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.

Mike and Kathryn … and a little bit of Cole Porter thrown in …

Red roses, a blue handkerchief, Cole Porter and a bit of magic … how else to sum up Kathryn and Mike’s celebrations yesterday. Although their actual wedding isn’t until mid-November in the States, Kathryn and Mike joined with family and friends yesterday to make a public declaration to each other. I was delighted to be asked to photograph their day, from the girlie giggles and champagne to start, to the words of Cole Porter from Mike to Kathryn, to fabulous family and friends, a wonderful page boy and bridesmaid to the most amazing meal I have ever had at a wedding!

As Kathryn and Mike will soon be off to the States on a whirlwind tour, I just wanted to post a quick sneak peek of their day …

Kathryn was ably assisted in her preparations by her good friends Olwen Shaw (www.olwenshawstyle.co.uk) and Barbara Rogers, and we sped through the gorgeous Kentish countryside to Faversham where Mike was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his bride.

After an exchange of a ring and beautiful words, Kathryn and Mike stepped outside for a few photographs.

Drizzle was threatening but the fires were lit and the atmosphere was warm. All too soon it was time to step inside and enjoy our meal … I was defeated by the chocolate pot! The catering was by Carrington Catering (contact Dominic on 07782 299768). Throughly recommended.

Kathryn and Mike hadn’t been allowed to see the room and were delighted by the beautiful decorations. Of course, with Kathryn being a florist (www.kathryngoddard.com), there were flowers everywhere! The cakes (both cheese and a fruit one) were a total surprise too! With Mike being a magician, he had to pull a rabbit out of a top hat decorated with cards before finding the cakes hidden below.

Congratulations to you both and looking forward to hearing more about your US adventures!

And to finish with a picture of the most wonderful wedding gift …