It was great to see Charlotte and Andy again and catch up on news of friends and family connected to them, whilst photographing their daughter Lily. Lily performed excellently for her first portrait session and whilst we were there we took some pictures of her three cousins. An enjoyable and satisfying morning, thank you to all of them!
Sue and Mark’s oudoor Wedding Ceremony was changed at the very last minute due to a most inconvenient rain shower, after which the day was warm and dry. The grounds at Prested Hall made a lovely backdrop for Sue and Mark’s Wedding pictures of themselves and their families. Mark’s speech at the Wedding Breakfast was impressive as he managed to introduce everyone in the room which allowed us to capture some lovely moments. After the First Dance we took a couple of pictures of Sue and Mark beside the moat to finish our day. Video was by Martin Kershaw
It was lovely to see again Amanda and Lee (whose Wedding we photographed last year at Spains Hall), Jo and Olly (whose Wedding we photographed at Maidens Barn in 2007) and their son Sam and take a family portrait as a surprise for their Mum & Dad’s Anniversary.
As we arrived at Leez Priory for Helene and Mark’s Wedding Day, Helene’s hair and make up was underway in the cottage before the girls moved to the main House, for the finishing touches. Meanwhile Mark made his final preparations in the Granary. The Wedding Ceremony was held under the Tower in the warm afternoon sunshine. Whilst the Guests were enjoying the Drinks Reception, we took a few pictures of Helene and Mark with their Wedding Car before their family group pictures. After the Wedding Breakfast in the Coach House we took some Bride and Groom portraits around the beautiful grounds including the Lake. Later, Helene and Mark decided to perform their First Dance outside to enable their wheelchair-bound Guest to watch, and just as we were leaving the sunset got even better and we ended with a great picture!
It was nice to meet Natasha and Paul again prior to their Wedding at The Fennes Estate later on this year. As well as discussing the final details of their Wedding we took a few pictures of Natasha and Paul by themselves and also with their dog.
Claire and Tom chose Prested Hall, Feering, for their Civil Ceremony and Reception. Claire and her Bridesmaids were getting ready for the Ceremony when we arrived at Prested Hall, so after taking a few pictures we went to find Tom and his Best Man. A few pictures of their final preparations were taken together with pictures of Guests arriving. Other than a shower occurring whilst the Ceremony was taking place, the weather stayed fine and we were able to go outside and take the requested photographs. After Claire and Tom had time to socialise with their Guests we took them for a walk around Prested Hall for their pictures, before the Wedding Breakfast. Speeches followed and a while later the evening celebrations began, our coverage ending with the First Dance.
Cathy’s bridal preparations were taking place at Five Lakes Golf and Country Club, so this is where David and I joined the girls at the beginning of Cathy and Matt’s Wedding Day. Lots of activity was taking place, so there were plenty of images to capture before leaving for the journey to Creeksea Place for the Civil Ceremony and Reception. Unfortunately, the weather was not as we would all have liked so the use of umbrellas was used to the maximum when we got to Creeksea. Saying that, we captured some lovely images of the everyone making their way to the outdoor Ceremony. After the Ceremony as it was still raining we were able to go into the House with Cathy and Matt and take some unexpected indoor pictures, with great results! As we came out the sun was shining, so the requested family group pictures were taken outside on the lawn. Following the Wedding Breakfast, we covered the Speeches, which were interrupted by the marvelous ‘Del Boy’ Lookalike, www.delboy2.co.uk, which provided great fun and laughter. A stroll around the grounds of Creeksea Place in the early evening and coverage of the First Dance ended our day.
A lovely warm day greeted us at home for the start of Lauren and David’s Wedding Day. Lauren and her Bridesmaids were extremely relaxed enjoying the many preparations going on and this made for some nice informal pictures. After taking a few pictures of Lauren in the garden we left to go to St Mary’s Church, Chigwell, for the Ceremony. Following the church service, Lauren and David greeted their Guests outside the Church, proceeded by a few pictures of the two of them at the Church door. Lauren and David left the Church, past confetti throwers in the glorious sunshine. On arrival at Gaynes Park, Lauren and David socialised with their Guests before we organised the family group pictures to be taken in the Walled Garden. Gaynes Park provides ample opportunities for photographs and as we were there until after the First Dance, we were able to get such varied beautiful pictures. An evening stroll for Lauren and David provided us with a closing picture which captured a wonderful day.
Abby and Michael chose The Old Kent Bar, Dover, for their Civil Wedding Ceremony and Reception. Abby got ready in the oldest part of the Barn which had atmospheric oak beams which added to the character of the pictures. The Ceremony was held outdoors in the Gazebo, which was beautifully decorated. After the Ceremony the Guests enjoyed a Drinks Reception on the lawn in the sunshine, whilst we arranged the requested family groups, assisted by Ian Low, the Toastmaster. The Wedding Breakfast was held in the fabulous new Tithe Barn and the meal was excellent. After the Speeches we took Abby and Michael for a few pictures by the lake and around the Barn, briefly interrupted by a fly-past by Abby’s Dad’s plane. As it was such a lovely day, we waited for the wonderful sunset which was a while after the First Dance but well worth the wait. This was our first visit to The Old Kent Barn, Dover, and we were very impressed not only with the Venue itself but with the friendliness of the Owners and staff and hope it will not be too long before we are there again.