As most of my photography work is in London it’s not often I get the chance to be a Kent wedding photographer, so I was very happy when the day arrived for Florence & Steve’s wedding. They were married at Chilston Park Hotel in Kent last April. The venue, set in twenty-two acres of beautiful parkland, is a stunning building and the space outside proved to be an ideal location for all the young guests to run around and celebrate in their own way in the beautiful sunshine.
My day began with photographing Florence’s bridal preparations. This is one of my favourite parts of any wedding – there is such a sense of anticipation in the air and the thought of the whole day stretching out ahead. When Florence was ready we went through to a beautiful bedroom with deep red walls, which was the most stunning setting for some bridal portraits. I love to capture some photos of the bride before the ceremony – not only is it probably the first time she’s been in her wedding dress with perfect hair, make-up as well as the bouquet, but it’s also her last few moments before saying “I will” – it’s a very special time indeed.
The ceremony was beautiful and Steve’s face, when he saw his beautiful bride walking down the aisle towards him was a moment to treasure.
Although it was a chilly day we still managed to get outside to take some portraits of the newly weds. I really enjoy doing the couple portraits as it’s often the first time the bride and groom have been alone since the ceremony and realise they are actually married!
Then it was on to party time… and what a party it was! The wedding breakfast was wonderful, the speeches touching and the day finished in glorious style with a very lively ceilidh, a perfect evening of dancing for all generations to enjoy.
I enjoyed being a Kent wedding photographer on this April day so much – it was such a fun, family wedding full of emotion, laughter and happy ever after.