Coral and Carl married at Winters Barns {sneak peek}

Coral and Carl had booked me on the strength of a recommendation from a school friend of Coral’s whose wedding I’d photographed at the same venue two years ago.  When I met up with this lovely couple in person, I just knew that their day would be fun and enjoyable to photograph. Especially when so many of their friends have nicknames!

I started at bride and groom prep – lively and busy … and with Coral’s nan’s brooch on her bouquet, memories of those loved ones who could not celebrate with Coral an Carl were ever present.

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An amazing blush pink wedding gown

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And no peeking whilst the bride and her bridesmaids got changed. These flowergirls are just super cute!

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The boys, meanwhile, were looking suitably nervous …

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And I love this joyful image as Coral and Carl are the first to celebrate!

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In nine years, I’ve never seen a group of groomsmen perform the Haka – I guess there’s a first for everything!

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Despite running a tiny bit late, Carla from ACM Films, and I managed to sneak away for a few portraits with our gorgeous couple.

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And after the wedding breakfast and some hilarious speeches (especially from the best man!), we were treated to some absolutely gorgeous backlight from the sun. It all happened at the right time!

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Coral and Carl have two rescue cats and they were featured on their bespoke wedding cake topper.

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Party Up six piece band provided live music and the guests joined in!

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I also managed to persuade my lovely bride and groom outside for a final image in front of their venue Winters Barns … the gorgeous fairy lights created the perfect backdrop.

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It was so hard to choose Coral and Carl’s sneak peek images … that’s why there are quite a few. Such an enjoyable day and it really was a pleasure to spend time with you both and your families and friends.  I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your final images and also to creating your bespoke wedding album.

Wishing you both lifelong happiness and a wonderful start to your married life xxx

A hidden gem and a sparkly couple … Juliette and Sam’s pre-wedding photoshoot

How the weather can change from one day to the next. As I sit here, writing about Juliette and Sam’s final wedding consult, it’s raining. And dark. And dull. Not so last night, when we met up at this lovely couple’s wedding venue, Elvey Farm, which is a beautiful venue nestled in the Kent countryside surrounded by farmland and amazing views.

I first met Juliette and Sam when I photographed Juliette’s sister Victoria’s wedding to Chris at Boys Hall. And what is great is that I get to see Stella, groovy grandma extraordinaire again!

Here’s a few images from our spontaneous shoot last night:

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It was my first time visiting this venue and I am very much looking forward to photographing Juliette and Sam’s September wedding.  And catching up with news from the family too!

I’m glad that you both found the session helpful and I am confident that there will be lots of jaunty banter throughout your wedding day xx

Vicky and Simon … married (it rained a bit …) {sneak peek}

Saturday saw me and my assistant Sarah, raising our eyes to the heavens … and getting rained on. Vicky and Simon were married at beautiful St James Church in Egerton with a marquee reception back at their home near Headcorn. Plans were made, umbrellas purchased, torches to hand (it gets dark in the countryside) and their celebrations were underway. I have known Vicky for a few years as her company is one of my corporate clients and we had kept in touch in the lead up to the day.  Vicky had worked tirelessly to create a gentle country-themed wedding, after all, she reminded me on a couple of occasions that she is “a country girl” … with flowers home grown and the bouquets all made by my lovely bride on the morning of her wedding, I knew it was going to be fun!

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The marquee was already looking stunning and Vicky sped round the corner, dress in hand to get ready.

 

Vicky, you looked amazing. Your dress was so flattering (and not the green, gypsy style that you kept teasing Simon about!)

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We were so lucky to get a tiny break so that we can have bridal portraits with her lovely girls outside … and Vicky also sensibly took refuge in the beautiful vintage Rolls Royce, Miss Grace from Clive at www.buttonholesandbouquetsweddingcars.com

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As the girls were nearly ready to go, I sped off to the church to find Simon who was greeting arriving guests and sheltering from the rain, although from this shot, you wouldn’t know it was actually raining! The buttonholes were cleverly created from ordnance survey maps, very fitting for Simon’s profession!

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The ceremony was beautifully conducted by Sheila, St James’s vicar, who was exceptionally accommodating to Sarah and I as long as we didn’t draw attention to ourselves. Talented Georgia sang during the signing of the register and the wedding guests raised the roof to a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.

As it was sadly still raining as the bride and groom were ready to process from the church, we managed to keep them dry by remaining right by the doorway … I was kept dry by the sterling efforts of the ushers and the light was beautiful!

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We briefly discussed whether we should orchestrate the confetti shot back at the marquee but decided we would give it a go along the tree lined exit to the church … and it was worth it – we captured some great expressions and relevant umbrellas (rain, rain go away!).

