WE LOVED WORKING WITH JAMES & EMMA DURING THEIR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT IN BLEAN WOODS A FEW MONTHS BEFORE SO WE KIND OF HAD A FEELING THESE GUYS WERE GOING TO BE AMAZING ON THEIR WEDDING DAY TOO! THE VENUE WAS THE OLD KENT BARN, SOMEWHERE WE HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED A FEW TIMES NOW AND ITS ALWAYS LOVELY FOR OUTDOOR SUMMER WEDDINGS.
LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL ATTENTION TO DETAIL, SOMETHING WE LOVE! AND A COUPLE WHO YOU COULD SEE WERE TOTALLY AND UTTERLY IN LOVE WITH EACH. WE EVEN CAPTURED A MINI CEREMONY IN THE EARLY EVENING BETWEEN THE PAGE BOY & FLOWER-GIRL WHICH WAS SO CUTE! SUCH AN AMAZING DAY FOR SUCH A LOVELY COUPLE!
SO WE JUST PHOTOGRAPHED THESE GUYS IN BEAUTIFUL BEACH ENGAGEMENT SHOOT LITERALLY JUST LAST MONTH, NEXT THING WE KNOW ITS THERE WEDDING DAY ALREADY! TODAY WE WERE BACK AT THE LOVELY WEALD OF KENT. EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE TOO WHICH WE LOVE AS THERE IS NO BREAK IN THE DAY BY DRIVING TO A DIFFERENT VENUE, PLUS MORE SHOOTING TIME!
IT WAS SO LOVELY BEING BACK AMONG THIS FAMILY AGAIN, WE HAVE WORKED WITH THEM ON MANY OCCASIONS (WEDDING, FAMILY PORTRAITS, ENGAGEMENT SHOOT & MATERNITY SHOOTS) AND ITS ALWAYS A PLEASURE PHOTOGRAPHING THEM. AND A BEAUTIFUL, HAPPY AND VERY EMOTIONAL WEDDING THIS WAS TOO! NATHAN & SARAH ARE ALWAYS EASY TO PHOTOGRAPH, SO HAPPY TO WORK WITH US TO GET SOME GORGEOUS SHOTS OF THEM DURING THEIR PORTRAIT COUPLE PHOTOGRAPHS. THE PHOTOS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, ANOTHER SPECIAL LOVE STORY OF CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS FINALLY BECOMING HUSBAND AND WIFE AND WE PHOTOGRAPHED A REALLY SPECIAL MOMENT, A FIRST FOR US, WITH A BLINDFOLDED MOMENT BETWEEN NATHAN & SARAH MOMENTS BEFORE THE CEREMONY.
WITH JUST A MONTH TO GO UNTIL THEIR AUTUMN WEDDING, I MET UP WITH NATHAN & SARAH AT THE BEACH IN MARGATE FOE THEIR ENGAGEMENT SHOOT. WE HAVE THANKFULLY PICKED A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY AND DECIDED TO HEAD TO THE BEACH AT PALM BAY WHICH IS ONE OF THE MORE QUIETER BEACHES IN MARGATE, ESPECIALLY DURING THE LATER SUMMER MONTHS.
THESE GUYS ARE ALWAYS SUCH A PLEASURE TO SHOOT. WE HAVE WORKED WITH THEM BEFORE, SO PHOTOGRAPHING THEM AS A COUPLE WAS EFFORTLESS. A REALLY FUN AND EASY ENGAGEMENT SHOOT AND WE WRAPPED IT UP WITHIN THE HOUR. CAN'T WAIT TO PHOTOGRAPH THEIR WEDDING AT WEALD OF KENT IN OCTOBER.
WE BOOKED ROB & JO'S WEDDING AT AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT WE BOOKED ROB'S SISTERS WEDDING. WE PRETTY MUCH HAD A DOUBLE CONSULTATION WITH BOTH COUPLES AT THE SAME TIME AND MANAGED TO SECURE BOTH BOOKINGS. ALWAYS GOOD!
