Venue - St Mary The Virgin & The Five Bells
Location - Eastry, Sandwich
Date - 30th October 2013
On Wednesday 30th October 2013, I was to be photographing the wedding of a lovely couple, David & Zira, from West Sussex, who were travelling to and holding their wedding in Eastry, Sandwich. The wedding preparation was at Zira's parents home so I headed out at just after 11am to get there ready to start shooting for 12. It was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere on arrival. Zira's mum made everyone a cup of tea, coffee for me of course and I got a few detail shots whilst she was relaxing and chatting with her family before she started to get ready.
Once the hairdresser arrived and started on Zira's hair, I got some shots of her having her hair done and the veil/hair piece being fitted. Her dress was a beautiful shorter length vintage style dress and the bridesmaids both wore a similar style dress. Once everyone was ready to leave, we headed off to the St Mary The Virgin Eastry, a Grade I listed Anglican Church in the village of Eastry, Sandwich.
After a few photos outside, Zira, accompanied by her father and her 2 bridesmaids, headed into the church. The church itself is beautiful, especially inside with large stain glass windows, high stone arches and columns and the detail around the church. The ceremony was filled with plenty of smiles from both David & Zira but also friends and family. They both looked over the moon to be married as they walked back down the aisle together.
I got some shots outside against the backdrop of the church. I made sure we got photos of them both with their children plus one of my favourites, the confetti shot! From here they both headed off in the wedding car down the road to the reception venue of The Five Bells. I decided to go on foot as it was literally just at the end of the same road, not far at all.
The Five Bells is a proper village pub, dating back to 1675 and had actually never hosted a wedding reception before until David & Zira enquired about it for their reception. Its such a lovely place with a good sized function room and was decorated with bright pink flowers on the tables to tie in with their colour scheme. I got a variety of documentary shots inside and a few outside of the bride and groom with family and friends. After plenty of eating and drinking, they were ready to cut their wedding cake and this was followed by the speeches and entertainment in the form of a local singer/musician. The evening for me ended with some photos of the newlyweds dancing their first dance and big smiles all around but especially from David & Zira!
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