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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

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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

Mr & Mrs Sanderson - The Orangery, Maidstone, Kent

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Sanderson

Wedding venue – The Orangery, Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

Katherine and Matt booked me over a year ago now and from the moment they booked me I’ve been buzzing to photograph their wedding at The Orangery in Maidstone, Kent.

The Orangery is a top venue in Kent and delivers on both professionalism and beautiful surroundings to explore on your wedding day. The original plan was for an outside ceremony but this had to be changed to the conservatory because of the weather.

I made my way to Katherine’s parents house and after my introductions it was time to get stuck in capturing the day unfold. The girls were soon opening bottles of Prosecco and having a great time talking all things weddings. Kat had hired in Clare Lake for her make up and a friend for her and the girls hair. As the morning progressed you could see it all coming together as the flowers and wedding cars started to arrive.  We had a total blast while everyone got ready and finished with some great little photos in her parents garden.

Wedding Ceremony

On arrival at the Orangery Matts usher and best man were waiting for the VW camper van to arrive.

Once Kat and the girls had arrived and completed the important paperwork with the registrar it was time to get into place for their entrance to the ceremony room. I loved the way the girls made their way across the bridge to the conservatory, such a great way to be seen my not only the guests but by Matt her husband to be.

The bridesmaids started their walk across the bridge with the mums and followed by a truly stunning Katherine arm in arm with dad. When Katherine and Matt were made eye contact you could see the excitement in their eyes, as they got ready to take their vows. The ceremony was perfect and as formalities drew to a close the guys sealed the deal with a kiss and signed the register. The New Mr & Mrs Sanderson walked the isle one last time to lead guests outside into the gardens and patio area for drinks and a receiving line.

After a couple of cheeky glasses of the sparkling stuff it was time to take the guys into the stunning grounds and away from the crowd for romantic photographs.

Wedding Reception

Guests were ushered into the dinning room and asked to be upstanding for the entrance of the new Mr & Mrs Sanderson. A roar of cheers filled the room as they made their way to the top table. The speeches were brilliant and filled with laughter, tears and some posh gifts such as Katherine’s Mulberry bag, which had most of the girls peering over other peoples heads to get a good look J

We finished the formalities of the day with confetti and some girls vs girls rugby otherwise known as tossing the bouquet.

Evening Guests started to arrive and were there to celebrate with the guys as they cut the wedding cake, which was on top of a stunning tier of cupcakes. The DJ was soon to call them up onto the dance floor for the first dance, which was only but rivaled by a classic dance with dad that then switched into the friends theme song, which had the place going crazy!

As the evening rolled into the night guests enjoyed some great music and a selection of buffet food. While all this was going on I managed to take the guys away for 20 minutes for some of my favorite shots from the evening shown below in the blog.

So here is a mix of some of my favorite photos from a truly great summer wedding with a great bunch of people at The Orangery in Maidstone.

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

The finer details

Photography coverage – Bridal prep – Twilight romantics

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 750

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

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Mr & Mrs Howell - Port Lympne Mansion

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Howell

Wedding venue – Port Lympne Mansion, CT214PD

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

Ellie and Luke booked me last year and from the moment they booked me I’ve been super excited to photograph their wedding at Port Lympne Mansion, it’s the first time I’ve worked here and I love a new venue because it delivers a fresh set of eyes to a venue that’s been shot a thousand times!

Port Lympne Mansion has stunning views from its main terrace, which overlooks the south coast right to the sea and beyond as well as this it has manicured gardens, marble staircase and architecture and to top it off its surrounded by the zoo’s animals such as the lions which occasionally sound off in the distance.

The weather running up to the wedding had been very touch and go with rain present on more days than expected for the month of June, on the day of the wedding it seemed to follow suite with some of the heaviest rain id seen for a long time. This wasn’t going to stop us from having an amazing day and in some respects only add to stunning photographs. It was originally planned for an outside ceremony but this had to be changed because of the weather front, the place became a hive of activity as the heavens opened! The chairs and decoration were being moved into the ceremony room while a very wet Steph delivered the flowers from Belle Fleur.

