I first met Rhys and Morgan at their venue a couple of weeks before their wedding, we took a walk along The Leas after a wander around their venue. When we met, the evening was beautiful, warm and the light was stunning. I remember saying as I left “If we get weather like it would be awesome”.
So the day of the wedding reception came and the weather was exactly like the day we met, beautiful autumn sunshine that turned into some lovely evening light. Rhys & Morgan got married a few days earlier but chose to have an intimate reception a few days later at The Grand in Folkestone. After some group shots we went for a wander along the Leas again to capture some lovely moments together.
As the temperature dropped we popped out to take advantage of the Grand (see what I did there…?) entrance of the hotel for some night time snaps.
It’s not often I get the chance to go over to Essex to photograph, but this was a wedding I’ve been looking forward to for over a year. This wasn’t your typical wedding. It was hosted in the front and back garden of Ollie’s parents place. Not that you’d know from that these photos, the setup was amazing and would put a few wedding venues to shame. Lots of thought had gone into every detail and the result was simply stunning. With music provided by the seriously awesome Three Mile Hill the place was rocking.
The day started in a hotel not far from the church where Loren and Ollie were to be wed. Then it was onto their families local church for the ceremony, which went without a hitch despite Loren running a little bit late. After the obligatory group shots, we were back at the reception and greeted by the band. If you’re looking for wedding entertainment you need to check these guys out. After a full 3 course meal and the speeches we walked out to some local fields as the sun set to get some awesome portraits. Then it was back to the party, and it really was a party! The dance floor was full and some serious moves were happening.
I managed to grab hold of the newlyweds for a few after-dark portraits down the side of the garden and the results were pretty awesome, if I may say so myself!
As always, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
Apologies for not getting round to blogging much recently, I’ve been super busy over wedding season. But I’ve managed to find ten minutes to share this awesome Nettlestead Place wedding with you.
Nettlestead Place is a stunning house situated in Wateringbury on the outskirts of Maidstone. The house is set in some glorious ground and is perfect for a summer wedding.
The marriage between Dan & Kristie was like two sides of the world coming together for this day. Kristie’s side of the family had travelled over from Australia to celebrate his special day. And, what a day it was. Glorious sunshine (temperatures in excess of 30 degrees!), drinks in the orchard, a marquee reception and then some awesome portraits after dark. On seeing the rear of the house, I knew what I had to do from the moment I saw it.
As always, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
I don’t hide the fact that I absolutely love black and white photographs, but why?
Black and white strips the picture of all the distractions and just leaves the subject to focus on. There’s no colours, flashy logos, different colour clothing to take your eye away from the subject of the photograph. It’s a great way to really show the emotion in a photograph. You can’t just turn a photograph black and white and immediately it’ll look awesome. It has to be a special type of photograph. Also the black and white conversion has to be done properly to help support the image, a quick black and white filter on your favourite social media channel probably won’t do it justice.
Here is a collection of some of my favourite black and white photographs from weddings, enjoy!
So your wedding has been and gone, and you’re looking forward to receiving your finished wedding photographs. A question I get asked a lot is how are they delivered? As of the start of this year I’ve ditched the USB stick. A Lot of devices like iPads are now without USB slots therefore making USB (as we know it currently) a bit of dying technology. I decided to deliver all of your images on a password protected gallery. The beauty of this is you don’t have to wait for the post man to deliver your USB stick and therefore it’s quicker for you to receive your photographs. You can slo share the gallery amongst family and friends to view, ether they can also purchase prints and wall art through the gallery, saving you from managing all their print orders after the wedding!
I’ve put together a little sample gallery so I can show you how you’ll receive your photographs. The only difference is I’ve turned off the shop option and obviously you would receive a greater number than that currently in the gallery. Once you’ve opened your gallery, you can download all of your images straight to your computer for you to enjoy for years to come!
The password to enter this gallery is SAMPLE GALLERY
I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Jack and Jennifers big day a couple of weeks ago at the St George Hotel in Chatham. The day started with bridal preparations at the hotel. Everything was relaxed even though the temperature was well into the thirties! The ceremony went without a hitch and Jennifer and Jack soon became husband and wife.
After the ceremony we popped out for some couples portraits across the road in the park. With the high vantage point over the town I knew we had to revisit this later. With the reception under way and the sun just about to disappear behind the clouds, we went once again across the road to create some beautiful portraits. The difference the light makes is incredible. It’s always great to put some time into having some portraits done as the evening light turns golden.
As always, I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
I wish you all the best for the future Jack and Jennifer.
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I had the pleasure of photographing Sam & Caroline’s big day at The Secret Garden in Ashford. The day started at the Ashford International Hotel with bridal prep. Caroline was cool, calm and very organised, which meant the morning ran without any hitches. It was then time to head to the Secret Garden in Ashford for the remainder of the day.
Although there was a touch of rain in the morning, luckily the weather got warmer and warmer throughout the day. Fred Clark Music provided the soundtrack which was such an awesome touch. Think chilled out, romantic, acoustic love songs and you’re on the right track. The bride and groom even managed to fit in a quick first dance practise in the gardens after the ceremony. As the evening drew in, the light was just perfect for a second portrait session with the new Mr & Mrs Berry.
After the the first dance, the sun began to set, so we headed out again to create something special with the help of the gazebo in the gardens.
It was great to be a part of your special day, Sam & Caroline. I wish you all the very best for the future!
As always, I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
This was a pretty crazy day, I was drafted in to second shoot for a good friend Martin. Unlike most weddings I photograph, this one meant I left my house at 5am on the day of the wedding. The drive to the groom prep location was just a casual 170-odd miles. Having caught up over a breakfast with Martin and hatched a plan for the day I drove to see the lads getting ready, whilst Martin went off to cover the bridal preparations. It’s not often I cover a full groom prep, but it’s completely different to bridal prep. The girls gradually get ready throughout the morning, having hair and make up and son. Whereas the boys head to the pub and then get dressed, do their hair and then go off to get married. Pretty simple, really!
Here’s a few images from their day, and I’m a big fan on Volkswagen campers being used on wedding days!
After getting engaged, you’ll get lots of advice of when to book a certain type of wedding vendor, from well meaning friends and family that have planned a wedding before. However there are a lot of variables to consider like type of vendor, location, date and so on. Therefore, the answer to this question isn’t as simple as you’d think, and is one that gets asked quite a bit.
My advice as a Kent wedding photographer would be to contact the wedding photographer that’s top of your list as soon as your venue is booked. There’s not much point in speculating on dates with your photographer before you’ve booked the venue as the photographer’s availability changes day to day and you may not be able to get the date you wanted at your dream venue.
Also, once you’ve secured a date you know whether they are available or not for your wedding date. So you can either book, or move onto the next one on your list. Do bear in mind if you’re after a Friday or Saturday date over the summer you probably need to be booking about a year or so in advance, as many popular photographers book those dates up very quickly. So, we’re currently in July 2018, and for me 2019 is probably around 80% booked up and key dates in 2020 filling quite quickly.