As soon as I met these guys we clicked! Imagine going out for a couple of cheeky drinks and a good laugh with a couple of great friends and you will be able to imagine how I felt when I was asked by Hazel and Adam to shoot their big day.
The wedding was to take place at Winters Barn near Canterbury, Kent. Being Spring we hoped to expect loads of spring flowers and hopefully some good weather. In no time at all April the 4th was upon us and the day started to unfold in style, starting with a champagne and limousine arrival for Adam which had been kept a secret till the day!
I made my introductions to Hazel and the girls as they made a start on the champagne, so I left them to get stuck in while I had a good look around. The venue looked amazing and had plenty of personal touches scattered around such as chalkboard quotations, a sweet station, a table plan made from vinyl records and some amazing floristry courtesy of Adam's Mum.
Guests started to arrive and I have to say I loved the idea of guests being able to choose their own buttonhole flowers from a whole variety of flowers that the florist had waiting. Nearing 1pm the ceremony room was starting to fill with family and friends while Adam waited at the end of the isle for Hazel and the bridesmaids. The girls made a stunning entrance lead by the cutest flower girl dropping petals as she walked the isle. Hazel beamed with a smile as she made eye contact with Adam who struggled to hold back the overwhelming emotion as she made her way towards him.
The ceremony was beautifully unique with life quotations from Bob Marley and a guest singer performing acappella songs while they signed the register. Coming down the isle as the new Mr & Mrs Clarke the guys celebrated and Hazel had a classic fist pump! Confetti was thrown as they came down the isle and champagne and canapés followed as the day started to unravel.
The group shots where good fun albeit a little on the cold side being so early in spring, I knew this crowd was up for it so we made light work of the shots and moved on to take Hazel & Adam away on their own to shoot some intimate romantics away from the crowd.
The day went off without a hitch with the help of Lizzie who does an amazing job as the Wedding Co-ordinator at Winters barn. If you ever decide to book your big day at this venue you are in safe hands. After great speeches and food to match, Hazel decided to carry out the age-old tradition of tossing the bouquet. Suprisingly, the bouquet got caught by a guy who then proceeded to get down on one knee and propose to his partner who, needless to say very surprised! I nailed these shots of the engagement, which was fab to be a witness to.
The evening was equally as good as the day with cake cutting and a fantastic 1st dance, followed by back to back DJ sets played by the Bride & Groom and their guests. As the evening grew to an end, the moon looked too good to ignore so I decided we could finished the night off with some striking after dark romantics.
Here are some of my favorite photos from Mr & Mrs Clarks special day.