I’m really lucky to photograph lots of weddings in London but rarely do these opulent venues offer much in the way of outside space. So when Katherine and Craig asked me to be their Old Kent Barn Wedding photographer I was praying, more than ever for a sunny day. Katherine and Craig’s wedding was not only sunny, but it was actually hot, yes hot. Not Caribbean style hot but hot for the UK in March.
This was the first time for me photographing a wedding at the Old Kent Barn which is perfectly positioned in beautiful Kent countryside and only 15mins from Canterbury. The venue is a family run business with an emphasis on the personal touch. And I genuinely mean that. I arrived early and was greeted by Claire, one of the owners, who immediately offered me a coffee. Hilary, the Events Manager was showing around prospective couples whilst Will and Roger were setting up the fabulous outdoor Gazebo area. One thing that immediately struck me was how efficient, calm and relaxed everything seemed.
After a quick tour I was excited by the venue and how well thought-out the venue is for weddings. Kat and Craigs wedding was going to be an outdoors wedding but if not, the New Barn would be also be a beautiful setting for a wedding ceremony. Put it this way, it’s a Kent wedding venue that I’ll be looking forward to shooting at again.
My assistant on the day Soven, had arrived before me… it’s a bit of a thing now between us, where we like to be the first to arrive…. I was excited when I parked up as I couldn’t see his car, so I thought I’d won this one but then a phone call came through from a smug Soven asking where I was…. Next time Soven, next time 😉
Whilst wandering around the grounds I bumped into Kat’s Dad, Terry… Terry had his camera out and was enjoying photographing the scenery. He told me that Kat had banned him from photographing at the wedding. This I think was a good thing as I’m sure he had his eye on my Canon 85mm 1.2 Lens to play with.
One word can be used to describe the scene awaiting me in the bridal preparation suite. Calmness. Seriously they were all so chilled out one would be mistaken for thinking it was a Spa day, not a wedding. But this to me summed up Kat. From the first email to the time we left she was lovely. A beautiful bride and a lovely person and a bride that was not stressing about anything but instead looking forward to her wedding day. I mentioned earlier about the personal touch offered by the staff at the Barn, well it was lovely to see Claire holding Kat and Craig’s gorgeous little 3 month old girl, whilst Hilary helped Kat get into her dress.
Whilst I was with Kat, Soven was wondering around the grounds getting some reportage photos of guests arriving. Today was the first day that Soven and I tested out our new 2-way radios, which I have no doubt other wedding photographers will laugh at but damn, did it work well. “Soven, I need a drink”, “Soven. I need my other lens”, “Soven, where are you”… “Iain, shut up and leave me alone…” What can I say, I like gadgets.
Anyway, enough of me waffling on, how about some wedding photos from Kat and Craigs wedding at the Old Kent Barn.
A massive thank you to Claire, Hilary, Will and Roger for their hospitality and Soven for his help, support and images which contributed to give the couple some amazing memories.
Of course, thanks to Kat and Craig for entrusting me with their wedding day and always agreeing to my, what seemed like strange ideas, on the day.
I hope you like the photos as much as I do and please feel free to leave a comment…
Finally, if you’re looking for a wedding photographer or know anyone who is, please do get in touch and we can have a chat about your ideas for the photos.
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