A year in weddings {2011}

A little late in posting this but small things, such as completing my tax return, got in the way! I thought that I would take a look back over the past year to remember the fun, the laughter, the emotion, the sun … and the rain! Hope you enjoy the recap of my wedding photography year – I’m really looking forward to what 2012 brings!

We started off the year at Cooling Castle Barn in January at the celebrations of Chris and Kelly. Chilly winds but sunny smiles and amazing food too!

February saw me both in Essex and in Kent – weddings only days apart but such different weather. First in February were Vikki and Mark and the Lords Country Club … it was chilly indeed!

And then on to Hever Castle for Kinga and Ian’s celebrations … with blue skies!

And then a little break (but lots of work in between) and May found me local to Faversham, in Oare with Gemma and Charlie, poppies, a cat, Canadians and lots of gossip …

June brought a truly rock ‘n’ roll wedding with James and Sarah. Classy outfits, fabulous car and tattoos too!

August brought a wedding at Salmestone Grange in a chapel with Vicky and Cliff … and saw me nearly fall into a pond …

And the following day saw me at the iconic Chelsea Register Office with Amanda and Rob, a Red London bus, a trip on the London Eye, hailstones and a double rainbow!

Early September saw me at St Martins Acrise and the Pines Calyx with the very happy Elaine and Roger and magician with tricks that I just couldn’t work out …

And Bonnie and Barney’s amazingly colourful, fun filled and happy celebrations at St Margaret’s Church and Thanet House …

And then Andy and Jimmy’s celebrations at the Chapel Down Winery where we got a bit sunburnt …

And I was a guest at Emily and Anton’s wedding later on in September, but I sneaked a couple of pics …

Sadly (for me) Charlotte and Rhys got married in Cyprus but, luckily (for me) had their reception at East Quay in Whistable … where we set up a photobooth …

And then, as guest and photographer, I listened to Mike sing his vows to Kathryn in an intimate ceremony near Faversham … an amazing lady in red!

And then my final wedding of the year in November when Karen and Dan celebrated at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge and it rained so hard that it bounced back up to knee height … did they mind, not at all!

What a year. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of each and every wedding celebration and am very much looking forward to 2012.

Charlotte and Rhys – a wedding reception at The East Quays in Whitstable

Charlotte and Rhys were married in Cyprus … where the weather was a sunny 35 degrees. Sadly, that wasn’t quite the case yesterday when they, and 200 guests, joined them to celebrate their wedding in true East Quay style. When I arrived, the bride and groom and their team of helpers were putting the final touches to the venue and putting together a sweet trolley for their guests and a buffet. Oh the food! The tables were truly groaning!

Charlotte and Rhys popped off to get changed … but sadly by the time they returned, darkness had fallen and a drizzle had started. Which actually led to a couple of my favourite shots of the wedding season (although there have been many favourite shots!) …

You can see the rain … which made Charlotte a bit concerned about losing her curls so we went back inside. The guests started to arrive and I had the chance to stroll around, taking candid shots. I must say, there was a lot of laughter going on last night!

But of course, we had to get a shot of the bride and her bridesmaids … who are all her sisters!

The second shot was upstairs in the photobooth which I had set up … and which seemed to be very popular indeed!

Of course, we had to get the newly married couple to pose for a few shots too.

And then, all too soon, it was time for the speeches, the first dance and the cutting of cake (which had rainbow colours inside it) and for me to pack up the photobooth and make my way home. I had a great time, and it looked like the party would be going on long into the night … congratulations to you both and I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did!

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