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.

Karen and Dan – the story of their wedding day

To see this sign waiting in reception made me a little bit sad …

You see, the day before had been quite glorious, but Karen and Dan’s wedding day dawned with drizzle. But there was a specific reason why they had chosen this day to celebrate their love. It was the fourth anniversary of the first time they met … there were photographs throughout the venue, memories of happy times together and family members no longer with us …

Karen and her gorgeous bridesmaids were in the throws of final preparations when I arrived. The boys were … late!

But the rings were in safe hands

And the boys were looking rather dapper …

But back to the girls … and THE dress!

Karen, you looked absolutely stunning!

And so did her bridesmaids, twin sister Fiona and best friend Vicki

The time for the ceremony was fast approaching …

And kissing …

And love … lots and lots of love …

And the bank of photographers for the signing of the register – there was a lot of competition!

Time for the formal photographs (inside because the light was fading fast and it was raining) and also some not-so-formal formals!

And then onto the wedding breakfast and time to circulate and chat to their guests …

And the speeches …

And the cake cutting (the cake was made by Karen’s mum and was superb!) …

And the first dance, and the sparklers … but one of my favourites was a quick grab shot of Dan’s guess at the dress …

And then to close, a final sparkler shot and time to leave the party, with a very popular photobooth in the corner and a great disco, I am sure that they partied long into the night.

Congratulations again to you both and hope that you had a lovely honeymoon – please feel free to leave comments for the lovely couple! xx

Karen and Dan wedding {sneak peek}

I now know that my blog is read on a regular basis. As I was leaving Karen and Dan’s evening reception, Karen’s mum took me aside and said “When will the sneak peek be up? I check your blog every day …”. So, Janet, this one is for you (and, of course, for Karen and Dan!).

It was windy and rainy during yesterday’s wedding, but it certainly didn’t put a dampener on the events. I felt so very welcome amongst the diamonds, pearls and kilts and thanks to everyone who pitched in to help, particularly Vicki, one of Karen’s bridesmaids and Howard, Dan’s best man.

I just couldn’t resist this pic either …

More will follow in the story of Karen and Dan’s day but Karen, you looked absolutely stunning and Dan, the poem was just perfection (even if it didn’t completely rhyme …).

Much love to you both and be in touch very soon.

xx