What a wonderful day Louise & Marcus’ wedding was. The couple married on a typical English summer’s day (glorious sunshine iterrupted by the occasional, very brief, shower), at the impressive Minster Abbey. The ceremony had a real personal feel – Louise is a teacher and her school choir gave up a morning of the holidays to come and sing during the service – but wasn’t overshadowed by the size and granduer of this imposing church.
Chilston Park Hotel near Maidstone, Kent was the beautiful setting for the reception. Louise & Marcus cleverly opted for a mid-week wedding and were lucky enough to have the entire venue to themselves! I’ve been to a few weddings here and love the range of backdrops the interior offers. Aside from the stunning staircase, there are a whole series of other rooms we could use completely undisturbed – resulting in some beautiful, relaxed portraits.
Here’s a selection of shots from the day.
PS – a note to couple’s planning their own church weddings. Minster Abbey does not allow stills photography during marriage services. However, they did allow two videographers to film the entire marriage from tripods on the altar and along the aisle. Obviously from a personal point of view it’s frustrating not to be allowed the same opportunity as my video colleagues (who are great by the way), but rules are rules… My advice is to check with your vicar what they will, or won’t, allow. If it’s really important to you to have shots in the church, discuss this with them well in advance of the wedding!
If you’re planning your own wedding at Chilston Park Hotel, or know someone who is, drop me a line. I’d love to hear about your plans and have a chat about how I could be part of your day. Either use the contact page or click on the email icon in the top right corner of this website.
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