Caz and Philip married on a bright and breezy day in Ospringe and Chilham {sneak peek}

Caz and Philip had originally decided to ask their guests to send through a selection of images from their wedding day but then opted to book a local photographer (me – yay!) at short notice – it was a pleasure to be part of their day and they took a short coverage package which covered the important parts!  And even better, I’d photographed in the church before and had also had a recent family wedding at their reception venue – the round trip was, in total, 15 miles. How wonderful to have such a local wedding!

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The bride arrived early, before even the vicar had had the chance to change into her robes! The beautiful Bentley (described in Big Day Cars’s brochure as “a true traditional curvy bridal car) delivered our bride, along with daughter Florence and flowergirl Neve (those girls can strike a pose!).

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I love this touching moment during the signing of the register (high ISO and no flash allowed me to get this cheeky shot) …

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And the cutest “dressed” champagne glasses provided by Caz and Philip’s chauffer!

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The venue at Chilham Village Hall is situated amongst rolling green fields and we just had to take the opportunity for a “bump” shot …

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All too soon, it was time for my coverage to end but I happened to bump into Caz the following day in Faversham and she said that the evening went exceptionally well and that it finally finished at around 12.30am!

It was such fun to be a part of your day and I wish you both the best start to your married life and much love and happiness as your family grows xx

It was like being on a film set … Karen and John’s wedding {sneak peek}

Last Friday saw me at Howfield Manor in Chartham for the wedding of the lovely Karen and John. I’ve been keeping in touch with developments over the last few months as Karen purchased her bridal gown from curvesandcouture.co.uk who are being filmed as part of a new series on TLC.  It was like walking onto a film set with camera crews, booms and mikes everywhere!  Even Hayley, the lovely wedding co-ordinator, was filmed interviewing John before the ceremony … great fun to be a part of this and I can’t wait to see the final results when their episode is aired.

But, back to my lovely bride and groom … Karen had found quite an innovative way to ensure that her statement necklace didn’t get twisted before the ceremony …

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And their rings had been crafted from a piece of John’s family’s jewellery and had been engraved on the inside including the date and matching hearts … a challenge to photograph but I managed it!

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Karen and John had always been determined to be married in the beautiful grounds at Howfield and, despite a slight drizzle, they did … it was an emotional ceremony and brought tears to the eyes of many guests.

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As the registrars were completing the formalities, Karen and John took a few moments away from their guests and I love this touching shot.

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Karen, you looked stunning and it was such a pleasure to be part of your day and to capture the love that you and John so obviously have for each other.

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And, for those who know me, it was the perfect way to show off their new wedding bands with handsome dog, Buddy!

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It was wonderful to be part of your celebrations and to meet your family and friends.  I am so happy that you managed to achieve your dream of being married outside and that everything went to plan … even being filmed was a huge adventure!  I’m excited to share your final edits and so will be working hard to finalise those for you.  Wishing you much love and happiness in your married life together xxx

Lisa and Robert married in glorious sunshine at Pegwell Bay Hotel {sneak peek}

With puddles still on the terrace, wedding co-ordinator Richard at Pegwell Bay Hotel, was concerned whether or not Lisa and Robert would tie the knot outside or whether rain would stop play.  Richard uses Deal Pier as his guide for incoming inclement weather and, as we could see it in the distance, he made the decision to set up on the terrace … and it was the best decision ever!

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I hadn’t met the bride or groom before the day and so it was great to get a feeling of how the wedding would be by first shooting the groom, his best man Graham and usher Tony (both brothers of the bride). I could immediately see it was going to be a fun and relaxed day!

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Lisa has the most engaging smile which lights up the room. In the family “formals”, she absolutely glowed and I can’t wait to edit all of their images and share … especially as Robert’s family are in the States and so will be able to enjoy the wedding via their online wedding gallery.

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As you can see, the sun was incredibly strong and Richard helped me by holding a reflector to mitigate the strong shadows … see what I mean by my glowing bride?!

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Lisa and Robert had booked a short coverage package with me and it was an absolute pleasure for me to be able to capture their celebrations (for various reasons this was the fifth date that they had booked for their wedding and I’m so glad I was available!).

Wishing you a wonderful start to your married life and I can’t wait to share all the smiles and laughter from your celebrations! xx

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