Paris & Rick, a Houchins Wedding

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Paris & Rick, a Houchins Wedding

There was so much to love about this day. Where to start? Paris & Rick: basically perfect. Relaxed and just had a tonne of fun with the day. Houchins: damn, what a venue!! Awesome weather, awesome bridesmaids, awesome ushers, awesome food, awesome photos!

As per usual the day started at 10 with me joining the girls for a few photos, eating their breakfast snacks and drinking coffee! Priorities right? Thing is, it was such a lush friendly atmosphere to arrive to I just immediately felt comfortable enough to be me. And here's the thing: me turning up at 10 isn't just about taking endless photos of mascara being applied (who exactly wants that??). It's about me becoming part of the day. Because the only way you get documentary wedding photography is by making people feel comfortable with having you around. So I just turn up and be me.

The girls were getting ready at Houchins which meant a nice day for me: just turn up at the venue and you're set for the day. I'd never been to Houchins before so I had a quick scout about, sussed out the winning photo spots and then joined the girls.

After a few hours the guys turned up and I get the opportunity to make Rick sweat a little! To be honest, Rick was rock solid, no signs of nerves (hidden well?) and just happy to get things started!

At this point I feel it important to mention the award winning moment Paris almost stacked it. Fair play to her, she styled it out well and dad saved her from making a complete arse of herself! 

From here on in I think it best to let the photos do the rest. 

Sun, venue, couple... NO LISTS: just an awesome day for me to turn up and shoot. I couldn't ask for more as a photographer. Literally perfect!

Paris and Rick, this one's for you!

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8 from Lindsey & Dave, a Winters Barns Wedding

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8 from Lindsey & Dave, a Winters Barns Wedding

Regular followers will know that I am oh so partial to a day at Winters Barns! A lush venue, all you need is some good lead actors and support crew for a happy Gav, and that's exactly what I got at Lindsey and Dave's wedding! A thoroughly awesome day, it's safe to say that they enjoyed the day immensely, and you can't ask for more than that as a photographer!

Looking forward to sharing a lot more from this day, but for now, Lindsey and Dave, this "8 from" is for you!

Gav

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8 from, Gemma & Dan, Long Furlong Barn

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8 from, Gemma & Dan, Long Furlong Barn

So it's early morning and I'm driving to see the boys getting ready at a near by hotel in West Sussex, and as I do so I suddenly drive through this pretty damn awesome valley.

2 hours later, to my immense joy, we return to that exact same valley and Long Furlong Barn, set smack bang in the middle of it! A beaut of a venue, surrounded by fields that rise up and away. Perfect.

And so began a genuinely beautiful and fun day! I've had so many great days this year and this was definitely one of them. Gemma and Dan enjoyed every moment, and I had some decent "banter" (hate that word!)... hi Jake!

Gemma and Dan, this one's for you!

Gav

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8 from Carolyn & Terry, a Swarling Manor Wedding

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8 from Carolyn & Terry, a Swarling Manor Wedding

Good morning! Thought I'd get my backside in gear and drop you all some sexy photos from Carolyn and Terry's quite beautiful day at Swarling Manor! Because what is the point of all this if we're not gonna show you what we created (between my camera abilities and the Roses combined beauty!). 

So, t'was a gorgeous day in August when it all happened, in the grounds of Swarling Manor (location: somewhere in the countryside around Canterbury!). An outdoors ceremony, blazing sun (this was about 5 weeks ago but it seems like forever ago), garden games, lovely ciders and some fine looking people. I've definitely had worse days!

Carolyn & Terry, this one's for you.

Gav

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8 from Charlotte & Richard, Winters Barns

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8 from Charlotte & Richard, Winters Barns

I've said before, one of the most awesome things about being a wedding photographer is the variety of your "working" life. Take Winters Barns as a prime example. A place I've been many times. Yet despite this, every day I go there is a completely unique adventure into the unknown. Why? Because every day features new people. Not just the couple, but the guests too. New people to become acquainted with, to interact with. New angles to shoot, new ideas to implement. THIS is the reason it's such a cool job. Because it's so hard to ever be left bored. Because every week you are literally facing a completely new day!

Charlotte and Richard had the most gorgeous day at Winters Barns with their friends and family, a day that was made easy for me by the genuinely warm bunch that they had invited to their day! The nicer the people, the better my life is, and this day was a very very good day! 

Thank you guys, here's your 8 from.

Gav

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8 from Olivia & Aengus, a Bury Court Barn wedding

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8 from Olivia & Aengus, a Bury Court Barn wedding

Hi there! So I'm finally getting some time to catch up on a few things, like editing, admin and..... blogging weddings like this! Olivia and Aengus had a gorgeous (and somewhat rare!) day in the sun this August, and I was the chosen one, tasked with the pretty cool job of documenting all the cool parts of their day.

