19Feb
By: David On: February 19, 2016 In: Weddings in Kent Comments: 0

As it’s the Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells Wedding Fayre this weekend (I’ll be there as usual, come and say Hi!) I thought it would only be fitting to blog some Hotel du Vin wedding photography from last summer – Eve and Chris’s stunning wedding!

This was a great wedding – lovely summer weather and a few things a bit different. This was my first Anglo-Dutch wedding (and funnily enough I have another on this year) so things were extremely relaxed (as Dutch weddings are apparently) with a few surprise elements later on….

As usual, I started the day with detail shots. As Eve was between rooms, I took her shoes on a little tour of the hotel! Bridal preps were slightly different as Eve was ready so I’d just be capturing the dress going on; this allowed me a bit more time to roam the hotel capturing other parts of the story.

Eve and Chris’s children were to play a big part in the day so it was great that they were up front and central during the ceremony, although their son made the quickest entrance down the aisle I’ve ever seen – a very cute moment!

After the ceremony I took the happy couple off for some quick shots around the hotel, before we re-joined the guests in the lovely garden at Hotel du Vin for drinks, canapes and games in the sun – all extremely happy and laid back! The group shots were dispatched in my usual way – done as quickly (and correctly, of course!) as possible so that the bride and groom get to spend as much time as possible with their guests, and I can maximise the time I have for candid shooting!

Soon it was time for everyone to make their way into the hotel for the wedding breakfast – the Ruinart room looked absolutely stunning as always, with some great details and beautiful flowers and candles from Nancy at Blooming Perfect Flower Design.

In a suitable break during the meal, I whisked the bride and groom out for a few more pictures down in the vineyard – the late afternoon summer sun made a great back light.

We then enjoyed some lovely, touching speeches – it’s great when the bride and groom show a bit of emotion, so I captured some lovely, tender moments.

As the weather was still lovely, the guests enjoyed coffee out on the lawn while the room was turned round – expertly, efficiently and quickly as per usual from the HdV team – for the evening reception. When the time was right, we all made our way back in for the cake cutting (nice and traditional) and for what I thought would be the first dance. This is where the surprises started coming in! Apparently at weddings in the Netherlands, a big tradition is singing, poems and readings at weddings. Some of the English guests looked a little bemused as song sheets were handed out to everyone, and an impromptu song about Eve and Chris was sung, to the tune of ‘Que Sera Sera’ – with quite a few verses (seemed like about 20!!).

After the singing, bride and groom enjoyed a quick first dance, then…the music stopped. Eve’s family then made a speech, including props from her childhood years. A bit of a surprise (to most people!) but great fun never the less. Then the extended family came up for another song… I was somewhat shocked that we just went back to dancing – I kept expecting something else to happen!

All in all, a fantastic, relaxed, fun-filled, family day! Congratulations to Eve and Chris!

If you’re getting married at Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells, please contact me to discuss your wedding photography.

Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells

 

wedding bridal details

 

stunning bridal shoes

 

brides bouquet

 

bride with dress

 

bride getting into her dress

 

bride putting on necklace

 

bride putting on shoes

 

bride and dad at Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells

 

pageboy running down aisle

 

flowergirl

 

bridal family

 

pageboy at hotel du vin

 

cute flowergirl at hotel du vin

 

bride and groom first kiss hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

bride and groom exit hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

bride and groom walking down aisle

 

bride and groom portrait hotel du vin

 

bride and groom on stairs hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

bride and groom in tea lounge

 

kids playing on lawn hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

guests admiring bridal bouquet

 

laughing wedding guests

 

family at wedding

 

ruinart room wedding hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

wedding details hotel du vin

 

wedding details hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

guests looking at seating plan

 

laughing wedding guests

 

wedding gift

 

wedding guests

 

father of the bride speech at hotel du vin

 

bride hugging grooms hand

 

emotional groom during speeches

 

guests laughing at bestmans speech

 

toasting during speeches

 

laughing wedding guest

 

bride at hotel du vin

 

bride in vineyard hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

bride and groom in vineyard hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

wedding couple hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

dad and son at wedding

 

groom and best man

 

laughing wedding guests hotel du vin

 

cutting the cake hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

dutch wedding singing

 

dutch wedding singing

 

bride and groom dancing hotel du vin tunbridge wells

 

speech gifts to bride

 

gifts for bride during speeches

 

gifts for bride during wedding speeches

 

more singing at dutch wedding

 

singing at dutch wedding

 

dutch wedding speech

 

dancing wedding guests hotel du vin

 

bride dancing with daughter

 

bride and groom dancing hotel du vin tunbridge wells wedding

 

bride dancing

 

moonwalking kid at wedding

 

hotel du vin tunbridge wells at night

 

All photographs copyright David Burke Photography 2016

Trackback URL: http://www.davidburkephotography.co.uk/wedding-photography-hotel-du-vin-tunbridge-wells-2/trackback/

Leave reply:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *