One question I gat asked quite a lot from couples before their wedding day is -
'What happens if it rains?'
The harsh reality is that it gives a few obstacles, keeping the bride & groom dry, looking there best & not getting the dress too wet and if its full length dry and as clean as possible at the bottom. I'm not going to lie to you - every full length dress gets a little grubby on the underside, even on the driest of days! But even with the obstacle of rain you can still get lovely images in and outside.
Gemma & Jacob had a wet wedding day, but we were patient, took the right images at the right time, waited for a dry spell later in the day & took advantage of that time. The first set of couple shots were taken mainly inside and under cover of umbrella which look lovely. The second was after the couple had their desert & before the speeches. Danny Watchorn the florist had made the main barn look extra special so we used his work and the barn as a backdrop for some of the indoor photos.
Cooling Castle Barn has great photo opportunities inside and out, so really I'm spoilt for choice! As a photographer my main job (other than pressing the shutter button) is know how to get the best out of the condition & available light within the running of the important, happy occasion.
It's always a pleasure to go to a venue that is new to me. Before the wedding I did my research on the venue and met Hannah & Michelle there a few weeks prior to their big day.
Both Hannah & Michelle got ready at Frimley Hall in the morning of their wedding, so I spent this time between both their rooms for the prep' photos.
After the ceremony we all managed to get outside for family photos and the couple portraits, the rain held off in the afternoon and evening and I got a lovely dusk/night shot before the party started.
A lovely church service in East Grinstead & reception at Westerham Golf Club.
The church is a stunning building a great backdrop for the ceremony and for the photos outside too. We were blessed with great weather, blue skies & a lovely sunset where we got a great set of photos on the 18th hole just before the speeches started.
Hall Place is one of those venues that I would love to be at more often, I always enjoy weddings there and always find new spots and angles to photograph. Stephanie & Leonard were an amazing couple to capture, a chilled couple who seemed to take the day in there stride - kudos to them!
I hope you enjoy this selection of photos below - click to enlarge!...
Congratulations to Laura & Jared who married last summer at Winters Barn in Canterbury, Kent. The happy couple had chosen a lovely venue. I have not been to Winters Barn that many times, but every time I go there I have a great experience, it is a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos, with a great setup for the whole day. Laura & Jared added lovely personal touches and style to their big day, it was a pleasure to be their wedding photographer.
A few weeks prior to Leah & Dean's big day I met up with them on a warm summers day at Nurstead Court for a pre-wedding photo shoot, great practice for them ahead of the big day and they get to know how I work. It was a lovely & practical hour or so, they even had some love from the local horses!
It was an absolute pleasure to be Rachael & Matthews photographer. I met up with them a few weeks before their wedding to run over the details and I could instantly tell it was going to be a great day to capture. The happy couple had around 120 guests attend their wedding and Matthews crew of Groomsmen is the biggest I have photographed - an amazing sight under the shadow of the beautiful Cooling turrets!
There was an air of anticipation on the day as this was one of the first weddings to use Cooling Castle Barn's brand new Mote House. It is an amazing space whereby Rachael and her bridal party could hold their preparations before the wedding and the newlyweds could retire to the bridal suite as their special day drew to a close.
A lovely wedding in Higham village followed by the reception at the beautiful setting of The Orangery, Turkey Mill, Maidstone. I've only photographed at The Orangery a handful of time, every wedding there has been great, it's the perfect setting and always seems to attract lovely couples! A big congratulations to Amy & Oliver! Here are a few images form their special day...
I love going to venues for the first time, I turn up with no expectations and an open mind. The Secret Garden was lovely and Alex & Oliver the perfect couple to photograph - it was also great to see some of my passed clients at the wedding, it's always a nice surprise!
This was my fist time at Bromley Court Hotel, a lovely setting for Anneka & Callum's big day. It may have still been winter when they married but we had lovely sunshine early on & used the light to our advantage.
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