As a wedding photographer, I get to see masses of weddings every year and yet I’m always amazed and inspired by the creativity and originality that goes into the planning of each one. It’s such fun to see the little touches that reflect the character and tastes of each couple – I never tire of it!
Kate and Jon’s wedding was certainly no exception for me. Gorgeous June weather and the wonderful East Kent countryside provided the perfect backdrop for this classic countryside wedding with some great fun touches. I was joined by Kevin who second shot for me – so a big thank you to him for some lovely shots, some of which i’ve included in this blog post.
Kate’s dress, by Lusan Mandongos, was quintessential classic elegance with exquisite lacework and sparkling beading. It suited her figure perfectly and the shimmering effect as she walked was simply stunning. If times allows, I’ll get some detailed photographs of the dress – so much time and effort is invested in ‘the dress’ it’s really worth providing some beautiful images of it. In this case, Kate actually won her wedding dress which was supplied by Teokath of Canterbury.
One of the amusing elements was the unusual mode of transport Kate chose to arrive at the church – an articulated lorry owned by her father’s company – Excell Electrical Event Solutions, who also provided the power and lighting for the reception. It was a fun way to turn up at the beautiful medieval church of St Marys the Blessed Virgin in Woodnesborough, and certainly gave me plenty of opportunity for a great shot of Kate climbing down from the cab in her wedding dress!
The reception was held at Goss Hall, a Grade II Georgian manor house near Sandwich, with picturesque grounds surrounded by fields and pastureland. The fantastic tipi from Holmsted Events, certainly provided the wow factor. It blended perfectly into the rural surroundings and provided a fun and functional space for the festival-themed décor that Kate and Jon had chosen. As the guests arrived they were greeted by Ibiza-style music from a DJ, and bales of hay doubled up as seating. Another great, original touch was the amazing catering from Game and Flames. The company specialises in outdoor cooking, focused around wild game, and is an event in itself. The food tasted great too!
I love to be able to create a mixture of solemn, romantic and amusing shots that truly reflect the variety of emotions that come into play during a wedding day. The gorgeous evening light and wonderful countryside provided the perfect backdrop for some lovely intimate shots of the bride and groom. I really like the contrast between that set of images and the hilariously informal pictures of the bride and her bridesmaids – Kate is a personal fitness trainer (Boost Fitness) and the bridesmaids insisted on demonstrating press ups and planks as an alternative bridesmaid shot! As you can see, Jon and his groomsmen were not to be outdone with their images either!
What a great day – thank you so much Kate and Jon for letting us be part of your special day!