Kent Wedding Photographer: Gemma & Chris get wed at The Tuns at Staple House: a sneak peek

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of capturing Gemma & Chris on their special day. What a day it was! The sun literally beamed down on them at The Tuns at Staple House.

It has been a crazy busy summer full of meeting and photographing lovely couples and some great families and Gemma & Chris and their family were some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. Thank you guys for welcoming me in and letting me a part of your day, you rock!

There is nothing I would rather do that capture moments of love and laughter between newlyweds. My poor blog has been a little neglected lately as I’ve been really busy, so I thought it was about time I shared some of the beautiful moments that I have seen this summer and what a great way to start than with the gorgeous Gemma and Chris.

Here is a sneak peek of Gemma & Chris’ day. Once again, thank you to them and their families for an amazing day!

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Kent Wedding Photography: Turkey Mill- Lewis & Rox

The Orangery at Turkey Mill is a stunning location for a wedding in any season but with the Spring here it really is at it’s best. You don’t need me to tell you we’ve had a real lack of sunshine in the UK though so to say we were all over the moon when the sun came out to play on Roxanne & Lewis’ wedding day is a huge understatement!

Though the morning was grey, it cleared up just in time for the ceremony and shone down on the grounds into the early evening making for some gorgeous light! Guests were clearly doing their sun dances that morning! They did become Mr & Mrs Summers after all, so the sun needed to make an appearance! 

It was such a beautiful day full of colour, love, friendship and warmth. I had so much fun. The live band The Locals were amazing too so I boogied a bit from the photobooth.

Thank you Lewis and Rox for letting me be a part of your day and cannot wait to hear about your honeymoon around Asia! Here’s a selection from the day…..

Lauren xx

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If you’d like to see the full gallery to get the idea of what a full day of photography will capture, Roxanne has kindly agreed to let me make their full gallery public so follow this link http://laurenbythesea.zenfolio.com/roxlewisturkeymill/slideshow

Margate Wedding Photography: A Quirky Homemade Wedding Full of Love & Laughter

I’m excited to share with you some photos from the wedding of Liza & James who got married earlier this month at Aberdeen House in Ramsgate, followed by a fun-filled reception at the one of a kind Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate.

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I really do enjoy spending the day with the bride & groom and their families, sharing in all those moments of excitement and anticipation.

There’s always a couple of things that stand out in my mind from each wedding and this day was no different.  The personal highlight for me has to be the moment in the photograph below. The bride’s house had been buzzing all morning but started to empty until the only people left were Liza and her son Jordan who was accompanying her to the church and giving her away.

I can still visualise the excited look of anticipation on Liza’s face as I too left the house, one of realisation that this was really happening and she was soon to become Mrs Drake! Liza had told me previously that it would probably really difficult if not impossible to get a photo of Jordan because he hates having his picture taken. So I was really happy that I’d managed to make it bearable for Jordan and captured a really special moment I know that Liza will forever treasure.
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Other great bits:

  • The gorgeous light pouring onto Liza’s unique dress (which was made by her Mum) and Liza trusting me to take her dress outside under an umbrella to find that light. (Thank you!!)
  • The cutest little dog I have possibly ever seen! I very nearly hid him in my bag and took him home!
  • The proud look on Jordan’s face as he walked his Mum down the aisle
  • The sound of four children collective playing the vintage keys of The Walpole Bay Hotel’s piano. ( look out for this photo in the slideshow)
  • The quirky collection of vintage goodies in every nook and cranny of the reception venue. Amazeballs!!
  • The huge grin on Liza’s face when her and James were pronounced man and wife! (See below)

Thank you to Kate Malyon who was my glamorous assistant and great company for the day and congratulations to Mr & Mrs Drake who have just returned from an amazing honeymoon in Paris!!

Enjoy the slide show and let me know your favourites in the comments section below. This one is mine…. pure unadulterated happiness!

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The Essex Wedding of Natalie & Wes at Prested Hall

On the blog today is the Essex wedding of Natalie & Wesley at Prested Hall which I was happy to be invited to second shoot with Kerrie from Kerrie Mitchell Photography. It was a beautiful, laid back day and despite rain overnight Natalie’s wish to get married outside came true.

Natalie and her bridesmaids excitedly watched all the guests arrive from their great view in the gorgeous bridal suite. Friends and family expectantly waited the bride’s arrival in the sunshine and even some resident ducks joined the congregation.  Later guests enjoyed the beautiful grounds while Kerrie and I walked about and found some lovely spots to photograph Natalie & Wes whilst they had some time to themselves to take being husband and wife! They then joined with friends and family and celebrated their marriage by dancing the night away.

