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Recent wedding photography in Kent & London by one of Kent's best wedding photographers.

Mr & Mrs Murray

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Murray

Wedding venue – Nettlestead Place, Maidstone ME18 5HA

Season – Summer 2017

The Day of the wedding

As soon as I met Zoe and Anthony I knew their wedding would be one to remember! They had plans for a church wedding local to home and then on to the stunning Nettlestead place for the wedding reception.  At our consultation we got the chance to talk about the plans for the big day over coffee, one of the standout moments for me was hearing they planned having both of their dogs at the church as ring bearers, one being a Boston terrier and the other a super cute French bulldog, a breed of dog that I totally adore.

On the morning of the wedding I arrived at the house and began photographing Zoe and the bridesmaids, as they got ready with the hair and makeup. Zoe had two dresses one for the wedding and one for the evening, these made for some great photos when backlighted by the large bay window upstairs. Before we knew it, it was time to get the dress on and when Zoe was ready she made her way down the stairs to show her Granddad what all the fuss was about. Everyone was literally jaw dropped! Zoe looked amazing and was no ready to make her way to the church to see her new husband to be.

Anthony had arrived at the church and was greeting friends and family outside before heading in himself for the ceremony.  When guests were seated the vicar made the announcement for the ceremony to begin and asked everyone to be upstanding the bridal party made the walk down the isle towards Anthony, closely followed by Zoe and her Granddad who looked the proudest man alive.

Wedding Ceremony 

Anthony was blown away when he locked eyes with Zoe, you could see the connection these guys have as they held hands and exchanged a few sweet words before the ceremony began. The ceremony was full of hymns; readings and a live choir who made the most amazing sound echoing though the building as they sang, even the weather blessed us with a dry day and perfect skies, it was simply meant to be.

After exchanging vows and the rings Anthony leant in to make it official with a kiss under the applause of their family and friends. The New Mr & Mrs Murray signed the register and finished the service with a blessing before walking the isle one last time leading guests outside for confetti. One of Zoe’s friends did bring along a drone so as we prepared for the confetti line up it gave him enough time to get the drone up in the air and ready to film this special part of the day for them.

Wedding Reception

Guests were soon arriving at Nettlestead Place and on arrival enjoyed drinks in the gardens and gazebo, which is new for this year. I think this is a great place for guests to congregate and enjoy a drink or two and on this occasion a live band where hired to play various background music and covers under the gazebo. I used this time to capture the more natural photos while canopies where enjoyed in the summer sun.

I gave the guys about half hour before starting group shots and once we had ticked all the shots we needed on the list I took Anthony and Zoe away heading out into the stunning gardens Nettlestead has to offer.  I love shooting here and you only have to look at the photos to see why, the grounds have an amazing array of flowers bursting with color and features dotted all over the place to create something a little special for my clients. Today we certainly managed to do that J

It was now time for everyone to head into the marque for the wedding breakfast, which I have to say, looked the best I’ve ever seen it dressed! Flowers, flowers and more flowers made the place come to life with a really classy finish. A huge roar of applause greeted Zoe and Anthony as they made their way to the top table. Toast drinks and the long awaited speeches soon followed the wedding breakfast. First up was Zoe’s Granddad who made a heartfelt speech and even sang a song for Zoe before handing over to Anthony who brought tears to most of the guests.

Anthony had two brothers who were best men today and as they stepped up to the top table with mics in hand, pulled off an amazing duo act full of embarrassing stories from Anthony’s past and some messages of love and support for the new married couple. To close the formalities of the day the wedding cake was cut and prepared in the kitchen for the evening guests to enjoy, soon after the DJ announced the 1st dance and gathered guests around the dance floor announcing the Bride and Groom to the center of the dance floor to share a slow dance together before friends joined them to get the party underway.

I had a great day looking after Mr & Mrs Murray, to finish our photography off  we snuck out to the lake to nail this last fairytale photo. Thank you for having me Mr & Mrs Murray.

Here are some of my favorite photos from another great summer wedding at Nettlestead Place. Please feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your own special day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Bridal Preparation - 1st dance + Twilight flash photography

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 700

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

Mr & Mrs Richardson - Winters Barns, Canterbury, Kent

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Richardson

Wedding venue – Winters Barns, Nackington, Canterbury, Kent CT47AY 

Season – Spring 2017

The Day of the wedding

Celebrating your wedding day and the love you have for each other with your closest family and friends is such an awesome thing to be a part of as a wedding photographer but every now and then you witness an absolute belter of a day that you never forget..... John and Michelle’s wedding at Winters Barn was without a doubt one of those that will stick with me forever.

