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What a difference a day makes … {personal}

Those of you who know me or who follow my blog may know that we have a Tibetan Terrier called Alfie. You may have met him or just heard me talk about what a perfect puppy he is (at 18 months, can we still call him a puppy?).

Anyway, today was haircut day. So, of course, I photographed him yesterday … and then just now. Top left was yesterday …

He can see! We’ve decided to have his “top knot” cut off … and he’s running around like a crazy thing, probably because he can see! And, naturally, whilst he was off at the groomer’s, Ginge decided to bring in a mouse … which was nice …

Emma and Mark {married} at St Edmund’s in Canterbury – the story of their day …

You may have seen Emma and Mark’s sneak peek on the blog recently but I know how much Emma would like to see more … so here goes!

I joined the bridal party in Canterbury right at the end of their preparations – with flowers being delivered, and final hair and make-up checks, it was time for a few photographs before leaving for St Edmund’s … surrounded by sisters, goddaughter and step daughter-to-be, it was pink and glamorous and all rather exciting!

And some portraits …

And then off to St Edmund’s near Canterbury where my assistant, Kerrie, was busy photographing arrivals and final preparations on the men’s side …

And we photographed the arrival of the girls too!

At St Edmund’s, there is no side aisle for me to walk down so, as the main photographer, I decided to position myself at the front with Kerrie shooting from the rear of the chapel and also from the balcony. This works exceptionally well and captures very different viewpoints …

(From my vantage point at the front of the chapel)

(From Kerrie’s vantage point at the rear of the chapel)

The chapel was full to capacity and, on leaving the chapel as a married couple, Emma and Mark’s first joint venture was greeting guests.

And, all the time, remaining close together …

The marquee had been set up in the lower grounds of the school which allowed for the drinks reception to take place right on the terrace. We took some formal portraits but then Kerrie and I had the opportunity to stroll briefly around the grounds with Emma and Mark to take some more personal portraits of them too.

You can see again from the images below that two different vantage points can make for a good variety of images.

(In both montages here, the shot on the left is mine and the shot on the right is Kerrie’s.)

It was soon time to make our way into the beautifully decorated marquee and we took time to move around the tables, photographing Emma and Mark’s guests before the meal began.

It looks like there may be one of two photographs of Kerrie and I on the disposable cameras!

The speeches at the end of the meal were not completely traditional … the groom spoke followed by his best man who is the stepfather to Emma. But how emotional? And entertaining!

With visitors having travelled from far and wide and locally too there were, not surprisingly, a couple of telegrams and messages from those who could sadly not make the journey.

And the cutting of the cake with a fab cake topper featuring the bride and groom, their spaniel and their cat called Marmite!

And the evening started. With live entertainment from the lovely Nicole, who got everyone involved and up dancing … it was time for Emma and Mark’s first dance.

And time for their guests to join in too!

As Kerrie and I said our goodbyes, we were complimented on the style of our photography: unobtrusive. I’m delighted to hear such a positive response to our endeavours and hope that the images we have captured will be shared and enjoyed for many years to come.

Jade and Callum {married} – the story of their day – part two

So, following on from part one, we arrived at Poult Wood to welcome drinks, beautifully decorated tables and a tower of cupcakes! The tables were decorated beautifully by Amanda at www.distinctlyfloral.co.uk using china cups, marmalade pots and teapots!

But more of the cupcakes later. We had time for some formal shots and then the new Mr and Mrs Blackwell took some “time out” for a few photographs of just the two of them …

And back to the most important thing on Jade’s agenda …

The new Mrs Blackwell is certainly someone who knows what she likes! A few quick photographs of the bride and her bridesmaids …

(P.S. Amanda was still there at this point … she managed to stay until the speeches … and baby Samuel arrived the next day!).

And the speeches. Heartfelt words from Lenny …

And being educated in the art of French seduction …

And the cupcake tower … oh yes!

All too soon, it was time for the first dance which had been choreographed and was a show stopper!

And time for me to leave Jade and Callum and their guests to enjoy the rest of their evening. The full edits from your wedding have been sent out today … let me know when they’ve arrived! Thank you again to you both for being the most wonderful and loving couple and for sharing your day. Looking forward to seeing you both again when you start the process of selecting your album images … xx

Jade and Callum {married} – the story of their day … part one

You may have seen Jade and Callum’s sneak peek here and I’ve been working hard to finalise editing their wedding. Jade, you were gorgeous and I don’t think the smile ever left your face … and Callum, smart, dapper and so evidently in love.

