As a Nottingham wedding photographer we were really excited that after seeing one of our wedding photo shoots on a national wedding blog, we received an email from Emma interested in having us as her wedding photographers for their August wedding in Kent. Emma and Andy live in central London and after emails and telephone conversations we met for the first time in Marylebone a few weekes before their wedding day. They’d chosen to mary at Chapledown Vineyard in Kent, where friends and family from across the country could get together what hoped to be the Kent sunshine.
Travelling together Neil and I shot the bridal preparations together, arriving at the Farmhouse Hotel on Sissinghurst Estate with the VW camper van outside we knew we’d arrived at the right place. This was the most stunning location for Emma and her family to get ready in and along with photographing the details of her accessories our photojournalistic style captured everyone before their journey to the wedding ceremony.
Emma’s room was a treasure trove of glorious accessories, it was exciting to unwrap her Vivienne Westwood dress that was hanging still delicately encased in tissue paper and bag, then open up the distinctive blue, soft Tiffany bag with elegant earings. Emma’s Miu Miu shoes were still beautifully boxed and I think if Dorothy was ever to go back to Oz to marry, then these would have been the shoes she’d have been given.
Once everyone was ready and we let a rain cloud pass we all travelled over to Tenterden, whilst the camper van was parked up by the reception marquee, we met with Andy and his 3 best men whilst Emma chatted with the registrars. In their own style the guys looked fab, with complimenting Converse. The sun was shining upon Chapledown Vineyard and as guests filled the seats outside it was great for us to use our documentary wedding photography style to watch and capture as everyone chatted and waited excitedly for Emma to walk down the aisle.
During the ceremony a close friend of Emma & Andy’s sang …. and she was great! It added an extra splash of magic to the wedding ceremony. After saying ‘I do’ it was straight in to a wall of confetti at the end of the aisle for Emma and Andy!
The vineyards provided a wonderful space for us to document the wedding day, most of the images captured of Andy and Emma were from a distance whilst they chatted and laughed (and had a little kiss) in between the rows of vines. We were grateful for this time of blue sky before the rain came before dinner.
Emma had used the theme of birds for her wedding styling and although the theme was really evident it was discrete and subtle at the same time. Once everyone had enjoyed a delicious BBQ, the speeches commenced, for Andy not to have to worry about what one best man might want to mention, but the joy of three of them!
It was then time for the cutting of the Croquembouche, it’s a tradition that this is hit with a sword towards the top and the peak that breaks off is caught. This became a little messy for lucky lady catching it!
The evening ended with dancing and a little late evening sunshine.
Andy & Emma, what a fabulous adventure we’ve had getting to know you all. Chapledown Vineyard is an idyllic venue and your day was just perfect there. We wish you and your family all the love and happiness together. Neil & Becky xx
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