Isaacs Weddings

Styling your wedding photography with Isaacs on the Quay

You’re getting married and you’ve chosen your location and your date. There’s much more to plan and your photography is on the list. For weddings at Isaacs on the Quay, our team of wedding coordinators is on hand to help.

When it comes to wedding photography, many couples select their photographer based on the style of their portfolio or via personal recommendations. Your special day will probably take months, if not years, of careful planning and consideration.

So, choosing the style of the photography that will capture that day, as well as the shots that will bring memories flooding back, should be given as much consideration as any other aspect of your wedding.

Here at Isaacs, we have a trusted network of wedding suppliers, including Suffolk-based photographer, Gavin King. We teamed up with Gavin to cover the different styles of wedding photography, and what shots should not be missed.

Your wedding, your style

While every wedding is unique, the styles you could choose for your photography will largely fit into two different themes – reportage and traditional. Within these, you could add in a more creative approach, some more candid shots, or a more look and feel.

Whichever style you choose, it should fit with your own wedding theme, as well as the location you’ve selected for your day and into the evening.

“Weddings at Isaacs on the Quay can accommodate many different photography styles” says Gavin King. “The historic back drop of the Ceremony Room allows more romantic shots to take shape, while the Ipswich Waterfront can offer the opportunity to be dramatic. The Private Garden and the Top Floor are both great places for more candid pictures.”


Reportage-style photos are, by nature, more candid, genuine and in-the-moment. They capture mood and emotion, as well as some of the wonderful interactions during your entire wedding day. Reportage-style photos work well for weddings at Isaacs on the Quay, where there is a mix of the old and the new. The Ipswich Waterfront is great for this style of shot.


More formal yet just as beautiful, traditional photos capture the simple moments perfectly, with your photographer staging the composition to ensure the agreed line up of images takes place. For weddings with Isaacs, traditional photos can be set up in the Private Garden, or in the formal rooms inside, and complemented with more candid shots in other areas.


Showing the raw emotions on show on your wedding day, candid-style shots are perfect for the party and make fantastic memories – ones you may well have missed yourselves– to look back on. For your after-party, either in the Isaacs Private Garden area or on the Top Floor, candid shots really capture the moment and bring you details of your wedding day that you might have missed!


Great for more interesting locations, whether they include an historic backdrop with period features or a unique skyline, dramatic photos can add breath taking character to your wedding album. Isaacs on the Quay delivers on both of these fronts and offers the old and the new as backdrops for your wedding photography.


For pictures of the happy couple, there can be nothing more romantic than the wedding day itself and romantically-styled photos can capture the love and happiness of the moment, perfectly. The history of Isaacs on the Quay brings romanticism into full effect, especially in the Ceremony Room.

Capturing the moments

“My job is to capture the story of the wedding day, so each wedding portfolio typically starts with the bridal preparations around two hours before the main event, moving through the build-up to the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and speeches and to the party and celebrations afterwards. Often, this means I’ll bring an additional photographer with me, to help ensure no moments are missed.”

Gavin’s checklist of unmissable moments includes:

  • The dress and the shoes, set up and ready to be put on
  • The flowers and buttonholes, before they’re pinned in place or held
  • The wedding party preparations – the bride dressing, the father – or the person who is to give the bride away – seeing the bride for the first time
  • Hair and make-up in action, and a bridal party shot once all are ready
  • The car and occupants on their way to the wedding
  • The fully laid wedding breakfast tables
  • The bride and her parents
  • The bridal party entering the ceremony room
  • Magical moments: the first kiss, putting on the rings, the first dance, cutting the cake

The Ipswich Waterfront and the historic backdrop at Isaacs on the Quay can make the ideal setting for a wedding to remember. To find out more about planning your wedding with Isaacs on the Quay call the team on 01473 284000 (option 2) or email us at

You can find out more about photography packages from Gavin King at

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