Essendon Country Club Photographer | John Paul ODonnell

Essendon Country Club Photographer


Katie and Reece’s Wedding at Essendon Country Club

Titled: Essendon Country Club Photographer | John Paul ODonnell

Date – 15th October 2021

Bride – Katie Hurst

Groom – Reece Evans

Ceremony and Reception – Essendon Golf and Country Club

Photographer – John Paul ODonnell Photography.

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Katie and Reece’s wedding was photographed by Essendon Country Club Photographer | John Paul ODonnell. The first wedding at the amazing Essendon Country Club since Covid.   I was so excited to get the chance to work at this gorgeous venue again. Ive known Jo who runs the weddings at Essendon a long time for many years so its always nice to shoot here. Situated in a picturesque 400 acre estate, there are lots of opportunities for beautiful wedding photography. The couple chose a civil ceremony which takes place on the mezzanine of the Grand Barn (a fantastic open space). Essendon Golf And Country Club is the perfect backdrop for our natural and contemporary wedding photography.

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All of our wedding photography packages include a full day coverage. As a result, our images tell the full story of a wedding day from the morning preparations right through to the evening party. Katie spent the morning getting ready in the conservatory at Essendon Golf And Country Club. This is a lovely bright and modern area and great for those make up and getting ready shots. Natural light is so important for photographers so getting ready in a conservatory would make for those amazing bridal preparation photos. Some of my favourite pictures from the morning are of the bride just after hair and makeup was finished – she looked absolutely beautiful.

Essendon Country Club Photographer


Katie and Reece chose a civil ceremony. The stunning mezzanine is perfect and the view from it over looks one of the golf courses. The huge oak beamed roof makes it a charming place to get married.

PHOTOGRAPHY AT Essendon Golf And Country Club

After a quick confetti  shot and a picture of the whole wedding party the drinks reception began. I love photographing the natural moments during this part of the wedding. Family and guests are quick to pass on their well wishes to the happy couple which makes for many photo opportunities. Essendon Golf And Country Club is such a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos after all it is set in over 400 acres!  I  used this time to photograph the group shots along with some of the Katie and Reece together. The venue had arranged the golf buggy to take us where we wanted so we went right out onto the course and shot pictures using the lakes and bridges. The golf members were all really kind and some even took selfies with the couple. During this moment the newlyweds got time to relax and have some time to themselves away from guests. My favourite picture of the day has to be Katie and Reece on the edge of the lake, the reflection in the water was amazing.  



Next on the schedule was cake cutting and the first dance. Guests look forward to an evening of dancing – and with Lovelight DJ’ing  we were certainly in for a treat. Essendon Golf And Country Club has beautiful ambient lighting which creates a relaxed atmosphere perfect for candid pictures. Photographers working here can enjoy shooting without flash until late in the evening. As an experienced Essendon Golf And Country Club wedding photographer I know how to get the best pictures at this stunning venue. I always stay to capture some of the party – the story of the day isn’t complete without some hilarious dancing shots! and of course those Tequilla Rose shots at the bar (see those on the real (Instagram) click here.


The light was drawing in quickly so I got Katie and Reece and we walked out onto the golf course until we got the break in trees so I could take a lovely silouhette of them against the sky.  This was a beautiful moment and one that I always like to capture. This shot was taken across the lake by The Great Barn.

Essendon Country Club Photographer


We highly recommend Essendon Golf And Country Club for brides and grooms that want a relaxed yet modern wedding venue. I am very fortunate to be a recommended photographer there so I know the secret areas that not many people know about. I have also played golf there many times so I am constantly finding new places. The Grand Barn provides a perfect blend of character, natural scenery and styling. Below we have listed all of the fantastic suppliers who helped to create Katie and Reece’s special day and of course if you are looking for a wedding photographer then please do contact me. I am based in Hertfordshire but cover all of the UK. Bride’s can read useful wedding planning tips on our blog and visit the Essendon Country Club website for venue information. Always hire experienced professionals when planning your wedding as this will let you relax and enjoy the day fully.

Essendon Golf And Country Club Suppliers:

Make Up: Caitlin Scales (Instagram)

Hair: Suzy at Enchanted Wedding Hair

Music and Entertainment: Lovelight

Flowers: Daisy Chain Hoddesdon

Toastmaster: Master toastmaster

Bride’s Dress and Groomsmen: Ellie at Olivers Bridal Hoddesdon

Cake: Finest Layers (Instagram)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Dorothy Perkins

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