The story

It was a beautiful early August day for Elysia and Mark’s wedding.  Their ceremony was to be held at King Charles the Martyr Church on the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells followed by a family reception at the Ashurst McDermott Village Hall on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells.  In between the two we had arranged to take them to Chafford Park for their bride and groom couple photographs.

The Preparations

I joined Elysia at her parents home an hour or so before she was due to leave for the ceremony.  She had her three bridesmaids with her and it was a very quiet and calm morning as Elysia got ready for her big day.  They had chosen the most gorgeous pastel coloured flowers for the bride and bridesmaids bouquets which were mirrored in the lovely pew ends in the church.  Jim met Mark and his best man and groomsmen at the church and they popped along to the Pantiles to have a few shots by the Chalybeate Spring and the Pantiles architecture before heading into the church again to get ready for the arrival of the guests.  Elysia was driven to the church in a beautiful vintage Rolls Royce by Nick from The Ashdown Classic Wedding Car Collection.

The Ceremony

Elysia and her family are very much an active part of the King Charles church community and Elysia and Mark had been able to plan a very special and personal ceremony for their wedding which involved many of their family and friends.  This was the most important part of their day and was without doubt, the most beautiful wedding service I have ever been to.  The ceremony lasted around an hour and was followed by the couple walking through the Pantiles to their drinks reception just along from Woods Restaurant.  They attracted quite a lot of attention from the clientele of the various eateries as they walked along the Pantiles and were even stopped for a photo!  After an hour they said goodbye to their friends and we headed off to Chafford Park for some couple shots.  The time we spend with a couple for their portraits is generally a really nice peaceful time for them both as it’s one of the few times during the course of a wedding day that they are alone.  I tend to shoot these shots on a long lens so I’m not encroaching on their space too much either.  For Elysia and Mark this was a lovely break in the day for them while their family guests headed off to the village hall.

The Reception.

We arrived at the village hall to all of their guests and confetti was thrown and family group shots were taken.  We shot their table details and their cake and then while people were being we took a few additional couple shots with their Just Married sign and then left them to enjoy the rest of their evening.

Credits and Acknowledgements:

Ceremony – King Charles the Martyr in Tunbridge Wells

Reception – The Ashurst McDermott Village Hall

Couple portraits taken at Chafford Park Tunbridge Wells

Flowers – Flowers and Daughters

Vintage Rolls Royce – The Ashdown Classic Wedding Car Collection