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Voting starts for Coral and Carl {Your Kent Wedding magazine wedding of the year}

I’m delighted to see that the lovely Coral and Carl, who were married in September at Winters Barns are in the final round of entrants for this year’s Your Kent Wedding Magazine wedding of the year!

You can vote for this lovely couple by clicking on the link … I know, for certain, that Coral has been waiting for this moment … so please do support them by giving your vote (and using everyone around you’s laptop, tablet, phone …)

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It would be great to see another of my couples in the final round … so I am keeping everything crossed and hoping that Coral and Carl will be successful!

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My clients are awesome and in print …

I’m delighted to see that the lovely Jess and Johnny have been entered into the final round of the Your Kent Wedding magazine wedding of the year.

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The winners are chosen by a round of voting, so each vote counts. Please get clicking and vote for my lovely couple …

Click here to vote for Jess and Johnny

Jess and Johnny chose to have a celebrant led ceremony and it was great to see the lovely Katie from True Blue Ceremonies in action.  There were so many amazing local suppliers and you can find a list of them at the bottom of my post.

Please do vote. It only takes a moment. Then you can use your loved ones computers, laptops and phones too!

Kent Bride Magazine 2017/2018 … real wedding feature

I was delighted to be approached by Kent Bride Magazine for images to illustrate the lovely Lisa and Robert’s wedding at Pegwell Bay. Of course, I agreed and now have a couple of copies of the magazine in my possession … I thought you might like to read their article:

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Such a lovely wedding to have featured and although it was a short coverage package for me, the details and laughter and love between this couple was a joy to photograph.

Now I’m aiming for the front cover … congratulations again to Lisa and Robert and it was a pleasure to have been part of your day.

Sara and Simon married at The Old Brewery Store in Faversham {sneak peek}

How wonderful, as a Faversham photographer, to be booked for a local wedding and what an amazing story this lovely couple, Sara and Simon, share. Childhood sweethearts who went their separate ways, found each other again and then celebrated their love on a September Friday in Faversham. The forecast was for rain and, indeed, when Simon arrived, he’d been caught in a downpour on the way … but, incredibly, the afternoon stayed dry and we managed to get all of their formal photographs taken outside!  It was just meant to be …

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If you look really closely, you will see that Simon’s tie pin has “friend of the groom” written on it. He thought it might make Sara laugh …

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Sara’s matron of honour and her two bridesmaids looked stunning in different shades of purple and patiently waited for our bride to arrive.

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Their joy was evident. And captivating. I photographed their ceremony tucked away behind some beautiful old beams which are a feature of this venue, steeped in history (you can find out more here). It was great to work with Samantha, the wedding co-ordinator again (not at all confusing for anyone …)!

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As the rain held off, Sara and Simon led their guests along the streets around to the The Old Brewery Store.

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Every bride and groom has to have a photograph taken under the clock … it’s part of the brewery history. You can probably see the packing cases behind my lovely couple but, as their wedding was on a Friday, the brewery is a working one (and has been since 1698) so we have to be aware of hazards and are guided through by the very helpful staff.

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Sara and Simon were married at 4pm which meant that I could offer them a short coverage package.  We managed to fit in a cheeky little “first dance” and then it was time for me to leave them to their celebrations.

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It was so lovely to work locally again and to be able to capture some memories for this fabulous couple.  I look forward to editing and sharing your images with you and wish you both all the love and happiness for your married life together xx

 

Bridal gown: Victoria Grace Bridal

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

Juliette and Sam … their gentle countryside wedding at Elvey Farm {sneak peek}

What a wonderful day … perfect weather, amazing location and a gorgeous couple.  Juliette and Sam were married at Elvey Farm. After meeting at school, they celebrated their love with their friends and family at this lovely location. For the first time in nine years of photographing wedding, this super bride and groom wanted me so much to be their photographer that they changed their date. This led to months of me worrying “what if the weather is horrible and it rains all day and they could have been married last week in the blazing sunshine on the bank holiday …” but it was fine. In fact, it could not have been better.  Their outdoor ceremony was in the grounds of the oast house on the Elvey Farm property and we had time to stroll out into the “glamping” fields situated next door. With games such as Jenga and ping pong, their guests were well entertained with Pimms and canapes to delay any hunger pangs.

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It really was calm at bridal prep. As I had had the pleasure of photographing Juliette’s sister Victoria’s wedding to Chris at Boys Hall, it was like being with friends. And the fact that the groom Sam had a best man also called Sam was not at all confusing. Oh no, not in the slightest!

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Juliette and her mum had been whisked over to the venue in a beautiful Rolls Royce and, as the chauffeur is a family friend, this beautiful vehicle stayed around for photographs of the couple after the ceremony.

