Emma and Daniel chose beautiful grade II listed Georgian country house Sprivers Mansion for their lovely spring wedding. One of the most elegant wedding venues in Kent, Sprivers Mansion sits in 100 acres of parkland at the end of a long sweeping driveway. I know Sprivers really well as it’s in the next village to me but every time I go there for wedding photography I am blown away by the beauty of it.
The Beautiful Bridal Suite
On the morning of the wedding I joined Emma in Sprivers’ gorgeous (and large) bridal suite. She was in the capable hands of Amanda Tironi who was doing her hair and make up while her ‘bride squad’ were looking on. The bridal preparations were soon helped along with a glass or two of bubbly
After a few photos in their dressing gowns, the girls got ready and it was soon time for Emma’s mum to button her daughter into her bridal gown. Emma looked stunning in a classically simple yet elegant dress with a gorgeous low back style and a cut that gave her the most perfect silhouette. One of my favourite moments of the day was when Emma’s brother saw her for the first time in her dress, I loved his very obvious reaction! It was her brother who would be giving her away.
I love the directional natural light you get at Sprivers and the staircase if one of my favourites. I was really pleased to get a lovely image of Emma in silhouette as she left for the church in front of one of the Georgian windows. It’s one of my favourites of the day.
Fun with the Boys
Meanwhile Daniel and the boys were getting ready at the couples home and Claire my second shooter on the day did a fabulous job of capturing them doing their thing. There were ties to be tied, cufflinks to be fastened, buttonholes to fix and champagne to drink before they could head off to the church. Claire captured the more formal shots of the boys at St Margarets.
A Historical Setting for the Ceremony
The wedding ceremony was held at St Margaret’s Church in the pretty village of Horsmonden. St Margaret’s was built in 1260 and is a pretty church with a rich history and has some gorgeous stained glass windows which throw pretty light around which is lovely for a wedding ceremony. The bouquets and flowers in the church looked amazing and were the clever creation of Lisa from Lily and Myrtle florist.
It was an overcast day but as Emma arrived the sun started to peek through the clouds. Emma walked down the aisle arm in arm with her brother; it was a lovely ceremony.
Confetti and Pictures
After the ceremony there were some fun confetti moments and once the guests had headed off to Sprivers I had the opportunity to get some romantic portrait shots in and around the church before the couple joined their guests at the reception.
The drinks reception was held in the Yellow Room, one of Sprivers beautiful Georgian rooms that opens out onto the gardens As everybody happily mingled, I headed off with Emma and Daniel to get some romantic portraits shots of them around the grounds of Sprivers. We walked along to the main drive making the most of the light breeze as it caught Emma’s veil and then into the gardens and finally the house when the guests had moved into the marquee for the wedding breakfast.
The marquee was dressed beautifully. I loved all the little personal touches that Emma and Daniel’s had created. I loved the tulips that Daniel’s Dutch family had bought with them from Amsterdam, they were very simple but incredibly beautiful. They adorned every table and were even used as inspiration for the table names. They looked so fresh, elegant and understated. I love tulips!
Beautiful Evening Sun
After the meal and before the speeches began the couple kindly popped out for some sunset shots which were some of my favourite of the day. They were having such a lovely fun time and it really shows in the photos.
After a sumptuous wedding breakfast there were some emotional, funny and well received speeches by Emma’s mum, Daniel and the best man.
The evening reception started with the cutting of a gorgeous wedding cake and there was a photobooth with some fun props (who doesn’t love a photobooth!). Emma and Daniels’ first dance was a real treat because Daniel, a former dancer, had choreographed a first dance that the pair of them wowed their guests with. It wasn’t long before they were joined on the dancefloor by their loved ones and not long after that serious shapes were being thrown. This lot were definitely up for a good time!
A gorgeous wedding full of love and laughter. I love the way Emma and Daniel approached their wedding. They were fun and easy going throughout and it really set the tone for everybody else to just enjoy themselves. Congratulations you two and thank you for having me there to tell the story of your day. I’ll leave the last word to Emma and Daniel, here’s what they had to say about working with me.
..” Thank you so much for the pictures and slide show – you’ve taken so many beautiful photos it will be hard for us to pick those we want to frame! You captured so many lovely moments throughout the day it really brought it all back and reminded us of those moments we’d forgotten when so much was happening.
Thank you again for being so wonderful on the day, and we are so grateful for all the momentous you’ve given us of our day….”
Venue – St Margarets Church Horsmonden and Sprivers Mansion
Brides Dresses – Isabella Grace Bridal
Bridesmaids Jumpsuits – Phase Eight
Hair and Make Up – Amanda Tironi
Flowers – Lily and Myrtle
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