Meet the Brinicombes – fun family photoshoot that ended up on the beach! {Sneak peek}

It could not have been better weather for our family photoshoot. Katy, mum to to these gorgeous two boys, had met me at a recent pamper evening at Pines Calyx organised by Ellie Beer of The Finishing Touches Event Management and taken up my special voucher offer. They were looking for images that could serve as Christmas presents and general “pick-me-ups” and I think we managed to get those despite Louis not feeling at his best. As promised, here is your sneak peek … I found it too hard just to pick one …

And we had to listen to trees …

And “kiss” mummy …

I hope that you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek and that your little one is feeling much better. I’m looking forward to sharing your online gallery with you very soon! xx

Lydia and Peter at Provender House – their wedding reception {part two}

You have seen part one of Lydia and Peter’s wedding yesterday and, now that their final images are on their way to them in the post, sit back and enjoy part two!

After a speedy drive up the A299, past Faversham and on to Provender, Lydia and Peter were just pulling up on the drive …

And it was quickly time for the reception line for their guests to show them the beauty of the house and gardens. The light falling into the hallway was just beautiful …

We had time for a few photographs …

And a few more formals that we hadn’t done at the church.

Lydia professed a love for old gates …

And there are a few of those sprinkled around the grounds at Provender House …

But food and speeches wait for no man so it was time to join their guests in the marquee.

I’ve never seen a human mic stand before … and tears from the bridesmaids … and the bride …

But lots of laughter too!

And then it was time for the cutting of the cake, made by the groom’s sister … it looked delicious!

And then time for dancing!

And, of course, time for Lydia and Peter’s first dance as husband and wife.

Sadly it was soon time for me to leave. With great thanks to my assistant on the day, Lauren, and to all of Lydia and Peter’s families and friends for making us both feel so very welcome. I hope that you enjoy sharing these images with your families far and wide. xx

Lydia and Peter and a red Rolls Royce … {the full story – part one}

When I first Lydia and Peter in a coffee bar in Whitstable and Lydia told me how many bridesmaids she would be having and that their reception venue was owned by a princess, well, I was hooked. I wanted to jump up and shout “pick me, pick me”. And, thankfully, by the time I had driven home from our initial consult, I had a voicemail saying that they wanted to pick me … we met up for a blustery pre-wedding photoshoot in Whitstable and I realised just how much this couple are in love.

Time sped by and we had arrived at their wedding day … the sun was shining and it was enjoyably warm … and it was time to meet these gorgeous bridesmaids and mini bridesmaids! But first, to the church and to meet the boys …

Looking pretty smart!

But really, a wedding is all about the girls so it was a quick stroll up the road to nan and granddad’s house for the bridal preparations …

Where it really was all systems go!

But it was worth it!

And how!

A quick run up the road for me … and it was time to await the bridal party!

They all looked so cool and beautiful, despite the heat!

And into the church, where the singing and celebrations raised the roof …

It was soon time to leave the cool, calm of the church and to record the formal part of the day … the group shots. And a few others of hugs and guests and smiles too!

And a quick stop outside (well, nearly) of the lychgate for confetti …

And then off into their red Rolls Royce and away to the reception venue at Provender House!

Join us at Provender House in tomorrow’s blog post for part two!

Swords and peacocks … Charly and Mark’s wedding at Quex {sneak peek}

Upon waking to heavy rain on the morning of Charly and Mark’s wedding, I sighed, packed my wedding umbrellas in the car and set off for Quex. As this was to be my first wedding there (and hopefully not my last), I had wanted it to be perfect for this lovely military couple. And, do you know, whoever had prayed for good weather had done an excellent job. After their original photographer had to undergo what sounds like an incredibly painful operation scheduled only days before their wedding, Charly and Mark had been guests at the recent wedding of Carolyn and Daniel. I was delighted to hear from them and more than delighted to be available. Now, as guests at another wedding, I hadn’t really met them … and as they were both in different parts of the country and only coming back to Kent the day before the wedding, we only met on the day itself. And they are amazing. Welcoming, kind, friendly …

When I showed Charly this image on the back of my camera, she looked at her husband, smiled and said “Who is that person?”. You looked amazing, Charly.

When Charly’s father made his speech, which recounted many stories of times past, one of his final comments was “Three down, nine to go …”. Oh yes, Charly is one of twelve …

Thank you both so much for trusting in my abilities and for welcoming me in to your celebrations. Oh yes, and the peacocks …

I’ll be working hard to edit your images as soon as I possibly can and I hope that you partied long into the night. With one more shot just to whet your appetites and thanks again to everyone who made me feel so very welcome, to Ilona who helped get all the people in the right place at the right time and to Maz who organised and ran everything in true military fashion … and to Charly’s family, who didn’t seem to mind that I couldn’t remember all of their names …

Tasha and Nick married at the Blazing Donkey {part two} …

Following on from part one, we rejoin Tasha as she is making her entrance …

I did mention earlier that it was windy? But Tasha’s beaming smile and obvious delight at marrying Nick shone through!

