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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

Your wedding checklist…made easy with Isaacs

When you start planning your wedding in Ipswich, or anywhere else, for that matter, there’s a lot to remember.

Not an everyday event, you’ll probably need a wedding checklist to help make sure everything’s falling into place when it should, and where it should.

Choose the right location and you may also benefit from a wedding coordinator and a list of approved suppliers, helping you to ensure everything’s perfect on your big day.

That’s certainly the case when you choose Isaacs Weddings. As well as being able to relax knowing our wedding coordinators will prompt you when things are needed, you’ll skip a few things on the wedding planning list. For instance, we’ll take care of all the catering for you – including your wedding breakfast and your drinks.

To make life even easier for you, our wedding coordinators have shared their wedding planning checklist, covering off the final few months before you get married:


First things first…

Of course, the first stop along your wedding planning path is to book a venue for your big day. Once you’ve done that, there are a few things you need to tie in to make the date a success:

  • Book your registrar immediately to make sure they’re available on the date you’ve chosen.
  • Send out save the date notes to ensure the important people in your life can make it on the day.
  • Shop for your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and wedding suits – fittings can take some time.
  • Secure your suppliers – from your photographer and videographer to your florist, cake-maker and evening entertainment.


With around eight months to go…

Not everyone needs a theme for their wedding, but as you start planning, you’ll need to decide how your invites and decoration might look:

  • Begin your guest list – think about who you’d like to invite to both the daytime and the evening celebrations.
  • Choose or design your wedding invitations and start planning who’ll receive one.
  • Start planning the decorations for your big day. And decide if you’ll have a theme.


About four months beforehand…

You’ll have had a few months off the organisation after you’ve sent your invites out, but with about four months to go, things start to get exciting:

  • Meet with your catering team to finalise menus and check everything is as you’d like it.
  • Send your invitations, together with travel and accommodation information for those coming from afar.
  • Schedule in dress fittings – both for the bride, the bridesmaids, the groom and groomsmen.
  • Book hotel accommodation for yourself and consider block-booking some rooms for your guests too. Don’t forget, if your wedding is at Isaacs on the Quay, you could book into The Merchant House, with its stunning bridal suite. It sleeps up to 14 guests and is full of character and charm.
  • Select and book the transport you’d like to take you to and from your wedding venue.


Three months before your wedding…

  • As your date draws nearer, you’ll need to start thinking about the finer details for the day itself:
  • Create a seating plan – this is never as easy as it sounds, so make sure you have plenty of time to hand.
  • Compile all your acceptances and send off your guests’ food choices to your caterers.
  • Order your wedding decorations and favours – these may take a while to arrive so order early.


With just one month to go…

Your big day is nearly upon you, plans are all in place and all that’s left to do is to check you have everything exactly where you want it:

  • Pick up your wedding rings and put them somewhere safe – make sure you remember where!
  • Finalise wedding playlists with your DJ or band. And don’t forget to discuss your first dance.
  • Liaise with all your suppliers to make sure they have everything they need to meet your expectations.
  • Meet with your wedding venue to have a last look around and to plan where decorations will be placed.

Once everything’s in place, all that’s left to do is to enjoy your big day. At Isaacs we take the hassle out of your wedding planning, with a team of wedding coordinators and a network of approved suppliers all on hand to help you enjoy every moment of the run up to getting married.

To find out more about weddings at Isaacs on the Quay and to talk to one of our experienced wedding coordinators, please call us on 01473 284000 (option 2), email us on or visit us online today.

Last-minute wedding planning made easy with Isaacs

Planning a last-minute wedding in Ipswich? At Isaacs Weddings we’re here to make life a little easier for you.

They say spontaneity is the spice of life, and you’d think in today’s fast-paced world, organising things that are a little last-minute would be easy. Arranging a last-minute wedding needs a lot of attention, though, and it can be daunting. This needn’t be the case and, with a check list in hand, together with the help of the Isaacs Weddings Coordinators, they can be a piece of cake.