Winters Barn is one of my favorite places to photograph weddings, its run by one of the best wedding coordination teams applying attention to detail in everything they do as well as this its a venue that has acres of beautiful grounds and its iconic orchards to provide stunning photography. 

I arrived at the venue a little earlier than planned so made a start photographing the grounds before the wedding guests started to arrive and after saying hello to Michelle and the bridesmaids it was time to make a start.  I always aim to photograph the day as unobtrusively as possible to capture the day for what I was, so as the girls had their hair and makeup done and the flower girls practiced the isle walk,  I went into stealth mode or sometimes referred to as ninja as the morning passed.  The girls were on time and soon putting their dresses on with some final adjustments to hair and jewelry.

After capturing dads reaction the the dress and making some time for bridal shots in the orchard i left Michelle and headed across to the ceremony room to see John and wait for the ceremony to begin.

The Registrar made the announcement for the ceremony to begin and as the guests where upstanding with cameras at the ready the bridal party made the walk through the double doors and down the isle towards John, closely followed by a stunning Michelle accompanied by her dad.

Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was full of smiles, laughter and the odd tear from the groom, after exchanging vows John and Michelle made it official with a kiss under the applause of their close friends and family. The New Mr & Mrs Richardson signed the register and walked the isle one last time through a shower of confetti, leading guests to the lounge area and gardens for canopies, drinks and the group photos.  I think its really nice to include all of the guests at this point of the day so my first group photo always includes everyone, after a bit of marshalingand some banter we made our way through the list of photos.  The wedding breakfast wasn’t until 4pm so I took the guys off into the orchards for some romantic photos away from the crowds before heading back for candid shots as the day progressed. 

Wedding Reception

Guests were ushered inside the barn for the wedding breakfast and speeches and asked to be upstanding for the entrance of the new Mr & Mrs Richardson.  A huge roar and applause greeted them as they made their way through the guests to the top table. After the desserts had been cleared and toast drinks filled it was time for the long awaited speeches. First up was Michelle’s Dad who made a heartfelt but funny speech about his daughter before handing over to John who had us all in fits of laughter before pouring his heart out to his new wife.  As the Best man stepped up and began to talk, he was interrupted a Delboy lookalike who came out of no where! barging into the barn spurting off all the comical one liners and banter from only fools and horses tv show. It was one of the funniest things I've witnessed as a wedding photographer, it was a really different twist on entertainment from a Magician for example. Well that was it the whole barn fell over each other laughing as Delboy made a beeline for particular individuals. Once Del had finished the best man resumed his speech and closed the formalities of the day with some words of wisdom for the married couple. 

Evening guests started to arrive and congregate at the bar which has been extended and a new feature for 2017, guests where soon catching up with the day guests at the bar ready to celebrate the rest of the evening and 1st dance. 

After cutting the wedding cake, everyone headed into the barn for the 1st dance, the DJ gathered guests around the dance floor and announced the father of the bride and Michelle to the dance floor, “Your never walk alone” played with guests joining in the main chorus lifting the roof off the place! next up was theBride and Groom, sharing a slow dance together before unexpectedly breaking into a 7 minute flash dance! we couldn't believe how great it was, friends cheered them on as the guys totally nailed a well rehearsed dance routine before finishing with a fist pump and a hi five! guests them joined them on the dance floor to get the party underway.  We finished the night with some stunning photographs as the light dropped behind the tress of Winters barns.

I had a great day shooting for John and Michelle . Here are some of my favorite photos from another great wedding at Winters Barn.

Thank you Mr & Mrs Richardson.

Please feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your own wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Bridal Preparation - 1st dance + Twilight flash photography 

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 750

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent 

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

Mr & Mrs Winchester - The Knowle Country House

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Winchester

Wedding venue – The Knowle Country House, Higham, Kent

Season – Spring 2017  

The Day of the wedding

What an amazing way to start this year’s blog than with a spring wedding at the Knowle Country House! Jessica and Lee got in touch about a year before the date of the wedding and we arranged to meet for coffee in Maidstone to discuss their wedding photography in more detail.  Jessica’s bridal preparation as well as the wedding ceremony and reception would all be held at the Knowle and I always feel like this works really well for couples to reduce the stress of any logistics between venues.

