A few days before Christmas 2018 I travelled up to Buckinghamshire and the lovely little town of Amersham for Sarah & Neil's wedding at the quaint Kings Chapel, set in the grounds of the larger Kings Arms on the High St. Despite the drizzle and cloud, the couple and their guests were in fine spirits! The main room was decked out with fairy lights and a nice big Christmas tree in the corner, and after the ceremony and confetti throw the staff quickly changed it all around for the speeches and cake cut. Sarah & Neil's first dance was one of the most creative I've seen this year - they had a whole routine worked out and put on quite the show for their guests! Before I left I took the couple back outside for some creative photos in front of the chapel and amongst the fairy lights in the trees. What a fab way to end 2018!
I travelled a few hours away to Stevenage in late October for a chat with Kelly the evening before her wedding, and it was obvious that she and Laurence had a pretty amazing day planned. I wasn't disappointed, and we had some autumn sunshine for their big day at the Cromwell Hotel in the old Stevenage town centre. Friends and family all came together to celebrate, and the newlyweds were great fun and happy to have a giggle during their lovely couples photos in the hotel gardens, bathed in some beautiful sunset light - and a big shoutout goes to two of the bridesmaids for helping me with some extra lighting! The speeches brought more laughs and there were even a few tears during the first dance, with some dramatic photos outside rounding off this great day.
I returned to the Folkestone seafront (granted, it's only a 5 minute drive!) for Mandy and Mark's big day late in September. The girls were calm and collected as they got ready at The Clifton Hotel across the road from the venue, and Mandy looked stunning in her dress before joining Mark at the Channel Suite in the Leas Cliff Hall. We were blessed with sunshine and amazing late summer light for the ceremony and group/couples photos back up top, before heading down for the meal and to party! They had a huge long list of guests attending in the evening, and they all wanted to jump in for a photo as the drinks flowed. Their first dance was a lovely slow number, and their smiles really lit up the dance floor as their friends and family came to join them.
I headed up to Thanet in mid August for Stephanie and James' wedding. A part of Kent I haven't been to for a few years now but it has some really lovely tucked away places. Even the registry office for the ceremony had a lovely overgrown Victorian charm to it! It was great to see so many of Stephanie's French family over for the wedding, even the language barrier didn't pose too much of a problem! We then headed to a nearby park for the group and couples photos before heading to The Yarrow hotel in Broadstairs for the reception dinner. After a while mingling, the wedding coordinator took us outside to the small gazebo for some last minute photos before I left the happy couple and their guests to enjoy the rest of their evening.
I headed up to Judds Folly on the outskirts of Faversham on another very warm summer's day for Kelly & Stuart's wedding back in July. They were definitely embracing the sunshine with the plethora of sunflowers in their decor and details! This is my first time at Judd's Folly and I was really impressed by the staff, food and the venue as a whole - a real hidden gem! Kelly and Stuart were stars too, of course, totally chilled and I had a great time getting some gorgeous photos of the two of them, as well as all the super fun shots getting involved with their friends and family during the day. This was the last of my July 2018 weddings and a great way to round off a busy month! What a fantastic day, and I'm sure the party continued well into the evening after I had left.
After the fun I had photographing Jenny and Ben's pre-wedding session earlier in the year, I was really excited to be getting together with them again for their Essex wedding in July! I was instantly made to feel welcome and captured some lovely photos of Jenny getting ready while my second photographer covered the groom in the morning. We then all headed to Warley Park Golf Club, where Ben works, for the wedding. Thankfully it was a bit cooler than it had been and everyone was in high spirits! Jenny and Ben both looked fantastic on the day and we made the most of the grounds during TWO couples sessions, before heading back inside to party with a country dancing style Cèilidh band to boogie the night away. What a fantastic wedding these two had! I was assisted through the day by Rebecca Watts.