I made my way to the Chaplin room in the mansion were Ellie and her bridal party were having hair and makeup done, after introductions it was time to get stuck in capturing the day unfold. The girls were soon opening bottles of Prosecco and having a great time talking all things weddings. Ellie had gone for a 1920’s theme with her wedding dress and hair to match, as the morning progressed you could see it all coming together as the girls got ready, the final touch was a matching hair piece and now the girls were ready to head downstairs to the ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

The bridesmaids started their walk down the isle followed by Ellie accompanied by her mum. When Ellie and Luke were face to face you could see the excitement in their eyes, as they got ready to take their vows. The ceremony was spot on and as formalities drew to a close the guys sealed the deal with a kiss. The New Mr & Mrs Howell signed the register and walked the isle one last time to lead guests outside into the lobby for drinks and photos before we headed to the gardens after the rain had subsided to throw the confetti.

Confetti was thrown overhead and the guys were enjoying every minute of the fun! After the hugs and kisses from their guests we headed down to the mansion terrace for some romantic photographs of just the guys on their own.

Wedding Reception

Before the wedding breakfast the wedding cake was cut so that it could be enjoyed after the meal with a tea or coffee, a great idea if you ask me. Guests were then ushered into the dinning room and asked to be upstanding for the new Mr & Mrs Howells entrance, which was followed by a roar of cheers as they made their way to the top table.

Evening Guests started to arrive and were there to celebrate with the guys as they cut the second wedding cake, which was made of five tiers of different cheese, the DJ was soon to call them up onto the dance floor for the first dance.

As the evening rolled into the night guests enjoyed the great music, sweet cart and of course the great selection of cheeses from the 2nd cake today. 

Here is a mix of some of my favorite photos from another great summer wedding with a great bunch of people at Port Lympne Mansion. Please feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Bridal prep - 1st dance

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 Roberts - Arundel Town Hall

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Roberts

Wedding venue – Arundel Town Hall, Arundel BN189AP

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

Andy emailed me to arrange a consultation over a coffee and we instantly hit it off! After running through packages and examples of work Andy sent me an email confirming they wanted me to provide their wedding photography for the wedding in Arundel. As I’d never been here before I arranged to meet the guys at the Swan hotel in the middle of town and went through paperwork over a bit to eat.

Arundel is a truly stunning part of the UK and on the day of the wedding the weather didn’t disappoint. I made my first stop at the Town hall, which has a large terrace for photos, drinks and some amazing views across the downs. It wasn’t long before guests started to arrive and of course the bridal party who all looked very sharp indeed! Once Andy had gone through the official parts of the brief with the registrar I managed to grab him and Pete the best man for some nice shots and couldn’t help but shoot the smaller details such as Andy’s Cricket bat tiepin and his cufflinks that were also cricket related.

Andy and Pete love cricket and I recall Andy telling me about the reception room décor and how he had put together mini cricket bats all individually branded with names by hand. The guys had put a lot of work into the cricket theme and I have to say when the venue was dressed it all came together really well.  While the Groom and guests prepared for the ceremony it was a chance to break off to get some shots with the Paula and the girls as they waited in the lobby for the ceremony to begin.

Wedding Ceremony

The bridesmaids started their walk down the isle with pageboys in hand followed by Paula accompanied by her daughter, I loved catching Andy’s face as he turned to see Pete who was already looking back and beaming from ear to ear as the girls made their entrance, such a great part of my job that never gets old is capturing moments like this.

When Andy and Paula were face to face you could feel the love! The entire ceremony was filled with love and laughter and finished with a poem written by Andy and made the perfect close to an already perfect wedding ceremony. The New Mr & Mrs Roberts walked the isle one last time to lead guests outside for drinks and photos on the terrace before we headed to Arundel castle to throw the confetti.

Confetti was thrown overhead at the castle gates, which made for an excellent backdrop before we headed down to the castle ruins and the river for some more photographs.

