added by Claire
November 13, 2012
At the end of August I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely wedding of the equally lovely Richard and Jo. We first met to chat about their day over a coffee back in March and I felt like I already knew them! I was excited about photographing their day and finally it was here!
The theme was 'relaxed English country garden', which was exactly what it was!! With a little bit of 'Don't Tell The Bride' thrown in.
Jo knew hardly any details of her wedding day as Richard, along with the help of his mum, kept details of the day a secret until the actual day.
So, the day started with me arriving at Richard's parents home in High Halstow, near Cooling, Kent, which is where he was getting ready and which was also the location of the reception.
The gardens and the marquee looked absolutely stunning!! The sun was out, the lawn was freshly cut, the floral decorations placed on the tables, the fabric for the table and cushion coverings were beautiful, all the little gorgeous details really set the theme of the day....and the bride knew nothing about it!
After I photographed all the details I made my way to see the bride and her bridesmaids for some prep shots. Needless to say everyone was excited and it wasn't long before the champagne was open!
After an hour or so it was time for one of Jo's surprises..the bridal car!! After a few squeels of excitement it was time for Jo to get into her dress.
A few family shots later it was time to leave for the ceremony which took place at the Archbishops Palace in Maidstone, Kent.
I arrived just as Richard and the guys were making their way from the pub. As the groom and guests took their seats inside the ceremony room, the bride arrived with her dad and was met by Jo & Richard's gorgeous, excited little daughter.
Finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for....the bride met her waiting groom and the emotional ceremony began. The smiles on their faces said it all.
After the ceremony, husband and wife made their way out to the courtyard to greet their guests before leaving to go to a secret location which had been arranged by Richard's mum. This was one surprise that even Richard didn't know about.
I met them at the secret location to spend some private moments alone with them before making our way to Richard's parents house for the reception.
Such a relaxed afternoon, everyone was in great spirits despite the weather, which had changed from sunny to on and off drizzly rain, and the celebrations continued long into the night!
I had a great time working with Jo, Richard, their family and friends and I look forward to seeing Jo, Richard and Lexie again next year!!
Here are a few favourites from the day.
Here come the boys...
Big group, photographed by climbing through a sash window onto a wet flat roof. Good job I don't mind heights!