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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Chris & Maria's Wedding at Eastwell Manor

I was really looking forward to photographing Chis and Maria's big day because I knew about her bespoke Ian Stuart dress and had been to visit Eastwell Manor with them previously and it's a dream for a wedding photographer.

They had stunning weather - which has not been the case for most of the weddings I've photographed this 'summer'.

Maria's dress was beautiful, big and bold. The detail was incredible and she wore gorgeous jewellery and a pair of Jimmy's.

Maria had organised for a team from Toni & Guy to come down to Kent and they did an amazing job of the hair for the bride and also her bridesmaids, Stephanie and Gemma.

Maria was very quiet when she first looked at herself in the full length mirror - apparently this is most out of character but it was in a good way - she was just a bit overwhelmed to see it all come together.

Meanwhile Chris was getting ready with his bestman Justin and usher Tommy. They were making me laugh a lot - particularly during the long episode of getting their ties on correctly.

On the way to the ceremony (which is held outside in a walled garden) Maria wanted a few photographs by the stunning window at the top of the main staircase. Isn't it beautiful?

You make quite an entrance at Eastwell Manor for the ceremony - it's so nice for the Groom to be able to take a good look at his bride and even though Chris is in the shadows here you can tell that he is smiling.

First kiss as Mr and Mrs.

This makes me smile - paparazzi guests!

I could have gone on and on photographing these two because the venue has so many amazing nooks and crannies as well as the more obvious shots. I had noticed these 'windows' in the walled garden during the ceremony and knew I wanted to get a shot like this.

Again I had seen this spot earlier in the day but the bright sun had meant it wasn't going to work well - then a single cloud passed over and I got the shot I wanted!

It's nice to see the vista from the hotel terrace for a change.

I love this image.
And what a great setting for the group shot.

The throwing of the bouquet was hilarious. I told Maria to throw it as high as she could behind her - which she did - so much so that it sailed just over the waiting ladies and bounced on the ground. This didn't stop one of them claiming it though!

The bestman had put together a slideshow to illustrate his speech. My favourite was Chris' face superimposed over that of a matador - in reference to Maria's spanish family.

Just before the first dance I took them into the courtyard for some final shots.

I know that they are just back from honeymoon and hope that they had a wonderful time.

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