Kate & Steve’s St Julian’s Club Wedding

Kate and Steve had a glorious wedding at the elegant and exclusive St Julian’s Club near Sevenoaks. I’ve loved chatting with Kate along the journey to their wedding, with updates about DIY projects and the status of the bridesmaid dress-making. I arrived at the Club just ahead of the ceremony to meet Steve who was waiting with his family and friends. Kate arrived with her bridesmaids and was whisked into the ceremony which took place in the wonderful conservatory. After the ceremony everyone went out onto the terrace for drinks and celebration. A little bit of rain rolled in when we went to do group shots and so we popped in to the gorgeous conservatory and did these beneath the wisteria which had been decorated with colour popping poms – I really loved this backdrop! The light shower had passed through and so we went for a stroll in the grounds, the scenery and nature here is something else, there was even mistletoe growing in the trees. Nell and her fab team had turned the room around ready for their reception and this is where Kate’s crafting explosion was seen in its full glory. I loved their anchorman themed reception with moustaches as favours for everyone and such beautiful bold colours filled the room I adored the florals which were a real family effort, picking the flowers from the fields at Blooming Green, and her sister Anna who runs Party in a Tea Cup arranging them and loaning lots of accessories for the day. During their meal a rainbow appeared, {natural light I love you}  which looked like it ended in the garden and I excitedly grabbed the guys to step out for a photo. Steve had three best men who collaborated on his speech and it reduced most people to tears of laughter, it was fabulous! After their meal we went for a little walk with the bridal party for some more relaxed group shots and some dancing and general shenanigans with smoke grenades – gosh I do love to play with these! Their first dance really showed of Kate’s amazing Isabella Grace Bridal Boutique dress before everyone joined them on the dance floor. Its been such an honour getting to know these guys and capture their day and here’s a few from their wonderful day:

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Chris & Gemma’s Kingsgate Bay Engagement Shoot

I first met up with Chris and Gemma just as they were preparing to relocation from Ashford and we chatted through what a bumper few months it was going to be for them. Chris jokes about how when he met Gemma, he got the added bonus of getting two dogs too, a bumper deal! Gemma is totally besotted by her gorgeous spaniels and it is easy to see why! So, for their engagement shoot, it was only natural that the whole family came along for the shoot. Gemma loves the coast and so we met for a drink at the Captain Digby before popping down to Kingsgate Bay for some photos on the beach. I had so much fun getting to know these guys more and loved chatting through how plans have come together for their October wedding. We took a stroll around the headland towards Botany Bay where there were some really dramatic skies as a storm gently danced out to sea before drifting inwards where we made a quick step back to the cars. I really can’t wait for their wedding, not long to go now!

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Amy & Tom’s Court Lodge Stansted Kent Wedding

Amy and Tom had a wonderful wedding day with their reception at Court Lodge in Stansted Village in Kent. I have had so much fun getting to know these guys and the family along the way last year we went to Bedgebury Pinetum for their engagement shoot  which created their save the dates. Amy is the youngest of three sisters and the last one to be married and so the whole family were getting excited about the celebration. They’d booked me for extended coverage from Tom’s prep through to their bubbles exit and I was so excited to see their day start. The boys were having breakfast when we arrived and it was a chilled vibe as everyone pulled Tom’s leg for some final last minute teasing! Tom opened some really thoughtful presents from Amy while everyone started to get dressed and then I zoomed over to Amy’s parents to see the bridal party. Amy is such a sweetheart and was really excited when I arrived. Her Mum and bridesmaids helped her get into her stunning dress before jumping in the camper and a classic car to head to the church. When we arrived at the super cute church everyone was filing in and awaiting Amy’s arrival. After the service, the guys had mentioned the view from the back of the church and it was stunning, across the rolling hills. The wedding party was met with pimms on the lawn and Amy and Tom had made the jars up which looked super cute. The barn was beautifully decorated, a totally wow factor, I knew it would as Amy and Tom crafted everything themselves. I loved the fairy lights at the barn end, which look so pretty in the images. The cake was jawdroppingly amazing and I asked the guys who made it and Tom’s Mum had, it was so good! Amy & Tom love their two rabbits dearly and one of their friends carved a 4ft ice rabbit! After their meal, Amy and Tom had a sack race with the kids and we popped over to the fields just before sundown. They’d booked the photo booth as they knew their friends and family would love it, and boy did they rock that booth, so many hilarious moments! I loved their last song, the dance floor was packed and everyone sang Oasis ‘Wonderwall’ at the tops of their voices. As Amy and Tom prepared to leave folk gathered quietly outside armed with bubbles and bubble machines for a super cute exit. What an epic day it was and here are some of the highlights:

