A wedding at the Tudor Barn, Eltham

A wedding at the Tudor Barn, Eltham

Wedding Photographer at The Tudor Barn, Eltham

Chris and Cathy chose to have their Wedding at Tudor Barn in Eltham. Together, they run a successful restoration company restoring old historic listed buildings across the country.  So, of course their wedding day needed a venue with lots of history. They liked the idea of a barn wedding with lovely gardens. Having your wedding at Tudor barn means you get to use the beautiful grounds of Well Hall Pleasance next to the barn. So a wedding at The Tudor barn was perfect.

This venue is the only existing Tudor Barn in London, a hidden treasure in the borough of Greenwich.  It is surrounded by acres of parkland that are perfect for wedding photos and even still has the medieval moat.

The morning started at the Hilton Double Tree, Greenwich with Chris enjoying a few drinks with his friends and family, whilst Cathy spent a chilled morning with her mum, sister and relatives.

The day was so relaxed. Considering it was October the sun was shining and the colours on the trees were beautiful. An Autumn  wedding pretty much guarantees stunning  wedding photographs.

Cathy’s flowers were a stunning mix of Autumn colours and included roses, fern, berries and gypsophellia.

The cake was just amazing. It was actually a replica of the building that Chris and Cathy were working on and even included a replica mini bride and groom. It was huge and tasted amazing….I can vouch for that!

I thoroughly enjoyed this wedding so laid back, full of emotion with one of the best wedding playlists ever! 

To chat about your wedding, get in touch. I would love to hear about your plans

Dress – from Morilee

Head Piece – Richard Designs

Florist – Floral Hues

Chris Suit – bespoke from The Disguisery

Bridesmaids- John Lewis

Cake Maker – Bespoke Bakes

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A Mediterranean inspired wedding day at The Orangery, Maidstone, Kent.

A Mediterranean inspired wedding day at The Orangery, Maidstone, Kent.

Bekim and Rebecca. A wedding at the Orangery in Maidstone, Kent.

Rebecca’s dress was a stunning Enzoani fitted lace dress, which she wore with a beautiful full length veil.  The bridesmaids were lucky to be wearing gorgeous ivory Vera Wang gowns. (I especially loved the fact they had pockets!)

Bekim is from Albania and the couple wanted to reflect this in their big day. The beautiful Mediterranean olive sprigs in the bridesmaids bouquets, matched perfectly with the brides striking why hydrangea bouquet.

Rebecca and Bekim decided to have their wedding ceremony in the The Orangery’s Gazebo. It was so stylishly dressed with handmade garlands of Eucalyptus and Olive.

The Mediterranean feel was carried into the décor in the dining room of The Orangery. The favors were a cute little bottle of the traditional Albanian drink Raki. The place settings were set with a sprig of Olive, candles  and the gold cutlery matched the theme perfectly.   The meal  was Mediterranean inspired with Hummus, Tzatziki, olives, minted lamp kebabs and Albanian Kofte.

As the day was so hot, we decided to take the couples portraits after dinner and speeches. The sun was so much softer, plus it was a bit cooler. So at 8pm we walked around the grounds to capture so gorgeous bride and groom photos.

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Venue: The Orangery at Turkey Mill, Maidstone https://theorangerymaidstone.com/

Wedding Dress:Designer Enzoani Available at Bella’more Kent http://www.bellamore.co.uk/

Bridesmaid dresses: Vera Wang

Men’s Tuxedos: John Lewis Stores

Florist: Floral Explosion https://www.floral-explosion.co.uk

Bridesmaid shoes: Linzie Stores

Hair and MUA: Hollie Noelle https://www.instagram.com/hollienoellemua/?hl=en

Cake: All shapes and slices (this was delicious) https://www.allshapesandslices.co.uk/ 

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Del and Katy’s Marleybrook House Wedding

Del and Katy’s Marleybrook House Wedding

I just love Marleybrook House wedding venue in Canterbury, Kent. A photographer’s dream!  A really quirky and romantic little place that is fun to explore. Its set it beautiful grounds with a willow tree and a lake, a glade and all set a round pretty little thatched cottage.  It has a marquee or Oak barn for the wedding reception, a beautiful gazebo and even has its own Vintage fair with swing boats and hook a duck!….

