Voting is open for the next round of Your Kent Wedding magazine … for Alex and Sam

I photograph fun and creative couples. Who work hard to ensure that their weddings are enjoyable for everyone … including their photographer!

I am delighted to say that Alex and Sam, whose wedding I photographed in June has been accepted as one of the entrants for this round of the competition for Your Kent Wedding Magazine’s wedding of the year 2017.

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The sneak peek of their great wedding at the Crescent Turner in Whitstable is here on the blog: Alex and Sam at the Crescent Turner.

It was a truly spectacular day and I would love to see their wedding featured in more depth … so get voting!

Click here and vote for Alex and Sam

And then, ask all your friends and families to vote too!

I have no words … Alex and Sam’s wedding {sneak peek}

I may have mentioned previously how much I love my job. I get booked by amazing people who allow me to share some of the most incredible days of their lives … and Alex and Sam are now on my list of amazing. Spectacular. Attention to detail. Hot. Smiling. Laughter. But, most importantly …

Love.

I knew Alex and Sam’s wedding at The Crescent Turner in Whitstable would be full of details.  I had met Alex first at a wedding fair with her wedding planner, then at another one with her cousin … and then I had the pleasure of a family photoshoot in the snowdrops … and another consult …

But I didn’t know it would be this great.

Three pairs of shoes for the bride … engraved wedding rings from Rings Rock …

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Amazing cake (as ever) by the talented Sonja at The Whitstable Cake Company … note the sparkly bride’s shoes!

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Swoon … Alex, you looked amazing and such a beautiful dress made by your nan, Brenda … and Sam, I know you aren’t too keen on having your picture taken but this is just perfect!

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The most beautiful hydrangea bouquets from the incredibly lovely Jane at Graham Greener …

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The cutest and most lively flowergirls and the awesome bridesmaids, who could not have done more to help me on the day … girls, thank you!

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And the laughter. Oh my goodness. It was so hot, scorchingly hot and yet you both stayed cool and calm and took my breath away!

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Oh, and I haven’t mentioned the first dance. Choreographed to “Dancing in the Dark”, step perfect and full of energy – how you managed after such a full on day, I don’t know! Note: second pair of shoes …

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You both totally rocked my world. You made it so easy, such fun, so incredibly enjoyable. Note: comfy sparkly Converse. And great light up initials from Sarah at Light of My Life.

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I am so glad we found each other. I am truly honoured to have been a part of your day.

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I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future … and I wish you both the happiest and healthiest start to your married life together with your beautiful girls.

Much love and huge hugs to you all xxx

Caz and Philip married on a bright and breezy day in Ospringe and Chilham {sneak peek}

Caz and Philip had originally decided to ask their guests to send through a selection of images from their wedding day but then opted to book a local photographer (me – yay!) at short notice – it was a pleasure to be part of their day and they took a short coverage package which covered the important parts!  And even better, I’d photographed in the church before and had also had a recent family wedding at their reception venue – the round trip was, in total, 15 miles. How wonderful to have such a local wedding!

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The bride arrived early, before even the vicar had had the chance to change into her robes! The beautiful Bentley (described in Big Day Cars’s brochure as “a true traditional curvy bridal car) delivered our bride, along with daughter Florence and flowergirl Neve (those girls can strike a pose!).

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I love this touching moment during the signing of the register (high ISO and no flash allowed me to get this cheeky shot) …

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And the cutest “dressed” champagne glasses provided by Caz and Philip’s chauffer!

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The venue at Chilham Village Hall is situated amongst rolling green fields and we just had to take the opportunity for a “bump” shot …

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All too soon, it was time for my coverage to end but I happened to bump into Caz the following day in Faversham and she said that the evening went exceptionally well and that it finally finished at around 12.30am!

It was such fun to be a part of your day and I wish you both the best start to your married life and much love and happiness as your family grows xx

Lorna and Nathan …their bright and beautiful wedding at Archbishops Palace {sneak peek}

Such a wonderful day. I was introduced to this lovely couple by one of the members of our local camera club where I used to be a member. And I’m so glad that I was. From start to finish, from an amazing welcome at bridal prep with mum Sheena who was just the most incredibly helpful and organised mum, to the girls in dressing gowns and family from New Zealand, to a groom who wasn’t showing the slightest hint of nerves … to the fun bus ride (including pokestops), an emotional ceremony at Archbishops Palace in Maidstone and a wonderful reception venue at The Plough Inn which had been turned into a festival extravaganza … to the ice cream van, the hot food cones, the smiles, the laughter, a few tears and gorgeous Ronnie … oh, it was a great day!!!