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Fi’s relaxed Family Photo Shoot in Ashford

One of the things that I really treasure about working in the wedding industry is getting to work with fabulously talented people and getting to know them over time. I feel really lucky to work alongside friends and dear Fi who runs Anemone Blue Florist in Ashford is a total treasure. We caught up earlier in the year and she said how excited she was for a family visit with her sister flying over from the states and that she was thinking about having a family photo session to mark the occasion. Roll forward a few months to the start of August and everyone had arrived and Fi had booked me to pop along to capture some relaxed images of the family as they caught up over afternoon tea. Oh what fun we had, with a few group shots, a wander in the fields and watching Bonnie glide over the corn! We had a few rounds of hilarious Chinese whispers, with so many giggles about family secrets and funny stories being shared, it was a really special afternoon. Fi is a great animal lover, I adore her fabulous mix of her dog, cats, ducks and chickens a true countryside family home. While her family were over, Fi has been working hard on relocating her floristry shop and its ‘Grand Opening’ is taking place tomorrow, it sounds like a fab day full of live music, demonstrations and beautiful florals. To find out more click here. Here’s a few highlights from our time together.

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Tom & Soph’s Marwell Hotel Wedding Southampton

I used to go to School with Tom, with his older brother being in the same year as me, and we played in the school jazz band together. I got to know both of them at their Botany Bay Engagement Shoot last year on a gorgeous summer’s evening almost a year to the day before their wedding. Fast forward a year and we zoomed to Southampton where they live for their wonderful wedding day. The celebrations started with the girls getting ready together at their flat with one of Soph’s sisters doing all of the make up. The bridesmaids got ready first and waited in the lounge while Soph got into her dress with her Mum. I love their reaction when she came into the room. I loved their flowers made by Soph’s soon to be Mum in law! They were married by a friend at Above the Bar Church in central Southampton. It was a glorious service and I loved the artist that was painting through their service and the band made up of their friends. Tom had scouted out a lovely park near the church so the whole congregation walked together down one of the main streets in Southampton with Tom and Soph leading the way. I love spotting little moments and Soph showing her bridesmaids her wedding ring was lovely! After the group shots in the park we took a wander for their portraits before jumping in the cars and heading to the Marwell Hotel, next door to Marwell Zoo. The guys had told me about their crafting and the hours spent sticking sweets to create giant sweetie trees for each table. During their engagement shoot, we captured their table names which was quotes from Shrek relating to the gingerbread man – they have a #injoke about this! The reception on the patio was really lovely and the rustle of the trees as the breeze tickle through was really refreshing! After their meal, the speeches commenced which were great fun, I loved it because I knew some of the stories and my dear friend Jimmy, Tom’s brother and Best Man rehashed the lyrics to Pharell Williams ‘Happy’ for a character assassination on Tom! Everyone clapped along and there were some rocking harmonies being sung by the musical friends. The family are incredibly musical and Jamie, Tom’s brother-in-law is in a band who totally rocked the evening reception, spontaneous conga lines and classic moves filled the floor while the guests larked about in the photo booth. When there was a break in the music everyone popped outside to create an epically long sparkler line that Tom & Soph ran through and then back indoors for more music and muchos dancing!

