The Style

Kate and Andy’s wedding was ‘oh so pretty’!  They wanted their day to be as relaxed and fun as possible and full of personal and handmade touches and they definitely achieved it, it was gorgeous!  Their reception marquee was filled with lots of pretty bunting that Kate’s mum had painstakingly made herself and they followed this theme through onto all of their wedding stationery.  There were sweet peas from the garden for the bouquets and for jam jars in the marquee giving the whole day a very English Country Garden feel.

They had their ceremony at Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst Kent followed by a marquee reception in Kate’s parents garden, also in Goudhurst, overlooking a beautiful view of the Weald of Kent countryside.

The Preparations

I joined Kate in the apartment at Finchcocks for the morning while she got ready.  It was a warm and sunny day and the beautiful soft light in the room was perfect for bridal photos.  From the window of the room Kate, her sister and mum were able to see guests arriving and more importantly the arrival of the vintage 50’s bus that her dad had lovingly restored especially for the big day.  Kate dutifully wore her bridal sash for a picture which was great fun before her sister helped her to get into her gorgeous Ellis Bridals dress.  Kate’s veil had been her mums and so it was a very special moment when her mum helped her to pop it into her hair.  The bed in the room was the perfect spot for a bride and bridesmaids portrait shot.  They all obliged by piling onto the bed with Kate in the middle followed by the little flower girl last, it was lovely and not a shot I get to do very often.  Kate’s dad arrived and it was time for her to head off to the ceremony.  She was nervous about having to walk down the stairs in front of all of the guests but she did it beautifully with the help of her dad and it turned out to be the moment Andy remembers the most.

The Ceremony

The ceremony was lovely and traditional and Andy’s mum read a beautiful poem that she had specially written for the day.  They also had a further reading which was read by two of their friends.  They had a performance of Mozarts Rondo alla Turca during the ceremony played on one of the antique Forte Piano’s owned by the museum.

Afterwards the guests lined up ‘boys on one side and girls on the other’ to bombard the couple with confetti after which we headed out to the gardens for some beautiful couple portrait shots.  Kate and Andy left Finchcocks a little later in the vintage bus waving to all of their guests from the back door!

The Reception

Arriving at Kate’s mum and dads garden before their guests, we took the opportunity to grab a few more shots of the couple including one for their thank you card. They then headed into the beautifully decorated marquee for their wedding breakfast followed by speeches.  Andy’s brother has prepared a full scale Powerpoint presentation for his best man speech which left Andy with his face in his hands!  They then cut their cake of cheese which was adorned by the most beautiful little Mr and Mrs cheese mice!

They then kicked their evening off with a Barn Dance with Dance On which was a first for us to photograph, it was such fun and everyone was giggling madly whether they were getting it right or wrong!

As Goudhurst is high we knew it was the perfect spot for a sunset shot and we were keenly checking the sunset times and the weather forecast leading up to Kate and Andy’s wedding.  Luck was on our side that day as it was such a beautiful evening and we managed to get some lovely shots.  We also managed some silliness with an umbrella which has proven to be a very popular shot!

Kate and Andy’s wedding was also featured on The English Wedding Blog, link below.  Have a look to read about the day in Kate’s own words.

Credits and Acknowledgements

Brides Dress – Ellis Bridals

Bridesmaids Dresses – Debenhams

Flowers – Finchcocks

Cake – The Fine Cheese Company via John Lewis

Marquee – Cavendish Marquees

Barn Dance – Dance On