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!