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Lorna, you absolutely glowed!

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And our handsome groom … see, no nerves!

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We took a few moments for some portraits after the ceremony in the herb garden right by the Archbishops Palace and the light was amazing!

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And who couldn’t resist this super handsome chap who wanted to be in all the photographs!

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We even got a sunset!

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You can see why I was smiling all the way home – what an amazing job I have, spending time with such wonderful people, capturing the love and laughter and creating memories for them to share.  I’m working hard to finalise your images but in the meantime, much love to you both xxx

Rachel and Michael married at All Saints on a gale force windy day {sneak peek}

You know sometimes how you look at the weather report and can’t quite believe what you are seeing?  Here in the UK we have had a glorious spell of weather leading up to Rachel and Michael’s celebrations at All Saints in Whitstable. But then it changed. Forecasts were for heavy rain, extremely strong winds and pretty rotten all round.

But the rain gods smiled on this fabulous couple. A mere sprinkle of rain after their exit from church … although, I must say, on arrival at Brogdale, their reception venue, it was a touch windy … but this detracted in no way from the smiles and joy that I saw throughout their day from them both and their families and friends.

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One of the best “dad reactions” that I’ve seen this year!

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Then off to church …

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Vicar Simon Tillotson has requested this shot in the past when I photographed Lydia and Peter’s wedding four years ago …

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Grandpa was definitely on the list of “must get” shots and, at 99 years of old, was incredibly dashing!

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And then off to Brogdale Collections near Faversham for Rachel and Michael’s reception … just look at the sky!!

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We took a few minutes for some shots in the orchards, accompanied by venue co-ordinator Sara …

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And yes, you are Just Married!
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Tears flowed freely during the emotional speeches and all too soon it was time for the first dance … which Rachel and Michael excelled as and had obviously put in loads of practice!

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Thanks to everyone who made my day so enjoyable, to the bridesmaids for being amazing, to everyone for smiling, to the ushers and best man, Russell, who helped during portraits and for light holding.

And to the newlyweds, for having me along for an amazing day and for being such a lovely couple who are obviously so right for each other and who I wish much love and many adventures in their married life to come xxx

Sara and Ben – a fabulous short coverage wedding in Canterbury

I met Sara and Ben a few months ago at a wedding fair and they asked if I was available to cover their ceremony … I was already booked to photograph a wedding from 1pm on the same day … but they were getting married in the morning … and local to me and so we agreed that we could make it work … and we did!

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I love this littlie shot … photography isn’t for everyone, you know!!! But I love that Sara joined in with the little ones too!

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The registry office in Canterbury, in Wellington House, is an intimate venue and so I had the chance to capture the entire ceremony from very close in …

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Such a cute little helper who handed the bride and groom their rings!

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The weather, which had been beautiful on arrival, was starting to threaten rain so we got all the “formal” shots that we needed and then had a few minutes to get some bride and groom portraits.

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Sara, you looked amazing!

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And all too soon, my bride and groom were being whisked off to their reception and I had to pack up my equipment and speed off to photograph my second wedding in one day!

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Congratulations to Sara and Ben and it was great to see you again and meet your families and friends. And I’m so glad to have been a tiny part of your day! xxx

A festival of colour – Teresa and Allan at The Dover Marina Hotel

I was delighted to join Teresa and Allan for their seaside wedding last June.  It really was a fiesta of colour and the room was most beautifully set up with pom poms and butterflies galore.

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We were so lucky to be beside the seaside because the weather had turned quite humid but there were cooling sea breezes (and air conditioning in the ceremony room!)

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Teresa and Allan seemed just so relaxed and Teresa even had time to pose briefly with her brother at the door of the hotel …

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We decided to have the formal shots on the grand steps in front of the ceremony room … for two reasons, one, ease of access and two, because the sun was out and incredibly warm!

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Teresa and Allan were just a joy to photography, happy and relaxed the whole time. And they also received lots of congratulations from other people enjoying the seaside too!

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In the UK, with hot weather often come thunderstorms and this was the case but we had just a few minutes to dash outside and get a few more portraits on the beach.

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I so very much enjoyed photographing this colourful wedding with such a lovely couple and also had great fun working with them on producing their album.  I am sure that our paths will cross again in the future and I wish you both all the very best of luck in your future lives together and keep smiling xxx

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