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Sophie & Grae’s Secret Garden Wedding Ashford Kent

Sophie and Grae had a gorgeous day at the lovely Secret Gardens in Mersham near Ashford. When I arrived at Sophie’s Mum’s house, there were a fleet over very excited little ones, especially a bridesmaid who’d never been a bridesmaid before! The bridal party were all in TeamBride t-shirts and their excitement grew as the lovely classic cars arrived and Sophie got into her beautiful Country Brides of Faversham dress. Grae’s Mum had made all of the bridesmaid’s jewellery, I was in awe, she’d handmade the glass beads – totally epic! I loved the florals wonderfully created by Anemone Blue Florist who is based at The Secret Gardens, the pinks and blues looked fabulous. {Anemone Blue Florist has just opened in their new glasshouse studio and have their grand opening this Saturday, more info can be found here} The cars whisked everyone off to St Mary’s in Great Chart for a lovely choral filled service. We then headed off to their drinks reception at The Secret Gardens, I love how great pimms look, such a fab summery drink! Their table plan and numbers had been beautifully illustrated using flower names and the marquee looked really pretty. They had a sweet idea to get guests to write messages on keepsake wooden hearts and their life size post box for cards and presents looked great! During their meal I spotted that the rainstorm that had traveled around the back of the gardens had bought us a beautiful wedding rainbow and the newlyweds stepped out to have a photo with their wedding rainbow! After their first dance, a wonderful ceilidh band led the dancing and there was such a fun atmosphere as everyone hit the dance floor.

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My sister’s DIY handmade mint and purple wedding

On one fine Saturday in August in Buntingford Town Hall two childhood sweethearts exchanged vows and became husband and wife. This one was such a special one for me, as the gorgeous bride was my little sister, a day that filled my heart with pride. After months of crafting, all of my sister’s projects came together in Rushden Village Hall. Kate and Nick planned a really relaxed day and it sure felt like that. We got up early at the gorgeous  Anstey Grove Barn and she’d made everyone #teambride breakfast mugs! This is where the tears started, it was such an emotional day, I knew it was going to be overwhelmingly wonderful at times but it started the minute we got up! It was amazing to be staying with three generations of our family and I couldn’t believe it when my Grandma challenged Mark to a game of badminton! After photographing her gorgeous minty wedding dress, the girls headed off to the hairdressers and Mark and I went to the village hall. I had bought her flowers up the night before as she picked amazing Kent florists, Frida and Sophia Floral Design who created the most amazing florals for her. The village hall was super cute and we quickly added the flowers before zooming back to the barn to get ready. There are so many little moments, I loved seeing my Grandad polish the cars, boy does he take pride in his cars! My Dad surprised Kate with a pen he handmade on his lathe and the Mum’s teamed up on making bunting. When Kate came downstairs to set off, the reactions were priceless, my favourite being my Grandma’s. I loved the moments we had together for a few portraits, feeling every emotion as she got ready to leave. Her gorgeous hair accessory was made by the talented Atelier Rousseau and the bridesmaids and I were adorned with some of her pretty pieces too! Their ceremony was gorgeous, full of giggles and I adored Nick’s fixed admiring gaze into her heart as they took their vows. We zoomed on to the village hall for a swift reception with relaxed group shots before the hog was served and the speeches ensued. They were hilarious, Dad even dispensed some comical family planning advice (see the meme!) and I somehow won the sweepstake, betting 19min 23sec and the actual time was 19min 24sec!! Their pudding arrived and everyone filled up on ice cream before dancing and photo booth fun began! I loved their giant Bubblegum Balloons gracing the dance floor as the took their first dance as husband and wife! At the end of the evening, we all headed outside for some sparkler fun before making our way home to snooze after such a magical day. It was such an amazing and surreal day, photographing but needing to choke back the tears and it was such an honour to capture their day. My brother, Andrew Dean Photography videoed their day too which you can see further down the post – such a brother/sister effort! Eeeeeek!!!

