Barn Wedding at The Plough in Leigh
Helen and Simons barn wedding at The Plough in Leigh was a dream to photograph. They are such a special couple and did not stop smiling and laughing all day; it was a delight.
Getting Ready with the Girls and the Boys
Helen chose the Old Manor House B&B in Brasted Westerham to get ready with her girls. It’s a beautiful old beam laden property that had initially been an antique shop on the green.
The Bricklayers Arms in Chipstead was the meeting place for the boys, close to the church for the ceremony. My second photographer for the day Claire met Simon and the boys there.
It was a busy and exciting atmosphere during the morning at the B&B. I made sure to capture all of the lovely details that Helen had so carefully put together, including their Hubby and Wifey sweatshirts! At one point, Helen spotted her dad sitting in the bus shelter outside the B&B and asked me to take a picture as this was ‘typical of him’!
Helen looked flawless when her mum helped her step into her beautiful gown from Jodi Bridal. Helen’s dad was a picture when he came into the room and gave us all a lump in our throats!
St Botolphs Church Chevening
Helen grew up in the Chevening area, which made it the obvious choice for their ceremony. A floral garland of pale pink and white roses to match Helen’s bouquet adorned the entrance door to the church. Marion Slaughter of Flowers created the wedding Flowers by Marion.
Claire had already captured shots of the boys at the church before I arrived, including some fun photos of their groom, best man and usher socks!
The bride took the ten-minute drive and arrived at the church in amazing vintage Chrysler Windsor 1956 from Oxted Classic Cars.
St Botolphs Chevening is a beautiful 16th-century church entered via a lovely lych gate and a long path leading up to the doorway. Helen paused in the door before heading through to her groom, waiting at the top of the aisle. I loved the shot of Simon when he saw Helen coming towards him; he radiated such love and emotion; it was a wonderful moment to be a party to.
All of the guests filed out after the ceremony and enthusiastically greeted and congratulated the bride and groom. These are always wonderful moments for candid guest shots. The confetti shots of Helen and Simon are some of my favourites; the joy on their faces is so tremendous!
The Plough at Leigh
On route to the reception venue, we stopped at a few spots that were important to the couple for some portraits, finishing with a few photos with the car before the couple headed into their drinks reception.
The Plough is a 16th and 17th-century inn and barn. The gorgeous vaulted barn is Kent peg tiled, beamed and beautiful with a minstrels’ gallery, oak floor and wood-burning stoves. Helen and Simon wanted some photos in the gardens which were beautiful in the sunshine. They are such an easy-going, fun-loving couple and capturing them was a joy!
Back in the barn, I captured the gorgeous rustic details that the couple had put together, such as a vintage ladder with lots of family photos, both old and new. They had also used an old palette creatively to show their love story plus table names which were little books for places they love to visit.
There was a little bit of downtime after the speeches for a few additional night shots in the gardens followed the couples first dance. Helen then danced with her dad to ‘Streets of London’. It was beautiful to see as they both sang along; it meant a great deal to them both.
What a day Helen and Simon’s wedding was. I’ve been lucky to catch up with the couple since and have photographed them for their first anniversary!
Bride getting ready location – The Old Manor House, Brasted, Westerham Kent
Brides Makeup – Ella Megan Offical
Brides Gown – Jodi Bridal
Flowers – Flowers by Marion
Cake Maker – Brides Mum
Wedding Car – Oxted Classic Cars
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