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.
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.
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
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