The Knowle is full of character, offering 14 acres of beautiful gardens and orchards to exploreand always has a great range of colors and angles to work as a wedding photographer depending on the season. This year has seen the inside of the house redecorated and I have to say has made the restaurant for your wedding breakfast a very polished setting to celebrate with guests.  

I arrived at The Knowle a little earlier than planned so made a start photographing the grounds and venue being dressed before the wedding guests started to arrive. After an introduction to Jessica and the bridesmaids with a coffee in hand it was time to make a start.  The girls were very chilled out and played some background music while sipping Prosecco in the bridal suite and enjoying the pampering, as they got ready with the hair and makeup. I always aim to photograph the day as unobtrusively as possible to capture the day for what I was, so as Jessica and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done I found some nice angles to shoot from as the morning passed. Everything ran like clockwork and in no time at all the girls were soon putting their dresses on and making some final adjustments to hair and jewelry.

It was soon time for dad to see Jess in her wedding dress and before we headed out for some bridal shots dad walked into the room doing his best to hold back the tears they hugged and exchanged a few words.

Lee had now arrived at the venue and had already done the official bits with the registrar so we took the opportunity to take a few shots of Lee and the ushers before they had to head to the gardens for the wedding ceremony. Lee was enjoying catching up with wedding guests before the ceremony began which made this a great time for taking some photos using a documentary approach.

The Registrar made the announcement for the ceremony to begin and as the guests where upstanding the bridal party made the walk through the gardens and down the isle towards Lee, closely followed by a stunning Jessica accompanied by her dad.

Wedding Ceremony

Lee was smiling like a cheshire cat when he made eye contact with Jess, you could sense the excitement as they held hands and exchanged a few words at the end of the isle. The ceremony was just perfect and even the weather blessed us with some blue skies and a warm spring breeze.

After exchanging vows and the rings Lee sealed the deal with a kiss under the applause of their close friends and family. The New Mr & Mrs Winchester signed the register and walked the isle one last time leading guests to the lawn for drinks and the group photos.  I think its nice to include all the guests at this point of the day so my first group photo included everyone and have some fun while we make our way through the list of group photos.

The wedding breakfast wasn’t until 3.30pm so I took the guys off for some photos amongst the orchards in some of the less trodden parts of the venue. I love to do this because if the lights right you can sometime capture some really unique photos for my clients.

Wedding Reception 

Guests were soon ushered inside the house for the wedding breakfast and speeches and asked to be upstanding for the new Mr & Mrs Winchester.  A huge roar and applause greeted them as they made their way to the top table. Toast drinks and the long awaited speeches started proceedings, first up was Jessica’s Dad who made a heartfelt speech about his daughter before handing over to Lee who poured his heart out and brought tears to most although I’m sure some of these tears where from laughter as his mates gave him plenty of stick! A hard act to follow but the Best man stepped up, followed suite and delivered a brilliant belly laughing speech to close formalities. Dinner was now underway and finished off with the cutting of the cake inside the large bay window in the restaurant. I really like the light this window provides for photos and todays spring weather didn’t disappoint.

Evening guests started to arrive and where soon mingling with the day guests at the bar ready to celebrate with the guys at the 1st dance.

Damien the DJ gathered guests around the dance floor and announced the Bride and Groom to the center of the conservatory to Amazed by Lonestar, sharing a slow dance together before friends joined them on the dance floor to get the party underway. As the night progressed, guests enjoyed the great music, photo booth and atmosphere at the Knowle.  

I had a great day looking after Jess and Lee and so to finish our day’s photography we snuck out to the lake while the sun dropped to nail amazing photos by the lake and orchards. Thank you Mr & Mrs Winchester.

Here are some of my favorite photos from another great summer wedding at the Knowle Country House. Please feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your own wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Bridal Preparation - 1st dance + Twilight flash photography

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 650

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

Mr & Mrs Preston - Port Lympne Mansion

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Preston

Wedding venue – Port Lympne Mansion, Hythe, kent

Season - Autumn 2016

The Day of the wedding

I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and Georgie last year at a wedding fair and from the moment we got talking we simply clicked! I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for some time now and knew after I’d heard all about the plans for the wedding over coffee that it was going to be an epic wedding.