One of our happy couples talks us through their last-minute wedding experience.

“When we decided to tie the knot, we didn’t leave ourselves with much time to prepare – just sixteen weeks, in fact. We’re used to doing things with short deadlines, but it wasn’t until we started to list the things we needed to get done that we realised the scale of the task ahead. First, we needed to find a venue.”

However long the planning phase, finding a suitable venue that’s available for your wedding will be one of the first items on your check list. Located on the waterfront in Ipswich and boasting beautiful timber-framed rooms in an historic setting, Isaacs offers a stunning wedding backdrop.

“When we found Isaacs was available, we knew we’d be able to get everything arranged in time. As a part of their last-minute wedding package, we had the help of one of their Wedding Coordinators. They came armed with a full list of contacts for everything from bridal hair and make-up through to flowers and photographers too.

“Marcella was hugely supportive and helped us to work out what needed doing and when. We quickly sent out save the date texts to our friends and family, giving us time to get official invitations in the post. Then the planning started in earnest!”

With the last-minute wedding package at Isaacs on the Quay, you can rest assured that the main aspects of your happy day will be taken care of.

As well as your wedding ceremony, which takes place in the beautiful Sale Room, together with 72 guests you will be able to enjoy welcome drinks in the private gardens and the option of either a barbecue or a three-course wedding breakfast.

Your evening reception – in our top floor and private garden – can extend to up to 150 guests and includes a buffet too.

“With Isaacs, nothing was too much trouble. We explained what we had in mind and they set it up for us – right down to the food and drink we wanted on the day. Everything was perfect.

“Isaacs also had our wedding accommodation sorted. As well as needing a room for bride-to be beautification, with guests coming from far and wide, we needed a venue that could also put friends and family up. Merchant’s House was a home away from home for us. Perfect for the night before and for our wedding night and a great cost saving, too.”

Accommodating up to fourteen people, Merchant’s Guest House is a welcoming space just next door to Isaacs. For the bride-to-be, getting ready to tie the knot here is easy, with the space for hairdressers and beauticians to come to you in calm and comfortable surroundings.

“When we set the date for our wedding, we left ourselves with little time to prepare. But we can honestly say that, with the help of Isaacs Weddings, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

To find out more about last-minute weddings at Isaacs on the Quay and availability for the weeks ahead, please call us on 01473 284000 or visit us online today

Last Minute Summer Wedding plans?

Isaacs Wedding Image

Don’t worry we have Summer Weddings covered…

Now you think the hard work begins right?

Well you’re wrong. With our experienced coordinators here at Isaacs you will not have to worry, we have it all under control. All you must do is…turn up!  Here at Isaacs we are offering a great 2018 package, that will help you keep to your budget as well as not having to worry about every minor detail, as this deal has it all! Just call up or come in and speak to one of the wedding coordinators who will show you around the outstandingly gorgeous venue.

After showing you around we will make our way to our cosy coffee tavern to grab a hot drink to then go over any final details and requests.

All you need to do now is…

Sit back, relax, and get ready for the big day!

View A Masterpiece – The Isaacs Wedding Open Evening

We think our Wedding Room is a masterpiece! Come and see for yourself.

We will be showcasing what Isaacs on the Quay has to offer as a Wedding Venue, set on Ipswich waterfront  creates the perfect location for your day. You will be shown around our wedding venue by a dedicated member of our wedding team, who will help you plan your wedding day from start to finish.

*we will be offering exclusive prices on the evening only*

We are also very proud to announce that Isaacs on the Quay our 2017 Weeding Industry Award WINNERS of the best wedding venue in East of England.

Free entry and a glass of Prosecco on arrival

And The Winner Is…

And the winner is….

weddingawards_badges_nationalfinalist_4bMost people don’t enjoy going to work, Sunday evening comes and they’re already dreading their Monday morning commute. But that’s not the case for the Wedding team at Isaacs on the Quay, we love our jobs, helping people plan their most special day? What could be better?

