I first met Amy and Steve a year ago whilst photographing the wedding of their friends, Claire and Mark, at Winters Barn near Canterbury. I had been photographing each of the tables after the wedding breakfast and this couple had a bit of a laugh with the shot instantly making an impression on me and warming them to me. They contacted me after the wedding, said they loved my style and wanted to book me for their wedding.
Roll forward a year, and introduce the hottest day of the summer (so far), and it was time to photograph their wedding day at the beautiful Kent wedding venue, Haynes Barn. I liked this venue from the first moment I did the pre-wedding consultation with Amy prior to the wedding. For a start, a bride could get ready there, have the ceremony, and the reception, so no mucking around with long drives between locations and instead maximum the time spent enjoying the wedding day. It also had beautiful rooms, very helpful staff, and gorgeous grounds for the photos.
I arrived nice and early to start with some bridal preparation shots, and it wasn’t long before the Groom, Steve, arrived in his love, his baby, his Escort RS Cosworth. He’s restored the car to pristine and obviously had a lot of love for, and pride in the car. I loved the way he gave his wife-to-be a little hello throttle of the engine when he pulled up.
Thanks to the glorious sunshine, the ceremony could be held outside and then it was time for drinks, canapes, and celebrations to begin. We did a few formal photographs of the family and a few portraits of the bride and groom, but I knew I wanted to take them out for more shots later, when the light was nicer, so we didn’t spend long at this point.
Their wedding breakfast was an absolutely delicious hog-roast, which Amy, very kindly made sure I had a good plateful of, and then it was time for the speeches which were touching and hilarious at times.
After that, and with the sun starting to set, I took the Bride and Groom out for a walk in the fields for a few portraits before their first dance. Now, I’ve heard many first dance tunes over the years (including at my own wedding), and this was something special. Steve tried telling me beforehand that the lyrics have a deeper meaning to him as their mirror some of what he has gone through, but even if that wasn’t the case, this was a cracker to start the party of with – Foreigner’s “I want to know what love it”. I’m an 80s child so this was an instant winner for me, but it wasn’t just that; it was the passion with which they sang the song to each other when dancing that really moved me and made my neck tingle. If I wasn’t taking photos at time, I would’ve been tempted to start dancing myself and start sing at the top of my lungs right beside them. Probably best I didn’t.
Straight after that, Steve and Amy were busting out some serious dance moves to their next tune, their guests joined in, and I had lots of cool shots to take before leaving them to their party. As I drove away, and if you were within a few hundred yards, you would have heard some very bad singing belting out Foreigner’s classic once again. Love it.