Wedding Photographers in Kent Aylesford Priory - Natalie and Steve

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Good Afternoon Folks,

So I was being a wedding photographer in Kent for Natalie and Steve's wedding at the very beautiful Aylesford Priory. This venue is very unique in that you have the priory grounds, some amazing architecture and your reception will be held in a converted barn, which takes on a very rustic feel so lots to work with here.

I was chuffed to bits to be photographing this wedding because I also had the honour of being the wedding photographer for Natalie's sister Hannah in 2012,so it was great to be back meeting with the family again. I don't know if you remember but Natalie and Hannah's Aunt used to teach me at secondary school and I was in the same year as their Uncle; what a small world because this all came to light during a discussion when they came to see me for Hannah's wedding!

So the day started at Natalie's parent's house, it was very chilled and the girls where having lots of fun with their bridal preparations. We photographed all the lovely bits like the shoes, flowers and Natalie's art deco inspired dress. As you can see I have taken you right back to mid summer and this was a beautifully warm day, so something to cheer you up with the cold weather we are having.

We then toddled off to meet the boys and capture some shots of them ahead of Natalie's arrival and before we knew it Natalie was walking up the aisle to marry the love of her life. After the ceremony quite a few of the guests had to check into the local hotel so we made the most of the time and had a quiet few moments at Leeds Church in Kent, and yes this is a stone's throw from Leeds castle. I think Natalie and Steve really enjoyed having some time together just to chat and reflect.

Next stop was Aylesford Priory for some chillin' with drinkies and canapés, we finished with a couple of the larger groups and wandered off for a few minutes to capture a shot that had been set in place at the pre wedding shoot; it was happy days indeed to get that; Natalie and Steve will know exactly what I mean and we were giggling like naughty children on the way back!

Their reception room décor was sublime and I know everyone had a great time enjoying the wonderful food. Before we knew it, the first dance was here and the evening fun began in earnest.

It was such a lovely day and I enjoyed every minute of it; as I sit here in my extra thick fleece I can almost feel the warmth of the sun on my face and imagine the trees in full leaf ahhhh not long now folks, not long.

Claire :)


The Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells Kent Wedding Venue - Natalie and Darren

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Good Evening Folks,

This week's blog features a regular for me a the wedding venue The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells Kent. Natalie and Darren had their wedding ceremony in The Orangery followed by a drinks reception on the lawns and their wedding reception in The Royal Suite.

We joined the girls in one of the beautiful suites that have different themes by the way…tres chic!!! I always love this part of the day; you can feel the excitement in the air as you enter the hotel and it is wonderful to be a part of it all. We had tons of fun here but in what seemed a blink of an eye it was time to find the lads and photograph them before they settled our lovely Darren in The Orangery. Now what a stroke of luck this was folks; one of the best men, Nathan is a wedding planner and how fab was he on the day…we love you Nathan!!

Natalie came wafting beautifully to the entrance of The Orangery and looked a delight as she made her way towards Darren to start the next chapter of their lives together. I think it must be something in the air because once again the service, although solemn was liberally sprinkled with giggles and this always has me grinning like a Cheshire cat behind the lens :D

We had so much fun during the group shots and the lads were really being lads, and I love it. Then it was on to the wedding breakfast where a good time was had by all. During the second Bride and Groom portraiture of the day Julie and I were compared to Laurel and Hardy….the tale is too long to recount here but needless to day we were in fits of laughter as poor Natalie was resplendent on the stairs with Darren trying to relay instructions behind; ahhh happy times :)

When did I cry at this wedding; well it was just as the first dance finished; Natalie had this look on her face that just said it all for me and boom I was gone!!

Natalie and Darren we had so much fun before, during and after your day and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me the honour of photographing your wedding.

So folks, who is having a spoooooky Friday; do you have your sweeties ready for trick and treating. I do and I hope there aren't too many left so that I am tempted to eat them…eeeeekk!!!

Claire :)


Weddings at The Spa Hotel - Amba and Neil

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Good Afternoon Folks,

Welcome to another gorgeous wedding at The Spa Hotel Tunbridge Wells with Amba and Neil.

I first met Amba and Neil last year at The Spa Hotel to discuss their wedding plans and I was delighted when they chose me to cover their day. They had chosen the Orangery for their wedding ceremony followed by a drinks reception in The Chandelier room with their wedding reception being hosted in the Royal Suite. I know that Amba was worried about the weather and it did not help that the rain was absolutely lashing it down for their pre-wedding photography shoot but on the day the sun shone. We were able to meander down to the lake for some lovely portraiture and they were able to have their group shots on the lawns, it really could not have been planned any better.

Amba and Neil had thought of everything to make the day a special one for their guests and it really did show how much they cared for each and every person who attended. I loved their wedding ceremony as I could see the joy on both their faces as they took their vows to become man and wife. I am an old softy, no matter how many weddings I photograph I just love watching my couples 'tie the knot' and every wedding is unique and special.

Another memorable moment for me was listening to Neil's speech and him recounting the first date that he had with Amba; it was hilarious and had me in stitches!!
We left everyone having the most amazing evening reception and really getting into the dancing. On the way home Lorraine and I chatted about another lovely day watching another lovely couple starting out on life's great adventure together.

Who has been enjoying the weather; I couldn't quite get my head around the fact I was photographing a wedding on a Saturday in late October with short sleeves!!!!! This week I am editing our lovely Sunny Andre's latest shoot so watch out for some more sneak peeks coming up soon.

Have a happy week folks and pop back soon,

Claire :)


Nutfield Priory, Redhill, Surrey - Jan and Alan: Surrey Wedding Photographers




Good Afternoon Folks,

I recently photographed the Surrey wedding of Jan and Alan at the gorgeous Nutfield Priory in Redhill, Surrey. The day was just beautiful and it was a pleasure to photograph. Jan and Alan looked so happy together and in love, I am a silly old fool, it always brings a tear to my eye as it is so lovely to see. The wedding was a mixture of vintage and boutique and was beauifully put together; Jan and Alan you have exceptional taste. Once the wedding breakfast was over there was some mingling then the Bride and Groom departed in a rare vintage continental phantom Rolls Royce to Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex, and we finished the day with a smidgen of West Sussex Wedding Photography!

I have chosen three images to post, one from Gravetye Manor, one from Nutfield Priory and this brilliant cake topper that I just loved.

I hope you enjoy the images and I am looking forward to our viewing session next week when we sit down to see the whole collection together; I love that bit :)

Have a great weekend folks.

Claire