So we just photographed these guys beautiful beach Engagement shoot literally just last month, next thing we know its their wedding day already! Today we were back to the lovely Weald Of Kent. Everything in one place too which we love!
It was so lovely being back among this family again, we have worked with them on many occasions (wedding, family portraits, engagement shoots) and its always a pleasure photographing them. And a beautiful, happy and very emotional wedding this was too! Nathan & Sarah are always so easy to photograph, so happy to work with me 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! Plus we photographed a really special moment, a first for us with a blindfolded moment between Nathan & Sarah before the ceremony.
With just a month to go until their autumn wedding, I met up with Nathan & Sarah at the beach in Margate for their engagement shoot. We had thankfully picked a beautiful sunny day and decided to use the beach at Palm Bay which is generally one of the more quieter beaches in Margate, especially during the later summer months.
These guys are always such a pleasure to shoot and having worked with them before they make photographing them as a couple so effortless. A really fun and easy shoot and we had all the shots needed 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 get both bookings! Always good!
Cooling Castle is a popular venue with brides and grooms 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 in one place so we were covering bridal preparations with Joanna, right through to the first dance.
They were another 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 plus has so many lovely areas within the grounds to take beautiful photographs! We also went a bit crazy with the details shots here as they took a lot of time with the decor. I think both myself and Rich were a bit snap happy at this one haha!
A beautiful new venue and our first time photographing here too! When we met Dan & Holly we instantly got along great with them both. A lovely couple from Essex who wanted a venue a bit different than everything they had looked at and Marleybrook House is definitely different! A 17th century cottage surrounded by landscaped gardens and also with stunning features such as a barn, walled garden vintage fairground and one of the most beautiful bridal suites we have ever photographed in! This is a very special wedding venue.
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 fair rides. They were happy to do anything, very natural in front of the camera and honestly we feel like we have captured some of our favourite images ever! 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 today Sean, helping me out.
Yet another Kent venue with lots of greenery and fields plus a pretty 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! 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. Today's wedding was at a really unusual venue that we had been wanting to shoot at for ages since seeing it on Don't 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 theme with pumpkins and hints of Jack Skeleton & Disney , The venue looked 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 has lovely grounds and endless possiblilies 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.
Another new venue for us today, The Swan, a Michelin listed Brasserie in the beautiful market town on West Malling. Everything was under one roof, ceremony and reception apart from us starting the day at Matt & Marsha's home to get some relaxed shots of Marsha getting ready with her family.
From start to finish this was a lovely, relaxed wedding. Marsha's pale gold wedding dress, very much 1920's inspired was beautiful, Matt looked very sharp in his tailored blue suit and as it was a small and intimate wedding, we had plenty of opportunity to mingle and chat with the guests. There was a saxophonist for the ceremony and drinks reception, we also had use of the courtyard garden for some photographs plus got to try the amazing food that this place serves. Highly recommended for the food!
After the meal, the evening continued to be more of a relaxed drinks reception rather than your traditional party with a loud DJ. Light background music was played which was lovely, as everyone could still chat, enjoy a drink at the bar and continue to mingle with the other guests. A beautiful day with such lovely people!