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.

Elaine and Roger – the story of their {wedding} day

It seems like ages ago that I photographed Elaine and Roger’s wedding celebrations … but it was only at the beginning of September! It’s been such a busy time but I am delighted to share with you some images from their special day at The Pines Calyx ((www.pinescalyx.co.uk). As one of their recommended photographers, it was wonderful to shoot at this fabulous venue.

But, back to the wedding … Elaine and Roger were married at St Martin’s, Acrise, which Elaine beautifully described as being “past a lovely pastoral scene of rolling hills and sheep” in her directions … and she wasn’t wrong!

I had stopped along the way to take some photos of said “rolling hills and sheep”, when a car drew up alongside and asked if I was local. I asked if they were going to Elaine and Roger’s wedding, which they rather surprised answered yes, and I was able to direct them to the church. You see, not just a photographer …

Anyway, moving back to the preparations … there was bow tying in the car park (on the car, not Roger) and some time for a few portraits.

And then, before we knew it, Elaine was arriving …

And on to the ceremony … where the vicar gave some hints and tips!

And laughter at the altar!

And soon they were married … off outside into the glorious sunshine for some portraits and the group shot.

And then off to the Pines Calyx for welcome drinks and a few more formal pictures.

And then a delicious meal. Elaine and Roger’s guests were entertained by a magician (and I still couldn’t work out how he performed all the tricks!) and then, all too soon, it was time for cake cutting.

By this time, a light drizzle had started but this certainly did not dampen the celebrations. I just have to leave you with one cheeky little chappie … look at him winking at the photographer!

Elaine and Roger, thank you so much for including me in your special day and I hope that you enjoyed your celebrations as much as I did! xx

Elaine and Roger {married} at St Martin’s Acrise and The Pines Calyx … sneak peek

Congratulations to Elaine and Roger who celebrated their wedding on Saturday at St Martin’s and then their reception at The Pines Calyx (www.pinescalyx.co.uk). The weather was gorgeous and the rain only arrived as I was making my way home. Flowers and hairbands were made by Elaine herself (how did she find the time!) and Elaine and her bridesmaids had the makeup talents of the ever fabulous Emily www.emilyrosemakeupartist.co.uk. Magical entertainment was by Phil from www.magicbeyondbelief.co.uk and Elaine and Roger ensured that their guests were laughing from start to finish.

Here’s their sneak peek … I’ve never had such an unruly mob of bridesmaids and ushers giving instructions to the happy couple … I nearly fell of the table with laughter!

I am sure that you are both going to have the most enjoyable time on your honeymoon and thank you both again for including me in your day. The full story of your day will follow soon … Hugs xx