I had been watching the weather and I know that both Jade and Lydia had too, as their special day approached. Lydia and I spoke about this and kept our fingers crossed. However, despite a glorious weekend, the Monday of their wedding was a rainy day – but having carried out a free engagement shoot with this great couple, I knew it wouldn’t stop the day from being a lot of fun.
The Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone, Kent, is an amazing setting with superb grounds, a magnificent building and sitting alongside the river. In my opinion it is arguably the best registry office setting for couples in the southeast of the UK.
As their guests began to arrive, you could really feel the sense of joy from family and friends (including two very adorable little girls).
Family and friends continued to arrive and there was an uplifting atmosphere and Lydia appeared superbly comfortable and relaxed.
Eventually, approaching the entrance was a pristine and beautiful vintage Rolls Royce with Jade and her father on board.
Guests eagerly waited in the service room, wondering what Jade would be wearing – they weren’t to be disappointed as Jade looked stunning in her dress.
The service was charged with emotion and there was the odd tear or two from the brides and I even saw some from one or two of their guests.
After the service, we managed to grab some family/group formal photos in front of the magnificent Archbishop’s Palace building.
Unfortunately then it began to really rain and we didn’t get the opportunity to capture the creative shots in the herb garden, the grounds or down by the river. Lydia and Jade have their outfits and so we are going to go back on a dry day and grab some of these shots (it is not very often that couples get to wear their wedding outfits more than once!).
Jade and Lydia had arranged for a great reception at The Bull in Linton, Maidstone, which has great views over the Kent countryside.
Of course with such a fun couple – you couldn’t expect anything other than a great party, and that is what the evening turned into, with food, drink, fun, laughter and dancing. First of course there were the speeches and Jade’s dad kicked off, followed by Lydia’s mum.
The cake looked magnificent and the cake stand was passed through the generations to be used for Jade and Lydia’s special day – holding some sentimental value.
After the cutting of the cake were the dances; Jade danced with her dad followed by Lydia dancing with her mum and then the official “first dance” between Jade and Lydia – which was so much fun it turned into a party for everyone
The light was fading fast and the reception was mainly outside, so I quickly grabbed a few shots of the wedding rings, using the natural rustic decorations which Jade and Lydia had selected – as backdrops. I know the rings mean an awful lot to everyone, but these were super special as they were made by Lydia’s brother.
The light rapidly faded, but we got some shots during the “blue hour”and we will be going back to the Archbishop’s Palace to get some creative shots in the grounds there.