On arrival at Jade’s mum’s house, I was recommended to take photographs of Amanda, Jade’s sister and chief bridesmaid, sooner rather than later as she had gone into labour at 4am that day. Every wedding has a story to tell … and here is Jade and Callum’s …

Everything was very relaxed – hair and make up being done, nails being painted, dress and shoes and crochet hook all ready …

Bridal preparations are a great time to get a feel for the day, to stroll around, to eat sandwiches … (these beautiful flowers were created by Amanda at www.distinctlyfloral.co.uk and were stunning!).

And to watch that crochet hook being put to good use!

So, the girls were ready …

And Jade was ready …

to get into her brother’s restored … oh no, wait a minute, there was a surprise!

And off to Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone, trying to avoid the traffic … and finding Callum and his best man at their final preparations.

A big smile for their photographer …

And for everyone else too!

And off to Poult Wood Golf Course for part two!

{Monday magic} – sneak peek of a bump shoot!

It was so lovely to be introduced to this growing family … and to hear German spoken again and by a three and a half year old! I’m very much looking forward to meeting this little one when he arrives and for the family to join my ever expanding “bump to baby” family!

Mummy had a particular request … she wanted to try to get some images of little H cuddling her brother-to-be … I think we managed it …

See you all again in just a few weeks … bis dann!

Joanna and Tom – {married} the story of their wedding in Lenham – part two …

If you’ve seen part one, I’m sure you will want to see more …

The tithe barn at Lenham had been beautifully decorated … vintage themed with a hint of countryside … from birdcages to home made jam … from hearts to butterflies to somewhere for ladies to hang their hats …

And a candy bar and a tower of cakes with a tractor topper and a cheesecake, made of cheese …

Time for a few more photographs …

These are Tom’s cricket chums … I don’t think they did too much damage to the groom!

And some time for a few portraits of the bride and groom too.

Followed by food and speeches … who was it that got lost, Tom?

And a stroll with the bride and groom to a field of daisies … I don’t quite recall exactly what the new Mrs Curtis said to her husband in the second shot but it certainly provoked a reaction!

It was soon time for the cutting of the cake, the first dance and the photobooth too!

With music provided by live band, One Foot in the Groove, the first dance was “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”, quickly followed by “Dancing in the Moonlight” … the door floor quickly filled up!

It was sadly time for Lauren and I to pack up our things. As we were nearing home, we noticed that rain had slowly started to fall … but were absolutely sure that this would not dampen the rest of the evening’s celebrations.

Thank you to our wonderful bride and groom and I hope that you’ve enjoyed these images. Please do leave a comment for Joanna and Tom as I’m sure they would love to hear from you!

Joanna and Tom {married} – the story of their day … part one

You may have seen the sneak peek Jo and Tom soon after their gorgeous Jubilee weekend wedding … but I know that Jo is nearly fit to burst with anticipation of seeing more.

So, rather than hearing that one of my brides has “exploded”, here’s a few more to whet your appetite! My assistant, Lauren, and I arrived to a quiet house … but within a few minutes, Jo and her mum and two of her bridesmaids sped up after having visited the hairdresser. Things were already looking pretty good …

I don’t have a foot fetish but Jo’s “something blue” was the colour of her toe nail varnish!

Flowers and wellies at the ready (special “weddingtons”) …

Whilst final preparations were on the go at Jo’s parents house, I popped over to Tom’s parents house (about 30 seconds walk away) to find two beautiful flowergirls …

And then it was already time to help the bride into her dress, tie cravats and generally run around …

But it was worth it!

A quick drive off to the church, with Lauren and I ignoring the car park attendant’s instructions (sorry about that …) and racing off to see the groom …

It was time …

A first kiss and a victory salute from the new Mrs Curtis!

Lots of hugs and kisses from guests outside the church …

Some formal shots in front of the church and then the confetti … it got a little caught in the groom’s coiffeur …

And then it was time to stroll round to the Tithe Barn which had been decorated with a very vintage feel. Check out the decorations and more in part two

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