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8 from Jody and Harry, a South Farm Wedding

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8 from Jody and Harry, a South Farm Wedding

So Jody and Harry got married didn't they! A very relaxed day at South Farm, one of the coolest venues ever, mainly because their are really really cute farm animals everywhere!! But anyway, back to the wedding.... oh, and there was also a REALLY cool Dodge!! Oh, but back to the wedding..... :D 

Jody and Harry are just so incredibly lovely and spent the day looking just so happy and content - there's not much more I could ask for tbh.

Massive congrats to them, and here's their 8 from!

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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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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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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, 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 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 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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8 from Hayley & James, a Creeksea Place Wedding

8 from Hayley & James, a Creeksea Place Wedding

Hayley & James, a Creeksea Place Barns wedding

Saturday saw me take a drive to Southend(ish!) for the wedding of Hayley & James, which took place at Creeksea Place Barns. And from the minute I got to Hayleys parents as was instantly offered a cuppa I knew it would be a cool day. It's the little things that make us photographers happy bunnies! 

Massive congrats to you both, and here's your first "8 from..."

8 from Karen & Dan @ Marleybrook House

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8 from Karen & Dan @ Marleybrook House

A Kent Wedding at Marleybrook House

I have sooooo much love for Karen and Dan's day, it really was immense! Totally relaxed, a beautiful venue (if you haven't heard of or seen Marleybrooks then where have you been???), old school fairground rides and pastries on tap in the morning. Doesn't get better than that. 

Karen got ready at the most gorgeous local barn with all of her family, and an amazing view too! I was greeted with coffee and pastries, which always makes a photographer feel happy! Even the music was on point. 

Luckily the guests were well looked after with drinks on the day, as it was a scorcher. Obviously I had to have one beer. Would've been rude not to right?

Then there was the Victorian fairground, which was ruddy awesome! Karen made me go on the big spinny one, which I thought would have me throwing up! But I was ok, and laughed my arse off!!

Oh, one final point - Karen & Dan scrubbed up ok. Genuinely lovely humans and it was a privilege to be there!

Here's 8, many more to come...

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Stacey + Dean, an Italian Wedding

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Stacey + Dean, an Italian Wedding

Villa Baroncino, Tuscany: a Destination Wedding in Italy

I happily admit that Italy is one of my favourite places. I went there in 1998, loved the place. The language, the architecture, the food, the football! It's just a beautiful place to be.

So getting the chance to finally shoot a wedding there, and return after 19 years, was a dream come true. And it didn't disappoint. I had an amazing time shooting Stacey and Deans wedding, and would do it all over again if I could! 

In the morning, a little bit of paddle boarding...

Then back to Villa Baroncino for the main event!

And then the final day of chillin. Such an awesome week!

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8 from Chloe & Charlie, an Old Kent Barn Wedding

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8 from Chloe & Charlie, an Old Kent Barn Wedding

Chloe + Charlie, an Old Kent Barn wedding

Such a lush day at Old Kent Barn for Chloe & Charlie, an awesome day for them and there friends and family!

I was there from 10am to capture the girls getting ready and basically having a lot of fun! Chloe has some great friends who helped make the morning extra special. I genuinely love being involved and having fun, it helps make people relax around me, and I end up getting some pretty cool photos!

The day was perfect, they Chloe and Charlie got married outside and eveyone had a blast!!

Congratulations guys, here's a little "8 from" your day!

Gav

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8 from Sonal & Tom, a Bradbourne House Wedding

8 from Sonal & Tom, a Bradbourne House Wedding

Sonal & Tom, a wedding at Bradbourne House in Kent

Combine a lush venue with beautiful weather, a cool couple who looked amazing and a sausage dog ring bearer and you've got one great wedding!

Oh, an add a bouquet being thrown over a Ferrari for good measure! I loved this day, sooooo good and such a pleasure to be there. Here's 8 from...

8 from Kellie & Adam, Old Kent Barn

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8 from Kellie & Adam, Old Kent Barn

Kellie & Adam, an Old Kent Barn Wedding

What makes me happy? Good weather and venue? Yeah of course! Throw in nice food and couple of glasses of the red stuff and we're definitely getting there. But the thing that ices the cake is..... the people at a wedding. And that's not just the bride and groom. Ok, so obviously I want them to be awesome, and luckily Kellie & Adam tick that box, but it's also the guests, the relatives, the friends and family. Good people looking their best and having a great time just makes me one happy photographer. 

Add all of that together, and you've got Kellie & Adams wedding. Basically perfect!

Photography by

Kent Wedding Photographer

gavinphotography

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