Wendy and Andy, married at Hadlow Manor at the start of autumn {sneak peek}

A Thursday wedding. At a venue that I know well. And to be recommended by the cake maker. Perfect!  I was delighted to join Wendy and Andy for their wedding celebrations at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge with a close knit group of friends and family and, considering we are coming to end of summer, we were so lucky with the weather and their guests enjoyed drinks on the terrace before being seated for the wedding breakfast.

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The autumn themed wedding cake created by Gill from Gills Cakes and Cupcakes was stunning and the attention to detail on the falling leaves, all made by hand, really got the attention of the guests. And it seemed the perfect backdrop against which to photograph the wedding rings.

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There was barely a dry eye in the house – Wendy’s father has been unwell but was able to make it to the ceremony and proudly gave his daughter away.

Wendy looked beautiful in her bridal gown from Victoria Grace Bridal and her matron of honour and bridesmaids complemented her in their mint green dresses.

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Background music was provided during the ceremony and drinks reception by the talented duo, Karina and Adel from just2harpduo.com

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The grounds are still looking beautiful at Hadlow Manor and we also had time for a cheeky shot down into the stair well.

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A beautiful day with a lovely couple who have truly found happiness with each other. It was a pleasure to be part of your day and to spend time with you and your families. Wishing you both a fabulous honeymoon and looking forward to sharing your images with you very soon xx

Sara and Simon married at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham {sneak peek}

How wonderful, as a Faversham photographer, to be booked for a local wedding and what an amazing story this lovely couple, Sara and Simon, share. Childhood sweethearts who went their separate ways, found each other again and then celebrated their love on a September Friday in Faversham. The forecast was for rain and, indeed, when Simon arrived, he’d been caught in a downpour on the way … but, incredibly, the afternoon stayed dry and we managed to get all of their formal photographs taken outside!  It was just meant to be …

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If you look really closely, you will see that Simon’s tie pin has “friend of the groom” written on it. He thought it might make Sara laugh …

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Sara’s matron of honour and her two bridesmaids looked stunning in different shades of purple and patiently waited for our bride to arrive.

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Their joy was evident. And captivating. I photographed their ceremony tucked away behind some beautiful old beams which are a feature of this venue, steeped in history (you can find out more here). It was great to work with Samantha, the wedding co-ordinator again (not at all confusing for anyone …)!

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As the rain held off, Sara and Simon led their guests along the streets around to the The Old Brewery Store.

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Every bride and groom has to have a photograph taken under the clock … it’s part of the brewery history. You can probably see the packing cases behind my lovely couple but, as their wedding was on a Friday, the brewery is a working one (and has been since 1698) so we have to be aware of hazards and are guided through by the very helpful staff.

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Sara and Simon were married at 4pm which meant that I could offer them a short coverage package.  We managed to fit in a cheeky little “first dance” and then it was time for me to leave them to their celebrations.

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It was so lovely to work locally again and to be able to capture some memories for this fabulous couple.  I look forward to editing and sharing your images with you and wish you both all the love and happiness for your married life together xx

 

Bridal gown: Victoria Grace Bridal

Coral and Carl married at Winters Barns {sneak peek}

Coral and Carl had booked me on the strength of a recommendation from a school friend of Coral’s whose wedding I’d photographed at the same venue two years ago.  When I met up with this lovely couple in person, I just knew that their day would be fun and enjoyable to photograph. Especially when so many of their friends have nicknames!

I started at bride and groom prep – lively and busy … and with Coral’s nan’s brooch on her bouquet, memories of those loved ones who could not celebrate with Coral an Carl were ever present.

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An amazing blush pink wedding gown

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And no peeking whilst the bride and her bridesmaids got changed. These flowergirls are just super cute!

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The boys, meanwhile, were looking suitably nervous …

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And I love this joyful image as Coral and Carl are the first to celebrate!

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In nine years, I’ve never seen a group of groomsmen perform the Haka – I guess there’s a first for everything!

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Despite running a tiny bit late, Carla from ACM Films, and I managed to sneak away for a few portraits with our gorgeous couple.

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And after the wedding breakfast and some hilarious speeches (especially from the best man!), we were treated to some absolutely gorgeous backlight from the sun. It all happened at the right time!

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Coral and Carl have two rescue cats and they were featured on their bespoke wedding cake topper.

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Party Up six piece band provided live music and the guests joined in!

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I also managed to persuade my lovely bride and groom outside for a final image in front of their venue Winters Barns … the gorgeous fairy lights created the perfect backdrop.

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It was so hard to choose Coral and Carl’s sneak peek images … that’s why there are quite a few. Such an enjoyable day and it really was a pleasure to spend time with you both and your families and friends.  I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your final images and also to creating your bespoke wedding album.

Wishing you both lifelong happiness and a wonderful start to your married life xxx

Juliette and Sam … their gentle countryside wedding at Elvey Farm {sneak peek}

What a wonderful day … perfect weather, amazing location and a gorgeous couple.  Juliette and Sam were married at Elvey Farm. After meeting at school, they celebrated their love with their friends and family at this lovely location. For the first time in nine years of photographing wedding, this super bride and groom wanted me so much to be their photographer that they changed their date. This led to months of me worrying “what if the weather is horrible and it rains all day and they could have been married last week in the blazing sunshine on the bank holiday …” but it was fine. In fact, it could not have been better.  Their outdoor ceremony was in the grounds of the oast house on the Elvey Farm property and we had time to stroll out into the “glamping” fields situated next door. With games such as Jenga and ping pong, their guests were well entertained with Pimms and canapes to delay any hunger pangs.

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It really was calm at bridal prep. As I had had the pleasure of photographing Juliette’s sister Victoria’s wedding to Chris at Boys Hall, it was like being with friends. And the fact that the groom Sam had a best man also called Sam was not at all confusing. Oh no, not in the slightest!

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Juliette and her mum had been whisked over to the venue in a beautiful Rolls Royce and, as the chauffeur is a family friend, this beautiful vehicle stayed around for photographs of the couple after the ceremony.

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Juliette with her grandma, Stella. Who is amazing. And smiley and lovely.

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Do you see what I mean about the perfect weather? We snuck away for a few minutes during welcome drinks and it was totally worth it!

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And this shot was later, when the sun was setting, after speeches. How gorgeous does Juliette look?

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Special thanks must go to both Fiona (mother of the bride) and Victoria (matron of honour and bride’s sister) who helped organise, cajole, entertain and who were such a great support to Juliette during the stages of planning this wonderful day.

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The nights start to draw in at this time of year and, because the skies were clear, the temperature was falling too but the marquee was cosy and the dancing energetic, led by Juliette and Sam for their first dance.

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Such a fun day and I enjoyed every minute and hope that Juliette and Sam did too. The image of Sam in a green mankini handed out by best man Sam certainly got the guests talking and I am sure that celebrations last long into the night.

Congratulations to you both and I am looking forward to editing and sharing your final results.

Much love xx

 

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