Hi BBWP fans, it’s blog time again…
Megan & Luke were married at the Tudor Park Marriott in Maidstone on Saturday, 14th February, 2014. It was of course Valentine’s Day but you may recall that a hooley of a storm swept through Kent the night before! The wedding morning was, as I’m sure you can imagine, a little stressed with the usual storm damage to the roads and I arrived at the hotel 2 x hours early to make sure I made it on time! Upon my arrival I discovered a few problems. Unfortunately, the Wedding Breakfast room, which was to be held in the Marquee adjacent to the main hotel, had been set up the previous afternoon/evening. The storm had taken its toll and there were a number of challenges that had to be faced! All credit to Megan, who upon return from the hairdressers learnt of the problems, and despite a following power cut, managed to stay incredibly calm. She was determined, despite the hotel’s attempts to persuade her to move rooms, that her Wedding Breakfast wedding would go ahead, as originally planned, and everyone including the weather front (!), pulled together to give her exactly that. Phew!
Happy that everything was back on track, Megan & her Bridal party returned to their rooms to get ready. Megan is incredibly close to her family & friends & it was lovely to be part of their pre-wedding celebrations and girly time.
Meanwhile… on the other side of the hotel a Groom, knowing nothing about the morning’s challenges, was getting ready with his Best Man. A little tipple helped calm the nerves & soon they were walking through the hotel lobby ready to meet their guests.
With guests arriving I popped back to the Bride’s room for more prep shots. Megan’s hairdresser was actually on the guest list and the girls had gone to infant school together. So, from lunch boxes to wedding day – bet they never saw that coming! Megan’s Bridal Party consisted of her 2 x sisters & best friend and her flower girls were her gorgeous nieces, who absolutely stole the hearts of everyone – so very cute. Megan’s mum helped her to get dressed & I was the only person allowed to stay in the room – it helps being a female photographer & of course allows me to capture these very precious memories.
With the stunning Bride ready, Dad was allowed in to see Megan which was a very touching moment. After a few tears of joy we were off, walking through the hotel to the waiting Groom & guests. The Ceremony was lovely with 2 x readings, one of which was by the Father of the Groom, entitled ‘The Beauty of Love’.
Typical with February weddings the formals were taken indoors but thanks to the abundance of light in the hotel’s main reception, this did not cause any problems. Guests were in the warm, dry & cosy lounge area enjoying their Reception Drinks – lovely. It was also lovely to see Vicky (Groom’s sister) & Darren (middle image top row) again, whose wedding I photographed last year!
The Bride & Groom portrait session was also taken indoors with an abundance of gorgeous back-drops around the hotel.
Shortly after guests were seated for their Wedding Breakfast followed by the speeches &first dance. I did laugh when the Bride & her Dad & the Groom & his mother-in-law had a dance off! Priceless moments & great photo opportunities!
A wonderful day was had by all I I’ve since received the most amazing thank you note from Megan which she posted to my Facebook. Here’s what she said…..
Have been meaning to write on here for a while. Luke &myself would like to say the biggest thank you to you. We are delighted with the photographs and are so happy with the style we went for as you captured some truly beautiful, natural and priceless shots. The bridal prep photos with my parents are so special and I am so glad we went with it. We are definitely going to have trouble picking our favourites for our album as there are just so many great shots. Over 2 months on and I am still looking at them nearly every single day. Thank you for all your hard work and being part of our special day. You managed to capture some of the best moments & memories.
All the best & thank you once again.
- Megan & Luke
In addition to my photography services, Megan & Luke chose the ‘Shoot it Yourself’ (www.shootityourself.co.uk) route in terms of their wedding video. This is a pioneering idea whereby your wedding guests shoot your video & ‘Shoot It Yourself’ edit it, to the finished product! Megan & Luke hired two cameras, one for the girls & one for the boys, and the fun began. Here’s a selection of the ‘video’ piccies throughout the day.
Over & out,