MENU

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.

“Wedding Photography is not all the same….”

[separator top=”40″]
[content_boxes layout=”icon-boxed” iconcolor=”#333333″ circlecolor=”#ffffff” circlebordercolor=”#e67fb9″ backgroundcolor=”#f6f6f6″]
[content_box title=”Brides Blog” icon=”heart” image=”” link=”http://themeforest.net/user/ThemeFusion” linktarget=”” linktext=””]Kat writes:
Craig and I met 9 years ago through friends and whilst we both have great friends, we became the best of friends and have been inseparable ever since.
Craig asked me marry him in 2012 and of course I said yes!

We began planning the wedding a few months later and there were two main questions….. What date and what venue. We wanted to find the perfect venue for us and ruled out a number of ones that were local to us for various reasons. We decided upon The Old Kent Barn because it had everything that we were looking for, stunning gardens, a barn and plenty of photo opportunities. When we decided upon the venue, we looked at the dates available and it seemed perfect that Craig’s birthday (29th March 2014) was available.

I love photography and knew that I wanted a photographer who could give us some WOW photos to look back on as well as the traditional ones. There are so many photos that I have seen where I have honestly thought I could have done the same or better, and I’m no photographer! Iain was recommended to me by a fellow photographer and as soon as I saw his photos, I knew he was the one for us.

A year before the wedding I was very relaxed about the planning, especially as I knew roughly what I wanted and what Craig would love. However, that relaxed period ended in May 2013 when I found out I was pregnant and due 3 months before the wedding. Suddenly I needed everything to be in place a lot earlier.

Craig and I met with Iain and we knew that he was going to give us exactly what we wanted on our day, which made it really exciting. He didn’t even seem fazed when he knew that we had some family issues, a 2 year old bridesmaid and that we would have our baby with us.

The wedding day could not have gone better, despite a few hiccups prior to the wedding with other suppliers. The family issues were forgotten, the kids were fantastic and Iain captured it all. We were also extremely lucky with the weather, especially for March and were fortunate enough to get married outside in the Gazebo amongst our friends and family, which made our day extra special. [/content_box]
[/content_boxes]

Wedding Photography at The Old Kent Barn bridal prep Wedding Photography at The Old Kent Barn bridal prep Wedding Photography at The Old Kent Barn wedding details at the Old Kent Barn The groom at the Old Kent Barn in Kent The groom at the Old Kent Barn in KentOld Kent Barn Wedding Photographer Old Kent Barn Wedding Photographer Old Kent Barn Wedding Photographer Old Kent Barn Wedding Photography Old Kent Barn Wedding Photography Old Kent Barn Wedding Photography wedding photography at the Old Kent Barn wedding photography at the Old Kent Barn wedding photography at the Old Kent Barn wedding photography at the Old Kent Barn wedding photography at the Old Kent Barngetting married at the Old Kent Barn
getting married at the Old Kent Barn
getting married at the Old Kent Barn wedding venue in Kent wedding venue in Kent wedding venue in Kent The Gazebo at the Old Kent Barn The Gazebo at the Old Kent Barn Reportage wedding photography in Kent Reportage wedding photography in Kent stunning wedding photos at the Old Kent Barn stunning wedding photos at the Old Kent Barn stunning wedding photos at the Old Kent Barn Natural light wedding photos wedding details The Old Kent Barn wedding photos The Old Kent Barn wedding reception The Old Kent Barn wedding reception The Old Kent Barn wedding reception Kent wedding photographer Kent wedding photographer

Comments

[…] busy schedule, I was only too happy to make time for Kim & Tom’s wedding at Camden Lock, and Katherine & Craig’s wedding at Old Kent Barn. Both locations were new to me as a London wedding photographer, and the bizarrely warm weather […]

thank you for all the lovely comments.

Well what can i say, absolutely stunning!!
Iain you are an amazing wedding photographer and deserve all the accolades you get! The comment from the Bride and Groom says it all.

Iain,
been to many weddings , and the results from the photography have been fantastic from them , I saw you both getting photo shots from angles ive never seen a professional photographer at weddings that I’ve attended do , all the great effort you both put into the photography has amazed me , and the results are unbelievably fantastic , thank you for capturing Craigs and Kats special day with your second to none photography xxx

WOW! They are amazing, very impressed xx

Iain
Fantastic! Set of photos, I could not have wished for so many happy memories which have now been captured for ever. Thank you.

Oh my god Iain, they are beautiful. You both went above and beyond and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better.

So many people commented on how impressed they were with you too.

And yes you were lucky as kats dad definately had his eye on your lens!

We can’t thank you enough but we will absolutely recommend you to everyone we know.

Thank you thank you thank you x

Iain, an amazing set of images showing every aspect of the wedding. And well done for working through the pain.

Gary

CLOSE