COOLING CASTLE IS A POPULAR VENUE WITH COUPLES AND WE HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED THERE A FEW TIMES NOW. TODAY I HAD MY FRIEND AND FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHER RICH ASSISTING ME AS 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER. EVERYTHING WAS AT COOLING CASTLE SO WE WERE COVERING ALL DAY FROM PREPARATIONS TO 1ST DANCE.
ROBERT & JO ARE ONE OF THOSE COUPLES WHO WERE UP FOR ANYTHING. THEY WERE REALLY KEEN ON LOTS OF ROMANTIC COUPLE PHOTOGRAPHS AWAY FROM THE GUESTS AND FLOWED INTO POSES SO NATURALLY. COOLING IS SURROUNDED BY COUNTRYSIDE AND HAS SO MANY LOVELY AREAS WITHIN THE GROUNDS TO TAKE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS! WE ALSO WENT A BIT CRAZY WITH THE DETAIL SHOTS HERE AS JO TOOK A LOT OF TIME WITH THE DECOR AS SHE OWNS HER OWN EVENT DECOR BUSINESS DOODLE LOVES EVENTS. I THINK BOTH RICH AND MYSELF WERE A BIT SNAP HAPPY AT THIS ONE HAHA!
A BEAUTIFUL NEW VENUE AND OUR FIRST TIME PHOTOGRAPHING HERE. WHEN WE MET DAN & HOLLY, WE INSTANTLY GOT ALONG GREAT WITH THEM BOTH. A COUPLE FROM ESSEX WHO WERE DESPERATE FOR AN UNUSUAL VENUE, A BIT DIFFERENT THAN EVERYTHING ELSE THEY HAD LOOKED AT AND MARLEYBROOK HOUSE IS DEFINITELY DIFFERENT. A 17TH CENTURY COTTAGE SURROUNDED BY LANDSCAPED GARDENS, A BARN, WALLED GARDEN, A VINTAGE FAIRGROUND AND ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BRIDAY SUITES WE HAVE EVER PHOTOGRAPHED IN!
WITH AN OUTDOOR CEREMONY IN THE WALLED GARDEN PLUS SO MANY PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES FOR MYSELF AND MY 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER RICH, THERE WERE ENDLESS OPTIONS FOR SOME BEAUTIFUL SHOTS OF DAN & HOLLY. WE, OF COURSE, HAD TO HAVE SOME FUN ON THE VINTAGE FAIR RIDES. THEY WERE HAPPY GOING ALONG WITH ANYTHING WE SUGGESTED, WERE VERY NATURAL IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA AND HONESTLY WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE CAPTURED SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE IMAGES TO DATE! AN AMAZING DAY!
ANTHONY & SAM, A LOVELY COUPLE WHO HAD BOOKED THE ORCHARD SUITE FOR THEIR WEDDING. THIS VENUE HAS SOME LOVELY AREAS FOR OUTDOOR CEREMONIES, SOMETHING WE ALWAYS LOVE AND THEY WERE GETTING MARRIED AT THE TOP OF THE STEPS ON THE TERRACE. THE SUN WAS SHINING AND I HAD MY 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE DAY, SEAN HELPING ME OUT.
YET ANOTHER KENT VENUE WITH LOTS OF GREENERY AND FIELDS PLUS A PRETTY LITTLE PARK AREA SURROUNDING IT. AND ANTHONY & SAM WERE UP FOR PLENTY OF BEAUTIFUL COUPLE SHOTS. THEY HAD ALSO TAKEN THE TIME TO DECORATE THE VENUE WITH LOTS OF PRETTY PROPS, SIGNS AND WINDMILLS PLUS A PERSONALISED CARICATURE AS EACH TABLE PLACE SETTING WHICH THE GUESTS LOVED! SUCH A LOVELY DAY!