With one of the witnesses struggling to retain her hat, the documents were signed and Mr and Mrs Pittman announced! After, of course, the usual scramble for photographs of the happy couple!

I think some guests definitely chose the wrong side for the throwing of the confetti!

And it was soon time for welcome drinks and delicious canapes and the formal photographs requested by the bride and groom. And, of course, a few ones which maybe weren’t on the list …

It was soon time to leave the sunshine and enter The Blazing Donkey for a delicious wedding breakfast (Tasha and Nick had kindly organised one of the main courses for me … the most amazingly tender lamb and very garlicky gratin Daupinoise … but as the guests had enjoyed that too, the garlic didn’t matter quite so much!). And then, after the meal, the speeches …

I lost count of the times that Nick looked deep into his wife’s eyes and told her that he loved her. There were tears … and lots and lots of laughter!

With a glass of Limoncello as a toast, the guest reluctantly left their seats to make their ways back into the beautifully manicured gardens and then in to the marquee, for the cutting of the cake and dancing!

The dancing had already started but the floor was cleared ready for the bride and groom to smile and laugh and giggle their way through their first dance!

And then it was an open invitation for everyone else to join in!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed looking through the selection of images telling the story of Tasha and Nick’s wedding celebrations. They assured me that it would be relaxed and fun … and it certainly was! Your final edited images will be on their way to you by the end of this week and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! xx

From The Blazing Donkey to Bali … Tasha and Nick’s wedding {the full story} … part one!

but not the Bali bit. You may have seen Tasha and Nick’s sneak peek on the blog earlier this month. As they have now returned to these shores after their amazing honeymoon adventure, it’s time to sit down, relax, and enjoy the story of their day as captured by me … after a heavy shower of rain in the morning, I arrived to blue skies and wind. Lots and lots of wind. Following the noises of busy bridesmaids and the popping of champagne corks, I found Tasha, hard at work in her bridal preparations …

And with flowers being delivered (and more champagne …), preparations were gaining momentum. And the details and jewellery and fans and … apples were in evidence …

And heartfelt words and gifts …

And the dress and cathedral length veil …

Tasha was being helped into her beautiful dress by her mother so I went in search of the boys …

And photographed the tables which certainly had a very exotic feel to them!

Sometimes, it’s difficult to tie a tie correctly … after much discussion of Windsor knots and other variations, it was just easier for one of the boys to tie everyone’s ties for them …

And climbed trees to decorate them with the origami birds which had been handmade by Tasha and Nick over the previous few months …

There was just time for some groom and groomsmen portraits …

And back to the bride …

Oh Tasha, you looked amazing!

And the cutest little flowergirls and pageboy too!

The groom was patiently waiting with the guests, desperate to get their first glance of the bride! See those images and more in part two

We’re going to the chapel … Kily and Ed’s pre-wedding photoshoot {sneak peek}

As I drove cross-country to meet up with Kily and Ed, I was a little concerned that I might go straight past this little hidden gem … I had looked at a bird’s eye view on the internet but I wasn’t prepared for just how gorgeous it would be. I arrived a little early and found about more about the history of the chapel from Gail. And then Kily and Ed arrived and Gail opened the doors … and I was speechless. Lit by just the smallest of windows and a multitude of candles, with hay bales as “pews” and possible Templar markings on the walls, this felt good. Really, really good. The wedding itself isn’t until September (how many weeks, Kily?) but we had some time booked in the diary for a pre-wedding photoshoot. I know that Ed doesn’t really like having his photo taken, so hopefully I’ve now assuaged his worries but I hadn’t realised just how photogenic his bride-to-be is … check out their sneak peek below!

With their drinks reception being held after the ceremony, there will be lots of time for some candid photographs of guests enjoying the late summer sun (and it will be sunny …). But it was the best thing to hear Kily say that I will get some time alone with them before leaving for their reception venue … oh, how good that sounds!

I didn’t have to give this smiley couple any posing directions at all. I just clicked away whilst they laughed and giggled. Ed is a strength and conditioning coach (www.invictastrength.com) and I’m sure that his wife-to-be was just checking his muscles …

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of your images with you so that you can choose your favourite for your signature board. And I’m also very much looking forward to capturing the fun and laughter that I am sure will be a huge part of your September wedding. xx

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