical record to look back on. So thank you very much.
Jo and Brian Walker
PS Thank you very much for your help with Brian’s camera.