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Friday 9 October - Oakwood House Maidstone

Wendy and Adrian

Before I relocated back to Bedfordshire I had a weekend of Kent weddings. The first was at Oakwood House Hotel in Maidstone which is a lovely building ... but can be a nightmare to find if you don't know your way. Wendy chose to get ready in one of the standard bedrooms - a sensible plan which meant the bridal suite was kept pristine rather than strewn with bags, makeup and discarded clothes. However I did sneak the dress in for some pictures with the four poster bed.

Burnham Beeches Hotel

dress in bridal suite

makeup

bride and bouquet

The Garden Room was set up for the ceremony with lovely double chairbows in burgundy and ivory. The weather was actually so good that they could have chosen to hold their ceremony outdoors! A quick hello to Adrian and his bestman before the ceremony resulted in some very silly poses on the terrace before I got my hands on the wedding rings. Adrian has no excuse for forgetting their anniversary as their date is engraved on the front of his

Garden Room set up for ceremony

chairbows

groom and bestman

groom on the terrace

wedding rings

The staff at the venue really knew what they were doing, as for Wendy to walk down the full aisle she had to be in an anti-room at the back before any of the guests were allowed to enter and sit down. Even getting photos of her coming down the stairs were achieved without anyone else seeing. The ceremony itsef was full of laughter but also extremely bright sunshine. This caused me a few issues shooting from the front, hence I moved to a position in the aisle quick smart!

staircase

bride and dad

ceremony laughter

exchange of rings

signing the register

I'm sure you all get fed up seeing the same style of family shots so instead I thought I'd show a couple of different 'as they happened' moments taken during the formal group photos. I love to think of the memories that may be triggered from capturing most of the day unposed.

bride and groomsmen

lipgloss reapply

The couple had told me how much they liked the archway in the wall so hence I used it. The large shrub to the left is rosemary which smelt divine if anyone brushed up against it. As Wendy was wearing flat shoes I was also able to get some photos of the couple amongst the trees ... in heels she would have sunk!

couple at archway

couple hug

couple hug

kiss amongst the trees

terrace and doorway

After drinks and photos on the terrace it was time for food. The John Wigan suite was set up with very personalised details on all the tables. The little wooden hearts on the napkins were so cute and the favour boxes had been filled with chocolates (the couple's favourite treat). However I know how tricky it had been for the staff to get the placecards to stay put on each of the fir cones and I did see some of the guests resulting to throwing them around - well at least it wasn't a food fight.

John Wigan suite

table set up

napkins

placecards

top table

young guest with sign

The couple had two wedding cakes - the smaller one being fruit whilst the tiered version included a stunning red velvet sponge. The evening party was dominated by guests dressing up in the photobooth props - and even I got a go.

cutcake

cutcake

firstdance

doorway at night

 
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