It has been known for me to shed a tear during the wedding ceremony but not at multiple points throughout the day! Mascara and cameras already don’t mix but add to those leaking eyes and you’ve got a problem. This wedding was an emotional roll coaster and it started the very first moment I met Amy & Christien.

Wadhurst Castle is just like a fairytale

The castle stands in an area of outstanding beauty just on the Sussex and Kent boarder, with the most incredible views. It’s a mix between an elegant country house but with an exterior of a fairytale castle. Amy and Christien chose to have their ceremony in the gorgeous walled garden.

wadhurst castle

The most loving couple

The moment I met Amy and Christien I could see how in love they were. I mean Christien just couldn’t take his eyes of Amy and I’m not surprised. A beautiful girl with an even more beautiful personality. They both felt they would be exceptionally nervous in front of the camera so we met for a pre wedding shoot at the castle a month before. I love having a connection shoot before the big day. Not only does it help my couples relax in front of the camera but also it gives me the opportunity to understand how they interact with each other. In Amy and Christien’s case it was undeniable love.

bride getting ready

bridesmaid writing on a chalk board

bride having her make up done

Groom attaching his flower pin

bride having her lipstick applied

bridesmaids looking out of the window

A photographic love affair

Amy and Christien had some great detailing ideas. My favourite was the homage to their friends and family by decorating the grounds with bunting made of photographs. Every place name had a Polaroid of its owner and they used their parents wedding photographs to decorate the top table.

photograph bunting

table decorations

flags blowing in the wind

bride being helped into her dress

bride in her wedding dress

father of the bride looking at his daughter

father of the bride and bride walking down the stairs

order of service

couple touching noses

bridesmaids walking

bride walking with her father

groom whispering to his bride

father kissing bride

groom looking excited

exchanging the rings

bride and groom just married

confetti picture

bride chatting to her friends

wedding guest looking excited

bride and her friend hugging

bride with her bridesmaids

father of the bride making a speech

bride and groom walking

bride and groom kissing

bride looking over her shoulder

bride and groom looking at the views

bride giving a speech

groom and mother laughing

groom wiping his brides tears

groom doing a speech

mother of the groom laughing

A real life Love Actually moment

My favourite Christmas film of all time is Love Actually. I cannot wait until 1st December every year to watch it. So when Amy told me in secret that she wanted to recreate the Juliet and Peter wedding scene. Where his best friend Mark has organised for members of the congregation to sing and play “all you need is love”. I was beside myself! I then realised that I was integral to the success of this surprise and would be the decoy whilst everyone set up after the meal had finished. I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves but needless to say this was the third time in the day my eyes leaked.

waitress singing

wedding guests playing the trumpet

groom looking shocked

wedding guest playing guitar

bridesmaid playing a mouth organ

wedding guest playing violin

bridesmaid crying

guests laughing during the speech

mother of the bride laughing

bride and groom cutting the cake

bride and grooms first dance

bridesmaid dancing

bride and groom dancing

mother of the bride dancing

singer singing

bride dancing

people dancing with hands in the air

man sticking his fingers up

If you’re thinking of recreating a scene from Love Actually then I’m your girl. Equally I fell in love with Wadhurst Castle and would love to shoot another wedding there. Please contact me

Florist – www.bedgeburyblooms.co.uk

Make up artist – Chantelle Roostan

Dress – Sanyukta Shrestha

Clare x


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I can't tell you how much we love the photos. They really are just ‘fantastic’. Looking through them genuinely did take us back through all the excitement and emotions of the day, which was always what we hoped for from wedding pictures! I don't know how you manage to capture so much feeling and sentiment but you did and we have had so much enjoyment looking through them and reliving it all. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job, we couldn't be happier with them! We were overwhelmed with the slideshow too, what a generous and wonderful thing of you to do! It brings shivers down my spine watching it and - we absolutely loved it with the music!! We will really treasure that forever ‘thank you’!”

Amy & Christien Mott