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.

The story of the day – Kelly and Chris {married} at Cooling Castle Barn

You may have seen the sneak peek from Kelly and Chris’s recent wedding at Cooling Castle Barn here but one picture is not enough to tell the story of the day. So, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Preparations were well underway when I arrived at Cooling Castle Barn but where was the bride? A quick text to Kelly confirmed … she was running late! No problem on my side as the ladies from www.bowshire.co.uk were hard at work preparing the venue for the wedding breakfast.

So much effort goes into every wedding, down to the smallest of details, and Kelly had help from friends and family in lots of different ways, from the lovely table plan right down to the cake! Unfortunately, the weather didn’t grace us with even a hint of sunshine but that certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of Kelly and Chris’s guests! And so to the bride – I was truly taken aback at the beauty and elegance of Kelly’s dress, the choice of champagne and the gorgeous shoes!

After getting the detail shots that I needed, I sped off to find Chris, ably assisted by brother Lee (keep your chin up Lee …)!

And back to the bridal suite, where Kelly was dressed and ready to go!

And just one moment with her parents …

Back to the ceremony room, and I don’t think Chris looks nervous at all …

But no need, as Kelly arrived – I love the beaming smile on her face!

A very emotional ceremony followed, although you wouldn’t guess that from this image …

(OK, I’ll explain, this shot was after the ceremony when the celebrant asked if Kelly would like to pass the wedding certificate on to a responsible person … and she didn’t nominate her new husband!)

We then had a few moment for portraits with Kelly and Chris and they were true professionals – it was bitter outside but you wouldn’t know it!

After the speeches (which were before the delicious wedding breakfast), and a huge sigh of relief from Chris (along with some rather dodgy photos brought out during the best man’s speech (dreadlocks Chris???), the room was cleared ready for the first dance.

And the dancing really got going!

And then, time for just one final image … my camera wasn’t quite on the right settings, but sometimes getting a great shot is being in the right place at the right time … I love the melee of guests on the right hand side, having their photos taken … and the bride and groom, together, just the two of them …

With much love to you both for your life together and looking forward to hearing about your honeymoon when you get back! xxx