For the last wedding of 2015, we had the pleasure of photographing at one of the most iconic castles in Kent – Leeds Castle! Emma & Matt got married at the Maiden’s Tower where Emma walked down the aisle to some beautiful music by harpist Alison Blackhall. The weather was kind and we managed to hop in a golf buggy to get a few shots of them both in front of the castle. Once it got dark we even managed to sneak back out for a few night shots!
When we woke up on the morning of 28th October we had no idea that we would be photographing a wedding. We had a leisurely morning editing, then the phone rang – unfortunately a lovely local photographer had fallen ill, so she asked us to jump in at the last minute and photograph Rachel & Gus’s wedding. We grabbed our camera bags and headed for Mountains Country House!
As soon as we arrived we were struck by just how beautiful this Sevenoaks venue was, especially in the autumnal afternoon light. A very sweet, intimate group of the bride & groom’s family and friends greeted us, and we had a wonderful time spending the evening in their company. The grounds were ever so pretty with some lovely features to use for the couple portraits!
We so enjoyed capturing Dan & Hannah’s special day! The preparations started in the morning in the family homes, before we all headed off to the local church – Trinity Chapel in Bexleyheath. A huge number of Dan & Hannah’s loved ones came to celebrate their marriage with them, and the service was very personal and touching. Before making our way to High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells (the reception venue) we made a pit stop in a forest of pine trees and ferns, which suited the natural theme & decor from their day perfectly. We had the place to ourselves, and the atmosphere was nothing short of magical as the soft sunlight filtered through and birdsong filled the air.
High Rocks itself looks fantastic this time of year as all of the creeper covering it turns bright red. The newlyweds and their guests danced the night away in style, and as we left there was time for one more couple portrait – a night shot in front of the autumnal foliage. There were so many delicate, beautiful touches that made Dan & Hannah’s day special – the bouquets of mixed pastel flowers & leaves, the beading on Hannah’s stunning dress, the little green vintage car and so many more!
From the moment we met Rachael and Jack we knew their wedding was going to be an amazing day! The girls got ready at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London – the weather was crisp and the water was perfectly still. The ceremony was held in the Council Chamber of the Islington Town Hall, and afterwards all the guests travelled in a vintage double decker bus to the Lincoln’s Inn. The Oyster Meister provided a culinary experience (and some entertainment!) with fresh oysters for the guests!
The Great Hall of the Lincoln’s Inn looked breath-taking with its high ceilings, oil paintings and stained glass windows. The flowers were supplied by TBR Floral design, the cake by Bespoke Cakes and Treats and the light up letters by Light Up Love. Rachael and Jack couldn’t have chosen a more spectacular backdrop for an evening of celebrations! An awesome performance by The Hype made sure the night ended on a high.
Clarrie and Matt’s classic village wedding day was held in Farningham, with the ceremony in St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church, and the reception in a marquee in the meadow just a few metres down the old high street. They celebrated their day with their beautiful little boy and an intimate group of family and friends, and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed all day.
Some vintage American trucks collected the girls and dropped them off at the church, and they certainly turned a few heads as they made their way down the little country lanes! The colour scheme was a soft pastel purple, and the girls’ bouquets featured Clarrie’s favourite roses – the colour is appropriately known as ‘memory lane’.
The star of the show when it came to the speeches was the newlyweds’ little boy, who when given a chance to speak into the microphone tried to take a bite out of it! Adorable! Despite a couple of minor hiccups in the form of brief power cuts everyone was in great spirits and had a great evening of eating, drinking and dancing. The father daughter dance in particular was a real tear-jerker!
Helen & Jony’s wedding day in Buckinghamshire was quintessentially English! From start to finish all of their venues were simply gorgeous, from the preparations at The Old Rectory, Hartwell House, to the church in the aptly named village of Quainton, and the reception at The Georgian Rectory.