Now I love to have a laugh when I work, the more fun the better but I have to say Andy had me in stitches as the guys walked down a stunning tree lined pathway only to be faced with a pile of dog poop! The photos taken of this moment reminded me of the Hale & Pace comedy sketch from the Bill as they parted holding hands to avoid the inevitable. This till has me laughing as I write this and will be one I remember for a long time! Thank you Andy :)

We finished off the photos with some shots of the castle as the backdrop before heading back to the Swan for the wedding breakfast and speeches.

Wedding Reception

Guests enjoyed reception drinks and a very nice wedding breakfast before the room was filled with both laughter and the odd tear as the microphone was passed around for the speeches and to finish proceedings a good friend of Paula’s got up to sing a heart felt song that had most of the guests looking for the tissues.

Evening Guests started to arrive and were there to celebrate with the guys as they cut the wedding cake and then make their way onto the dance floor for the first dance. To finish off a fantastic day we headed out to take a few twilight shots in a beautiful little spot overlooking Arundel Castle.

Here is a mix of some of my favorite photos from a terrific wedding with a great bunch of people in Arundel. Please feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Ceremony  - 1st dance

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 9 hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 550

 

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

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Mr & Mrs Farmer - Pegwell Bay Hotel

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Farmer

Wedding venue – Pegwell Bay Hotel, CT110NJ

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

It seems like an age since Emma and Danny had booked me for their wedding photography and boy has the time flown by! They guys had chosen to get married at The Pegwell Bay Hotel in Ramsgate and exchange vows outside with spectacular sea views amongst their closest family and friends.

Emma started to get ready at her mums house and when I arrived, hair and makeup was already underway. It was a great chance to capture the girls having some fun and enjoying the pampering. I made a start shooting the wedding dress and couldnt help but notice the cerise pink glass worktop in the kitchen what better way to kick things off than to bounce a reflection of the dress back into the lens. The morning went to plan with Emma ready to get into her dress a good hour earlier than i'd expected, this meant more time for photos and less pressure on hitting any traffic for the drive from mums to the wedding ceremony. As mum helped her button up the back of the dress the bridesmaids plumped the dress and adjusted her vale.

Emma looked amazing in her dress and I couldn’t wait to see her dads face when he gets to see her. Dad came into the room with a beaming smile and after some tears and photos it was time to make a move to Pegwell Bay to get the wedding ceremony underway.

Wedding Ceremony

Guests started to arrive and congregate inside the lobby area of the hotel, buttonholes were passed around and guests mingled as they had the chance to catch up with one and other.  Danny and his best man were going through some of the formalities while ushers were greeting family and friends at the lobby.

Emma’s vintage wedding car had now arrived and as the car pulled up outside the bridesmaids and helped her out of the car and made sure everything was in place for the walk down the isle.  The registrar started the formalities of the wedding ceremony by introducing guests before the paigeboys and flower girls made their entrance. With her dad in arm Emma started to walk down the steps occasionally looking across to see Danny. When they finally met at the end of the isle Danny couldn’t hold back the smiles as he got to see Emma for the first time, these guys were great together and after making their wedding vows and exchanging the rings it was time to make things official with a kiss and signing the register.

Confetti canons fired overhead and guests threw handfuls of confetti as the guys made their exit, toast drinks were served as the hugs, kisses and congratulations got underway and what better place to take it all in than on the terrace of the hotel with a drink and a staggering sea view as the sun sparkled off the surface.

Wedding Reception

I gave the guys 15 minutes before starting the group photos which where great fun with this bunch! We then headed up the road to a great little spot I had previously found on my first visit to nail some beautiful natural photographs of Mr & Mrs Farmer.

Guests enjoyed reception drinks and made their way inside for the introduction of the new bride and groom and the Wedding Breakfast.  These guys are more like friends than wedding clientele and they had spoilt me by having me dine 3 courses with some fab guests on table 6.  After the desserts were served and wine glasses topped up it was time for the all-important speeches so I grabbed my gear and got back to work .

