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Saturday 4 June - St Augustine's Priory

Sarah and Barrie

I met Sarah whilst doing a wedding fair at St Augustine's Priory and was so excited when she and Barrie asked me to photograph their wedding there. Never one to shy away from gothic church like features and plenty of candles it's perfect in that respect, although the ceremony room is on the first floor so you do have to be prepared for some stairs.

Sarah wasn't bothered about the whole 'getting ready' photographs which meant I could be at the venue with the groomsmen, capturing the guests arriving.

Ashford Priory

groom

cufflinks

ceremony set up

ceremony details

Sarah was in fact running slightly behind schedule so when I heard an accelerating car screech to a halt I knew she'd arrived! Whilst the main colour-scheme of the day was red, white and blue she'd chosen to have the bridesmaids in pink and even made all the bouquets herself.

bride and bridesmaids

bouquet

On making it to the top of the stairs, the couple's young son decided he needed to see mummy right away and ran down the aisle towards her. The ceremony itself was lovely and I must say that Sarah and Barrie took on my comments about not just having a quick 'peck' for a kiss ... nice work guys as it meant I got loads of different shots!

ceremony entrance

ceremony

ceremony rings

ceremony rings

ceremony

kiss

signing the register

The couple had supplied both confetti and bubbles for their exit into the grounds. Guests were also treated to a range of 'antipasti' treats rather than the traditional canapes.

confetti

bridal party

bride and groom

all guests

Now this was a first for me ... a birds of prey demonstration to keep everyone entertained and even educated. A range of birds including owls and eagles were flown from gauntlet to posts and anyone who wanted a go could get involved. I particularly liked the vulture who took a real liking to confetti and quite happily munched through anything he could find.

birds demo

groom with owl

bride with owl

After the wedding breakfast (held in the marquee attached to the main building) I was able to sneak the couple off for a walk around the grounds. I loved the secret gardens ... and Sarah and Barrie were even up for clambering over rocks so that I could get the shots I'd pictured in my head.

driveway

with son

in gardens

sat on fence

walking towards priory

I liked that they included Ethan in their first dance, in fact he was still partying when I left for home! Sarah and Barrie are now expecting baby number 2 and I wish them all the best with their expanding family.

 
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