Sam + Nick's Wedding - Preston Court, Kent

Preston Court Wedding

Sam + Nick’s gorgeous wedding at Preston Court in Kent

09-08-19

Sam and Nick got married in the very wonderful Preston Court in Kent. This venue really has a bit of lovely for everyone and I really enjoyed shooting my first wedding there this year! Fun, beautiful and lots to do - what is not to love about a wedding venue!

I managed to squeeze in both bride and groom prep for Sam and Nick which is always really awesome. I feel like a lot of the shine is typically on the bride so it’s always lovely to tell an equal story. Although there is far less make up involved (usually!) it’s still really good to get to know both sides of a wedding! Both Sam and Nick got ready in Air bnb’s and were both gorgeous houses with plenty of space and natural light.

We then headed over to Preston Court where Sam and Nick got married nestled in the Willow Trees with all their friends and family watching across the lake. Lots of drinks and canapés followed and we squeezed in a few formal group portraits too.

The carousel opened up in the afternoon which made for some really cool pictures, and obviously lot’s of laughs for guests! We were then all seated in a big barn where I then became entirely obsessed with the seating plan. A big wooden board with little terracotta pots on filled with succulents with everyone’s names on the side. Grab your pot, and find your seat. The table numbers were on the bottom of each pot! It was such an original and cute idea and gosh I love a terracotta pot.

The food was delicious, the speeches were great and the sun shone all day. It really was such a gorgeous day to be a part of - rounded off with a saxophonist and lots of dancing. We managed to nip out for 10 minutes or so of portraits too, the lake made a perfect setting and we nipped back under the willow trees too!

All in all, a ruddy lovely day.

I always ask my couples a few questions for my blog posts so here is what Sam + Nick had to say…!

Tell me about how you met…

We met 9 years ago through work and then we got engaged in July 2018. Nick arranged for us to go on a canal boat as a surprise weekend away and we were having real trouble turning the thing around! We got stuck in the reeds for about 40 mins and when we finally got free and were trundling along, he got down on one knee. We were hit by a storm a few minutes later and were forced to stay over night at the side of the canal in the middle of nowhere with no dinner and no way of getting to any restaurants or food. We settled for 2 boiled eggs and a bottle of wine - we were clearly not prepared! It was still amazing.

What made you choose your wedding venue / location?

It's just so unique. We didn't see any others like it and it has real character with the old steam trains, the vintage organs and the carousel.

If you could impart any words of wisdom to a couple planning their marriage and wedding day, what would they be and is there anything you would do differently?

Don't drag out the planning over several years. Better to keep it short so you can enjoy it.

What made you choose me as your photographer?

Just loved your pictures. They're natural and not too staged. They're amazing.

And that’s it! Thank you SO so much to Sam and Nick for having me along to celebrate with you trusting me to photograph your wedding. Here’s to many many years of happiness and laughter!

Enjoy!

Videogrpher - Tom Miller

Hair + MUA - SJB

Flowers - JW Floristry

Cake - Becky Jo

Saxophonist - Dan Goode

Caligraphy - Made by Jo

Autumn Minis in East Sussex

AUTUMN MINIS ARE NOW LIVE!!

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I am SO excited to be offering Autumn mini sessions again this year! Last year we had a few that were rained out but overall it was a huge success and I’m so thrilled to do them again this year. What better way to get ready for Christmas too!!

The location is to be confirmed still but it will be either in St Helens Woods in Hastings or possibly Brede high woods.

All the nitty gritty info -

Saturday 26th October and Sunday 27th October

20 minute session

5 digital files to print and use as many times as you like

For 1 immediate family, if you would like extra relatives to attend then please book a double session

£75 for existing clients and £95 for new clients

There is a £25 booking fee and the rest to be paid on the day of your session

Just fill in this simple form and you can be booked in as quickly as singing humpty dumpty. Dare you.

Sisters at Camber, East Sussex

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Camber Sands is one of my favourite places to photograph families. With it’s absolutely breathtaking open space and rolling dunes behind it, it most definitely is one of Sussex’s most gorgeous landmarks.

I hadn’t photographed my two nieces in quite some time so they were really due an updated selection of photos! We had visions of the girls paddling in the sea as the sun set behind them on a late August evening, but of course nature had other plans and we had a windy evening with a moody sky. It was actually a pretty cool evening! Not a person in sight, we had the whole beach to ourselves so shouting and running was top of the agenda!

I thought I would share a chunk of some of my favourite images from their session. We were shooting for under an hour and not one ‘say cheese’ quote was mentioned. I’d call that a win.

If you want to find out a bit more about my relaxed and informal family sessions then head HERE to find out more!

Cluni + Olly - A beautiful Sussex wedding

25-08-18

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I really do need to get back into blogging, I have so many beautiful weddings to share so I thought I would make a start today.

Let’s rewind to 25th August 2018.

Cluni + Olly got married at Salehurst Church and then had their reception in the grounds of Claremont School in East Sussex (which is where Cluni works!). Cluni got ready at her parents house in Fairlight, with all her bridesmaids and an awesome team of suppliers for hair, make up and flowers. It was such a laugh, as I knew it would be. Having known her pretty much her whole life, it was like being amongst a group of friends.

Just some of the things that make me happy at a wedding -

  • People that don’t care what face they are pulling at the camera, or even just being unaware of the camera entirely

  • White tipi’s

  • Outdoor speeches

  • Awesome speeches

  • Mass confetti

  • Homemade cake

  • Killer dance moves

And yep. This wedding had all of the above and more. Oh, and my Mum was there. 10 points if you can spot her.

I don’t even think I need to go into a huge amount of detail. You can see for yourselves how utterly lush this day was, it was a delight to be a part of it.

Make up - Natasha Valerie

Hair - Genna Quigley

Florist - Shimizu Flowers

Dress - Grace Loves Lace

Suit - Dixon Anderson Tailoring

Band - Rudy Warman & The Heavy Weather