Looking forward to editing these and delivering them, but for now, here's a first look that I'm pretty damn proud of!

So many more to follow from a lush day at Bury Court Barn, Olivia and Aengus, this one's for you.

Gav

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8 from Paris & Rick, a Houchins Wedding

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8 from Paris & Rick, a Houchins Wedding

Can you guess who the star of this show was?? Clue: she's doing a high kick and has more personality than you and I combined!!!

There was so much to love about this day. Where to start? Paris & Rick: basically perfect. Relaxed and just had a tonne of fun with the day. Houchins: damn, what a venue!! Awesome weather, awesome bridesmaids, awesome ushers, awesome food, awesome photos :D

Much love, Paris & Rick, here's your 8 from!!

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8 from Katie & Lee, a Rochester Wedding

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8 from Katie & Lee, a Rochester Wedding

Is there any place that you can be more relaxed in on your wedding day than your parents (and childhood home) garden?? I don't think there is! And this day was 100% the day that suited Katie and Lee to perfection. 

A short trip to the family church for the ceremony, and some mild rally driving by Katies brother (cheers mate!), everything went off smoothly! Obviously we had a bit of the standard British weather, but that only lasted a short while (and it wouldn't be a British wedding in 2017 without some rain!).

Then back to the big marquee in the garden for a genuinely awesome party and one of, if not the best wedding band I've seen! 

Catching up after a hectic few weeks, Katie and Lee, here's your "8 from"

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8 from Lucy & Richard, a Horn of Plenty Wedding

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8 from Lucy & Richard, a Horn of Plenty Wedding

Where do a start????

Ok, so firstly - I love a road trip. And this was awesome. Why? Because while the wedding was indeed at the amazingly named Horn of Plenty in Devon (a cheeky 4.5 hour drive from Kent), the evening reception was actually in Stafford 4 days later!

So yes, it was a week long road trip, involving several motorways, 2 hotels (the Cridford Inn in Devon, beautiful: the Best Western in Walsall, not beautiful!) some rubbish weather, some beautiful weather, a creepy night time drive over Dartmoor, gin, and a mind blowing visit to Torquay, aka the English Riviera!!

Oh, and yes, there was a wedding :D

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8 from Beth and Charlie, a Deal Wedding

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8 from Beth and Charlie, a Deal Wedding

In a year that has seen me shoot weddings in Hong Kong and Italy (twice), plus various parts of Britain from Devon to Essex, I have to say that Beth and Charlies wedding in my home town of Deal was a real treat! The chance to shoot on the seafront that I spent so much of my life (and still do) was awesome. And luckily, for once, the weather wasn't being awkward!! 

So after the ceremony at St Marys church, we honoured Charlies rowing life with a few photos at the rowing club followed by a quick trip to Kingsdown beach,

Then it was off to Reach Court for the reception, drinking and some damn fine food!

After a week or two of travels, camping and 5 weddings I finally have the chance to share their 8 from. I hope you enjoy!

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8 from Arielle & Richard, Marleybrook Wedding

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8 from Arielle & Richard, Marleybrook Wedding

American girl meets English guy, they make an awesome team and a few years later you have this perfect mix that makes for an amazing day at one of the most fun places to get married in Kent: Marleybrook House.

Seriously, this was a day that a guy like me lives for - just a fun and crazy cool day in the sun, victorian fairground rides, drink, food, music, and dancing!

Above all this, what makes a wedding is the attitude you have towards the day. Arielle and Richard wanted to have fun. Fun was priority number one. Nothing else will do. And by going into the day with this attitude the day became what they wanted it to be. And by doing that it means I  can easily mix in and do my thing. 

And here is the first look 8 from!

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8 from Jess & Simon, an Old Kent Barn Wedding

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8 from Jess & Simon, an Old Kent Barn Wedding

I really like Jess and Simon.... and Hugo! When you shoot the wedding of people that you've got to know and love being around it makes life so very very good!

Old Kent Barn was looking superb and the day was perfect for them both, and I had a great time doing my thing!

It's a crazy busy time of year but I just managed to do their awesome 8 from!

 

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8 from Gemma & Carl, a Winters Barns Wedding

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8 from Gemma & Carl, a Winters Barns Wedding

Hey Britain, fyi it's summer. Sun please! Aaah whatever, no one cares when they're having a good time at Winters Barns. And that's what Gemma & Carl most certainly did, plus we got the ceremony outdoors! Always love the atmosphere at Winters, a very relaxed place to have a wedding, one of my favourite places to shoot in Kent (you may have noticed that I've been there before a few times!)