The soft lavender and green colour scheme photographed beautifully against the classic surroundings, and we loved the fun atmosphere with plenty of lawn games and silliness! As the day was coming to a close we were treated to a spectacular sunset – we headed out across the grounds to make the most of it! Helen and Jony make such a gorgeous couple, we loved capturing their day for them and we wish them all the very best for their new lives as Mr & Mrs!
Michelle & Bob’s wedding day featured two extremely special Kentish venues – Newlands Chapel in Charing and Ruffynes Barn in Aldington. Both were quaint and rustic, which complimented the dried bouquets and the textured brown suits perfectly! The ceremony took place inside the chapel by candlelight as the guests sat on straw bales, simple yet perfect. Next was afternoon tea in the barn, served on mixed vintage crockery with lavender and hessian decorations!
The whole day was full of emotion but also plenty of laughter. We loved our couple portrait session with Michelle & Bob in a nearby meadow of long grass!
Sam & Charm’s wedding day was a really special bringing-together of different traditions and cultures. We started the day in London attending the traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, a symbolic event in which the bride & groom hand tea to their elders as a sign of respect and gratitude. Charm looked amazing in her traditional dress, which was extremely ornate and beautiful.
Next the girls stopped off at Hanbury Manor to get changed and ready. This meant another gorgeous dress for Charm (only a handful of them exist in the world)! The wedding ceremony itself took place at Westmill Farm, on top of the hill with far-reaching views of lakes and greenery – a spectacular and memorable place to say “I do!”.
For the reception we headed down a small track to the lakes of Westmill Farm, where a marquee had been set up just metres from the waterside. The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed the warm weather, a huge bbq and good company. At the end of a long day we couldn’t resist fitting in a quick night shot by the lake – it was magical!
Katie & Henry’s wedding day was charming, rustic and gorgeous! They got married at Chilham Village Hall, which is full of traditional features – we loved the beams and old-fashioned brick work. The whole day was brightened by the sunny yellow colour scheme – sunflowers (by Lily & Myrtle) adorned the tables at the wedding breakfast and the bridal party bouquets. The weather was glorious so guests stayed outside enjoying the grounds until dark, and a huge barbecue (provided by Relish) ensured that nobody went hungry! The day was rounded off perfectly by Backbeat Village, a fantastic Motown band that had everyone dancing until late!
Huge congratulations to you both – you make a wonderful couple and your love for one another is obvious! We wish you all the best for a happy lifetime together.
Chris & Tony had a very relaxed family wedding at Frasers in Egerton, Kent. After the ceremony, the venue served their award-winning afternoon tea instead of a formal sit down dinner – there was no seating plan which was refreshing and suited the laid back atmosphere of the wedding. We loved being a part of Chris & Tony’s day and are so pleased that it came together just as they had imagined – fun and focused on friends and family!
This just goes to show that even the wettest weather cannot dampen anyone’s spirits on such a special day – just look at all of these beaming smiles! Alice and Mat created such a beautiful and memorable occasion – the styling, from the flowers to the car and everything in between were just stunning! There were so many highlights; we loved the confetti throw through a tunnel of umbrellas, as well as the entertainment on the dance floor (including a routine from Alice and her bridesmaids to ‘Jump On It’ by the Sugarhill Gang)!
The ceremony was held in St James Church, Abinger Common, which was adorned with fresh flowers in shades of peach, white and green – the flower arch over the main door was spectacular! Everyone headed round the corner to the impressive Wotton House for the wedding breakfast and reception. We were so pleased that Alice & Mat braved the elements with us to get some striking couple portraits under an umbrella as the rain poured down…
After dark, the rain stopped and everyone headed outside up for Alice & Mat’s sparkler exit – a great way to end the day!
From the minute we met Alice & Luke we couldn’t wait to photograph their big day. Their plans for a vintage-themed rural wedding sounded perfect, and when it finally arrived it didn’t disappoint! The ceremony was held in the beautiful Wadhurst Church – one of our favourite village churches with its light stone and white interior. Next we headed over to the Powder Mills Hotel, an 18th Century building set in acres of gardens and lakes.