When I arrived at Georgies mums house the place was a hive of activity with hair and makeup underway the only thing left to do was crack open the Champagne. As the hair and makeup was now underway I started to pin down the shots I wanted of the wedding dress and shoes before getting stuck into the candid shots. I like to capture the day as unobtrusively as possible so as Georgie and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done I found some nice angles to shoot from as the morning passed. The distinct aroma of perfume and hairspray filled the room accompanied by lots of laughter, which could be heard from the end of the driveway of the house.

The wedding ceremony was being held at the Holy Trinity Church in Folkestone and on arrival to the Church Matt was outside greeting guests and putting his buttonhole corsage in place.  Matt was very relaxed and enjoying the moment with his family and friends as guests began to arrive and say hello.

It wasn’t long before the wedding cars arrived and Georgie took a couple of minutes with the girls to compose themselves before making the walk down the isle.

Wedding Ceremony

Matt was beaming from ear to ear as his best friend and wife to be began to walk the isle and as he turned around to make eye contact he couldn’t hold back the emotion on his face. When they were face to face you could see the excitement in their eyes, as they got ready to take their vows.

The ceremony was perfect with a few readings and a lot of funny moments, mostly from the vicar trying to get his words out. As formalities drew to a close the guys sealed the deal with a kiss and a blessing at the Alter.

The new Mr & Mrs Preston signed the register and walked the isle one last time to lead guests outside to the lawn for confetti before heading over to Port Lympne for the wedding reception.

Wedding Reception

Port Lympne Mansion is a stunning venue with plenty of great places for photo opportunities. I especially like the gardens as they have lots of different levels and features to create something a little different every time I shoot there. Arrival drinks and some magic by Chris Harding lead the way to group photos, when we had finished it was time to whip the guys off for some romantic photos away from the crowds.

The autumn weather was perfect to enjoy the surroundings and lovely views of the south coast from the terrace with a drink, this also makes a great spot to capture guests enjoying themselves while having a catch up. Wedding guests were soon ushered into the dinning room and asked to be upstanding to welcome the new Mr & Mrs Preston.

As they made their entrance to the wedding breakfast there was a roar of cheers, clapping and the odd bit of banter from friends. Speeches were split before the starters and dessert and first on the list was Georgies dad who made a funny but heartfelt speech about her younger years and her future with Matt, this was closely followed by Matts and then the Best men.

Evening guests started to arrive as the final toast drinks were raised and were soon mingling with the day guests at the bar ready to get the evening reception underway. The guys had the most epic of  wedding cakes and this occasion it was a stack of various cheeses just waiting to be cut and served with fresh bread and crackers. The cutting of the cake was one of my favorite moments of the day as matt had underestimated just how tough it was going to be to cut! his expression in the image below says it all.

The cake was closely followed by the long awaited first dance. This is a favorite for me when I photography weddings and this one didn’t disappoint! The DJ gathered guests into the room and announced Matt and Georgie to the dance floor. The guys shared an amazing dance together and finished the dance with a shower of confetti as Matt lifted Georgie of her feet at the end of the dance. To finish off the most amazing day we headed out for 10 minutes to shoot a few awesome twilight shots which are till some of my favorites to date.

I had an amazing time capturing this wedding for such a cool couple, thank you Mr & Mrs Preston. Here are a handful of my favorite photos that tell Matt and Georgie’s story at Port Lympne Mansion. Please feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your own wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Ceremony- 1st dance + & twilight flash photography

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs.

Number of photos – Approximately 750

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Email – steve@stevebarberphotography.com

Mr & Mrs Roberts - Gildings Barn, Surrey

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Roberts

Wedding venue – Gildings Barn, Surrey   

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

Sussanna and Graham got engaged a few years ago and after seeing my photos from a friends wedding at Mount Ephraim got in touch to book me for their own big day. I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for some time now and knew after I’d heard all about the plans for the big day that it was going to be a great wedding to remember.

The wedding ceremony was going to be held at Leatherhead registry office and then it was a short trip down the road to Gildings Barn for the rest of the wedding reception, Graham had let me in to a secret that he would be hiring a Lamborghini for the weekend so the trip to the reception would be a great surprise for Sussanna.  Both venues are full of character and Gildings barn offers a blank canvas for you to put together your own wedding décor from scratch.

I arrived at Ghyll Manor Cottage to start photographing the bridal preparations and after a short introduction to Sussanna and her sister Carina with a coffee it was time to get the cameras out and make a start. The cottage was very quaint and the girls enjoyed the very chilled out atmosphere with some background music as they had hair and makeup with a few glasses of Champagne. I like to photograph the day as unobtrusively as possible so as Sussanna and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done I found some nice angles to shoot from as the morning passed. Everything ran to time and in no time at all, the girls were soon putting their dresses on and making some final adjustments before we headed out for some shots in the stunning grounds of Gyhll Cottage.

