The forecast was for thunderstorms. Never the forecast that a wedding photographer wants to see, especially when her clients have an outdoors ceremony planned … but someone was smiling on my lovely couple and, although the weather was a bit windy, there was hardly a cloud in the sky and their dream outdoors ceremony went ahead. The gardens at Stonelees looked amazing as always, their attention to detail is second to none. Emma and Aaron had a twilight ceremony with their celebrations starting at 4pm but I arrived a little earlier to capture some behind the scenes, and detail shots for them too.
Emma had let me know in advance that her brother, Danny, was intending to propose to his girlfriend Chelsey. We orchestrated this for during the bouquet toss where Emma, instead of throwing her bouquet, turned around and gave it to Chelsey, saying “You might be needing this” and then stepped to one side to reveal her brother, on one knee … I”m delighted to say that Chelsey said yes!
After the meal, the lovely Brian took us out on a buggy to speed around the grounds and to give us the opportunity to get some fabulous bride and groom portraits. This is a great idea and, as the venue is within a golf club, the grounds are pristine! And just the right timing for blossom too …
Emma had read some of my previous blogs about weddings that I’ve photographed at Stonelees and she particularly wanted one on the bridge … I was more than happy to oblige!
I was delighted that the weather was just perfect for this lovely couple. They have been together for 15 years, have two sons and didn’t stop laughing all day. The connection between them is palpable and I very much enjoyed being part of their day. I’m looking forward to editing and sharing their images and I wish you both many, many years of happiness together x
P.S. And Danny, if you are looking for a wedding photographer, I can recommend a good one!!! (Me!)
It was hot, hot, hot. The grounds at Stonelees Golf Centre where I’m lucky to be one of their recommended photographers looked amazing despite the fact that there has been no rain for weeks … and Kirstie and Chris looked pretty spectacular too! How those boys remained cool, calm and collected in their three piece suits, I don’t know … but they did and Kirstie and her bridesmaids looked stunning too.
But there was a young man who stole the show. Tyler, who is just seven years old, proudly escorted his mum to be married and also gave a fabulous speech. Weddings are emotional and there were tears but much laughter too and I was delighted to be part of these wonderful celebrations.
Here are a few images that sum up their day – I know that Kirstie is waiting to see them!Emerald green is a popular colour so far this year .. and Kirstie had accented Kelly and Kara’s dresses and bouquets with beautiful brooches.Tears, yes, but huge smiles also. And that boy can smile!We did “formal” and then we did “relaxed” – Kirstie and Chris are young and so was their bridal party so it seem right to inject a bit of fun …After the meal and speeches, during room turnaround, the bride and groom get the chance to go out around the grounds in a buggy. Driving one of these can be a bit challenging (eh Chris?) and so I’m lucky to have Brian who drives me around … and thank you to the lovely Chelsea who co-ordinates everything at Stonelees.Kirstie and Chris’s wedding was a twilight wedding with a late ceremony but we still managed to get a lovely variety of images during the time that we had together.
It was fabulous to be part of their day and I wish them all the very best of luck in the future as a family with the lovely Tyler and am looking forward to editing their images and sharing many more memories.
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.
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!
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!
For their first dance, they were joined by gorgeous daughter Sabrina, who had been the most enthusiastic and well behaved flowergirl all day!
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
I am delighted that I am now one of the preferred suppliers at Stonelees Golf Club in Thanet (www.stonelees.com). Stonelees are newly licensed as a wedding ceremony venue so I popped down for a chat with their wedding co-ordinator, Chelsea, this week. With such stunning weather, I just had to take some photographs. Stonelees is undergoing some development on site but the grounds (as one would expect for a golf club) are perfectly manicured!
The gardens are being redeveloped for outdoors ceremonies and the facilities hold up to 100 guests. If you are looking for a wedding venue for 2012, please do contact Chelsea as diary dates are filling up fast. And don’t forget to tell her that I sent you!
I’m very much looking forward to photography weddings at Stonelees, especially outdoor ones!