The room was filled with both laughter and the odd tear as the mic was passed around and to finish proceedings the best man delivered a speech to remember one which I’m sure Danny would like to forget! :)

After a brief spell of embarrassment for poor Danny and as the speeches came to a close it was time for everyone to toast the new Mr and Mrs Farmer and head back out for the room turnaround.

Evening Guests started to arrive and were there to celebrate with the guys as they cut the wedding cake and then make their way onto the dance floor for the first dance. To finish off a cracking day we headed out to take a few twilight shots and like real troopers I managed to convince Emma and Danny to have a few shots in a beautiful little spot overlooking the sea, I’m sure one of these is going to round off a stunning set of wedding photos!

Here is a mix of some of my favorite photos from a terrific wedding at the Pegwell Bay Hotel. Please feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage - Bridal prep to 1st dance + Twilight shots

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 12hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 700

 

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

Mr & Mrs England - Commissioners House, Chatham Dockyard

Steve Barber

Becky & Steve

Wedding venue – St Marks Church & Commissioners House, Chatham Dockyard, ME44TZ

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

I remember meeting Becky and Steve at my mates BBQ and after introductions got talking about the wedding over a few beers, I passed on a business card and the months went by before we spoke again.

The guys had decided that they would tie the knot at St Marks Church in Gillingham, and then celebrate with friends and family at the Commissioners House in the historic Chatham Dockyard.  

The wedding day had arrived and Becky was getting ready at her mums house not far from the church, Becky’s mum gave me the warmest welcome at the door and after a coffee and some introductions it was time to get to work capturing the hair and makeup as the girls got ready. Becky’s choice of wedding dress was a champagne lace number and I have to say it was nice to see something a little different for a change, as mum helped her button up the back of the dress Becky was almost ready, she looked amazing in her dress and I couldn’t wait to see Steve’s face when his future wife made her way down the isle at the church.

The morning went to plan and was rounded off with Steph from Belle Fleur popping in with a stunning array of bouquets and buttonholes for the girls to hand out. It was time to make a move to St Marks Church so I could capture Becky and the Bridesmaids arrival. 

Wedding Ceremony

Guests had started to arrive and congregate inside the church. Steve and Nick were at the alter going through some of the formalities while ushers were greeting family and friends at the door. I love a church wedding, the history and the architecture seem to add that something special and St marks Church didn’t disappoint.

Becky arrived by Bentley and as the car pulled up outside the bridesmaids and her brother helped her out of the car and made sure everything was in place for the walk down the isle.  The Vicar started the formalities of the ceremony by introducing guests and the church congregation before Becky and the bridesmaids made their entrance. As Becky made her way towards Steve with her brother in arm, Steve couldn’t hold back the smiles as he got to see Becky for the first time, these guys were great together and after making their wedding vows and exchanging the rings it was time to seal the deal by signing the register.

Confetti was done outside as the guys made their exit and made for great shots of everyone having a fab time and celebrating the moment.  After the hugs and kisses and a bit more rough confetti it was time to head to Commissioners house.

Wedding Reception

Toast drinks and canopies led the way for guests and the group photos which where done on the large upper lawn area of the house. This venue really boasts some breathtaking spots for photos and I wasn’t going to waste any time making sure these guys got the best! After a handful in the gardens I took the guys off to the dry slips, which has the most incredible architecture for some of my favorites from the day.

A magician worked the crowd both over the reception drinks and into the starters of the Wedding Breakfast this always makes for a great photo opportunity and people’s reactions can be priceless! Especially if you have ever seen someone put a bottle of wine through the middle of the table. I always work closely with the best man and on this occasion it was my long time gym buddy Nick doing the honors, this just made it so much more fun as we discussed the plans for the rest of the evening. After the desserts were served and wine glasses topped up it was time for the all-important speeches. The marque was filled with both laughter and the odd tear as the mic was passed around and to finish proceedings Nick delivered a famous best mans speech to have everyone toasting the new Mr and Mrs England.  