Thank you so much to Kerry for having me there to work alongside her and to Natalie & Wes for letting me share in their special day. As always, comments and feedback most welcome. It’s been a busy summer for me, I’ve been working hard with some great photographers building up my experience of wedding photography so it is nice to finally be able to share some with you. To browse at your leisure you can also see these at Laurenbythesea on Facebook. I’d love to know which are your favourites so like away.

Lauren xxx

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A Vintage Kent Wedding: Jo & Tom

I had a fabulous day second shooting for Samantha Jones Photography in Lenham back in June. Jo  & Tom work with animals & tractors so it was apt that they got married at St Mary’s Church, Lenham which conveniently backed onto their own farm land next to Tythe Barn, their reception venue. And what a gorgeous reception venue it was! As a bonus, the field at the back of the barn was full to the brim with daisies which made for some great photo opportunities in the late sun while I assisted with the off camera lighting.

So much effort had gone into every single detail of the styling of this wedding I was overwhelmed by all the sheer beauty. Bunting, bird cages and butterflies not to mention the most georgeous table settings with home made jars of jam and lemon curd for wedding favours. Jo & Tom had  a tractor for their cake topper and even ventured onto the bouncy castle later in the afternoon! What a day!

Thank you to Samantha for having me along and to Jo & Tom for letting me be part of their wonderful day. It was truly beautiful!

Lauren xxx

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The Look of Love {A Sneak Peek}

Just wanted to give a sneak peek of a wedding I will be sharing soon on the blog.

I love capturing the eye contact between the bride and groom as they get married. Full of love, hope and excitement. This shot is from the fabulous wedding of Natalie & Wesley which I had the opportunity to second shoot with the lovely Kerrie Mitchell. It was a really great day, and thanks to the sunshine Natalie got her wish of getting married outside.

More to come soon.

Lauren xxx

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The Best Proposal Ever?

Sometimes, especially in this new era of social media, you see something and you just have to share it.  When it’s something universal, something that moves people or that people consider worthy of sharing it goes viral.  Well this video has been making the rounds this week. So far it’s been viewed 109, 638 times on Vimeo alone. If you haven’t seen it already, you won’t want to miss this! Consider it your duty to watch it.

Get your tissues ready! This literally had me in pieces. Not because it’s a proposal but because Isaac got all their friends and family involved and it clearly meant so much to her. Her reactions made this video even better. I defy you not to smile/laugh/cry and then watch it again.

Lauren xxx

{The Portrait Diaries} Day 11: I feel it in my fingers

….I feel it in my toes. Yes I really did just quote a Wet Wet Wet song but stay with me for a second.

The song goes on “Love is all around me and so the feeling grows.” Well today I’m feeling the love.  It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in Kent and later this afternoon I am honoured to be attending a blessing service for a friend who recently got married. With that in mind, I chose a wedding themed portrait today.

At weddings you’re surrounded by the friends and family of two people who want to declare their love for each other. It is something really wonderful to see and be a part of because love is all around!

If this was a L’oreal advert I would now say, “Here’s the science bit.”

Yesterday I talked a bit about context and the struggle to know when and how much of the location or background to show to add meaning to a photo. Another vitally important context to capture is relational. Weddings give you lots of opportunities to capture special moments between loved ones. The photographer’s job then is to see those moments coming and be ready to capture them in a way that shows the special bond between loved ones.

Here the beautiful bride Jessica was showing her wedding ring to her grandmother. A tender & proud moment between generations.

Lauren xx

Old Kent Barn Bridal Shoot

The last few months have flown by! Is it really April already? Well I have so much to share so I’ll get started.

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of assisting fab wedding photographer Samantha Jones on a styled bridal shoot at Old Kent Barn. My word that place is beautiful! Definitely take a look if you are getting married and looking for a venue.

Despite waking up the morning of the shoot with a nasty cold I didn’t want to miss out on assisting Sam so pushed through the day, watching Sam in her element, helping out with lighting and Sam also allowed me to grab some shots of my own. How could I resist? It’s fascinating to see how other photographers work and I enjoyed working with Sam, our models Harriet and Charlotte and fabulous make up artist Lauren Hards. The stunning bouquets that we did not want to give back were provided by Floral Dreamz and Victoria’s Flowers and the gorgeous dresses were borrowed from Jodis in Canterbury.

I’d love to know what you think.

Have a great week,

Lauren xx

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