The vintage theme continued throughout the day, with the boys in Harris Tweed bow ties, the girls in handmade polka dot dresses, and gorgeous bird cage centrepieces filled with fresh flowers. There were some hilarious moments throughout the day, in particular the bouquet throw and the lads doing possibly the worst job ever of picking up a bride!
On a rainy summer day we had the privilege of capturing this fun military wedding at the Royal Berkshire Hotel near Ascot in Surrey. The day was full of laughter and emotion – one of our favourite moments was Stef & Ashley’s entrance to the wedding breakfast room with confetti canons released by the bridal party! We loved that the full on english weather had no impact on anyone’s spirits – they enjoyed every moment, adapted and fully realised the potential of the 10 minute break in the weather to get a few shots with their bridal party. Congratulations to Stef & Ashley, it was such a fun day to capture!
Liam and Michelle’s wedding at The Old Kent Barn in Swingfield was incredibly beautiful from start to finish. Huge amounts of effort had gone into decorating the barn and the gardens, and the results were incredible – there was an abundance of flowers, candles, bunting (and sweets!). The colour scheme of shades of pinks and champagnes was delicate and romantic, complimenting the surroundings perfectly. We loved the hand-made light up ‘LOVE’ letters! Michelle & Liam are now hiring out a lot of their decorations so please check out www.moosweddings.com if you like their styling!
Michelle & her lovely bridesmaids got ready in the bridal suite at The Old Kent Barn, and Liam and his boys got ready at home. The ceremony was held in the gardens so we could all enjoy the sunshine, and the newlyweds walked down the aisle to bubbles instead of confetti!
The rest of the day was laid-back and fun, and as the weather stayed warm after dark we had the opportunity to play with some sparklers and do some creative night shots!
Chloe and Jason’s wedding was a truly beautiful, rustic day which they planned close to home in the village of Woodchurch. The theme was a mixture of pinks, whites and golds – we loved the bridesmaids’ dresses and Chloe’s shoes which had a touch of sparkle! The bouquets were a romantic mix of peonies and gypsophila, created by the very talented Cafe des Fleurs.
Andy started the morning with Jason and his groomsmen getting ready – they clearly had plenty of fun with their cars! I spent the first part of the morning at the Rye Retreat where the bridal party were pampered, before heading to Chloe’s parents’ home to get dressed. We got lucky and spotted a field full of soft blue linseed flowers in bloom opposite, so we had to hop in for a few shots!
The rest of the day was laid-back and fun-filled, with so many personal touches everywhere. The weather was glorious, so everyone stayed outside until late sitting on straw bales and enjoying the sunshine. The fun didn’t stop after dark – ‘The Rockpins’ kept the dance floor packed, and the fire pit outside provided plenty of marshmallow-toasting fun!
Towards the end of the night, two very special family members who sadly could not be there to see Chloe and Jason’s day were remembered with a very poignant Chinese lantern release. Beautiful…
It was such a privilege to be a part of Vince and Rachel’s wedding. The ceremony was very intimate with fewer than 30 guests, tucked away in The Secret Garden in Mersham Le Hatch. It’s a quintessentially English venue, with gardens full of fruit trees and roses and old brick farm buildings. The rustic look was completed with bunting, homely wooden tables, vintage china and fresh flowers. A couple of touches we particularly loved were the ‘naked cake’ and Vince’s labrador cufflinks!
Emma & Gary’s wedding day was held at the Weald Of Kent in Headcorn – a beautiful golf course and hotel venue. With its secluded location surrounded by green rolling hills and lakes it was perfect for guests to sit outside and enjoy the summery weather! The bridesmaids were dressed in a lovely soft yellow, paired with sunny bouquets in shades of yellow and white. Emma’s own bouquet was a show-stopper full of orchids, and Gary wore a fantastic watch which Emma gave him as a gift on their wedding morning.
This whole day was absolutely full of emotion, with plenty of tears and laughter throughout. As you’ll see, there weren’t many dry eyes in the house as Emma walked down the aisle with her Dad or during the speeches!