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James and Kerry had a wonderful Christmas wedding at Lympne Castle on a bright and crisp winter day in December. When I parked up a lovely familiar face appear in the form of the fabulous Gwenda from The Vintage Floral Design Company as she’d just delivered and installed the florals. Kerry was getting ready with her bridesmaids in Pinkie Hill Cottage and was being pampered by the talented Lucy Jayne Makeup.  She had picked a stunning 50s House of Mooshki Dress and couldn’t decide on shoes so had two pairs, why choose one when you can have yummy Kurt Geiger and Irregular Choice kitten heels?! I’ve loved getting to know James & Kerry over the months leading up to their wedding and we had a great ice cream filled engagement shoot one stormy summer’s night in Hythe and you can see their photos here. I was so excited to see all of their plans come together, especially as it was two of my favourite things colliding; Christmas and weddings! The reception room looked amazing, rich seasonal colours filled the room and the reindeer themed table names were epic! The weather was just dreamy, such gorgeous light flooded their ceremony room and we ventured out onto the terrace for their drinks reception. It was a little sun trap and everyone basked in the rays on the glorious day! Their guests all participated in the afternoon tea with a grand cake back off and they had a great selection of tea and treats for everyone. After their super speeches, James and Kerry announced a surprise was in store for their guests and they’d arranged for a swing dance lesson for everyone. Secretly, this gave them some time to have one last rehearse for their first dance, which they’d got a routine planned for! We popped outside for some shots after dark and it was so cold you could see their breath in the air which made for some atmospheric shots! Meanwhile, their guests made their way back through to The Great Hall where supreme swing band Goosebumps had set up and were ready to get the party started. Watching James and Kerry own the dance floor was such a treat, the whirled, spun and jived that routine and guests cheered, clapped and danced! I left the guys dancing away and felt so full of joy and Christmas cheer, I was beaming from ear to ear all the way home!

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  • February 19, 2015 - 9:53 pm

    Louise Brinklow - Gorgeous photographic story!ReplyCancel

  • February 19, 2015 - 11:52 pm

    Sarah Leaver - Just so lovely – stunning photos and a wonderful photo story of a very, very magical day xReplyCancel

Back in November, I travelled to Iceland and it was a rather mind-blowing trip as I’d had this up on a pedestal for so long!  I have been breaking up the photos of the trip into a series of posts, the first day about the Golden Circle is here and the mega road trip to Vik and the glacier and iceberg lagoon at Jokulsarlon is here. We’d covered so much in our first two days to fit things in ahead of a couple of rainy days, we had a day in chilling and having a pyjama disco in our cool temporary home. It was such a giggle burning up spotify, drinking lots of tea, snoozing and listening to the rain lash down on the windows. The following day was predicted to be a rainy one too so we planned to go to the Blue Lagoon, we were going to get wet anyway and I’ve always wanted to swim in the rain! While we were there we explored the Reykjanes peninsula before heading home. The following day, we journeyed around the coastal fishing villages near our house before heading home to see if the clouds would part and the aurora would dance…..there was nothing that could have prepared us for the most memorable moment of my life. EEK! I’ll be picking my way with stories and tips through this post so do read on!Image by Rebecca Douglas Photography - full post »

When Helen and Andy booked me to capture their winter wedding at Hever Castle, I was nothing short of excited! Helen said they had been together for over 13 years and wanted an informal celebration which happened to also have them marrying their best friends tucked into the party. They live in Hever and were marrying at the local church and planned to lead their whole wedding party through Hever Castle grounds after dark to see the spectacular lights display. On their day I arrived at their house where they were both getting ready in separate ends with their family and closest friends. There was such a sense of fun and excitement about the evening that was going to unfold. I may have stalked their cats while I photoed away, just too cute not to snap! I left Helen for her final preparations and headed to the King Henry IIIV Pub where Andy was chatting with guests and everyone wandered over to the church. Helen arrived in a gorgeous vintage car and the whole occasion took on the glamour of an old Hollywood movie. Her stunning couture green dress looked absolutely amazing and her and her brothers beaming smiles as they waited at the church door will always be a fond memory! We set off into the crisp and freezing night after their beautiful ceremony through the stunning Castle grounds and guests went on ahead while we captured some portraits together. The lake at Hever was serenely still reflecting line a mirror, our exhalation hung in the air,  and with a long exposure and a gentle pop of off camera flash, I captured the scene that lay out for us. It was then in to party, with a relaxed but exquisite buffet followed by some seriously excellent Ceilidh dancing led by the amazing Bowstring, it was time for me to leave these guys partying into the night.

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Yesterday was a special day, I got to combine my love of birds and nature and weddings when I went to meet Georgina and Gareth who own a lovely new venue, Kinghill Barn at Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey.  When you arrive your eye is drawn down the track to the horizon where marshes and the sky meet. I was early and so I had time to meander and observe as I drove down the 2 mile route and straight away I could see birds and sheep everywhere. There is something immediately calming and freeing about the landscape and it was a joy to see a heron, lapwings, stonechat and coots on my way to the barn. It was great to hear about how flexible the space is at the barn and Georgina told me that they have an amazing glamping village available to install so guests can stay on site after your wedding! Couple this with the rather epic Shepherds Huts as a honeymoon suite and they have a completely unique and quirky barn offer for couples. I admired Georgina’s enthusiasm and excitement for their venue and while we were chatting away, we realised our paths may have crossed before as we graduated from Sheffield Uni in the same year – it is such a small world! We set off in wellies for the grand tour and I think I said wow a little too much, but even on a grey day the whole place is full of wow. Its really exciting to be recommended by them and I really can’t wait to capture a wedding day here. In the meantime, I am eyeballing my calendar to work out when we can book in a cheeky staycation full of birds and freedom from sunrise to sunset! Here’s a few shots I took and I’ll let this amazing path lead you through my visit…

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Today, I got to head out from the office into the local countryside at Bilsington near Ashford to meet Charlotte and Robert who own Odo’s Barn a lovely new licensed countryside venue packed full of rustic charm! It has panoramic views across rolling countryside to the Royal Military Canal and you can even see France on a clear day! The band has a beautiful lofty height elegantly decorated with rustic chandeliers and the light wood gives it a lovely warm feel. The sun tracks across the terrace which will be perfect for drinks receptions and as I saw, it sets behind the Bilsington Monument opposite Court Lodge Farm, where Odo’s Barn is nestled. I loved the moat surrounding the perimeter which leads you to the super cute Bilsington Church. I am proud to be invited as a recommended photographer and can’t wait to shoot a real wedding there! Here are some photos I took while strolling and chatting to lovely Charlotte and Robert.

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