In September 2012, I had the pleasure of photographing the marriage of Martin & Yasmin at The Old Kent Barn in Swingfield, Kent. I’ve been lucky enough to have shot a number of weddings at The Old Kent Barn. The grounds are beautiful, the barn very impressive and Hilary, Claire and their team are uber efficient, organised, friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Every wedding i have shot there has been a unique, intimate affair – so a venue I would whole heartily recommend!
My day started off my meeting Yasmin in the bridal suite where she was joined by her bridesmaids, sisters, mother and mother in law to be! They were such a fun crowd and preparations were well on their way. After recording a few detail shots and the start of the preparations, I made my way down to the barn where the tables were set for the wedding breakfast. If I can, I like to photograph the tables and detail shots at this stage so it affords more time or reportage after the ceremony and before the wedding breakfast begins.
It was a really fantastic day! Very family orientated, some surprises thrown in for the guests, and the months of planning paid off brilliantly. A very special couple and a very special day..
Here are just a few images from the day…
This is just small selection of the cuff links Martin & Yasmin had brought for their fathers, best man and groomsmen as wedding gift -all individual and personal
Yasmin’s long time friend was makeup artist to to the bridal party- a very nice personal touch…That morning, Martin had left a rose and letter for Yasmin – so romantic!
I loved this idea – images of Martin and Yasmin’s parents in their youth – very personal indeed.
Love the tuk tuk!!
Beautiful Yasmin and her proud father – lovely!
“you weren’t expecting this?!” Yasmin & Martin had choreographed a dance routine for their exit down the aisle – joined by their bridesmaid and ushers – great fun and very entertaining!
Martin and Yasmin chose to have a their favourite roast dinner for their wedding breakfast and had elected one person from each table to carve!
During a short break, I had a wander around the beautiful gardens of the barn – I particularly like the varieties of roses – a barn speciality!
A signature frame is a really personal way for your guests to write a wedding day message – and how better than to use an image from your engagement shoot as Martin & Yasmin did..
After the speeches, the three of us had a wander around the gardens for some portrait shots. The light was stunning – it was about an hour before sunset and the setting sun produced a beautiful soft, glowing light – excellent for portrait shots.
I try, where possible, to use ambient light. In this case, the lens was wide open, the shutter speed was slow, the ISO high and the lovely Martin & Yasmin very still!
Many congratulations Martin & Yasmin!