Wendy and Andy, married at Hadlow Manor at the start of autumn {sneak peek}

A Thursday wedding. At a venue that I know well. And to be recommended by the cake maker. Perfect!  I was delighted to join Wendy and Andy for their wedding celebrations at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge with a close knit group of friends and family and, considering we are coming to end of summer, we were so lucky with the weather and their guests enjoyed drinks on the terrace before being seated for the wedding breakfast.

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The autumn themed wedding cake created by Gill from Gills Cakes and Cupcakes was stunning and the attention to detail on the falling leaves, all made by hand, really got the attention of the guests. And it seemed the perfect backdrop against which to photograph the wedding rings.

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There was barely a dry eye in the house – Wendy’s father has been unwell but was able to make it to the ceremony and proudly gave his daughter away.

Wendy looked beautiful in her bridal gown from Victoria Grace Bridal and her matron of honour and bridesmaids complemented her in their mint green dresses.

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Background music was provided during the ceremony and drinks reception by the talented duo, Karina and Adel from just2harpduo.com

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The grounds are still looking beautiful at Hadlow Manor and we also had time for a cheeky shot down into the stair well.

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A beautiful day with a lovely couple who have truly found happiness with each other. It was a pleasure to be part of your day and to spend time with you and your families. Wishing you both a fabulous honeymoon and looking forward to sharing your images with you very soon xx

Counting your blessings – Sarah and Sam’s sneak peek at Hadlow Manor

Sarah and Sam must be counting their blessings. Not only was the weather almost perfect on their wedding day, but they had snow. Well, not real snow. But snow nonetheless. I was absolutely delighted to be part of their wedding day and to see this fabulous young couple celebrate their love amongst family and friends. It was emotional, colourful, organised and fun. And I really must learn how to tie a cravat – perhaps that should be my new year’s resolution!

Here’s a couple of images from their day … one of my favourite engagement ring shots of the year!

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The gorgeous couple – the light was fading so fast and it was getting quite chilly and luckily, we had the chance to take a few shots before the first spots of rain arrived!

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And, of course, being at this time of year, the Christmas trees were still up …

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Congratulations to you both and I can’t wait to share the rest of your images with you in the New Year. In the meantime, thanks again to you both and to your family and friends for making my job so very, very enjoyable xx

Wedding Experience wedding fair at Hadlow Manor – come and have a chat!

Once again, I am delighted to have been asked to exhibit at the Wedding Experience wedding fair at Hadlow Manor near Tonbridge. As I am one of their recommended suppliers, I know the venue inside out, come rain or shine and very much enjoy photographing wedding celebrations there.

You can find out more about the fair by checking out their flyer …

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There will be lots of lovely new images and albums for you to browse and I hope to see some of my past, and future, clients at the fair too. And a little special offer for on-the-day bookings – so if you’ve been thinking about booking, take advantage of the offer at the fair and come along.

Looking forward to meeting you all!

The wally with a brolly – Carole and Peter’s wedding at Hadlow Manor {sneak peek}

“Finding love later in life” … those words resonated with all of the guests and family of Carole and Peter who donned their finest black tie suits and cocktail dresses and joined them for their wedding celebration at Hadlow Manor on Saturday. Although the sun tried hard, it didn’t manage to break through but the rain stayed away until the early evening by which time the wedding breakfast was well underway.

I’m posting a different set of sneak peek images for Carole and Peter … they are blessed with children who have all joined together to create a happy and welcoming family. So I thought I would share some of the group shots that we took …

And of the bride and groom:

And Janet. Oh Janet, such a delightful and engaging laugh, I just had to include you!

When a groom has his sons as his best men, you can be sure that there are one or two little snippets about him that made the entire room dissolve into laughter. And when the bride speaks about the support and love that she has received from her friends and now from her husband’s family, tears were close by. And the story about the “wally with the brolly” – just a classic!

Thank you all for making me feel so incredibly welcome, for braving the damp conditions for the outside shots, to the group who wanted to jump for their picture … all in all, a brilliant and very satisfying wedding day indeed. Congratulations to you both and I’ll be working to edit your wedding as quickly as I possibly can!

Teresa and Ray {married} at Hadlow Manor – sneak peek …

Saturday was hot. Bright and sunny and perfect for Teresa and Ray’s celebrations at Hadlow Manor. Teresa and Ray had booked me at a wedding fair at Hadlow in March and I just couldn’t believe how quickly their celebrations had come around. Their ceremony was emotional but also light hearted – an absolute reflection of this lovely couple. I’m delighted to share your sneak peek(s) …

There was the most beautiful light in the corridor next to the room where Teresa and her daughter were getting ready. And Ray doesn’t look at all nervous …

We had time in between courses and after the wedding breakfast (which was delicious, by the way) to stroll out into the grounds for a few “couple” shots …

And I’m so glad that we did!

It was a pleasure spending the day with your families and guests and I hear that the celebrations went on long into the night! I hope you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek and I’ll be working hard to get your final edited images to you as soon as possible … xx

Julie and Noel – far too much giggling and laughter at a wedding – {sneak peek}

The weather was perfect – warm with a gentle breeze. The bride was relaxed and prepared. The rings were made of copper (accordingly to the groom’s brother) and from this point on, I don’t think I’ve laughed so much at a wedding! Such a warm welcome from both Julie and Noel’s family and the ease with which both families and friends came together in celebrating this wedding was a delight to behold.

Before Julie and Noel jet off on their honeymoon (do say hello to my Canadian cousins …), I wanted to post a quick sneak peek from yesterday …

However, romantic and sweet as this image is (and the couple needed no direction at all …), the following image sums up what was, for me, the true spirit of this wedding!

I have no doubt that you will both have the most amazing adventure on your honeymoon and I’m looking forward to sharing your wedding day images with you on your return. Thank you again for including me in your celebrations and congratulations again to you both! xx

Pam and Dan’s pre-wedding photoshoot {sneak peek}

I met up with Pam and Dan at Hadlow Manor for their pre-wedding photoshoot as this is where they will be celebrating their wedding – this gorgeous bride and groom-to-be had booked me on the strength of their wedding co-ordinator, Una’s, recommendation and so this was the first time we had met up. With their wedding in just over three weeks, their plans are nearly finalised and we chatted through the details … and then strolled out into the gardens for some shots. It wasn’t raining …

We were able to walk around the whole hotel, discussing different ideas and places to shoot.

I really like trying to incorporate textures into photographs as the conversion into black and white is much more dramatic. But colour is good too …

Luckily the rain held off the whole time that we were shooting and I’m really hoping that the sun shines on their wedding day!

I’m glad that you both enjoyed yourselves and that you feel much more comfortable now in front of my camera. See you in just a few short weeks and I can’t wait to see the dress and those shoes!