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Suzi & Chris’s Festival Homespun Wedding

I met Suzi many years ago when I used to teach on the photography degree and when she contacted me, pretty much the night of their engagement, I was really excited to be asked to capture their day. They were planning a wonderful festival themed wedding and were hosting their day at a very special location, Suzi’s late Grandad’s house and paddock. We met up there around a year before their day and captured their engagement shoot while the oilseed rape fields were in bloom on a glorious sunny evening! When their day arrived, there was a hive of activity at Suzi’s Dad’s house with all of her six bridesmaids and family getting ready. I loved the navy dresses and the colour popping yellow bouquets! We got to the church and Suzi walked in to Suzanne by Bob Dylan to meet her very emotional Chris. While they were in the church the sun started to break through and they came out to a long line of confetti, lining the route to their reception in the paddock. The marquee looked amazing and I loved the pyramid stage cake that their family had made. There reception was really laid back and they had a hog roast and an ice cream van arrived to serve pudding. They were both nervous through the day as they had a surprise up their sleeves for guests. Suzi, Chris and some super talented friends had formed a band as the headline act for their festival day and after their first dance, took centre stage and rocked the night! One of my favourite images from the day is this one, a moment so stillness in the hallway of her Grandad’s house, such epic carpet….

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Katie & Lewis’s Romantic Quex Park Wedding

When one of your life long besties gets married, you know it’s going to be an emotional day.

I’ve grown up with Katie, we’ve been to band camp, played our saxes in America, left school, grown through uni, both qualified as teachers and always come together like no time has passed. I adore this girl. To. The. Moon. And. Back.

We’ve chatted about their plans for the gorgeous Quex Park and both Katie and Lewis wanted a really relaxed day full of family, friends and love and boy did they achieve that! Katie was getting ready at her Mum & Dad’s with two of my oldest school friends, her sister and niece and they were all being pampered by the fabulous style team combo of Jennifer Baker from Obsessions Salon and Rebecca Brown Make Up Artist. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful blooms that Emma Campbell Florist had created, I love the mix of textures and colours of the flowers and succulents. My brother, Andrew Dean Photography, was with Lewis and his Groom’s party second shooting his journey, which weave in so wonderfully to tell both their stories. Katie excitedly took me upstairs to show me her dreamy dress that she found at Teokath in Canterbury. When she was ready, I had to hold back the tears (pseudo-successufully) as her Dad, Andy, came into the lounge to see her for the first time. Katie is a Daddy’s girl, you can see how much they adore each other. Katie set off for Quex in a gorgeous VW Brides Camper and Marty matched their colours perfectly! When we arrived we waited in the bridal suit and I popped down to see the gorgeous outdoor ceremony area all set and ready to go.

As soon as their ceremony music started, Christina Perri’s A thousand years, I was using ever fibre of my being to focus and not cry, and I managed it enough to be able to see her glide down the aisle to stand at Lewis’s side. Their ceremony was beautiful and I loved the energy of the confetti shots as the walked up the aisle. Once their drinks reception was in full swing, we went for a wander for photos in the walled garden where I bumped into head gardner Martin (another BFF’s Dad) who let us into a greenhouse (thank you!) for photos with, what he informed us, was the tallest climbing geranium in Europe! It was also as hot as the surface of the sun so we headed back into the cool of the breeze in the garden for more photos before the group shots and dinner. Their speeches were wonderful and Lewis’s little best man, Charlie, who was sorely missed on the day had recorded a speech as part of the best man’s speech; there was not a dry eye in the house, it was beautiful. They cut their cake which I was in awe of as Katie’s Grandad had made and decorated it himself and used items from all of the generations of family wedding cakes, it was so special! At dusk we popped into the gardens armed with some smoke grenades to lark about and what a giggle it was. It was a still night and the smoke elegantly lingered, and with a gentle flash to backlight, we created a truly magical image that for me sums up the romance of their day. After their first dance, there was a lot of photo booth action before the finale of an epic firework display which was a spectacular end to a day I will treasure in my heart forever.

Love you guys so much, it fills me with pride to have captured your day, here’s to happiness, health, hearts full of love and forever and ever and ever after as your day was a fairytale xxx

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