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Woodchurch


Ashford

Verity & Rob

4th April 2015

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Woodchurch


Ashford

Verity & Rob

4th April 2015

I love a DIY wedding! There is nothing better than doing everything yourself and getting it the way you want, and that is exactly what Verity and Rob did. They called on all their friends and family to help make, decorate and assemble everything! Their wedding was held in a small quintessential village called Woodchurch in Kent, Verity was getting ready at her childhood home in Woodchurch surrounded by her all of her bridesmaids and close family.

 

I am a real believer in having a pre-wedding shoot in the weeks before the wedding. It helps to calm your nerves, as well as provide you with a beautiful collection of images. We arranged Verity and Robs on a Sunday in Whistable, taking some stunning romantic photos of the couple on the town's quaint seafront.

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A few shots with the guys


A few shots with the guys


Before I got to Verity on the morning of the wedding, my second shooter James and I met at the reception venue just down the road. The day before the wedding Verity, Rob and a large group of their best friends and close family converted a small village hall into a stunning wedding venue, draping all the walls and lighting the place beautifully with purple uplighters and fairy lights. Before shooting Verity getting ready on her wedding day, James and I visited the hall to capture the venue and took the opportunity to quickly assemble my brand new photobooth ready for the guests to have fun with later that afternoon! After this, I left James with all the guys help to them finish setting up and to shoot all the little details of the day.

 My 2nd photographer was able to capture the details including this flower arrangement in a bird cage which verity and rob made before their wedding
 Some of the table center pieces for the couples wedding which they made themselves! 
 The Groom surprised his bride with some massive five foot letters in lights!

Afterwards, James made his way to where the guys were getting ready. He works the same way as I do, capturing the nuances of the guys’ outfits, before moving on to document the final parts of the groomsman getting ready.

 The groom was just making final adjustment to his suit before his big day, and seeing his wife to be
 One of Rob's best men was helping him get ready by putting on his watch before they walked down to the village church in Woodchurch near Ashford in kent
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Getting Ready


Getting Ready


When I arrived to photograph the bridal prep, I was met with complete calm and tranquillity, which tends to be a bit of a rarity.  I started off photographing details such as jewellery and dresses, while getting everyone comfortable with having a photographer around. While Verity’s makeup was being finished, I began to capture these images. Working around everyone in the room can sometimes be a challenge, but I try not to disrupt anything, ensuring the images are natural and the emotional connection of each moment is captured.

 These were made for the girls by Verity before her wedding in Woodchurch a cute village in the heart of kent
 A close up photograph of the earnings that verity made for her wedding in wood church near Ashford 
 Verity's Sister was helping her with her bracelet just before they left to go to the church for the wedding
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Here comes the bride


Here comes the bride


Next was the ceremony held nearby in the church in Woodchurch. By having two photographers, which I offer in my ‘Deluxe Wedding Package’, we were able to document the ceremony from a large variety of angles without being obtrusive or obscuring anyone’s view for a prolonged period of time. Due to our professional lenses and cameras, photographing wedding ceremonies in dark churches is no problem at all!

 The Bride and groom look face to face as they are saying the vowels
 I was able to capture the couple holding hands as the vicka was reading to them
 Robs reaction to see him bride being unvailed
 Capturing the kiss perfectly is always a high pressure event 
 Verity and rob were sitting listening and looking at each other as their serman was being read

Right after the wedding ceremony, Verity and Rob walked out of the church as husband and wife to be showered by their guests in rose petals! We then started with the family formals. I always make sure to organise the order to use the bride and groom’s time most efficiently as possible. I enlisted the help of the two best men Neil and Chris to usher everyone together for the group photos, 20 minutes and eight groups later, all the guests made their way to the reception to welcome and congratulate Verity and Rob.

 We organised the confetti shot for rob and verity to have just after their ceremony, we line everyone up each side and get them to throw it at the bride and groom as they walk past everyone on their wedding day
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Just the Two of Us


Just the Two of Us


To give their guests some time to grab a drink and make themselves comfortable, we took the time to photograph some portraits of the bride and groom around the church. After 10 minutes, we all made our way to the hall where they were greeted by the guests!

 I love to use things and places to shoot over and through, this allows you to hide or bring the focus on your subject
 Letting the couple chat and spend time together is really important, Once i place my couple I wait for the moments to unfold
 I nice natural photo of both of them kissing and enjoy the moment they have together
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A Few Words to Say Thank you


A Few Words to Say Thank you


The speeches were scheduled for just after they arrived at the reception. Their best men and I ushered everyone into the centre of the hall to listen. Having two photographers really helps here, James was able to capture the reactions from the bride and groom and shoot each speaker, while I gained a height advantage at the back of the hall to photograph to laughter and tears of the rest of the gusts. 

 Guest reactions really help to tell the story
 Capturing other people at the wedding laughing and having a great time is really important to help tell the story of the day
 I love capturing the couples reactions from the best man's speach it provides great photography
 Both of the grooms men did a combined speech which had the whole room in laughter
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Celebrate good times


Celebrate good times


I love to encapsulate the mood of the day through the guest’s reactions and emotions, and this requires being a bit of stealth to shoot a reaction before they notice me. The other option is always to guide them to have great fun in my photobooth!

 Verity the bride chatting with her guests in the evening 
 The guests love to chat and drink into the night, I will always try to capture images of all the guests thougout the night 
 The guests were having great fun with the casino tables at the kent wedding
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As the Sun Sets


As the Sun Sets


As guests were waiting to grab some food, I had a short amount of time with Verity and Rob. We jumped into the car and drove around the corner to the windmill that overlooks the whole of Woodchurch.  We took some stunning photographs in the dwindling evening light while the sun was setting. We were all back at the hall before anyone had realised we had gone.

 We walked up to the top of the hill to capture some portraits in the evening sun, we captured this on the way down
 We took a few images inside and outside their TeePee where they were spending the night
 I Always try to capture a few images for the couple at night, it gives them a great selection of images
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Dance & Disco


Dance & Disco


Once everyone had filled up on some food, it was time to slip on the dancing shoes! Verity and Rob were up there first to show us how it was done, before quickly being joined by their close friends and family. I love the uplighters in the background - they really help add some vibrant colour into the scene and are a great way to add some vibrancy to your photo collection.

The evening reception is one of the best times of the day to capture the joy and emotion of the day, which is why I always stick around to snap everyone with their hair down! 

To finish it all off, everyone popped outside for a few minutes for some fireworks! 

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Verity and Rob had my ‘Deluxe Wedding Package' which includes a second shooter and photo booth. They received over 1,000 individual images.  

 

"Absolutely amazing photographer and easily one of the best decisions we made for our entire wedding. Ed was great to have around, made sure we were happy with everything and gave us advice where we needed it. And above all, the photos are incredible! Couldn't recommend highly enough!" - Rob & Verity 04.04.15