Rochester Guild Hall | Village Hall Wedding | Colour | Bunting and Cakes

“Clare is not only an amazing photographer, she is also the perfect addition to a wedding! When we first met Clare, we knew we had made the right decision; neither of us particularly like having our photos taken, but Clare made us feel completely at ease. Then on the day, Clare managed to take the most beautiful, natural pictures that I didn’t think would ever be possible. She really captured the mood of the whole day and was even brave enough to get in the middle of quite an energetic dance floor. We can’t thank you enough!” Flora and Mike x

The best couples

Equally, when I first met Flora and Mike I knew I really wanted to be their wedding photographer. They had such a lovely connection with each other but totally unassuming and like many of my couples, nervous about having their pictures taken. They weren’t concerned for big, epic portraits but wanted their day to show the love for their friends and family.

Village hall wedding

Mike and Flora planned a perfect Spring wedding. Think country village hall, colour, bunting, fate games, cakes and bubbles and a proper Scottish barn dance. After a very relaxing morning at Flora’s parents house I met up with Mike and his friends at a pub in Rochester high street. I loved snapping away whilst Mike and his crew casually made their way to the Rochester Guildhall.

The Guildhall is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building at the end of Rochester High Street (the best end). Open as a public museum it also holds civil ceremonies in its very grand main hall. Decorated in period paintings and grandeur; I love it because the light bellows in from large windows and bounces colour everywhere. Colour was definitely the theme of the day starting with Flora’s big Spring bouquet to the large balloons and lanterns at the village hall.

Whilst their guests made their way to Cobham Village Hall I kept Flora and Mike back for some intimate couple photos. Rochester is a perfect backdrop with its independent shops and cobbled streets. We used a nearby alleyway to start the shoot. The light was perfect and the brick walls added great texture.

Barn dance party

Back at the village hall their guests waited to cover them in the most amount of colourful confetti. You couldn’t get a better location for a village hall themed wedding. Their guests enjoyed glasses of Pimms whilst adults and children played ball games on the green. After a lavish tea party and heartfelt speeches, it was time to prepare for the evening entertainment – a full on Ceilidh. It was brilliant! Slightly risky being in the middle of the dance floor whilst people where being whisked and spun around but ‘oh my’ so much fun. Just add to this a gin bar, hog roast and lots of cheese! I say no more other than it was awesome 🙂

bridal prep

bride looking at photographs

bride smiling at her dad

flowers on a chair

lady smiling whilst doing her make up

bride hugging her mum

bride having her make up done

dress hanging from book case

close up of wedding dress

bridal shoe

bridesmaids laughing

groom and his groomsmen walking

groom smiling at the camera

bunting in a high street

man in a turbun

bride and her wedding party

people in the guildhall

man holding his son

bridesmaid walking up aisle

bride walking up the aisle

bride looking at her future husband

bride and groom about to get married

bride and groom about to get married

groom placing ring on brides finger

groom placing ring on bride

happy couple smiling

couple signing the registry

couple standing in guildhall

couple just married

couple just married

couple walking down the stairs

bridesmaid smiling at bride

bride hugging friend

bride hugging friend

boy placing hat on mans face

older lady showing a picture to the groom

bride standing between columns

bride and groom in an alleyway

bride and groom in an alleyway

bride and groom in an alleyway

couple holding hands

couple just married

couple walking through confetti tunnel

groom has confetti thrown at him

guests in a field

flowers on a table

flowers on a table

glasses of pimms

lady laughing

group under colourful lanterns

people in a selfie frame

a bride with her bridesmaids

lady swinging a child around

bride and her friends

people walking past baloons

bride doing her speech

girl watching speeches

bride doing her speech

bride doing her speech

lady cheering with a glass

father of the bride making a speech

groom making a speech

best man speech

groom laughing

cakes on a stand

couple hugging

couple hugging

couple next to colourful balloons

couple kissing

boy carrying small child

couple smiling

groom with friends

kids playing at a wedding

small child with balloons

children looking at a picture

small child in the air

people carrying a hog roast

gin bar

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

people dancing at a wedding

marquee at night

If you are having barn dance or just an epic party. Let me know because I love to party!

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