Judy and Dave -their March wedding at Pines Calyx

We first met a few years ago. Time passed. No date set. Then a call … it’s on. Are you free? And happily I was … Judy and Dave celebrated their early Spring wedding at the beautiful South Kent Coast venue Pines Calyx. Although it was chilly, we managed to avoid any rain and stayed outside for photographs.

But let’s start at the beginning …

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The flowers were beautiful and the smell intense. Table names were different types of stones as a nod to both Dave and his best man’s professions.

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I had my lovely second shooter, Sarah, with me and you can see how you get different perspective with two pairs of eyes!

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These two candid images were Judy and Dave’s favourites from the day. Their children …

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I personally love the dual perspective that we managed to achieve on the group shot!

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Judy and Dave didn’t have an evening party but you can see how dark it was when they left through a tunnel of glow sticks!

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It was great to have my first wedding of 2015 at such a beautiful and unique eco-friendly venue which, whatever the weather, provides for wonderful photo opportunities! Thank you to Judy and Dave for making my job so very easy and to all the great suppliers who ensured that everything went smoothly on the day.

Hair: Helen Lavery
Cake: Cakes by Helen Campbell
Wedding Gown from Monsoon
Bridesmaids dresses: Biba
Grooms plus groomsmen outfits: Moss Bros
Stationer: Maiden by Ivy Ellen

 

Sunshine at the coast – Sarah and Grant’s wedding at Pines Calyx {sneak peek}

In the lead up to a wedding, I always check the weather report. Yesterday’s report was somewhat mixed. With a rainy start and heavy cloud forecast all day, it just seemed a little unfair bearing in mind the gorgeous location on the cliffs of St Margaret’s Bay.

When I arrived at Sarah and Grant’s house, only five minutes from Pines Calyx (http://pinescalyx.co.uk/), it was dismal and overcast. But preparations were in full swing and hopes were high.

Oh Sarah, you looked incredible …

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Wishing you both much happiness and joy.  And no more fire alarms … xx

Sara and Steve – the fully story of their eco friendly wedding at the gorgeous Pines Calyx

Sara and Steve met me at a wedding fair … even before they were engaged … Sara was absolutely intent on having Pines as their wedding venue and on a very bright sunny day last May, her wish came true. For bridal preps, Sara had hired a local house and she and Steve also stayed there on their wedding night – it overlooked the Channel and was light and bright and full of quirky details – perfect as far as I was concerned! Weddings are emotional occasions and this was no different. Happy to have loved ones with them to celebrate and sad that there were others who couldn’t be there.

Pines Calyx is a beautiful venue, set naturally on the cliffs at St Margaret’s Bay. The first place in the UK to see the sun and affording so many great places to take bride and groom portraits … even on the beach! The feel of this wedding was relaxed, the invitations had been designed by Sara and Steve themselves, along with the menus (designed personally for each guest), the seating plan was an upscaled ladder from Sara’s dad, the list of incredible details is endless.

The flowers and bouquets were exquisite and all prepared by Steve’s mum. The cake, and cup cakes, were incredible … and made by Steve’s sister – the bride was reduced to tears on seeing the cake as it was absolutely perfect!

I am delighted to share with you images from Sara and Steve’s wedding day – the day Sara couldn’t wait to marry her best friend … enjoy!

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We had such a wonderful day and I was truly sad to leave. My second shooter, Sarah, and I enjoyed the hospitality and generosity shown to us by everyone and it was an absolute pleasure to capture the smiles, the laughter and the tears. Sara and Steve chose to have albums with their package and I know that nan had a long list of people that she wanted to show her one to!

I look forward to capturing more of Sara and Steve’s life events … and thank you both again for making me feel so very much part of your day xx

And I’ll see you both again at Dan’s and Alison’s wedding in August!

Venue: Pines Calyx in St Margaret’s Bay (pinescalyx.co.uk)
Brides dress: Bridal Wardrobe in Rochester (www.bridalwardrobe.co.uk)
Grooms outfit: Next
Hair and make up: Kelly, a schoolfriend of Sara’s
Caterer: Michelle from the Pines Calyx tea rooms
Dj: Apollo Funk Entertainment (www.apollofunk.com)
Flowers: Groom’s mum
Cake: Groom’s sister

Your Kent Wedding magazine … I’ve been “quoted” …

Your Kent Wedding magazine is a bi-monthly glossy publication, full of inspiration for brides and grooms to be. I’m delighted that two of my couples from this year have been entrants in the magazine’s “Wedding of the Year” competition, with Hayley and Dominic winning their round and now Sara and Steve are in the next round! Do please pop over and vote for this lovely couple – I’d love the full glory of their seaside wedding to be shown (you can easily vote by clicking here).

Also, and an exciting first for me, I was asked for some sage advice for brides who want to look their best in their photographs. You can see my hints and tips below …

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Pre-wedding photoshoot with Sara and Steve at Pines Calyx

For many of my clients and, I don’t doubt, the majority of brides and grooms, instructing a professional photographer to cover their wedding day is an investment, both in monetary terms and in terms of trust. Despite seeing many galleries and portfolios online, it’s often a challenge to find the right person who fits the bill and then trusting in them to produce the goods on the day.

For those of you who have met me at wedding fairs, at weddings that I’ve photographed or, indeed, on a more personal level, you kind of know the person that I am, at least when I have a camera in my hand. I rarely stop talking, I get rather excited about photography and I throw out compliments like confetti.

But it’s because I love photography and I want others to enjoy it as much as I do. Which is why, when I met up with Sara and Steve to chat through their plans for their May wedding at The Pines Calyx in St Margaret’s at Cliffe, I just happened to have one of my cameras with me and my spanky new lens which had already captured some fabulous images at Hayley and Dominic’s wedding at Winters Barns last weekend.

Sara and Steve met me at a wedding open day held at The Pines Calyx and mentioned how pleased they were that they had found me and that they were very glad that I would be joining them. They didn’t hold back when telling me that neither of them particularly relish the idea of having their photograph taken and so I suggested that we work through a few locations in the beautiful grounds and a couple of easy-to-remember poses that might get them in the mood for their wedding in three months’ time. We didn’t take long, I only used the one lens and no reflectors or off camera flash. Just the gorgeous sunlight which we were very lucky to have … take a look …

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Beautifully back lit by the sun …

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And mastering the “walking slowly away and making sure that their legs are in the right position to turn back and smile at the camera” shot!

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I very much enjoyed spending time with Sara and Steve and the fact that the weather was so glorious was an absolute added bonus. I’m excited for their wedding in three months’ time and was so pleased to get the following note from Sara:

“You captured some good images given that neither of us like our photo being taken! We are looking forward to the ones where we are dressed for the occasion!”

So I am! xx

Wedding fair season is starting up again … and it’s nearly Spring …

Wedding fairs are a great way to gather information about recommended suppliers. Once again, I am delighted that I have been invited to show at The Pines Calyx, a beautiful eco-friendly wedding venue in St Margaret’s Bay near Dover. Their website is here: www.pinescalyx.co.uk. Details of the wedding fair are on their site, but it’s on Sunday 25 March from 11am until 4pm. They have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator, the lovely Lisa Smith, who will be on hand to answer any questions and I’ll be there, showing a selection of weddings that I have photographed and also Elaine and Roger’s wedding at Pines Calyx too.

Do pop along to visit, it’s such a beautiful venue and worth considering for your wedding and reception. And who knows, there might be a special offer for any couples booking their wedding photography on the day …

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.

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