As the speeches came to a close we were ushered into the front of house for the first dance and the evening festivities. The guys really did have a perfect wedding day, everything went to plan and I thoroughly enjoyed providing the wedding photography and getting to know these guys a little better. To finish off a cracking day we headed out to take a few twilight shots at the front of house, which will really, round off such a stunning set of wedding photos.  

Here are a handful of my favorite photos from this amazing wedding at the Commissioners House. Feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage - Bridal prep to 1st dance + Twilight shots

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 12hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 650

 

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

The Old Painted Hall - The Royal Naval College - Suzanne & Simon

Steve Barber

Simon & Suzanne

Wedding venue – The Old Painted Hall – Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9NN

Season - Spring 2016

The Day of the wedding

I remember meeting Suzanne and Simon at a wedding fair well over a year ago now and amongst the many people I had spoken to on the day, I will never forget hearing them mention that they planned to tie the knot at the Old Painted Hall in Greenwich. This venue has been on my radar for what seems like an age! After a bit of a chat and passing on a flyer, I waited with baited breath to hear back from them.

Christmas eve came around and an email popped up on my phone from Suzanne looking to arrange a consultation and from that email… well the rest is history.

The wedding day was finally here and I headed to the Mecure Hotel in Greenwich to capture Suzanne and the bridesmaids getting ready for the big day ahead. I had the pleasure of working alongside Nicola Peen again, Nicola is a fantastic makeup artist and a great laugh so check her out if your looking for makeup for your next special occasion.  After my introductions and a coffee it was time to get the cameras out and get stuck in to shooting Suzanne’s stunning dress. The dress had intricate lace sleeves and a simple classic train, something I haven’t seen for a while on a wedding dress. Suzanne and Simon had booked Ben Walton for their videography and after looking at Ben’s great work online I was really keen to work with him at such an incredible venue.

As the girls took turns in the chair getting ready, the flowers arrived as well as room service. One of the bridesmaids had ordered some cheesy chips with dips; this was a classic moment worth capturing as they were presented on a tray underneath a silver cloche! :)

Bridal preparations went like clockwork and we managed to round things off by capturing dad’s reaction to Suzanne in her amazing dress.  We had loads of time so finished with some lovely shots of just the girls outside the hotel before leaving for the wedding at the Old Painted Hall.

Wedding Ceremony

On arrival to the Royal Naval College I could already seem that guests had started to arrive and congregate on steps by the west colonnades. Simon and the ushers were greeting family and friends before heading off to go through the formalities with the registrar. The weather was perfect with a nice soft balanced light and some great cloud contrast, this made for some great shots especially with the grand buildings, domes of the chapel and hall as a backdrop.

I had already been up to the venue a few times before today to ensure everything went as planned. On my previous visit I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie the wedding coordinator at the venue who had shown me around and allowed me to plan my photography. Stephanie was so helpful, so if you are planning to tie the knot at this amazing venue be sure to ask for her help.

The ceiling of the Painted hall is simply staggering and you get a great view of this when you walk up the stairs into the main hall which is where the wedding ceremony is conducted. Bob is the resident Toastmaster at the Naval College and started the formalities of the ceremony by introducing guests before Suzanne and the bridesmaids made their entrance.

As Suzanne made her way towards Simon with dad in arm, Simon was beaming as he got to see Suzanne for the first time, these guys were great together and after making their wedding vows and exchanging the rings it was time to seal the deal with a kiss!

Toast drinks led the way for the group photos and some breathtaking photos in the grounds. We finished off the photography with some naturally composed shots in front of the statue of King George before the guys headed back to their guests for more some more drinks and to the sound of the barbershop quartet.  

Wedding Reception

The Wedding Breakfast was to be held in the Old Painted Hall and it didn’t take Bob long to usher guests back into the hall for dinner. I was to be totally spoilt with three courses of amazing food to look forward to as well as being seated with guests in the main hall!  The service was everything you would expect from such a prestigious venue and the food certainly matched. It made a nice change to get to know some of the guests on the same table over dinner and I have to say it’s a meal I wont forget in a hurry.

