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

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

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Mr & Mrs Sanderson - The Orangery, Maidstone, Kent

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

Contact Steve

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Mr & Mrs Howell - Port Lympne Mansion

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

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Mr & Mrs Roberts - Arundel Town Hall

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

Contact Steve

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Mr & Mrs Farmer - Pegwell Bay Hotel

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

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