Catherine and Richard at Aylesford Priory Barn

September 21, 2009  |  Weddings
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So, last week I started with a picture of an amazing dress. There’s a gorgeous dress to follow (by Sassi Holford since you ask – yes the designer who made the dress for Autumn Kelly). But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s start with shoes. Or “Jimmy’s” as the cockneys would call them.

weddings  Catherine and Richard at Aylesford Priory Barn

Catherine actually warned me that her dress was so beautiful (and Catherine is so organised) that she just wanted to wear it as long as possible. So it was no surprise when I arrived at her parents’ house a full 3 hours before the wedding that two of her bridesmaids were already ready and Catherine was just itching to step into her dress.

This gave me little time for the real “getting ready” shots and meant that I can rush on straight to the “reveal”….

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Yep, when your client looks this good you know it’s going to be a pretty easy day.

Anyway we had time for a couple of shots around the house before heading to the church.

weddings  Catherine and Richard at Aylesford Priory Barn

People often ask me how I get some of the beautifully lit fashion style pictures you see on the site. Of course it’s all down to painstaking arrangement of high tech lighting systems, teams of trained assistants and creating a studio on location. Nah, that’s not even close to being true. I just chuck one flashgun to a bridesmaid, a zebra reflector to another and yell “hey, look at me”. Seems to work.

weddings  Catherine and Richard at Aylesford Priory Barn

By the way, you might recognise the lady holding the flashgun. She’s normally at home in front of cameras – that’s Sarah Moore from GMTV – or “lighting fairy” as she became known :).

Anyway, back to the wedding. Here are two very proud parents ready to send their daughter off to be married.

weddings  Catherine and Richard at Aylesford Priory Barn

Down at the church of St Thomas More in West Malling, all was well. Rob (or Bob – it depends) the best man was testing the bubbles to make sure everything would be perfect. What is it with guys in suits and bubbles? Still at least they weren’t as complicated as last week ;).

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While the groom was looking surprisingly relaxed. Though not as relaxed as his father in the background.

weddings  Catherine and Richard at Aylesford Priory Barn

But after the laughter comes tears. But only happy tears. Very happy tears. As Richard Mason and Catherine Hosking were married.

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And then we were off! To Aylesford Priory Barn. A beautiful venue with absolutely stunning grounds. Still with Catherine and Richard to photograph pretty much anywhere would have looked fabulous.

Here’s Catherine risking her gorgeous dress in the name of art.

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And the happy couple with their bridesmaids Helen, Mashala and Sarah (yes, her off the telly).

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But my favourite picture of the day came a few minutes later. Just Richard and Catherine and a stone arch that has been there for a good few hundred years. Sometimes simplicity is the best.

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I happen to know that the guys were pretty nervous about their speeches. But as always they needn’t have worried. Everyone seemed to enjoy Richard’s speech.

weddings  Catherine and Richard at Aylesford Priory Barn

Of course anybody can make a dress that looks fantastic on a peg. And if you just want to walk around carefully in it then lots of dresses will do. But when you have a dress this fabulous and the man of your dreams beside you it seems only right to show off a little by dancing. Lots of dancing.

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Loads more pictures to come. In the meantime if you’d like to leave any comments for Richard and Catherine, there’s a box below for your messages.


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  • Mum & Dad Hosking

    You both look fab, cant wait to see the rest.

  • Rosemary

    WOW!! Perfect pictures to reflect a perfect day xx

  • Carol & Robert

    Thank you for such a fabulous day and in fact weekend. It was a wonderful wedding and we are delighted to have been included in your special day. Every good wish for your future together.
    Lots of love to you both and look forward to seeing you both again soon
    Carol & Robert
    xxx

  • Colleen Holdt

    WOW is an understatement. Absolutely stunning.
    Love
    Colleen and Brian (NZ)
    xoxoxo

  • Kate

    Catherine you looked beautiful and Richard very handsome. I especially love the one of you both dancing. Hope you had a fantastic honeymoon.
    Love Kate & Clara

  • Katie and Ruby

    Wow, wow, wow, you both looked absolutely amazing. Catherine, you make such a beautiful bride. The pictures are lovely. We are so pleased you had a wonderful day.

    Love Katie, Mark and Ruby xxx

  • Hayley and Simon

    We were thinking of you two all day from the other side of the world. Your photos are amazing. I can’t wait to see more.
    Lots of love Hayley and Simon xxx

  • Aunty Mary

    Really beautiful photos from a wonderful wedding celebration! We all had a fantastic time! Catherine you look soooo beautiful a Gweneth Paltrow look alike! ..and of course we cannot forget the gorgeous Richard “prince charming”! Lovely memories! Love Aunty MaryX

  • The bride & groom!

    We LOVE them!!! We are currently in Kauai having a great time. Had to have a quick look. Thank you for all the messages and thank you Jonathan for taking such awesome pics!!! Surfs Up, See you all soon, Aloha and Mahalo!!!! Mr and Mrs Mason:) xxxxxx

  • Goose Rob and Jack

    The photographs are amazing!!! Cat you look beautiful and big bro, you look OK! he he! Cant wait to see the rest of the pics! Hope your having fun and hope your managing to keep my big brother out of those 50ft waves cat!!! xxxxxx

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