Massive congrats to Gemma & Carl. 

Good times

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8 from Katie & Dan, a Pegwell Bay Wedding

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8 from Katie & Dan, a Pegwell Bay Wedding

Ever since I was a kid I can remember seeing this quirky looking hotel seemingly built into the cliffs at Ramsgate. Yet many years later, and despite shooting quite a few weddings, I'd never been there. That was until a windy day in August 2017. 

Such a cool day with Katie and Dan, I loved it! So much genuine joy to be seen and a lively dancefloor at the end.

Happiness

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8 from Sally & Dan, a Manton Wedding

Broccoli Bottom Wedding

This year has been pretty cool so far, with weddings in Hong Kong & Italy. Well, in your face global travels, because this weekend I finally got to shoot in Leicestershire!! Not just in Leicestershire, but at a place called Broccoli Bottom!!

Ok, so the weather sucked. Massively. But guess what? It didn't matter! Because Dan is Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sally has a Hollywood smile!! I'm not even joking. Literally the perfect smile!! 

So here's their 8 from. In your face weather!

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Sonal & Tom, a Bradbourne House Wedding

When you're editing a wedding, and you're smiling. Constantly. Yeah, that.

I can't say enough good things about Sonal and Toms wedding, it was basically perfect! From the minute I got there and feeling 100% welcome to the most unbelievably glorious sunset at Bradbourne House. Us photographers (I've said before) are at the mercy of 2 things on a wedding day - the people, and the weather. When the people are all having a great time and the skies are delivering, it's just the perfect combo to allow me to shoot the kind of photography that I love to deliver. 

I could of course tell you about how awesome Sonal and Tom looked, but you can see that in the photos! (sorry Sonal, you looked amazing but I have to comment on Toms hair - literally perfect!!) 

I could also tell you about Bradbourne House, which once again provided the most beautiful backdrop to a wedding. The sunset we were gifted was next level orange magnificence! I was literally like a kid in a sweet shop!! But again, hopefully the photos tell that story better.

Oh, and yes, Sonal threw her bouquet over a Ferrari. 

It was a genuine pleasure to be there, I cant say enough good things about this day! Now look at the photos please 

 

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8 from Amy & Will, a Hayne House Wedding

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8 from Amy & Will, a Hayne House Wedding

Lucky ol' me got to to Hayne House again! This time to be part of Amy & Wills beer fuelled day (Shepherd Neame of course, no other refreshment will do!) 

And I loved it. The wedding that is. Not the beer.... tho I may have had one. It was hot ok! Honestly, Hayne is the perfect place for a chilled Saturday in the sun. One of my highlights was actually the unplanned moment when the speeches moved outside to finish due to a slight overrun in the schedule! But you see, it was a lovely evening, and made for a perfect moment. Personally I'd have all speeches outside on a summers evening.

Ok, I'm rambling. I loved it. Will and Amy are a beautiful thing. And here is their 8 from!

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Terri & Oli, a Lake Como Wedding

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Terri & Oli, a Lake Como Wedding

Villa Cipressi in Lake Como

So yeah, I went to to Lake Como to shoot the wedding of Terri and Oli! And wow, it's alright out there eh! Even the epic thunder storms on Thursday and Friday were cool! Luckily tho, except for about 40 minutes just after the ceremony, they had perfect skies on the Saturday and the wedding was beautiful, overlooking the lake. A genuine privilege to be part of something so incredible!

Here's the 8 from, soooooo many more to follow!

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8 from Kerry & James at Hayne House

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8 from Kerry & James at Hayne House

Kerry & James, married at Hayne House, a lush wedding in Kent

Massive congratulations to Kerry and James who chose June 24th 2017 as the day to get married after 9 years together at the lovely Hayne House in Kent! Surrounded by their best friends and family they had a fantastic day in spite of the weather. (us Brits know how to get on with life when the weather is against us!)

As ever I was there from around 10am to capture some of the flavour and fun of the morning,all the way through until the first dance, finishing with a few photos of Kerry dancing with her dad.

Congratulations to you both, and heres's your 8 from!

Gav 

Feel free to leave a comment for Kerry and James below!

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8 from Sandra & Nathan, a Camden Wedding

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8 from Sandra & Nathan, a Camden Wedding

Sandra & Nathan, a Camden Wedding

Just look at the photos!! Do I even need to say anything?? Yeah, I probably should. But I'll save it for the big blog to follow! For now, here's 8 from an awesome day in London.

Amazing.

Kent Wedding Photographer

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