By: David On: December 1, 2011 In: Weddings in Kent Comments: 4

In October I had the absolute pleasure to photograph at Kelly & Stewart’s lovely wedding at Chilston park. Chilston Park Hotel has to be one of my favourite wedding venues as it has lots of photography potential both inside and out.

The weather was fantastic as the early October heatwave continued, but it was slightly cooler than the previous week (where we hit 28 degrees Celsius!) so all the guests were really able to enjoy the grounds in the sunshine. Kelly and Stewart were so laid back on the day, they made it fantastically easy to get great wedding photographs. Having bridal preparations, the ceremony and reception all in the same place also meant I could run back and forth capturing various moments in the lead up to the ceremony. The bridal suite in Chilston is so spacious and really characterful, which made for great bridal prep photographs – it’s nice to have a bit of space for once!

Halfway through photographing the bridal preps, it was time for a quick dash out to capture the groom arriving in his beloved Landrover, which had been decorated for the wedding, And then some quick groom portraits. Luckily for Stewart, the grungy background I wanted to use (which I’d found on my venue visit) was behind locked gates – would have made for an awesome background, but the brick wall did a good job in its place!

I quickly dashed back up the imposing staircase (lovely shots to follow) just in time to catch Kelly doing up the back of the dress. Then whilst Kelly was with the Registrars, a quick dash back down the stairs (you need to be fit in this game) to photograph some guest arrivals…then back UP the stairs, to capture the bride coming down the stunning staircase on her way to the ceremony room.

And then onto the ceremony, which was really fun to photograph – Kelly had one or two problems with the words, much to everyone’s amusement!

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the first part of their day. Part 2 of Kelly & Stewart’s wedding – bride and groom portraits, speeches, evening and first dance – to follow in a day or two, so please come back soon! Comments are always welcome!

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David Burke is a Kent Wedding Photographer who specialises in photojournalism coupled with stunning bride and groom portraiture. David works throughout Kent, East and West Sussex, Essex and Surrey and is also available to photograph weddings throughout the UK and abroad.

All photographs copyright David Burke Photography 2011

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4 Comments:

    • Richard Ware
    • December 01, 2011
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    Mate these are great. Love the bridal prep shots and the shift in focus during the marriage. You smashed it. Loving it!!!

    • Kelly Roberts
    • December 01, 2011
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    Thank you David, our day was amazing and you played a fantastic part in it!

    We are so happy with the pictures you took on the day and highly recommend you to anyone who is looking for a photographer!!!

    Kelly & Stewart

    • Tim
    • December 06, 2011
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    Lovely shots, David. You really seem to capture the atmosphere of the day!

    How long do you spend in editing after a typical wedding, please?

      • David
      • December 06, 2011
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      Hi Tim

      Thanks for the kind words! I typically spend 4 – 5 days on the pictures once they are downloaded onto the computer. Half a day on picking the pictures, first selecting them in, then selecting them out (i.e. I go through and just select every picture I think is excellent, then I cut that selection down to a manageable level). Then I spend about 1.5 days in Adobe Lightroom where I do most of my major editing now, then the rest of the time in Photoshop which I still use for retouching. So the hard work continues long after I pack up and leave a wedding!

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