Summer Kent Country Garden Wedding
Kent has been described as the Garden of England so, as a Kent wedding photographer, it’s always a pleasure shooting country garden weddings especially when the sun shines all day like it did at Emma and Ryan’s wedding.
On the day of their wedding I joined Emma at her parents’ home in Staplehurst where she was getting ready along with her bridesmaids and her mum and dad. It was a quiet and calm morning as hair and make up was being done and it was soon time for Emma to get herself dressed.
Emma looked amazing in a figure-hugging lace detail dress topped beautifully with a floor length veil. I was able to capture a beautiful moment when her dad saw her for the first time in her dress. He got very emotional and it was a perfect moment to capture.
Bridesmaids wore a lovely taupe colour that worked really well with the style of Emma and Ryan’s wedding.
Jim second shot for me on the day and caught up with Ryan and his grooms at Ryan’s parents’ house. They all looked resplendent in petrol blue three-piece suits and were having a ball of a time. We loved the statement socks that the boys wore! As Ryan’s parents live close to the church the boys were able to walk to the ceremony, but managed to take a small detour to the pub to fit in a cheeky pint!
The wedding ceremony was held in St Mary’s Church in Langley and Emma travelled there with her dad in a lovely Rolls Royce Phantom car driven by Nigel of Distinctly Vintage Cars.
The ceremony was perfect and there was some beautiful light in the church. Churches can be dark spaces but often have some beautiful directional light from the large stained glass windows. On this day it magnificently highlighted the detail in Emma’s dress.
After the ceremony there was a chance outside the church to get some fantastic images of Emma, Ryan and their guests, including a gorgeous confetti moment. Everybody then headed to the reception with Emma and Ryan travelling in that fantastic Rolls Royce.
The Garden Reception
The wedding celebrations were held in the garden of a family friend and the wedding was catered by Emma’s mum’s event catering company. Emma’s mum even made the beautiful grey and pink wedding cake!
The marquee was a stunner. It was large and L shaped which perfectly gave specific purpose to the different areas separating the dancefloor area from the wedding breakfast. The theme for the wedding was grey, pink and white and Emma and Ryan had organised the outside spaces with hay bales and fire pits for after dark. It looked amazing. One particular feature I liked was the wall of flowers behind the top table. Flowers on the day were the creation of the clever team at Sue Davies flowers.
As guests enjoyed drinks and soaking up the sunshine, I quickly whisked Emma and Ryan around the beautiful garden to get some romantic portrait shots of them.
Their friends’ curious horse was keen to be photographed with Emma and Ryan and even keener to take a nibble at Emma’s bouquet.
Fun in the Sun
I also had some fun with the boys taking some GQ style shots of them in sunglasses. Their ultra-cool look enhanced by those socks!
Romantic Evening Shots
Everybody was seated to enjoy the wedding breakfast and there were some very well received speeches. After which I took some gorgeous images of Emma and Ryan set against the low light later in the day. They were amongst my favourite images of the day which is often the case as couples are really chilled out by this time of the day.
Now Emma and Ryan’s guests were really up for a party and these two left nothing to chance. Ryan, who has a sweet tooth, had a sweet table that consisted of large martini glasses full of sweets. There was also a pizza van and an ice van and, with those firepits lit and the music on, the evening had a gorgeous festival vibe about it.
A fun filled wedding for this glamorous couple. Congratulations to Emma and Ryan for getting married and creating such an amazing day for yourselves and your family and friends to remember.
Ceremony – St Marys Church Langley Kent
Reception – Garden Reception
Wedding Car – Distinctly Vintage
Florist – Sue Davies Flowers
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