Another front cover for Howling Basset this time on Kent’s best wedding magazine “A Kentish Ceremony”
Rebecker and Matthew popped over with their boys and their very recent addition to their family … Summer for soem family photos.
Claire and Peter held their Kent wedding at the beautiful venue of Boys Hall here in Ashford. A lovely bright day for November and the rain held off just enough to get some shots of the newlyweds in the grounds at Boys Hall. A small intimate wedding with a handful of guests.
Vicky and her family popped over for some shots of the family both indoors and out in the fallen leaves.
Sheila and Andrew held their Kent wedding in the vaults at the George Vaults in Rochester. After the ceremony and during a break in the rain we managed to go for a wander up to the stunning Rochester Castle and around the area for the more romantic shots of the newlyweds.
Carianne and Greg held their big dat here in Kent at the wonderful Archbishops Palace in Maidstone.
A fanatic night of Bollywood entertainment at Ashford International Hotel here in Kent
Lisa and Daniel held their Kent wedding at the stunning Combe Bank School near Sevenoaks. Great weather and a great crowd too. It was my first visit to Combe Bank School so I went and had a look around very early in the day. Picked the spots I wanted to use as backdrops and decided to use the magnificent stairs there for the group shot of everyone. It would be a squeeze considering the number of guests but just had to be done. Combe Bank School is logistically a great wedding venue as there are many rooms and there’s no delay in ythe proceedings you get with a lot of wedding venues whilst they change the room around for evening use. At Combe Bank there’s a separate Chapel, if you fancy a religious blessing. There’s a drinks reception room which is where Lisa and Daniel signed the registers. There’s the lovely room downstairs that’s used for the wedding breakfast and then its back upstairs for another large room for the evening reception. Combe BAnk School is massive and for such a large venue the wedding couple get the whole place to themselves. So no random guests or golfers walking around.
After I’d decided on my list of shots it was over to Lisa’s Uncle’s house which was just a few miles away, which is always great, having large distance between venues just increases your chances of getting stuck in traffic and especially this close to the infamous M25. Te house turned out to be very spacious indeed with a huge garden filled with lots of animals. As it was a lovely day and the ground underfoot wasn’t too soft and muddy I took the girls outside for some shots underneath the weeping willow and near a fountain. We managed to get the shots done just as it started spotting with rain.
About 30 minutes before Lisa was due to leave I set off for Combe Bank School to photograph Daniel and the groomsmen.
All in all a lovely day and a great venue.
Lympne Castle was the stunning setting for the wedding of Louise and Simon. Although it was late September the weather was incredibly bright and the temperature was absolutely spot on. Not too cold that no one wants to go outside and not too warm that everybody heads for the shade; its a fine line weather at weddings. Most couples want to get married in the summer but harsh overhead light is not the photographers friend. Harsh shadows, too much contrast, sweaty grooms men. That’s why a good wedding photographer will either be heading for the shade to take photos or using a large flashgun to try and fill in those shadow. Now Autumnal or Winter weddings can have much better light. The sun is lower in the sky and a cloud covering acts like a diffuser making the light more even and more flattering. The only thing to pan for is that the light later in the year will go earlier, so late year weddings should be brought forward in order to take advantage of the light whilst its there.
Anyway no problem with the light for Louise and Simon’s Lympne Castle wedding. A seriously sunny day which had me reaching for the hugely powerful big hammerhead Metz flashgun I carry. This is only ever brought out on extreme light days where I will need the extra power and reach of thuis flash in order to light the groups with the sun behind them.
After the sun had started to go dow a little I took the newlyweds around the stunning grounds at Lympne Castle for some more romantic and intimate portraits of just the two of them. There are some stunning little places around the castle to shoot against. Having the whole of Lympne Castle in the background is also a pretty remarkable shot, it’s an incredibly beautiful building and a stunning location for your Kent wedding.
Howfield Manor Hotel
Howfield Manor was the reception of choice for Heidi and Dean after being married not far away in Nonington at St. Mary’s Church. Heidi didn’t want any preparations shots, preferring us to produce a 12×12″ Pro Photobook for her within the wedding package. I arrived at the lovely little village church very early as I like to get acquainted with venues I haven’t shot at before. The lady vicar arrived and what a breath of fresh air, she was incredibly helpful and said pretty much anything went as far as photography was concerned. She even suggested that I could lurk behind the high altar to capture the relief on the couples’ faces. I declined being that prominent during the service instead getting a nice angle from behind a column. I love to get the shots but really don’t want to interfere or become a nuisance for the family and friends.
The groom Dean arrives nice and early and I get some shots of him alone and with his best man. Then the guests arrive and I can leisurely get some shots of them too. Normally I’d be rushing around as I would have arrived at the church, from the preparations, not too long before the bride herself gets there. When the bridesmaid, flower girls and pageboy arrive that’s the signal for the guests to disappear into the church and get seated. Not long after Heidi arrives in a not to shabby large Mercedes. She’s running quite late, which surprisingly is the norm, and I can only take a few shots as I don’t want to hold up the ceremony.
The ceremony is lovely and the relaxed vicar really helps relax all around her. After the ceremony there’s time for a few groups but the narrow path and raised lawn either sides limits too much photography. After quite a bit of meeting and greeting guests which is lovely to watch the couple unwind and chat with family and friends.
Then its over to the lovely Howfield Manor just outside Canterbury and not too far from Nonington for the reception.