Del and Katys day was a sunny hot one. I arrived in the morning to see Katy and her bridesmaids all chilling out in the beautiful bridal suite and getting their hair and make up done.  The bridal suite is beautiful. Big light and airy with plenty of room for the bridesmaids to have a sleep over the night before. Along with a whole separate room for all the hair and make up. It even has its own hot tub that the girls took full advantage of the night before.

While Del had stayed at a nearby hotel and arrived a little later. He relaxed with a few beers in the cosy bar with his best man and ushers.

The ceremony was in the Walled Garden with its topiary and lavender lined aisle. I did notice how green and well kept everything was despite the scorching heatwave that we had. The grounds are very well looked after.

First up the aisle was the flower girls, who looked so cute with their little white dresses and floral head bands made by the very talented Tracey of Mrs Bouquet Flowers and the cute little page boys in their shorts and braces. The bridesmaids in their pretty pale pink dresses from Coast looked lovely and did a great job in helping Katy manage her stunning elegant full length veil.

Ceremony complete, confetti thrown.. it was time for the drinks reception in the Vintage fair. Champagne, Prosecco and raspberry shots, plenty of beers, mini burgers with chips and toffee apple were keeping everyone happy, along with rides on the swing boats and a game of hook a duck or tin can alley.

During dinner the talented Fil Straughan enterained the guests. Walking around the tables singing to individuals and getting people to join in.  Singing a mix of both old and new songs, he has a clever way of being able to change the lyrics to a song to suit the guest – had everyone laughing and up dancing – this was before dinner was even served!

It was a wonderful day and I wanted to share a few of the pics of the day. So take a look below and

Also a few words from Katy, the bride

Where did you buy your dress? Why did you choose it?

I bought my dress from Pronovias, I chose it because it was very elegant and simple (Just what I had always wanted) – Yes it was exactly what I had thought I would get and I was surprised at this as everyone told me that “oh you will get something that you really don’t expect”

Where did you get your bridesmaid dresses from? Coast

Where did you get the mens suits from? Next

What made you choose your venue? It was a perfect mix between myself and my Husband. We both LOVED it from the minute we saw it. We just knew it was the one.

What favours did you give to your guests? We donated to charity as our favours but we had little biscuits as our place names

Who was you florist? What made you chose your flowers? Mrs Bouquet – I wanted flowers that really suited my venue and I felt like Mrs Bouquet got this absolutely perfect.

Who did you hair and make up? Beau Babbington

Who made your beautiful cake? The Little Cake Box

What was the most memorable part of your day? Walking up the aisle and seeing Del standing there looking back at me. (still makes me want to cry thinking about it now)

Any bit of advice to any upcoming brides? To Just enjoy every second of the build-up, don’t stress. It all comes and goes so fast so you just need to sit back and take it all in. Always smile!!!

Venue http://marleybrookhouse.co.uk/

Cake: http://www.littlecakebox.co.uk/

Vocalist: http://www.filstraughan.com/#home

Hair and Make up https://www.facebook.com/beau.babbington

Flowers https://www.mrs-bouquet.co.uk/

Dress: https://www.pronovias.com/store-finder///GB0500IO

Get in touch to chat about your big day.

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A little practice before the big day…..Chris and Kirsty’s engagement shoot…

A little practice before the big day…..Chris and Kirsty’s engagement shoot…

With most of my weddings I offer the option of an engagement or pre- wedding  photo shoot.

I remember the nerves of my wedding day and I how I felt awkward having to be romantic and smoochy in front of  a stranger, let alone them taking photographs of us doing it.  Imagine how much easier it would be having had a “practice run” before your big day.