On arrival to the registry office I could see a white Lamborghini parked outside so I knew Graham and the ushers were already here. Graham was enjoying catching up with guests before the ceremony began, I made good use of this time taking some photos in a documentary approach.

The Registrar made the announcement for the ceremony to begin and as the doors were opened all you could see were big smiles as the bridal party made their entrance, Sussanna was last to walk down the isle with her father as Graham struggled to hold back the tears.

Wedding Ceremony

Graham was smiling from ear to ear as he made eye contact with his future wife and you could sense the excitement as they held hands and exchanged a few words. The ceremony was perfect and rounded off with a few readings, as formalities drew to a close the guys sealed the deal with a kiss. The New Mr & Mrs Roberts signed the register and walked the isle one last time to lead guests outside to the lawn for confetti and group photos. I really like to include all the guests at this point of the day so my first group photo included everyone, after some short instructions I had everyone cheering and making plenty of noise as the guys held a kiss! The idea is that the longer the cheering from guests, the longer the kiss has to last, it’s a little bit of fun and always gets people in the mood for the next 10 minutes while we work our way through the shots. When we had finished we all headed to Gildings Barn for the evening reception.

Wedding Reception

On arrival to the Barn the guys enjoyed a drink or two with friends before I took the guys off for some romantic photos away from the rest of the crowd. My first shot included the use of some smoke grenades, which are a bit of a trademark photograph of mine, I asked two ushers to help and we absolutely nailed some fantastic photographs against the backdrop of the rustic barn against the blue skies. We had a great laugh while taking some photos and finished off with an ice cream, courtesy of the very nice man at the ice cream van that had been hired in for the wedding. 

Guests were soon ushered inside the barn for the wedding breakfast and speeches and asked to be upstanding for the new Mr & Mrs Roberts as they made their entrance to a roar of cheers as they made their way to the top table. BBQ food lead the way to toast drinks and the speeches, first up was Graham who made a heartfelt speech about his life with Sussanna before handing over to the two best men who delivered a great speech as a duo which had us all in fits of laughter.  As evening guests started to arrive they were soon mingling with the day guests at the bar ready to celebrate with the guys as they cut the wedding cake closely followed by the long awaited 1st dance.

The DJ gathered guests around the dance floor and announced the Bride and Groom to center stage. The guys shared a slow dance together before friends joined them on the dance floor to get the paty underway. As the night progressed, guests enjoyed the great music, photo booth and all the fantastic grounds this venue has to offer.

I had the best time looking after Graham and Sussanna, capturing this wedding will go down as one of my favorites from 2016, thank you Mr & Mrs Roberts. Here are some of my favorite photos from another great summer wedding at Gildings Barn. Please feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your own wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Bridal Preparation - 1st dance + smoke & twilight flash photography

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 700

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

Mr & Mrs McClelland - St Augustines Priory, Ashford, Kent

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs McClelland

Wedding venue – St Augustine’s Priory, Ashford, Kent  

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

I had the pleasure of meeting Chloe and Ryan last year at a wedding fair and from the moment we met we just clicked!

I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for some time now and knew after I’d heard all about the plans for the wedding over coffee that it was going to be a day to remember. We had it all to look forward to from a large mixed bridal party to an afternoon tea wedding breakfast and to top it off a dirty dancing take off for the 1st dance. I simply couldn’t wait to capture this one! 

St Augustine’s Priory is a stunning venue steeped in history, it also has plenty of great places for photo opportunities. I especially like the secret gardens as they have lots of different levels and features to create something a little different every time I shoot there. When I arrived at the venue the place was a hive of activity with the final touches being applied to the ceremony room and the garden games. I always like to start with an introduction to the bridal party before taking the dress and shoes to one side for some detail shots. Its these little touches like the perfume worn on the big day that bring the day back to life when couples look back through their photos. As the hair and makeup was now underway I started to pin down the shots I wanted, finishing with a lovely reflection of the wedding dress in a large mirror at the bottom of the oak staircase.

