Corinne & Doug’s wedding at Ratsbury Barn in Tenterden wasn’t exactly what they envisaged in terms of the weather but this is England and it can rain anytime as we all know! However, despite the grey clouds and drizzle, on what I’m sure they hoped would be a hot and sunny August day, everyone looked to have a great time and it didn’t stop any of the fun planned, just delayed the bouncy castle for a while.

This wedding was all about people relaxing and no formalities, no posed photos and lots of what was going on, exactly what I love! So other than a couple of very informal group photos and a few of Corinne and Doug together it was a case of photographing proceedings as they went on. 

With a number of children attending there were plenty of activities and entertainment available to keep them busy as wells the adults, and everyone was soon getting in the spirit of the afternoon. This included kicking and bouncing on giant inflatable beach balls and creating giant bubbles as well as drinking a few cans of strongbow and John Smiths (adults only of course!)

I do tend to photograph a lot of weddings and wedding receptions in barns around Kent and Ratsbury Barn is a venue I have photographed at before. If you’re looking for a blank canvas to put your own mark on with an expanse of outdoor space including an orchard this is a great location for a Kent wedding. Luckily Corinne had come prepared to go outside with her pair of red wellies, so we were able to venture round the gardens and pond to take some photos of her and Doug together.

On this occasion I was only covering their wedding for 3 hours and when I heard back from Corinne the only regret she had about the photos was that she didn’t book me for longer, as like I said, once the rain stopped the bouncy castle arrived and they would have loved to have some photos of people on that. 

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Hannah & Davids wedding at St Edmunds School and Winters Barn combined two wonderful venues situated in Canterbury, Kent. They were able to have their ceremony in the beautiful chapel at St Edmunds as Hannah had attended the school there, followed by their reception at the ever popular Winters Barn a short drive away.

Beginning the day at Winters Barn, Hannah and her bridesmaids had use of the perfect room to get ready which has plenty of space and plenty of mirrors, always a good thing! With hair and make up already underway and the champagne soon opened, the wedding day preparations were beginning as they should. Hannah looked beautiful in her dress and with mum applying the finishing touches of deodorant under Hannah’s arms she was ready to travel in style in the white Rolls Royce to the ceremony.

As I was arriving before Hannah at St Edmunds I was able to take photos of David and some of the guests before they were ushered inside. With the school placed at the top of St Thomas School there is a stunning view across Canterbury with Canterbury Cathedral standing proud in the distance which everyone after the ceremony was able to take in while some group photos were taken.

Luckily the weather was perfect and only rained a little during the ceremony so by the time everyone emerged the sun was shining again and once guests had arrived at Winters Barn they were able to enjoy drinks in the garden. This is always good for me as it enables me to move easily between different groups of people and photograph them with one another as well as with the bride and groom. The barn itself looked lovely and as I normally do I took a little time to photograph the room before the guests moved in as well as the the table decorations and other details that had been carefully chosen by the bride and sometimes the groom!

I don’t normally remember to mention other vendors from the many weddings I photograph but I did on this occasion make a note of the caterers who were ‘Scott Anderson Caterers Ltd’, they provided me with a fantastic meal! Also the DJ was Iain from Glitterball Disco, he always goes the extra mile for his clients and provides great music. 

So with the wedding breakfast cleared and the speeches finished it was onto the dance floor and Hannah and David did not disappoint. They had taken the time and effort to learn a choreographed dance and they performed it brilliantly so well done both of you and many congratulations once again.




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