Having an engagement shoot, I will be able to guide you in your posing and help you to feel more relaxed, giving you one less thing to worry about on your wedding day. It will help us get to know each other more help you know what to expect on your big day. Its all very informal – in fact it ends up being a good old chat and a bit of a giggle.

Locations are up to you. How about a favorite place of yours? Where you first met? Your first date? Where he proposed? (extra travel will be charged for the Empire State Building etc). It can even be at your wedding venue. I’m open for all sorts of suggestions….

Here is a recent evening shoot at Hall Place with Chris and Kirsty who are getting married this year.

One of Kirsty’s first comments to me was “We don’t really do displays of public affection”………fast forward half an hour……….

Danson House, Bexleyheath Kent.  A wedding venue with history.

Danson House, Bexleyheath Kent. A wedding venue with history.

The beautiful Danson House, Bexleyheath has become the official registry office for Bexley Borough.  Its a beautiful Georgian Grade I listed building with  various different ceremony rooms. All looking out over the beautiful grounds of Danson Park, its lake and the 200 year old Oak tree. The perfect wedding venue.

For years it was derelict and, growing up in Bexleyheath, I’d always wondered what was in side the creepy old run down house other than pigeons! Who’d have thought that years later I would be Kent Wedding photographer photographing weddings there. It really is a gorgeous house, steeped in history and being a bit of a geek, I decided to have a look into its past.

Fellow history geeks read on………or, if not just have a nose at some of the photos that I have taken of recent weddings here alongside some old photos at the end of the blog, that I found in the archives….see I told you I was a geek.

It was built in 1766, designed by the same architect that designed the Bank of England, Sir Robert Taylor.  It was built by Sir John Boyd for him and his wife to be, and to celebrate their love, Boyd commissioned an artist to paint romantic wall panels for the Dining Room. Thankfully, when the house started to deteriorate, they were put into storage and have now been restored to their rightful place in the house.

After Sir John Boyds death in 1800 the home was sold onto the Johnston family in 1807 and it was Sarah Johnston’s watercolour paintings of the home in the 1860s, that helped the English Heritage experts massively with the restoration project.

In 1862, Alfred Bean bought the house and all its land (582 acres at this point) He intended to transform the whole estate into a residential area/suburb. His will shows that part of the land was sold off for this purpose, but the remaining 224 acres remained in his family until his death and after the death of his widow in the 1920’s. When it was bought by Bexley Council in 1924 for £16,00.

Having not been lived in since the 1920s, the house deteriorated and the council couldn’t afford the up keep and so it was left in ruins.

In 1995, just months away from being demolished, English Heritage stepped in recognizing that Danson House was the  ‘the most significant building at risk in London’. They bought the 999 year lease for £1 and spent the next 10 years and £4.5 million restoring it.

Finally July 2005 the Queen officially opened the stunning house to the public.

Every room in the house is unique and beautiful.

The Library – also known as the music room, over looks the lawns.  It also has a fantastic old and original organ that was kept at Hall Place, Bexley until the Council invested in restoring it.

The Dining Room – Light and airey, with those romantic paintings and gold finishings. Very romantic.

The Salon – With its gorgeous vivd wallpaper. Tiny flecks of silk and flakes of paint discovered on the walls by the English Heritage experts enabled them to recreate the Georgian wall paper that was once there. This is one of my favorite rooms.

Sir John Boyds Room – A cosy room located on the top floor, with stunning views over Danson Park

Even the beautiful spiral staircase in the middle of the house is perfect for photographs.

As for photographs on your wedding day, the 200 acres of grounds give you plenty of options. Although its worth noting that you need an extra permit from the Civic offices if you want to have your photographs in the park itself or the ornamental gardens opposite. Although the lawn and grounds to the side of the house and the stairs are equally pretty.

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Get in touch to find out about having me photograph your wedding day.  I’d love to hear all about your plans.

Sarah xx