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Juliette with her grandma, Stella. Who is amazing. And smiley and lovely.

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Do you see what I mean about the perfect weather? We snuck away for a few minutes during welcome drinks and it was totally worth it!

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And this shot was later, when the sun was setting, after speeches. How gorgeous does Juliette look?

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Special thanks must go to both Fiona (mother of the bride) and Victoria (matron of honour and bride’s sister) who helped organise, cajole, entertain and who were such a great support to Juliette during the stages of planning this wonderful day.

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The nights start to draw in at this time of year and, because the skies were clear, the temperature was falling too but the marquee was cosy and the dancing energetic, led by Juliette and Sam for their first dance.

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Such a fun day and I enjoyed every minute and hope that Juliette and Sam did too. The image of Sam in a green mankini handed out by best man Sam certainly got the guests talking and I am sure that celebrations last long into the night.

Congratulations to you both and I am looking forward to editing and sharing your final results.

Much love xx

 

Jess and Johnny … a woodland wedding extravaganza with a Harry Potter theme and much, much more!

Jess and Johnny were married at Longton Wood on Saturday. Please grab yourself a tea/coffee/appropriate beverage because this is the longest ever “sneak peek” that I have written.

Jess is the daughter of a good friend of mine, Amanda, who runs Amanda Jane Wedding Design and who is a Kent based wedding planning specialist. Amanda and I have worked together over the last few years and I was delighted to have the opportunity to consult with, and then be booked by, this wonderful couple.

Coverage started at bridal prep which was incredibly relaxed. Make-up and hair was being completed, braids secured, eyelashes curled and I had the chance to get some great shots of the details of the day …

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Yes, that’s right, Jess’s “blue” was a necklace with a Ravenclaw motif … very apt for the Harry Potter theme!

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Jess and Johnny’s ceremony was planned for noon so it was soon time to speed across country to find Johnny and arriving guests.

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Jess had originally thought that she would be driven by her dad, after all, no-one would see the car anyway … but Grandma and Grandpopsie had other ideas and gifted her this beautiful Rolls Royce for her journey.

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Jess and Johnny are outdoorsy people. Their venue is a so called “dry hire” which means that the couple need to organise everything, from power to marquee … to toilets.

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Marty, who is a rescue dog, must have walked miles and was a real feature of the day!

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The ceremony was led by Katie Keen, from True Blue Ceremonies who I worked with recently at Leeds Castle and it was great to see her deliver a very personalised ceremony, unique to the couple.

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Jess and Johnny’s wedding rings were handed round to each guest, for a prayer or to “warm” them, closely watched by best man, Jason. I found this a very moving part of the ceremony, every single person was involved and the rings must have been singing with the well wishes and love.

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After ring exchange, Katie performed a handfasting ceremony, using climbing rope which was just perfect for this adventurous couple.

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Another unusual feature was the “money log”. Jess and Johnny had come across an example of this on their travels and wanted to incorporate it into their day (you can read an article about the reasons why here).

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As their wedding had a Harry Potter theme, it seemed only right that tables should be decided by the Sorting Hat!

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Each personalised place card had the seal hand stamped by our bride.

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The Famous Potatoes got everyone dancing and, even though there was a light shower, the dancing continued in the marquee!

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Oh Marty …

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As the light was slowly fading, we thought it would be an opportune moment for a stroll out with the bride and groom. Unfortunately Jess was stung by a nettle but quickly attended to by her new husband.

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And then there was more dancing!

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The cake, created by Claire at Delicious Occasions was truly spectacular. Every single flower and leaf was edible, crafted from the most delicate sugarwork. And it tasted amazing too!

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Toasting marshmallows and sneaky mallow pincher!!!

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And great entertainment from Mark, Faversham based caricaturist …

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Finally, the light was fading so fast that, in the romantic light cast by the Portaloos, the new Mr and Mrs Walker’s caricature was completed!

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So many wonderful suppliers:

Venue: Longton Wood

Venue dresser: Amanda Jane Wedding Design

Celebrant: Katie Keen trueblueceremonies.co.uk

Stationer: Designed by Brownings

Florist: www.theflowersmiths.co.uk

Cake artist: Claire www.deliciousoccasions.co.uk

Car: Steve’s Wedding Automobiles

Menswear: Lemmings at The Kent Wedding Centre

Bridal gown: Perfection Bridal Maidstone

Bridal gown designer: Justin Alexander

Caricature artist: Mark Thatcher www.markthatcher-design.com/

Marquee: Bohemia

Caterer: www.azracatering.co.uk

Acoustic guitar: Fred Clark

Barndance leaders: Famous Potatoes

Hair: RKW Hair

Makeup: Elizabeth Joseph-Love

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