I did not know that tucked away in my childhood hometown is the magnificent and beautiful Orangery at Turkey Mill, Maidstone. A little gem of a venue set in nine acres of landscaped gardens with a large lake and tumbling waterfalls. Perfect inside and out no matter what the weather decides to do.
Luckily we didn’t have to worry about umbrellas and wellies for Becky and James wedding in May. Although a sneaky rain shower nearly prevented Becky from marrying her true love under the gazebo. When I first met Becky and James they both expressed how nervous they were in front of the camera and insisted they never make for a good photo! We all agreed a ‘love shoot’ would help but they didn’t need to worry. From the moment I arrived at their house to photograph James and his groom’s party getting ready, I knew it was going to be a good day. I was then confronted with what we girls know as ‘getting ready’, but could be mistaken for carnage at the Wisteria bridal suite. I don’t think I have seen quite as much stuff as Becky and her bridesmaids had in this one room. It was however organised carnage and so much fun.
The sun shone through the rain clouds as Becky walked down the aisle to James. Her eyes welling up as they made their first glances and as she approached she gave him a huge kiss that spoke a thousands words J. The ceremony was well received by their family and friends and I could tell they were all desperate to come and congratulate this happy couple. Pimms on the lawn was a much-needed refreshment before the formal group pictures. I always agree with my couples before the day about their group portraits and recommend no more than 10 different groups. As a documentary photographer I am taking natural photographs of you and your guests all day, which many people seem to prefer in the end.
Even though this was mid week wedding (the married on the day they began dating J) it did not prevent the party from starting and with plenty of Prosecco flowing Becky’s work colleagues certainly turned up the heat on the dance floor. All that was left for me to do was organise the lighting of 100 sparklers.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Howe it was a fabulous day.