Here are some of my favourite wedding photography images from Emma and Andrew’s wedding at Squerryes Court back in September. Emma and Andrew were married at St Bartholemew’s Church Otford followed by a reception at the stunning Squerryes Court in Kent.
A quick shout out to the other amazing suppliers on the day:
Venue: Squerryes Court
Wedding Co-ordination: Julie Silver Weddings
Floristy: Bloomingperfect Flower Design
Videography: Gione Da Silva
Makeup: Jess Taylor at Goodface
Hair: Sophie Marks-Prior at Stephen Casali
If you’re getting married at St Bartholemew’s or Squerryes Court, then do please get in touch to discuss your wedding photography!
I started the day at Emma’s parent’s lovely house in Sevenoaks. The makeup artist had set up in the light and airy conservatory, which was great for me – plenty of space to move around and fantastic light to shoot in. The hair station was in the dining room so plenty to cover with Emma and her two bridesmaids getting ready. On arrival, Emma’s cute flowergirl was presented with a doll who’s dress matched Emma’s – a lovely touch, and maybe a bit of a sweetener for the hair crown that was coming her way later!
During a quick break in proceedings, I photographed the amazing bouquets, hair crown and flowergirls flower basket – stunning flowers from Bloomingperfect, as always. Soon it was time for the little flowergirl’s hair crown to go on – she wasn’t too sure about it, but we all agreed as long as it stayed on for the entrance of the bride, the battle had been won!
Once the bridesmaid’s were dressed, a few quick hair and makeup touch-ups then it was time for Emma to get into her dress and then for her dad to see her dress for the first time – always a lovely moment!
I then jumped in the car to head over to St Bartholemew’s church. While I’d been with the bride, my second shooter Neil had started the day with Andrew and the boys in the pub in Otford for the ushers lunch. After some food and the traditional nerve-calming drink, the boys (Andrew resplendent in his family’s tartan) made their way over to the beautifully decorated church – again, Nancy and her team at Blommingperfect had been busy, as there were flowers everywhere!
We then waited for the bridesmaids arrival, swiftly followed by Emma. After some tense negotiations on the head crown and capturing the walk up to the church, it was time for me to take up my position for the entrance of the bride!
As soon as we were in place, it was time for the bride’s entrance and the start of what was a lovely service.
Some lovely candid moments for me to photograph during the register signing – although the room was small, I do quite like this part of the day in a church when it’s in a back room as it gives the bride and groom their first moments away from the public eye (well, just with me, the videographer, priest and witnesses but you get the idea!)
And then the exit of the bride and groom, followed by a confetti line – works well when you have lots and lots of guests – and then into the car for the short trip to Squerryes court.
On arrival, we quickly photographed the group shots while the main body of guests were still arriving. Emma and Andrew then made their way through to the impressive grounds behind the main house for drinks and canapes in the lovely September sunshine, with entertainment from a string quartet.
While Neil stayed with the main body of guests to carry one photographing candidly, Emma, Andrew, myself and Gione made our way to the private areas to photograph and video some couples moments.
Soon the guests made their way into the stunning marquee and the couples portraits were timed perfectly to finish so that Emma and Andrew could make their entrance and the wedding breakfast could start promptly – a great feat of planning and coordination by all involved, even if I do say so myself!
After the main course had been served, I quickly grabbed Emma and Andrew for some more couples portraits in the areas we hadn’t been able to use, photographing in some beautiful late evening sunshine.
I always like to keep an eye on proceedings during the breaks in the wedding breakfast as there are usually some great moments to capture!
And then after dessert had been cleared, onto the speeches – father of the bride, father of the groom, groom and finally best man! Some great touching moments and also comedy thrown in as well! As the marquee was lovely and spacious with a couple of exit points I was able to move around – remaining unobtrusive but also capturing a variety of great angles!
And then after the cake cut, it was time for the first dance! The dancefloor was soon packed with everyone enjoying some great tunes from Soulidify – was a bit confused at one point as to where the singers had gone – they were to be found in the crowd at some stages!
Congratulations once again to Emma and Andrew – a fantastic wedding day and a pleasure to photograph!
All wedding photographs copyright David Burke Photography 2017