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The Secret Garden


Ashford, Kent

Sam & Michelle

9th September

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The Secret Garden


Ashford, Kent

Sam & Michelle

9th September

I was honoured when Sam contacted me about photographing his wedding. I used to go to school with him but as we grew old we lost contact - it was great to meet his fiancé Michelle and share all our old stories! They were one of the most laid back and relaxed couples I have photographed, they were truly the perfect couple to work with on their wedding day. 

Before their big day, we organised a pre-shoot, and Michelle and Sam brought along their little girl Poppy to join in the fun. We all met at a local park in Kent they all visit as a family. 

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Michelle Morning


Michelle Morning


 The Secret Garden, Bridal Prep, wedding Dress and jewlrey

Sam and Michelle had chosen to get married at The Secret Garden just outside of Ashford - a stunning venue with friendly staff and amazing food!

 Bride and family getting ready for their kentish wedding

The day started with Michelle getting ready with her close family and bridesmaids at her childhood family home in Bearsted. After capturing all the important details, including the dress, we took a few portraits of all the girls in the garden before heading down the road to The Secret Garden.

 Bridal Photos of a wedding in kent, by a kent wedding photographer who photographed a wedding at the secret garden

Bridal Photos of a wedding in kent, by a kent wedding photographer who photographed a wedding at the secret garden

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Sam's Suprise


Sam's Suprise


Groom getting ready for his kent wedding

While I was with Michelle, my second photographer James was able to photograph Sam’s reaction when his brother turned up with his surprise car for the day - a replica of Bumblebee from Transformers! Once all the guys had suited up, James tried to keep up with them as they drove to the venue.

Epic car for the groom, suprise for the groom
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The Ceremony


The Ceremony


Kent Wedding in Ashford

I managed to there well before Michelle so I could capture her arrival. The bride looked stunning in her timeless dress. Sam’s was clearly breathless as she was accompanied down the aisle by her now mother-in-law and their daughter Poppy. James and I were both able to capture the ceremony from a variety of angles to ensure we missed nothing.

The Secret Garden Wedding Ceremony in September

 

Once the ceremony and signing of the register had finished, the bride and groom walked down the aisle into a flurry of confetti from all the friends and family. As we emerged outside, the British September sun stayed out made for some picturesque lighting to shoot.

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England Kent Wedding Ceremony in Ashford at the secret garden
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Cocktail Hour


Cocktail Hour


Reception Photos at the secret garden

I took a few family group photos while my second photographer was able capture all the amazing flowers and details in the garden room where afternoon tea was to be served.

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The Garden Room


The Garden Room


The Garden Room at The Secret Garden in Kent

The garden room at The Secret Garden was an incredible place to shoot the speeches – a unique, interesting and truly magical setting.

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The Speeches


The Speeches


Kent Wedding Secret Garden Speeches

The Garden Room has massive windows all along bathe everyone in beautiful light, ensuring I could capture fantastic photos of everyone’s reactions. 

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Just Sam & Michelle


Just Sam & Michelle


Secret Garden Wedding Photos of the Bride and Groom

As the sun moved closer to the horizon, I took the bride and groom outside to shoot just the two of them. Again, the lighting was amazing and, paired with the stunning gardens as a backdrop, these made for some incredible photos. 

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Into The Evening


Into The Evening


We then left the bride and groom to enjoy their intimate evening reception with all their guests.

Evening Games at the Secret Garden in Ashford Kent

As the light faded, all the guests played a great game where they voted who was most likely to (or rather not to) perform a variety of tasks – everyone was having a raucous time and it was great to capture.

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Sparkler Exit


Sparkler Exit


To finish the night, the bride and groom left The Secret Garden with a sparkler exit to their car and a romantic get away!

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The celebrations continued


The celebrations continued


Lordswood Wedding Reception Photos

The celebrations were continued two days later with their extended reception in Lordswood. Myself and James were on hand to continue to capture Sam and Michelle as they were greeted by another collection of guests for their first dance and some photo booth fun!

Lordswood First Dance Photos

Sam and Michelle chose my deluxe package and were presented with over 550 images, and over 75 images from their pre-wedding shoot.

Lordswood Kent Wedding Dance Photography

"The photos that Ed has given us are absolutely amazing! He was so much more than just a photographer, the little things he did throughout the day really helped me stay relaxed and allowed me to enjoy the day, instead of worrying about all the silly thing! All my friends and family said how friendly and considerate Ed and James were on both day! Thank again for the amazing memories you managed to capture for us!"  -  Sam & Michelle