So after having photographed Craig & Kimberley's wedding at Weald Of Kent last year, Craig's sister Sarah booked us for not only her & Nathan's wedding this year but also for a family shoot with the 4 of them plus Craig & Sarah's parents....oh & all the family dogs too! We had arranged to meet up at Perry Woods, a 150 acre wood in Faversham for a relaxed, outdoor shoot on a lovely sunny April afternoon.
It was a lovely relaxed day too. They wanted group shots of them all together, along with couple shots & ones including the dogs. Its a beautiful area with plenty of sunlight streaming in through the trees so perfect for a photo shoot. Plus everyone knows how much I hate studios haha!
The day was topped off by an amazing bit of news & a huge surprise for the whole family too, which Craig & Kimberley chose to announce to their family that they were pregnant! And even had photos printed off (from their wedding) with the announcement written on to give to their family. Plus I was even there to capture the moment!
So obviously I've always said that once Claire was pregnant, I was determined that I was going to do a Maternity shoot with her. So at 35 weeks, we felt bump was a good enough size for the photos. Yes I was just a little bit excited!
If the weather had been better and it wasn't April...in England, we would have done an outdoor shoot which is what Claire wanted but instead opted to stay out of the cold, raining April and have a play around with one of our vintage backdrops. Outdoor shoot will be for Baby No2 haha!
Claire wanted a summery, Bohemian and natural feeling shoot. I definitely feel like this is what we achieved. I have only really done one previous Maternity shoot so this was definitely an experiment. And we are both over the moon with how the photos come out. My wife looks beautiful and is blooming! I can't wait for our little Ninja to make his appearance and I'm so excited to finally become a dad!
Next experiment will be Newborn Baby photos! Watch this space!
WE LOVE A WEDDING ON HALLOWEEN AND TODAY'S WEDDING WAS AT A REALLY UNUSUAL WEDDING VENUE THAT WE HAD BEEN WANTING TO WORK AT FOR AGES SINCE SEEING IT ON TV ON DONT TELL THE BRIDE. THE LOST VILLAGE OF DODE IS A 900 YEAR OLD VENUE WITH SO MUCH CHARACTER AND CHARM, IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE AND ALL THAT IS LEFT OF A VILLAGE THAT WAS DESTROYED BY THE BLACK DEATH. JO & HAYLEY DEFINATELY EMBRACED THE HALLOWEEN THEMES WITH PUMPKINS AND HINTS OF JACK SKELETON AND DISNEY. THE VENUE LOOKING AMAZING INSIDE, ITS A HARD VENUE TO PHOTOGRAPH IN WITH US BEING NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHERS BUT WE ARE REALLY HAPPY WITH THE SHOTS WE GOT! THIS VENUE ALSO HAS LOVELY GROUNDS AND ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS.
So today's wedding was always going to be an emotional one. There is a story to go with this one too!
We first met Ben & Kirsty when we were looking for a DJ for our wedding back in 2013. They were also planning their wedding and they were looking for a photographer, so we met up to chat about both working for each other. That evening we chatted for hours about pretty much everything but work and a friendship began.
Then in July 2013, Kirsty was involved in an accident which left her in a wheelchair and paralysed from the waist down. Things definitely changed for Ben & Kirsty but it didn't stop them from continuing to plan their dream wedding. Kirsty story is one of strength, determination and bravery. She has refused to let her disability stop her doing anything! We are so proud to call Ben & Kirsty our friends and to have been asked, as friends, to photograph their wedding.
They chose the stunning Hayne Barn House in Saltwood, a venue who pushed above and beyond to make the venue work for Kirsty in her wheelchair. Building ramps and doing everything they could to accommodate. We had stayed with them the night before, so we were with them, ready to start shooting nice and early.
The whole day was definitely emotional, many tears shed. Its very different filming two of your friends wedding day. It doesn't feel like work as you have such an emotional connection to everything. You know them so well and know what they want plus working with a wheelchair does bring its challenges but we did it! Everyone made this such a beautiful day for two very special people who we are so grateful to always have in our lives and we know that they are going to have an amazing life together.