I like to capture the day as unobtrusively as possible so as Chloe and the bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done I found some nice angles to shoot from as the morning passed.  The distinct aroma of perfume and hairspray filled the bridal suite along with lots of laughter, which could be heard even as I made my way across the grounds to capture the now dressed ceremony room. As I turned the corner Ryan and the ushers were fitting each other’s buttonholes so I used this opportunity to get some shots with the guys before heading to the Priory.

Ryan was very relaxed and enjoying the moment with his friends. As guests began to arrive and say hello to Ryan it was my chance to break off to finish with the girls as we were fast approaching the ceremony.

Chloe had requested that the dress was out of site from both her dad and the bridesmaids so after sneaking around to take some shots of it earlier it was time for Chloe to get into her stunning dress and make her grand appearance. The girls got to see her first and it was beautiful! It was so nice to see a tight group of friends sharing such a cool moment; Chloe did well to hold back the tears until she got to see her dad for the first time today. Wow! What a special moment to capture as dad fought to hold back his own tears of joy.

The guy’s made their way across to the priory to get the wedding ceremony underway and as they did there was a slight pause at the priory steps for the girls to compose themselves before making the walk down the isle.

Wedding Ceremony

Ryan was beaming from ear to ear as his friends began to walk the isle. Each usher arm in arm with a bridesmaid. As Chloe accompanied by her dad, made the walk he couldn’t hold back the tears. When Chloe and Ryan were face to face you could see the excitement in their eyes, as they got ready to take their vows. The ceremony was perfect with a few readings and a lot of funny moments, mostly from Ryan trying to get his words out. As formalities drew to a close the guys sealed the deal with a kiss. The new Mr & Mrs McLelland signed the register and walked the isle one last time to lead guests outside to the lawn for confetti and drinks. After fifteen minutes it was time for me to intervene for some group photos which were great fun. I think its really nice to include the guests at this point of the day, my first group photo included everyone. After some brief instructions I had everyone cheering and making plenty of noise as the guys held a kiss. The idea is that the longer the cheering from guests, the longer the kiss has to last, it’s a little bit of fun and always gets people in the mood for the next 10 minutes while we work our way through the shots. When we had finished I led the bridal party over to the secret gardens for a few more photos.

Scattering the group in a relaxed pose creates such a nice photo and is a bit of a trademark shot when I shoot weddings. We just about managed to fit everyone in this one but boy it was worth the extra work. When we had finished it was time to whip the guys off for some romantic photos away from the crowds but not before I asked a couple of ushers to help with some smoke grenades, it didn’t take a lot to convince a few assistants to help as the boys clambered over each other to grab a grenade.

Every wedding is unique and so the photos should follow suit, the smoke did exactly that and is one of my favorites from the day.

Wedding Reception

Guests were ushered into the dinning room and asked to be upstanding for the new Mr & Mrs McLelland. As they made their entrance there was a roar of cheers as they made their way to the top table. Posh sandwiches and cakes filled the tables and everyone looked like they were having a great time catching up with one and other over drinks.

Speeches were next on the list to close the afternoon lunch. First up was Chloe’s dad who made a funny but heartfelt speech about Chloe’s younger years and her future with Ryan, this was closely followed by the Best man’s and then Ryan’s but not before a few dare cards had been issued to the guys that missed the stag night. One of these was a dare to kiss the smallest girl in the room, unfortunately for the poor guy that was handed the dare was soon to find out that her boyfriend was probably one of the biggest guys in the room so it made for a really good laugh as he gingerly drew his dare and carried out the kiss in front of everyone in the room.

Evening guests started to arrive as the toast drinks were raised and were soon mingling with the day guests at the bar ready to celebrate the evening reception with the guys.  As they cut the wedding cake guests joined in for a few photos, this was closely followed by the long awaited first dance. This is a favorite for me when I photography weddings and this one didn’t disappoint! The DJ gathered guests into the room and announced Chloe and Ryan to the dance floor. The guys shared an amazing dance together and pulled off every step of the original “Time of my life” soundtrack but without the big dramatic lift at the end. (which was probably a good idea as Ryan had had a few drinks by now!).  As the evening rolled into the night, guests enjoyed the great music, photo booth and all the fantastic grounds this venue has to offer.

I had an amazing time capturing this wedding for such a cool couple, thank you Mr & Mrs McLelland. Here are a handful of my favorite photos that tell Ryan and Chloe’s story at St Augustine’s Priory. Please feel free to get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your own wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Ceremony- 1st dance + smoke & twilight flash photography

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs.

Number of photos – Approximately 750

 

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Email – steve@stevebarberphotography.com