In early July I headed up to North Kent and the small village of Hoo for the gorgeously sunny wedding of Anna and Sam. They got married in the lovely church of St Werburgh before I stole them both away for some romantic photos of the two of them in the neighbouring fields with the sun beating down. We then headed down into Medway to Lordswood Leisure Centre for the reception, which had been given a touch of sparkle for the newlyweds. A few cheeky shots and a hogroast later, everyone was pulling shapes on the dancefloor - but the kids were the real stars of the show! Putting on their own performance for Anna and Sam. A great day in the sunshine and such fun to be a part of.
Peter and Debbie were incredibly fortunate to get married on such a gorgeously sunny day during the early May bank holiday this year. Their venue, the historic Plough at Leigh was the perfect setting for such a happy occasion and it's adjacent barn was decorated beautifully for both their ceremony and the reception afterwards. At every opportunity their guests were outside in the beer garden enjoying the warm spring sunshine, and I even took advantage of this too by inviting the newlyweds to a field behind the pub for some stunningly romantic photos of the two of them. Soon after the party really began and everything from the first dance to the photo booth was just amazing - what a day!
George & Sylvia are one of my couples due to get married in July 2018. They got in touch originally to organise one of my usual pre-wedding sessions beforehand, which then turned into a large party afterwards, which then turned into a full blown traditional wedding ceremony at a church and community centre not far from them in South London. Of course I was more than happy to capture this very important part of their plans for the summer, which focused more on the dress and ceremonies associated with their African heritage. The colours on display were simply fantastic, and they both had two sets of costumes through the afternoon and evening before I left them and their guests to party into the night!
Nigel and Julia got in touch and took advantage of my winter wedding offer last autumn for their special day just before Christmas. Their ceremony was at the lovely church in Downham which looked really festive with its large tree and winter decorations to compliment the blue colour scheme that has chosen. Afterwards everyone travelled to the nearby Greenwoods Hotel in stock which had been laid out beautifully for the reception. These two were lovely to work with and clearly made for each other, even if they were perhaps a little nervous at first in front of the camera!
I returned to Lympne Castle on a chilly and damp Saturday in November for Gavin and Amy's wedding, but the weather wasn't going to spoil their special day. The interior looked stunning decked out in their navy blue and silver theme, and the weather cleared up in the evening for some dramatic and romantic photos of the two of them outside as well. To top everything off, while their fantastic 5 piece band played, I took the newlyweds and a few of their guests back outside for some gorgeous winter sparkler photos too! I was assisted through the day by Lauren Ripley.
Kevin and Karen got married at the picturesque Rowhill Grange hotel near Dartford and were determined not to let a bit of bad weather spoil their special day! After a lovely outdoor ceremony we had to hide out inside for a short time while the rain passed over before getting back out and enjoying the stunning surrounds for their couple's session. There was some truly hilarious speeches and some amazing choreographed dancing by the newly-married couple as well! A great day for sure, with some aspects covered by Sophie Cheverst, who assisted me throughout.
Mark and Lucy had a lovely little informal ceremony and mini reception at the Bloomsburys Retreat in rural Kent. Known for its holistic treatments and yoga classes, it provided a unique backdrop to celebrate their marriage. With many of their close family and friends in attendance, the sunshine shone for these two who really rocked their wedding day - Even Mark looked the part in a tweed jacket and fruity shirt! I left the party as everyone headed back to the couple's farm to continue the celebrations - no doubt they continued well into the night!
Joe and Hailey got married at the stunning Lympne Castle just a short drive from me on a gloriously sunny August day. Everyone wore their best to watch the bride walk down the aisle, and the groom even shed a few tears before they married outside witnessed by their nearest and dearest. Wanting to make the most of the good weather, everyone was outside for much of the day, with the happiness and laughter lasting well into the evening, rounded off with a very dramatic bouquet toss!
Ed and Shalini got married in the lovely Kentish town of Sevenoaks before returning to Ed's parents' farm for the reception, where a grand marque had been set up for all of the guests to enjoy. There were Sri Lankan dancers, table football, a London cab photobooth, hog roast and loads of other treats through the afternoon and evening. Although we were at the mercy of the unpredictable weather at times (including a thunderstorm during the ceremony), the sun always shone at the right moments. Such a fantastic summer wedding! I assisted in the photography with Denise Rimmer of OneLovePictures.
