Time to blog some of last year’s weddings before my 2014 ones get going. This Westenhanger Castle wedding was from last July on a lovely bright day with an outside ceremony under their thatched oak framed gazebo.
What I like about Westenhanger Castle is that there’s plenty of scope for pictures; for a start the getting ready room and bridal suite in the Manor House are light and well dressed. The outside space is concentrated within the remains of the castle walls and provides lovely, photogenic backdrops. The straight walk all the way from the house gives the bride a chance to take it all in and the guests get a good amount of time to view the bride, the dress etc. And for me, there’s plenty of scope for moving around quietly to cover the ceremony from a few different angles without making a disturbance.
The day started with the getting ready part and Stacey had the girls with her in the top floor getting ready room. From here, you can spy on everyone below as they arrive, which was good fun for Stacey’s two cute nieces, Poppy and Grace.
I popped down to see Sean before the ceremony having a drink with the boys. It turns out that Sean very much likes his sport. Firstly, he’s a Spurs fan, so that’s all good and a cricket fan too. I had a hint of jealousy when I found out that they were off to Australia on their honeymoon and would be taking in the 1st Test Match in Brisbane. At this time in July, England had just gone 2-0 up in the Ashes series over here and went on to win the series 3-0 . How things have changed in such a short period! Still, I’m sure they enjoyed their time in Oz nonetheless. There was one other sporting connection in the family; Sean’s brother (and best man) is Martin Larkin, the Tunbridge Wells Football Club manager. He’d obviously had a very successful season taking the team all the way to Wembley for the FA Vase Final.
The sun shone and it was a lovely wedding to photograph – it had a pretty vintage theme, with lots of bunting and pastel colours.
Stacey was escorted down the aisle by her mum and looked stunning in her Maggie Sottero dress. Once the ceremony was over, Donna, one of Stacey’s bridesmaids, sang two songs while they signed the register. As an added surprise, they exited to a specially recorded version of ‘I Luv U’ by The Ordinary Boys, this time sung by Sean himself. He had rewritten and personalised the words for Stacey.
Towards the end of the meal, Stacey’s mum made a lovely speech and Martin the best man, had three blokes doing press ups at one stage during his speech (think it was something to do with the stag do). I managed to shoot one of my favourite first dance shots of last year and I do remember some superb dad dancing – always a great way to end a wedding.
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Westenhanger Castle wedding