Put the kettle on, get comfy and enjoy. I struggled to narrow down the amount of images to show Hannah and Simon’s fun and very personal wedding last June in Graveney Church and then Poplar Hall. So there are a lot. Really … a lot. With such a full day planned, I’d co-ordinated timings with the bride and groom and arrived at groom prep to a very busy and cheerful group of guys …
After gently pointing out the date on the table settings … I sped off to catch up with gorgeous bride, Hannah, and her bridesmaids and family who were getting ready in Whitstable.
The light was pouring in through the huge picture window which faced right on to the seaside walk. Luckily Hannah had an alternative room to get ready in …
The scent from the sweet peas in the delicate bouquets by Kathryn Goddard (www.kathryngoddard.com) was quite intoxicating and perfect for a June wedding.
And then, the moment arrived … tears, smiles, giggles, the whole works!
It was an exceptionally windy day and being right by the coast made it seem even windier but we popped out on to the balcony, under the watchful eyes of many passers by for a few shots with the girls!
Then it was time to leave the ladies to their final preparations and to make my way back along the coast to Graveney. A small village with two churches that have the same name. Now, as a local, I know this … but some of the guests and ushers didn’t … thank goodness for mobile phones!
Simon had a suit personalised with their wedding date, an antique pocket watch, Darth Vader cufflinks and a massive smile!
Many of the guests were being brought to the church by vintage bus and so it was time to usher them into the church and await the arrival of the bride.
The bride was escorted by her father … who also conducted the ceremony. That was certainly mentioned in the speeches! With emotional readings and music by Hannah’s cousins, a singing which drowned out the sound of the wind, Hannah and Simon were married.
A short drive back to Poplar Hall with the bride and groom being transported in a beautiful car owned by Simon’s father!
After group shots and canapés, it was time to enjoy the wedding breakfast served on vintage tea plates and china lovingly collected by Simon’s mother.
We managed to pop out for a few bride and groom portraits, with my lighting assistant, Simon’s brother and best man.
With a beautiful cake made by friends and selection of wedding photographs from years gone past, I saw quite a few of the older generation enjoying looking at the prints.
Cake cut, tasted and shared …
And the dancing began. And I got the “dip”! You smoothie, Simon!
Friendly, fun, personal, enjoyable – what more can I say – thank you both so much for having me along and I enjoyed every moment. And my journey home was only five minutes – oh the joy of photographing local weddings! I wish you many, many happy years and adventures to come and I hope our paths cross again in the future. xx