After three scrummy courses it was time for Suzanne and Simon to cut the cake and then take their seats for the start of the speeches. This is a great part of the day for most, unless you are the groom of course when its time for the best man to deliver his speech. It is great to hear some of the history and the funny stories but from a photographer’s perspective I really love to see people enjoying themselves and capture the raw moments of laughter and maybe the odd tear.

As the speeches came to a close we were ushered across to the Queen Mary undercroft for the first dance and the evening reception.  Suzanne and Simon had arranged for a live band to perform, which was a treat to photograph as the couple slow danced under the chandeliers and mood lighting. After the first dance it was time to get the party in full swing as they upped the tempo and played some classic floor fillers. An added bonus for the evening entertainment were the photo booth and 200 year old skittles alley which were both a huge hit with guests.

The guys really did have a perfect wedding day, everything went to plan and the polished finish of the staff and venue just brought it all together. I thoroughly enjoyed providing the wedding photography and getting to know these guys. To finish off a cracking day we headed out to take a few twilight shots, which I think these guys are going to love :)

Here are a handful of my favorite photos from this amazing wedding at the Old Painted Hall. Feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your wedding day.

 

The finer details

Photography coverage - Bridal prep to 1st dance + Twilight shots

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 12hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 650

 

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, Kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

The Knowle Country House - Mr & Mrs Daniele

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Daniele

Wedding venue – The Knowle Country House, School Lane, Rochester ME3 7HP

Season - Spring 2016

The Day of the wedding

The moment I met Georgia and Guiseppe I knew they were going to be a blast! Over the last 12 months I’ve got to know these guys and regards them like good mates than clients. I have been buzzing to capture their wedding day for them and before we knew it they day was upon us.

They had chosen to get married outside in the gardens of the Knowle country house, I’ve shot here loads now and it never gets old. The venue looks great all year round but in May has the most stunning wisteria growing in the courtyard of the bridal suite, which makes a perfect backdrop for some photos.  After a quick hello and a coffee it was time to get the cameras out, the bridesmaids were now having their hair and makeup done so I picked my moments to break off to shoot Georgia’s dress and jewelry as well as the grounds of the Knowle. I had the pleasure of working alongside Zara Asadi who really delivered for the girls, she is a very talented makeup artist so if your looking for bridal makeup be sure to check her out online.

The bridal suite was now rocking with some Kiss on the radio and the glasses full of prosecco, as the bridesmaids helped each other into dresses and painted nails it was time for Georgia to get into her dress with mums assistance. After a few adjustments and the vale finishing the look it was time for a group hug and some shots of the girls before dad came in before the ceremony began.

Wedding Ceremony

Guests had now started to arrive and fill the garden terrace while Guiseppe and the ushers were running through the formalities with the registra. The weather was perfect for an outside ceremony and produced really nice light for images as the girls made their way down the isle. Guiseppe’s face was a picture as he got to see Georgia for the first time, these guys were great together and after making their wedding vows and exchanging the rings it was time to seal the deal with a kiss!

Confetti and toast drinks lead the way for the group photos and some really nice formal photos in the gardens with the bridal party.  We finished off the photos with some creative, laid back shots at the front of the house before the guys headed back to the guests and the wedding breakfast.

 Wedding Reception

The wedding breakfast was now underway and started with speeches so everyone could enjoy dinner and as always the guests got to choose deserts from the dessert trolley, which is always a really nice touch at this venue. To round things off the guys toasted their glasses and finished by cutting the 3 tier cake, then it was time to enjoy weather with a few more drinks now that we have these longer evenings to make the most of.

As the day passed by Damien their DJ had now set up and introduced the Daniele’s to the dance floor for their first dance together, this was followed by one with dad and Georgia’s brother. The guys really did have a perfect day and I thoroughly enjoyed providing the wedding photography.

To finish things off we headed out to the lake and plum orchards to nail some twilight shots, which look awesome and will really finish off the guys wedding album.

Here are a handful of my favorite photos from Mr & Mrs Daniele’s wedding at the Knowle in Higham. Feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your big day.

