Best Images of 2015 – Helen Batt Photography – Kent wedding Photographer

With it nearing the end of January 2016 and with one wedding already been and gone  I wanted to post what I feel are some of my best images of 2015 before we get too far into this 2016. Indeed blogging is a time consuming business and some of these wedding photos haven’t even been featured in there own blog post yet, which is still on my list of things to do before this years wedding season really gets started.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have met some really wonderful people through doing what I do and visited some beautiful wedding venues in Kent and beyond again this year, long may it continue!

As a witness to such special events I always aim to capture the interesting moments that make up a wedding and continue to strive to develop my skills in order to produce ever more creative and emotive images in which people can relive their wedding day.

In only a few days time on the 30th January, I myself will be getting married and I know once the dust settles after the festivities that will go by in a blink of an eye, I will be itching to see the photos and look back on one of the most special moments of my life. 

With that in mind I’d like to scincerely thank all the couples who put their trust in me to photograph their wedding day, it was a real pleasure and  a privilege. 

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Rachael and Daniels wedding at The Secret Garden near Ashford in Kent was planned to be a sunny outside ceremony in the gazebo followed by a traditional English afternoon tea in the gardens with a just a handful of friends and family attending. As it was the great British weather put pay to anything going on outdoors unless you were prepared to get soaked! 

Instead their ceremony took place in the glass house which was in fact perfect for the style of wedding Rachael and Daniel wanted. With it’s grape vines growing up inside along the ceiling and little wooden chairs, the individual touches that Rachael and Daniel had added complimented the feel of the venue perfectly. There appeared to be a ‘rabbits’ theme going on with lots of little china ornaments  placed on the tables and around the cake and even Daniels cuff links were two little rabbits. 

After the ceremony it was a mad dash under umbrellas through the rain to the marquee outside for drinks while the glass house was turned around for the afternoon tea. Once people had had some time to enjoy a drink and chat it was time to take the requested group photos. Luckily we were able to photograph the group shots undercover of the huge archway in the courtyard so basically it was just me that had to get wet, which is ok, it’s part of the job.:-)Although I also managed at this point to split my trousers which made things a little drafty!

Without doubt this day was the wettest by far that we had all summer and the rain was torrential but spirits were still high and Rachael’s smile was unfading. Luckily she had come prepared for the rain with her bright red wellies and both her and Daniel were still keen to get some photos in the gardens regardless of the weather and this was accomplished and my drowned rat look was complete. 

Sometimes though it is these sorts of days that give even more pronounced memories as they have a different unexpected element to them. Even if at the time you might have wished for a beautiful sunny day, the photos of you trying to hold onto an umbrella while being pelted with rain will be very different to the majority of summer weddings.

 

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This was the second time I had photographed a wedding at The Beacon House in Whitstable and  what a great little venue this is. Emma and Andy wanted a really laid back wedding at a place where they and their guests could relax and just enjoy a day without any of the formalities that another venue might lend itself to.

Being set right on the beach, with a veranda on which to hold the ceremony overlooking the sea and gardens to sit and enjoy the view all that was needed was to have good weather. Emma and her bridesmaids had got ready at the venue and then while the guests were seated outside she was walked by her father down through the gardens at the back of the house to the veranda for the ceremony. There were some tears of emotion among the guests but as for Emma and Andy they were just all smiles.

Although it wasn’t the warmest summer day it was still nice enough to have afternoon tea in the garden and then a walk down to the sea to enjoy a paddle and fly some kites. Emma had set her heart on doing this and it went down brilliantly with everyone, allowing adults to become children again for a short time and just have some fun. Once peoples feet were to cold to carry on and kite strings were tangled beyond repair it was time to go back to the house to enjoy a little music and speeches. 

It was shame the sky was so overcast as the sun went down but it didn’t take away from the feel of a wonderful day spent by the great British seaside.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Photographing Caroline & Damiens wedding at Latimer Place in Buckinghamshire was a result of them winning my competition that I ran last January where a couple had a chance to win their wedding photography for free. Basically all they had to do was email me with their wedding date and location, then ‘like’ my Helen Batt Photrography Facebook Page and wait to see if their name was pulled out the hat. Will I do it again this year? Maybe but you will need to keep an eye on my Facebook page to find out. 

When I phoned Caroline to tell her she was the winner she was naturally over the moon and it was great to be able to give a gift such as this to someone who was clearly really appreciative. 

Not having photographed a wedding at Latimer Place before I had a quick look at the venue before arriving and it looked lovely. Their actual ceremony was to take place in St Mary’s Church in Chesham and then it was a horse drawn carriage back to Latimer Place for their reception. 

I enjoy starting the days wedding photography with the bride and bridesmaids getting ready and if logistically possible also getting some shots of the groom and his groomsmen and the finishing touches to their preparation. In this case it was just the girls and then off to meet the groom at the church.

With the weather being a little inclement, Caroline and Damien were lucky to enjoy a dry run back in the open horse drawn carriage after the ceremony, always a very romantic way to travel on your wedding day.

I don’t think Caroline stopped smiling all day despite the rain curtailing the use of the bouncy castle until later in the evening and Damien to looked a very happy man.

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