Here’s the second part of the wedding photography from Laura and Asa’s beautiful February wedding – hope you enjoy!
After the lovely service at St Thomas The Apostle Groombridge, Laura and Asa made their way to The Plough in Leigh, Kent, for their wedding reception. The wind hadn’t let up at all, and Laura’s veil had to be retrieved from the bushes after she’d exited the car – Asa to the rescue!
I know the Plough well, as in my previous incarnation as an IT specialist, we used to spend many a Friday lunchtime having lunch there, but this was my first wedding at the venue. The drinks reception is held in the pub (inside of course in February with gale-force winds), complete with hops hanging from the low ceiling, while the wedding breakfast is held in a large, spacious barn.Laura and Asa wanted to have a quick look at the stunning barn that the wedding breakfast was in, so we stopped off en-route at pretty much the only non-windy outside spot, where I made use of the wooden side of the barn as a backdrop for some bride and groom portraits.
As we’d photographed the group shots at the church, it was great to then have loads of time to get in and amongst the guests as they enjoyed a reception drink. It was very cosy and intimate, but a bit of a squeeze in places so getting candid photography is more of an art form in some situations!
Soon it was time for the Laura and Asa to receive their guests into the barn, after which they made their grand entrance to much napkin waving from the guests – a great touch, although I was a bit concerned that I’d have a napkin right in front of their faces – luckily I got some great shots.
During a break in the meal and just before the pub re-opened to the public, I took the bride and groom back into the pub part of the Plough for some more couples pictures using videolight and making use of the fireplace.
After a couple of minutes we were back with the guests for the speeches, including an extremely amusing speech from both best men – truly a very funny one (and I’ve heard plenty in my time) to go along with some lovely touching moments from Asa, and some great anecdotes from Laura’s dad!
A caricaturist joined the guests for the evening, and captured some really great portraits whilst the guests waited for the first dance to begin. When it did, it was a change from the norm as it was Laura and her dad who started things off, before Asa ‘butted in’ and took over proceedings. Once the bride and groom had finished, all their family and friends joined in and the party really got started – some particularly enthusiastic dancing from Laura’s mum – top marks!
Congratulations to Laura and Asa on their wedding, and I wish them many years of happiness together!
If you’re getting married at either St Thomas the Apostle Church in Groombridge, or The Plough in Leigh, do please contact me to discuss your wedding photography!
All photographs copyright David Burke Photography 2016