Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells wedding photography is so enjoyable as it’s just one of those kent wedding venues you get attached to. Hotel Du Vin is where my wife and I go for a decadent drink to finish off an evening out (they have an amazing selection of whiskies, much to my wallet’s annoyance) and more importantly it’s where I got married myself back in October. Heather and Tom’s wedding in December was the first time I’d photographed back at Hotel du Vin since then, so I was slightly apprehensive at how I’d feel seeing another couple getting married in ‘our’ room. It did feel slightly strange, but the room is so flexible that it was set up completely differently to our wedding so it was fine – plus the fact that there’s always so much to do when you’re working you don’t really have time to think about those sorts of things!
Heather and Tom were married on a clear, crisp December day last year. The great thing about hotel weddings is that you don’t have the travel from the bride’s house to the church etc. as everything’s under one roof. So you can quickly and easily move from bridal prep down to photograph the room and guests, then back up for some more photos of the bride etc.
I started the day with Heather and the bridesmaids in one of Hotel Du Vin’s amazing rooms – sunlight was streaming in so the room was lovely and bright and had some great directional light to play with. I then went down to photograph the amazing Speyside Glenlivet room, which looked (as always) fantastic – one of Heather and Tom’s friends had done all the flowers so the room looked great.
After a few photographs with the boys, and capturing the guests having a pre-ceremony drink in the bar, I made my way back up to capture Heather putting on her stunning dress and veil, and then it was time for her to make her way down the grand staircase at Hotel Du Vin to meet up with a proud Dad waiting at the bottom for her.
Photographing weddings at Hotel Du Vin Tunbridge Wells is great – the Speyside Glenlivet room is light and airy and also very spacious. So you can stand back from the couple and really capture the ceremony and all the guests without being in anyone’s faces. The bridesmaids and Heather made their way into the room for a really touching ceremony – as you’ll see, everyone was all smiles.
After the ceremony Heather and Tom made their way through to The Tea Lounge for reception drinks, which will be covered in part 2, coming soon!
If you’re getting married at Hotel Du Vin Tunbridge Wells, please contact me to discuss your wedding photography.
Here are my favourite photographs from the first part of Heather and Tom’s day!
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 2013