Well, we’ll tell you…when you get an award saying you’re the best at it…yay us!

On Wednesday 16th November Marcella and Sarah put on their finest frocks and attended The Wedding Industry Awards (East of England) in the hopes of winning The Best Wedding Venue 2017 (Town/City). Tensions were raising as category after category were announced and then second  to last

‘and the award for Best Wedding Venue (Town/City) goes to…..’

sarah-marcellaIsaacs on the Quay!!!

Wow, what an achievement! With heads held high (and stomachs sucked in) we went on stage to collect our award, we couldn’t have been happier!

The unique thing about TWIA is that you are voted for by your bride and grooms from the past year, the hardwork, dedication and love we put into each wedding has been recogised by the people that matter the most to us and it feels us with such pride for the venue that we work at.

Next stop, National finals…


Wedding Fayre April 2016

Come Along for a chance of winning a honeymoon worth up to £3,000

Isaacs Weddings is having our 2016 Wedding Fayre and Open Day on Sunday 24th April 2016 between 11am-3pm

We will have our dedicated wedding team on hand to show you what Isaacs has to offer as a Wedding Venue.

Photo Courtesy of Andy Chambers Photography


DIY Weddings

When it comes to your wedding there’s nothing better than the personal touch, but how far do you go?

There is a trend for many couples to do a DIY wedding, making everything from the invitation to favours and cakes to even the dresses!

Making certain elements for your wedding can add a personal touch, you can create your own centrepieces using items that have inspired you throughout your life together or you can make your own flower arrangements using the flowers and plants from your garden (be sure to check for bugs!). By making your own items it will make for a special and unique taking point…not to mention saving you a few pounds!

But the more you do the more stress and worry this may cause you. Maybe it’s not what you know but who you know!

BBQ and Hog Roast…the new Wedding Breakfast?

There has been a trend of couples wanting something different from the traditional wedding breakfast. Isaacs on the Quay have recognised this trend and are happy to offer more than a formal 3 course meal.

After the ceremony, you’re having your pictures taken in our wonderful Private Garden and suddenly your tummy starts to rumble. You were too nervous to eat before the ‘I do’s’ but now you need food…and then you hear the magical words ‘The BBQ is served’…hooray!

Isaacs can offer a BBQ or Hog Roast with lots of yummy side dishes. Not only is a BBQ and Hog Roast a very tasty option, it’s also less stress and worry. There is no need to spend hours working on a sitting plan and writing out all those name cards. A BBQ and Hog Roast allows your guests to mingle and chat to everyone.

Of course that’s not to say we don’t still do a 3 course wedding breakfast, our food is of exceptional quality and with a choice of stunning rooms as a sitting, at Isaacs on the Quay you really can have you cake (or Hog Roast) and eat it!

Same Sex Marriage

As of 29th March 2014 marriage became the union of two people, whether it is a man and a women or a same sex couple.

We know that many same sex couples have been married to each other in their minds and hearts for a long time and here at Isaacs on the Quay we celebrate love without prejudice and embrace the devotion between two people.

We can personalise your Civil Ceremony to reflect who you are as individuals, there’s nothing too small or big that we can’t handle at Isaacs on the Quay. A Civil Ceremony general lasts about 20 minutes depending on if you have any readings or even someone to sing you down the aisle. Isaacs on the Quay can accommodate up to 74 guests, the Ceremony Room’s enchanting ambience makes it the perfect place for a wedding ceremony and can be arranged to your taste and to suit your number of guests.

However, it’s not about us and what we can do. It’s about you, you are unique. Your wedding at Isaacs on the Quay will be special. Our team are here to listen to you, support you and help turn your thoughts, ideas and wishes, into a truly special experience.

At Isaacs we can deliver a great same sex marriage, a day you and your guests will really treasure