Rob and Rachel got married on a beautiful sunny day on the first Saturday in May.  I was rally looking forward to shooting their wedding as we had such fun at the engagement shoot at Deal in April, and secondly I just love the gardens at Pines Calyx near St Margarets Bay, Kent.

The morning started off with the Rachel’s preparations at their home in Deal. Rachel was joined by her parents, sister-in-law and Rob’s daughter.  Everyone was very jolly and made me feel very welcome! Rachel’s cousin is a dressmaker and her gift was to design and make Rachel’s wedding dress and her bridesmaids dresses, which made them even the more special.

Rob and Rachel chose St Leonards’s Church in Deal in Kent as this church is close to Rachel’s heart being that her father was the Reverend at the church for a number of years.  The ceremony was particularly special as Rachel’s father conducted the marriage ceremony after a quick hand over after accompanying his daughter down the Isle.

After tea, bubbly and cake at the church, we headed off to Pines Calyx where Rachel and Rob were greeted by Lisa, who is the wedding co-ordinator for the venue, with champagne and twist with pomegranate seeds! The gardens are just a dream, and May is a fantastic time of year for new growth and colourful flowering plants.

It was a wonderful day, the ceremony was very touching and the celebrations vibrant, yet relaxed at the same time.  Rachel’s brother and sister-in-law had travelled from Japan, and another brother from the US so it was a very special family gathering and celebration of the joining of two families.

Here are a few of my favourite images from the day…

something blue..

The church tower is quite a spectacle and the site it’s self is steeped in history

Kent Wedding Photographer St Leonards Church Deal Kent

Rachel had a great eye for detail and I loved the Cath Kidtson table cloths and natural flower arrangements…

The gardens were just spectacular and I love the way the yellow blossom from the Laburnum frames Rob & Rachel

Alliums are one of my all time favourite…

Now for the speeches! There were quite a few speakers – hugely entertaining!