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Quirky details and an amazing cake of cheese awaited us on our return to the marquee!

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After scones and cake (oh the cake … yum!), we did manage to get outside for a few portraits while there was still a little bit of light in the sky …

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And then our bride serenaded our groom to huge applause!

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We had planned a “back lit umbrella shot with rain drops” on our departure … but would you believe it, by the time it was dark enough for this particular shot, it has STOPPED RAINING!!! So Sarah and I bid our lovely bride and groom farewell and found our way back to our cars (the torches came in very handy!).

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All in all, a wonderful day which was not at all affected by the odd spot of rain … congratulations to you both, Vicky and Simon, and the love that you share for each other is so very evident in our images … I’m looking forward to editing and sharing them with you and working with you both to create a bespoke album filled with memories and love!

Charlotte and Edward and Sabrina … and Alice {sneak peek}

What a visual feast! When Charlotte and Edward had their consult, they mentioned that there would be an “Alice in Wonderland” theme to their wedding. And that they were making pretty much everything themselves.

But I wasn’t prepared for the complete transformation of Stonelees into a riot of colour and detail. It was great to be back working with the lovely Chelsea and her team.

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The skies were heavy and there had been a concern about holding the ceremony outside but the weather gods were with us and it all turned out perfectly!

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As part of their wedding package, Charlotte and Edward were taken out on a golf buggy to get some different shots in the grounds and it was great to be able to take one of their props, flamingo croquet sticks, with them!

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For their first dance, they were joined by gorgeous daughter Sabrina, who had been the most enthusiastic and well behaved flowergirl all day!

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I’m so looking forward to editing this wedding – you both worked so incredibly hard to make your wedding vision come to life!  I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable honeymoon … much love Sam xxx

 

It was like being on a film set … Karen and John’s wedding {sneak peek}

Last Friday saw me at Howfield Manor in Chartham for the wedding of the lovely Karen and John. I’ve been keeping in touch with developments over the last few months as Karen purchased her bridal gown from curvesandcouture.co.uk who are being filmed as part of a new series on TLC.  It was like walking onto a film set with camera crews, booms and mikes everywhere!  Even Hayley, the lovely wedding co-ordinator, was filmed interviewing John before the ceremony … great fun to be a part of this and I can’t wait to see the final results when their episode is aired.

But, back to my lovely bride and groom … Karen had found quite an innovative way to ensure that her statement necklace didn’t get twisted before the ceremony …

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And their rings had been crafted from a piece of John’s family’s jewellery and had been engraved on the inside including the date and matching hearts … a challenge to photograph but I managed it!

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Karen and John had always been determined to be married in the beautiful grounds at Howfield and, despite a slight drizzle, they did … it was an emotional ceremony and brought tears to the eyes of many guests.

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As the registrars were completing the formalities, Karen and John took a few moments away from their guests and I love this touching shot.

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Karen, you looked stunning and it was such a pleasure to be part of your day and to capture the love that you and John so obviously have for each other.

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And, for those who know me, it was the perfect way to show off their new wedding bands with handsome dog, Buddy!

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It was wonderful to be part of your celebrations and to meet your family and friends.  I am so happy that you managed to achieve your dream of being married outside and that everything went to plan … even being filmed was a huge adventure!  I’m excited to share your final edits and so will be working hard to finalise those for you.  Wishing you much love and happiness in your married life together xxx

Lisa and Robert married in glorious sunshine at Pegwell Bay Hotel {sneak peek}

With puddles still on the terrace, wedding co-ordinator Richard at Pegwell Bay Hotel, was concerned whether or not Lisa and Robert would tie the knot outside or whether rain would stop play.  Richard uses Deal Pier as his guide for incoming inclement weather and, as we could see it in the distance, he made the decision to set up on the terrace … and it was the best decision ever!

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I hadn’t met the bride or groom before the day and so it was great to get a feeling of how the wedding would be by first shooting the groom, his best man Graham and usher Tony (both brothers of the bride). I could immediately see it was going to be a fun and relaxed day!

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Lisa has the most engaging smile which lights up the room. In the family “formals”, she absolutely glowed and I can’t wait to edit all of their images and share … especially as Robert’s family are in the States and so will be able to enjoy the wedding via their online wedding gallery.

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As you can see, the sun was incredibly strong and Richard helped me by holding a reflector to mitigate the strong shadows … see what I mean by my glowing bride?!

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Lisa and Robert had booked a short coverage package with me and it was an absolute pleasure for me to be able to capture their celebrations (for various reasons this was the fifth date that they had booked for their wedding and I’m so glad I was available!).

Wishing you a wonderful start to your married life and I can’t wait to share all the smiles and laughter from your celebrations! 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 Sheenagh 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

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