Here’s a wedding I’d been looking forward to for a long time. Claire and Mike booked me for their photography back in January and since then I’ve been looking forward to autumn at Knowlton Court near Canterbury. And it didn’t disappoint. The weather was spectacular and as for the wedding…well, take a look….
Claire is fond of clever details like that. Not only do the shoes say “I Do”, the crystals are blue making up the “something blue”.
Meanwhile Alex and Amanda were getting ready.
And Claire is ready for her “wow” moment. No, I don’t think she stopped smiling the entire day…
Meanwhile over at the Dower House, the boys were getting ready too.
But they made it over to the “big house” for a couple of last minute essential preparations….
It’s amazing just how fast things happen on a wedding day. One minute they guys are getting a last minute briefing from the registrar…
….then it’s time for that look…
…and then it’s time for the walk out together.
27 minutes that Claire and Mike will remember for the rest of their lives.
Now Knowlton Court has some rather nice gardens. And last Saturday was one of the most perfect autumn days ever. So it was an absolute pleasure to be working there.
And there are all kinds of views for framing pictures.
But the guests were getting peckish. And besides, the dining room looked wonderful…
Remember that look Mike gave Claire when she walked into the ceremony room just before they got married? Yeah. He does that a lot.
First dance is always a tricky time. There are people and cameras everywhere and it’s natural to feel a little self conscious. For me too, it can be a tricky time. I sue off camera flashguns, radio triggers, twin cameras and all kinds of tricks to preserve the moment. And with all the guests watching too and taking their own pictures it can be a nervous 2 minutes.
But strip it all down and it’s all beautifully simple. Two people who just got married dancing together for the first time. I walked past a window and saw Claire and Mike alone together practising. Of course I shot all the clever pictures of the “real” first dance. But I love this one shot through thick glass in the dark.
And…talking of dark….after a beautiful day comes a beautiful evening. And a brand new moon for the brand new Mrs Meechin.
All too soon it was time for me to go. But as always there was just one more shot in the dark calling out to me…
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