As a Kent wedding photographer, I’m familiar with a number of the wedding venues around this beautiful county, and it’s true to say, I’m really spoilt for backdrops with our fantastic historical buildings, stunning contemporary locations and gorgeous countryside. However, I’d never worked at either of the locations Charlotte and Liam chose for their wedding and it was great to discover some more wonderful venues.
The twelfth Century Norman church of St Mary’s in Kennington was the setting for the wedding itself and was chosen because Charlotte’s parents were married there, giving the whole day an extra-special feel. I loved the minimal colour scheme chosen for the wedding – the bridesmaids’ gorgeous crimson dresses were matched by the ties worn by the men in the bridal party and Charlotte’s bouquet of roses from Wild Bloom. It was simple, clever and worked beautifully in the images I took set against the stone of the church walls.
I’d carried out Charlotte and Liam’s engagement shoot at Whitstable prior to the wedding, so we’d had a chance to get to know each other and try out some poses that worked well for them visually. This really paid off on the wedding day, when we needed to keep to a timed schedule. They were both fantastically relaxed and perfectly natural. One of my favourite images of the day is a photo of them laughing, surrounded by a mist of wild white lacy flowers.
Charlotte’s elegant fishtail dress from Chilham Bridal Boutique, with its criss-cross weave bodice, was offset by a long sheer veil. The dress looked stunning and the veil gave us great opportunities for some really creative shots. It was beautiful, flowing down behind Charlotte’s dress with the golden light shining through.
As Liam is a professional golfer, the reception was held at the London Golf Club near Sevenoaks. He certainly looked at home as the three of us set off into the stunning grounds for the bride and groom shoot. I’d had a recce of the golf club before the day, and spotted some lakes that I thought would work well as a backdrop. A beautiful warm, golden glow from the setting sun provided some splendid lighting, glinting on the water. Of course, we couldn’t resist a shot of Charlotte and Liam heading off into the sunset in a golf buggy! A special thank you to Mandy for your help on the day – always lovely to have your company!
Here’s some lovely feedback they gave me…
‘Catherine’s natural style of photography was what we wanted, to capture us and our family on our special day. From the year of communication to the engagement shoot to the big day, we never had any doubt about our choice of photographer. We have the most amazing memories of our day and we were so pleased, we have commissioned Catherine to do Liam’s golf shoot. We now have a ‘go to’ photographer whenever we want to capture more memories.’
And here are some of my favourite images from the day…
Many congratulations both – what a fabulous day! x