Cat contacted us after the disappointment of not being able to get married in St Lucia, to see if we could document their special day in Maidstone. While lock-down and Coronavirus has changed so many things in so many ways for us all, the one thing it clearly didn’t change was Cat and Mike’s determination to show their love for each other and to get married.
Naturally, we explained our Coronavirus Promise to ensure that given the tight timescale, this was one less thing for this wonderful couple to worry about. I also informed them that we don’t do rainy weddings and that we always get the sunshine! (although with the way the weather has been recently, we felt a little nervous about this, but we are always prepared).
Cat told us that they had booked to get married at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone, Kent which is arguable the best registry office around and a venue we are very familiar with.
During the lead up to Cat and Mike’s special day, we kept in touch – planning a bespoke timeline and sending through our wedding day tips booklet.
When their special day did arrive, it was warm and quite humid. We had been booked for our Micro Wedding Collection (3 hours) and so we commenced our services at 1130 by taking some scene setting images.
Around 1210 four guests had arrived (Cat’s University Friends), but there was no sign of Mike.
Soon after more guests began to arrive.
Eddie (Cat’s Dad) informed us that there was a huge amount of traffic on the A249 and that both Mike and Cat were stuck in this. Eddie then went on to inform the staff at the Archbishops Palace, who as always were so very accommodating – explaining that they didn’t have any other weddings booked for the day. A concern was that Mike was going to see Cat before the service and of course that the guests would. Thankfully, the Archbishops Palace has a fantastic walled Herb Garden and we encouraged all of the guests to go in there so that when Cat arrived, she wouldn’t be seen.
Cat then arrived with her friend Liv in Fiat 500, just as Mike and his pals arrived on foot.
Thankfully Liv pulled up away from the main area and Mike was quickly ushered inside.
Cat then went inside with Eddie (her Dad) and prepared for the big moment (hopefully taking a moment to breathe as due to the traffic, it had all been a bit of a last minute rush for her).
The service was held in the Undercroft Room and was very intimate – there was definitely a real sense of emotion throughout.
We are guessing that because things were running a little behind (around 50 minutes! What rotten luck with the roads.), Cat decided a quick peck was in order, so we asked them to have another kiss and make it last.
Cat and Mike then led the way outside for some group photos and even though the sun was in and out of the clouds, we managed to get these done pretty quickly. Here we want to give a special mention to Claire (Cat’s Sister) who offered to help us out, by ensuring everyone was lined up and ready for the next grouping. If ever Claire fancies some extra part time work, we always need some extra help during the busy periods!
We then moved onto the couple’s creative shots and we absolutely love the Archbishop’s Palace for this. While walking around, Cat and Mike got lots of attention and “congratulations”.
We have to say – they both looked stunning.
Despite everything that happened on the day; notably the traffic issues on the A249 and the delay, everything turned our brilliantly and we were only too happy to stay a little longer than normal to capture those images for Cat and Mike.