Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

November 4, 2011  |  Weddings
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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….

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

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.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

And Claire is ready for her “wow” moment.  No, I don’t think she stopped smiling the entire day…

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

Meanwhile over at the Dower House, the boys were getting ready too.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

But they made it over to the “big house” for a couple of last minute essential preparations….

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

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…

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

….then it’s time for that look

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

…and then it’s time for the walk out together.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

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.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

And there are all kinds of views for framing pictures.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

But the guests were getting peckish.  And besides, the dining room looked wonderful

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

Remember that look Mike gave Claire when she walked into the ceremony room just before they got married?  Yeah.  He does that a lot.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

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.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

And…talking of dark….after a beautiful day comes a beautiful evening.  And a brand new moon for the brand new Mrs Meechin.

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

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…

weddings  Claire and Mike: wedding at Knowlton Court

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  • Claire Mechen

    Hi Jonathan, We have just had a quick peek at these and just want to say WOW!  I love the way you have picked up on all the small details and as much as we love the formal shots, the more informal ones are beautiful – especially Eliza in her wellies! We can’t wait to see them all – thank you for these teasers Cxx

  • Kathymechen

    The other Mr and Mrs Mechen have also had a peep and once again ended up wiping our eyes, what a beautiful bride and handsome groom and just stunning photos, I will be looking at them for the rest of the day, thankyou so much.

  • http://www.karenflowerphotography.com Karen Flower

    What a dream wedding to photograph! Beautiful autumn colours and gorgeous location.

  • Patricia Nelson

    The bride’s mother has also peeped.They are truly beautiful photos of the new Mr & Mrs Mechen. Their happiness shines through in each photo. What a wonderful day we had. Well done Jonathan. Thank you so very much.

  • Emma

    Really really beautiful photos and you have captured the day in just a few pictures.  Cant wait to see the rest.

    Claire you look really lovely, what a radiant bride

    xxx