The finer details

Photography coverage - Bridal prep to 1st dance + Twilight romantics

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 12hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 700

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve

St Augustines Priory - Mr & Mrs Hattley

Steve Barber

Mr & Mrs Hattley

Wedding venue – St Augustines Priory, Priory Rd, Bilsington, Ashford TN25 7AU

Season - Spring 2016

The Day of the wedding

Katie & Craig came to a wedding fair about 18 months ago and booked me soon after catching up over coffee. They had decided to do things a little different on their wedding day by getting married at a local church in Ashford town center with close family and friends on the Friday and then holding a blessing at St Augustine’s priory with everyone the very next day.

This was the first time I’ve shot a wedding at Bilsington priory and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in! The venue is nestled away in the heart of the Bilsington countryside and doesn’t disappoint, spring flowers scattering the established gardens set the scene, as you are lead toward the old priory, which dominates the skyline. It’s full of photo opportunities and I was sure to make the most of them for the guys. After a quick walk around I made my introductions to Katie and the bridesmaids it was time to start capturing the day as it started to unfold starting with the girls getting ready for the day ahead.

Katie had a few bridal accessories so I started with these, one of favorites being her mums watch, which had a real retro look to it, this was also Katie’s something borrowed for the wedding.

As the bridesmaids continued to have hair and makeup done it was a great chance to break off and photograph the marque and ceremony rooms. The marque has a huge chandelier, which takes center stage to the room, and really helps set off the classy look the guys had gone for, just flowers and a few small personal touches helped finish the room off.  On my way out from the ceremony room I bumped into Craig and the ushers helping each other put on their buttonholes in-between gin and tonics, this made for some nice shots before heading back to the main house where the bridal prep was taking place.

Wedding Ceremony

Guests had now started to arrive by the coach load so it didn’t take long for the ceremony room to fill with family and friends. The ushers directed and made sure everyone knew where to sit. In no time at all Katie and the bridesmaids where ready and after a few nice photos, made their way from the bridal suite to the priory for the wedding ceremony. It was nice to capture a blessing for a change which included a few hymns and some readings, after that all important kiss to close proceedings everyone made their way outside to congratulate Kate and Craig with handfuls of confetti. Just as the confetti started to fly so did the weather with a spring downpour! Lets just say we didn’t hang around too long and got back inside for a few drinks till the weather settled down.

Toast drinks lead the way for the group photos and some really nice formal photos in the secret garden with the bridal party. We had plenty of time before the wedding breakfast so made the most of the better weather and headed out to the gardens for some more romantic portraits.

Wedding Reception 

The wedding breakfast was a really good laugh with some great photo opportunities as one of the ushers had been sounding a gong to grab everyone’s attention for a game of heads and tails, now if you don’t know what this is then in short you will have everyone standing up from their seats with either their hands on their head or their tails J, a coin is then tossed and which ever side the coin lands decides which people are still remaining in the game.  This continues until you have a winner who in this case won a couple of spare bottles of wine, the game is a real ice breaker and you could see people really enjoying getting involved in something a little different.

After the wedding breakfast it was time to enjoy the speeches, after Katie’s dad had said his bit it was time for the grooms speech and as tradition would have it the best mans followed. The best mans speech was excellent and mainly full of the funniest parts of Craig’s past. To round things off the guys toasted their glasses and finished by cutting the cake.

As the day passed by the DJ had now set up and introduced the Hattley’s to the dance floor for their first dance together, it wasn’t long before the music changed form a slow dance to the summer of 69 which had everyone up dancing and spilling their drinks J

The guys had a perfect day and I thoroughly enjoyed providing the wedding photography so to finish things off I stayed a little longer to nail some night shots, which I really love! 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Mr & Mrs Hattley’s wedding at St Augustine’s priory in Ashford. Feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your big day.

The finer details

Photography coverage - Bridal prep to 1st dance

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 600

Book a consultation with Steve

Photographer location – Rochester, kent

Tel – 07584 049 489

Contact Steve