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.

Kinga and Ian {wedding} – the story of the day

The English weather can bring some surprises … in the middle of February it felt, at times, like a late spring day. And we had some wonderful blue skies into the bargain.

Mid-February found me at Hever Castle in Kent, to photograph the wedding celebrations of Kinga and Ian (you may have seen their {sneak peek}). The day started off overcast and cloudy, but before the 3pm ceremony, the clouds broke …

Ian isn’t too comfortable with having his photo taken, but his sons, who acted as his “best men” were certainly not backwards in coming forwards, hence the “catalogue shot” here on the bridge at Hever!

And then off to the Tulip room, where Kinga was finalising her preparations …

And with her sister as bridesmaid …

and joined by her mum, dad, sister and daughter, Lily …

we were ready for the ceremony which took place within the castle … the room is dark, but we were so lucky – the sun broke through and lit up the happy couple beautifully!

After the ceremony, with readings in both English and Polish, we were guided around the castle for some wonderful photographs …

… and then into the grounds …

Everything was just perfect, the Italian garden was bathed in beautiful sunshine and we strolled around, learning some of the history of Hever Castle and the Astor family.

Then back to the castle …

for formal photographs and then into the hall for some entertainment provided by Etienne who is a personal friend of the groom!

And then the wedding breakfast, with wonderful speeches from all, including the bridesmaid and the bride! And the first traditional job as husband and wife … cutting the cake!

And then it was sadly time for me to leave … but safe in the knowledge that I witnessed a truly beautiful ceremony with a couple who are evidently very much in love! I am looking forward to seeing Kinga and Ian (and Lily) on their return to the UK and to show them all of the images from their wonderful day!

Hever Castle Wedding – Kinga and Ian {sneak peek}

Every wedding is different. Every wedding brings surprises and joy. And lots and lots of love.

Just one quick sneak peek from Kinga and Ian’s wedding at Hever Castle … the weather was beautiful, like a late spring day.

More will follow soon but I wish Kinga and Ian all the happiness in the world. Along with gorgeous Lily!

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