George and Vicky decided, in an effort to make the administration of their wedding simpler, to accompany a much more lavish and traditional Greek wedding in October with a small intimate ceremony and informal lunch at the Guildhall in Kingston-Upon-Thames a few months beforehand. I was really looking forward to being involved in their cute mini wedding, especially as we planned to head to Hampton Court Palace for lunch afterwards. While their guests got the tables set up, I took them around the grounds and managed to get some stunning photos of the newlyweds!
From first meeting Pete and Laura and hearing about their wedding plans I knew it was going to be something quirky and a little bit different. Leaving tradition to one side, they instead opted for a low key ceremony and reception at a central London Wetherspoons, sharing their love of good beer, fun, laughter and a pork pie or two with their friends and family. I headed first to The Ned hotel near Bank for the morning preparations before heading to Chancery Lane where the rest of the afternoon and evening unfolded.
Dann and Phoebe got married in the pretty Kentish seaside town of Deal on a lovely warm June day, shared by family and friends from as far afield as Australia! The little details and colours were a delight for the eyes - from Phoebe's lovely vintage lace dress, to the beautiful pastel colours in the flowers, to the elegant touches in their reception venue. The ceremony was held in the community church before everyone moved onto the reception at the Astor Theatre.
Alex and Sarah got married at the beautiful Chilston Park Hotel near Maidstone on a lovely May day surrounded by their friends and family. From the ceremony in the orangery, to drinks in the expansive grounds right through to dancing in the restored coach house, the whole day was such incredible fun, made all the better by the gorgeous setting. They were both cool and relaxed beforehand and clearly very excited to become Mr and Mrs Fawcett before letting their hair down and celebrating well into the evening.
Phil and Donna had their special day at the gorgeous and tucked away venue that is The Gardens near Yalding. What used to be organic gardens open to the public has since been converted into a lovely wedding venue and it just screams out laid back and classy. The modern converted barn and canvas tipis spill out onto some beautifully landscaped gardens. Phil and Donna's wedding was really laid back and relaxed with everyone enjoying the warm spring sunshine.
Steven and Sam got married on Good Friday at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone this year, which really surprised with its expansive grounds and cute little gazebo where they had their outdoor ceremony. Both Steven and Sam were amazingly calm that morning, though there were a few tears from the groom as Sam made her way down the aisle. The party was soon in full swing with friends and family from all over coming together to join the happy couple with their celebrations before dancing into the night. Such great fun and a great day was had by all!
Austin and Kelly got married at the beautiful Winters Barns wedding venue just outside Canterbury in Kent in mid August. As soon as I arrived I could see the endless possibilities for gorgeous photographs and it had a lovely barn type feel to it which is so popular these days as a wedding venue! It was a lovely day and the couple and guests were in a real party mood in the evening. Needless to say everyone, myself included, thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
Simon and Kelly got married at the Holiday Inn in central Ashford in early August. It was a gorgeous day and the venue really provided some lovely decorations and details to make the day come alive. As the sun went down I took them both into a nearby field (whilst dodging nettles and brambles) for their couple photos - and it's fair to say these two newlyweds looked stunning!
This lovely couple tied the knot after many happy years together on a sunny June day in South Essex. I joined Olga and the girls getting ready at the Thurrock Hotel before we all left for the gorgeous Orsett Hall Hotel for the ceremony and small reception. The dedicated chapel was beautifully set up and the large grounds provided great possibilities for some lovely photos of the invited close friends and family, as well as for the children to run around in.
I knew it was going to be a great wedding as soon as these two told me about it at our first meeting, and I was not disappointed! Opting for an exotic Moroccan/Arabian nights theme, with lashings of orange, pink and purple in their table decorations, it was a welcome change of pace for the Hadlow Manor Hotel in Kent. Lots of friends and family came together to help celebrate the marriage of a truly lovely and fun-filled couple, and by the end of the night they had to tell me to go home! The newly married Mrs Newman even performed with her belly dance troupe for everyone at the reception; you don't see that every day!