The Outdoor Wedding at Home with Alexandra and Peter


Garden Wedding


The words to describe this wedding was pure elegance a classic English garden marque wedding in Kent, known as ‘The Garden of England’.

Alex was a stunning bride, she wore an elegant vintage style wedding dress with a simple veil. The couple were married in the local church just a short walk along the drive from the family home.
As the guests arrived they were presented with a lovely memento of the wedding a beautifully printed book of the service complete with a picture of the church and a record of the bridesmaids and flower girls, ushers and pages, the best man and then the choir and the florist. It was completed with a quote from Far from the Madding Crowd;

“And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be, and whenever I look up, there will be you.”

Alex and Peter were married at St Nicholas in Ringwould. The wedding itself took place in a wonderful village church steeped in history. The church is over 800 years old, the nave originating from the 12th Century. In the church yard are two great Yew trees outdating the church, they are estimated at an incredible 1000 and 1300 years each – how many newly-wed couples must have walked beneath their boughs!
The service was conducted by three priests each taking a different part of the wedding ceremony. The choir sounded beautiful as they led the congregation in the couples’ chosen hymns and there were heart felt readings from their family and friends. The couple then completed their procession back down the aisle to music by Bach. It was a very special service to celebrate their commitment to each other as husband and wife.

Following the service I was able to take advantage of the beautiful location to take a series of natural bridal portraits that further enhanced the classic look of this wedding with an unstructured country backdrop to the groups with the couple. Formal groups can look too poised amongst a series of documentary photographs, but these kept the natural relaxed feel whilst capturing the key people that the couple had requested.

The guests returned with the couple to the family home to enjoy a glass or two of champagne in their garden, a perfect opportunity for those natural shots of friends and family chatting together and congratulating the newly married couple.
The wedding party then entered a stunningly decorated marque for the wedding breakfast, which was to be a ‘Feast of the Gods’ and Greek mythology provided the names for the tables too; Zeus, Bacchus and Pan included, a lovely unique detail. The tables were adorned with fresh flowers like the bridal bouquet and church flowers, in shades of white and pale blue, from the florist Serena Perkins, and the couple cut their wedding cake, an elegant design of four tiers dressed simply with more flowers.


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