Claire and Tom’s big day this July at The Old Kent Barn, was a wedding to delight all the senses. The venue, set in the heart of the Kentish countryside just south of Canterbury, looked absolutely glorious and the heavenly smell of roses from the gardens scented the air throughout the whole day. Beautiful background music was provided by harpist Nicola Veal, before the outdoor ceremony and during the reception. Taste took the shape of glasses of summery Pimms served in the gardens alongside delicious canapés. And as for touch, the hugely talented Vicki Lord swept Claire’s hair up into a delicate beaded headband, with tiny tendrils of hair just framing her face – the result was stunning, as was Claire’s make up by the wonderful Lucy Jane (I love her work!) – elegantly natural and the staying power is remarkable!
When I met Claire and Tom for their engagement shoot at Whitstable last August, we were blessed with gorgeous sunshine and a glorious sunset. Nature managed to do a repeat act for their wedding, producing the kind of weather everybody would love for their special day. It was ideal from a photographer’s perspective too – the light was wonderfully clear and we were lucky enough to have an intense sunset that enabled me to catch some gorgeous shots of Claire and Tom silhouetted against the setting sun.
Claire’s dress, by Naomi Neoh, from Isabella Grace, lent itself to beautiful photography with its French lace jacket sitting over a sculpted bodice and long sweeping skirt that suited her slender figure perfectly. I thought she looked like a goddess and Tom obviously thought so too!
The profusion of roses in the Old Kent Barn gardens perfectly complemented Claire’s bouquet and the mens’ buttonholes which were created by Tom’s Aunt who sourced the flowers from Gibson’s Farm Shop. One of my favourite images of the day is of Claire and Tom in front of a wrought iron pagoda, surrounded by a mist of soft pink roses.
I loved the personal touches that Claire provided for the wedding, including sprayed concrete place holders, which she made herself, lovely little miniature bottles of gin and tiny hessian sacks containing sweets. To remind guests of timings for the day, Claire provided signs such as ‘The I Do’s’ and ‘Pimms & Canapés’ next to old alarm clocks with their hands pointing to the time of that particular part of the ceremony – such a creative idea! Claire’s friend from University made their wedding cake – such a special contribution.
My good friend Anna from Somma Productions was the cinematographer for the wedding. I love working with her – she creates authentic, quality wedding video documentaries with a beautifully modern feel – I can’t wait to see the finished film.
There were plenty of moments to capture those all-important informal shots of the bridal party and guests, during the day and into the evening, when local jazz & swing band Hullabaloo brought the dance floor alive, providing a brilliant vibe and wonderful end to the day.
I must say a big thank you to Yasmin for your wonderful support in assisting me in the morning and leading up to the wedding breakfast, and for some great shots during the ceremony and reception – you’re a star!
So onto the images – here are just a few of my favourites from the day…..
Wow you two – what an amazing celebration (including your rapping Tom!) and what a delight to share and document your day! xx