8 from Jo & Andrew, a Kent Wedding

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8 from Jo & Andrew, a Kent Wedding

Jo and Andrew, treated me to a rare and oh so lovely day in east Kent! I've shot a few weddings at St Augustines in Westgate, but never had the time to go to the seafront for a few photos - so we made the time! Straight after the church ceremony, we headed off to get a few photos overlooking the coast. Breezy, bit chilly, but so damn lovely!

An all round top day, plenty of fun, laughs and the all essential hugs required at a good wedding. Oh, and a very good band, very good food and I think some alcohol!

Jo and Andrew, this one's for you!

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8 from Selina and Mike, a Hendall Manor Barns Wedding

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8 from Selina and Mike, a Hendall Manor Barns Wedding

It's a genuinely wonderful thing when many moons and stars align for you to shoot an awesome wedding (Helen and Andy, hi!), then a year and half later shoot the best man from that weddings wedding. If you get me? And it be just as good! 

Throw in my first trip to Hendall Manor Barns and a rather lush winters day, and yeah you got me in my happy place! Everything about this was awesome. A W E S O M E!!

Decent cheese board too!

Selina and Mike, it was a pleasure to be your guy, this one's for you!

Gav

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8 from Claire & Dan, Winters Barns

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8 from Claire & Dan, Winters Barns

Catching up on some 8 from blogs I should've shared sooner, I finally get the chance to share this little beauty from Claire and Dan's wedding at Winters Barns!

Another day of lushness at one of my favourite local venues and a beaut day for all involved!

Check out that barn door photo. I've shot at this place A LOT but find myself in love with this shot. The wind just whipped up and I got the shot, go me!

Claire and Dan, this 8 from's for you!

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8 from Marianne and Max, a London Wedding

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8 from Marianne and Max, a London Wedding

A wedding at the East Dulwich Tavern

Howdy!

So you know me. I'm not a fluffy blogger. I write like I shoot, from the heart. So, with that in mind what can I say about Marianne and Max's wedding in Peckham? Well, here's the important thing: it's all positives!

For example, some photographers I know aren't up for a trip into deepest darkest London. Me, I love it. Because there's always this feeling that you don't totally know how it's going to play out. You have a time table of course, but in between it can be a bit chaotic. And I LOVE it!

Not that this was chaotic. But you know, waiting on the street for a taxi, dodging traffic, shooting random photos. Going to places you've never been for a few photos only to discover after 5 minutes that it's closing and you've got to work fast (Nunshead cemetery!), discovering cool walls with giant paintings on them and working out how to get a cool photo while trying to get the parked cars out of the shot! All done working at a pace because these guys have a wedding with their close friends and family waiting for them, and they don't want to miss the party!

So yeah, I loved this day. More please.

Marianne and Max, this one's for you

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Jess & Joe, an awesome Tipi wedding

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Jess & Joe, an awesome Tipi wedding

Oh hi there!

So as I enter the winter season, I have a bit of time to catch up on some weddings that were less than 2 months ago but feel like they were a life time ago! Jess and Joe's wedding took place mid crazy period, when I couldn't remember what day of the week it was! But I can still remember so much about a day like this.

Those of you that know me and follow my photography will know I'm not about the fluffy. Your wedding day is your wedding day. Make it awesome and awesome photography will (hopefully!) follow. Days like this one are a prime example of this.

A tipi on a cricket outfield, very much a DIY wedding, but lacking nothing. Cooler than 5 minutes at the top of Everest (watched that film last night, heartbreaking.... I digress). A mobile pizza over, a mobile waffle van, lots of booze and the funniest/most awesome wedding band I may have ever seen.

Throw in some crazy weather mixing sun and thunder, and Jess and Joe looking on point, and you've got yourself a day to remember!

Jess and Joe, this one's for you

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8 from Lauren & Grant, Quendon Hall

The wedding of Lauren and Grant was very much a prime example of how us Brits will get on with having a great time regardless of how bad the weather is! (And it wasn't exactly great!)

But you see, that just didn't matter. Firstly, because Quendon Hall is big and damn fancy! And secondly, because there were a tonne of cool people who basically just wanted to party, and that they did!

Such a cool day, helped by Lauren and Grant being just so chilled.

An absolute pleasure to be part of their day, here's a rather lovely 8 from!

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8 from Tasha & Riki, Bradwell-on-Sea

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8 from Tasha & Riki, Bradwell-on-Sea

So then, Tasha & Riki got married in Bradwell-on-Sea. At the local church, followed by a tipi reception in Tasha's parents garden!

And I had my very own tent to sleep in. Lucky me! 

What that doesn't tell you is the quite frankly awesomeness of the weekend. Seriously, this was a damn cool event! They just wanted to have the best party possible. And that's exactly what they had!

Tasha and Riki, this one is for you, and it was a privelege!

 

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8 from Fiona & Ben, the Night Yard

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8 from Fiona & Ben, the Night Yard

Hmmm, where to start?? Ok, first this...

"Fiona, you are so wonderfully nuts. Thank you for not taming that on your wedding day!" 

Seriously, loved this day, loved the venue (The Night Yard near Canterbury, very cool) loved the food (tacos!) loved Fionas nans speech and dancing, loved the sun, loved the orchard, loved the barns, loved my new camera (hey it's my thing ok!), loved Ben for being THE MOST CHILLED GUY EVER, and if I'm being honest I love the photos I have to share here. 

So yeah, it was an ok sorta day

Fiona and Ben, this one's for you!

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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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