Kirsty and Robin … a wedding organised in under a week {their story}

No formal proposal and no engagement ring. A wedding dress lent by her sister. Invitations sent by Facebook message. A waiver to the usual 14 day notice period.

For a very good reason. Kirsty and Robin met in his mum’s kitchen. A laid back and relaxed couple, their love blossomed, despite Robin being often away on service in the Royal Navy. Whilst watching television one evening, a documentary about Gary Barlow singing at a fan’s wedding, Robin asked Kirsty which celebrity she would like to have at their wedding, should that day ever come. Kirsty immediately answered “my mum”. Sadly Kirsty’s mum had been battling cancer for over nine years and was unfortunately entering the final stages of her illness. They felt that if they didn’t try, they might always regret it.

Hence the wedding in under a week. The notice period at Wellington House was waived, a blessing organised at Ashford’s Pilgrims Hospice, the boys found they all had matching grey suits, suppliers were found, cupcakes were made by Robin and decorated by his sister … the ABode Hotel in Canterbury was booked and the wedding was on.

I had a call from Kirsty whilst I was shooting another wedding … I’d been recommended by a guest at a wedding that I photographed the previous year and I was available on their date.

And I was so very glad that I was …

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 01

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 02

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 03

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 04

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 05

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 06

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 07

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 08

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 09

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 10

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 11

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 12

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 13

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 14

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 15

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 16

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 17

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 18

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 19

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 20

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 21

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 22

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 23

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 24

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 25

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 26

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 26a

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 27

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 28

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 30

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 31

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 32

Did it matter that there were no wedding favours? Not at all. There was no formalised seating plan and this made no difference. The smiles and love and tears of sadness and of joy that were shared on Kirsty and Robin’s wedding day only served to reinforce what an amazing job I have. It’s priceless, it truly is. Sadly, Kirsty’s mum passed away the following week. But she was the driving force behind this wedding and will ever be remembered for that.

I love my job. I have the best clients. I am so very, very lucky. And Kirsty, don’t you forget that Robin promised you an eternity ring when your first baby arrives … excited!

2 thoughts on “Kirsty and Robin … a wedding organised in under a week {their story}

  1. It took me a long time to look at these photos, janet was my much loved cousin and i knew that i was going to see her looking totally different to how i last saw her after her wedding to pete. Thank you so much these photos are the most amazing album i have ever seen in my life the beauty shines out of her for her daughters and her son and her grandchildren. I think of her often and now know that she was at her happiest on that day surrounded by them all and you have more than captured that for them forever within these pictures. it is a lasting tribute on a very special day .The sadness and their closeness as a family has been immortalised forever. You had some very special people to work with but you are a very amazing photographer to have given them something that will bring smiles and tears to them every time they look at this album. Thank you for sharing this with me and will now send love to heaven with a butterfly.

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    1. Sandra, thank you so much for your heartfelt comments. It serves to underline how very important our work is as photographers, how we create concrete memories that will be passed down from generation to generation. And how lucky we are to be welcomed into such intimate family celebrations. And to meet such wonderful people.

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