As soon as I met Kirsty & Lee I fell in love with then, such a gorgeous and humble couple, really down to earth and special. Their wedding was to be unique and I knew that it was going to be a fantastic day. The Old Brewery store is based in the heart of the historic kenstish market town of Faversham and the plan for the day was to hold the ceremony in the 15th Brewery Visitor Centre which boasts a wealth of exposed beams and its distinct redolence of hops. The ceremony was to be intimate and friendly.
I was really excited … I started at 10.30am at the bride’s home in Canterbury, where I really gained the wonderful feel of the era which they were embracing. Pearls and fur, a real vintage feel, with perfect elegance. The bride had organised for her beetle convertible to collect her, so with umbrellas at the ready she with her sister graced the car.
I quite often go ahead of the bridal group to photograph the guests as they arrive, plus the ceremony room is up a winding staircase which looks directly onto the road and pathway to where the bride arrives, which made for a great photo opportunity …. and then as luck would have it the clouds parted, the rain ceased and the roof came down, with smiles, smiles and more smiles to be seen.
The ceremony was wonderful, as I expected with tears and laugher from their close family and friends and the wedding breakfast just continued with both sentiment and happiness.
So THE romantic photos……. it was a winter wedding so by the time the ceremony had finished the light had diminished, but for me, this is what I love, the challenge and stunning night lighting. I literally had only10-15 minutes with the couple as they were so keen to return to their nearest and dearest, and although I could have literally spent hours with them, we worked together and achieved some really artistic, creative and dynamic images.
Kirsty was fabulous, she trusted me and that makes for good photography as it’s all about the connection between the photographer, the wedding couple and the environment, all aspects need to come together to truly embrace the mood and emotion of that particular moment. The Brewery store has a stone bridge with a large old clock and with one solitary light shining on kirsty’s face, together with some angling of her body we achieved one of my most favourite bridal portraits to date. Together with the silhouetted romantic pictures of the newlyweds in the arched doorway.
We then headed over to the reception party and snapped a few of the historic delivery vehicles, where there is also the recreated coopers workshop, the bygone pub signs and a collection of hop picking memorabilia, all adding up to a wonderful day of fun romance and heritage.
My last stop before leaving was to be the first dance, the romantic couple smiling and dancing in this huge stage dance floor, with its theatrical lighting that swirled and then embraced the couple under its spotlight. This was the perfect finale to a wonderful wedding and this lovely experience with Kirsty & Lee, definitely a magical and memorable wedding day.