I just loved shooting this rustic country Kent wedding in the rural village of Nonington, Kent on a gorgeous hot and sunny May day. The weather was perfect as a bright, sunny backdrop to the rustic, nature-filled theme. With log seats in the garden and plenty of fun games for children and adults to play.
I spent the morning with the bride and her maids capturing wedding preparations, then headed over to St Mary’s Church in Nonington. The beautiful bride made the journey in style in a vintage Rolls Royce car. With closest friends and family an integral part of the ceremony, singing as the register was signed and giving heartfelt speeches; the service was conducted by a lovely, smiley pink-haired vicar.
We strolled around the corner to the large church house garden, where the party enjoyed welcome drinks and canapés and their laughter filled the air. Children used the log seats as stepping stones, played with bubbles, and there was an impromptu rugby match.
The couple really embraced the countryside village setting with their simple but effective rustic country Kent wedding theme. Wildflowers adorned the church and reception, lacing the edge of the pews, spilling from bottles and jars as table centrepieces and bursting from watering cans, vintage ladders and birdcages around the marquee. Everywhere I looked were thoughtful personal details; handwritten kraft and string place tags; toy- and activity-filled paper party bags for the smallest of wedding guests and friends serving the drinks. For me, the most memorable of all was the wooden guest ‘book’ cross section, an apt nod to the groom’s profession as a local tree surgeon.
A lot of love and consideration went into every part of this beautiful day. The bride and groom are a couple whose smiles, good nature, love of life and family and friends really shine through.
After everyone had enjoyed a tasty braai (South African barbecue), in tribute to the home country of the bride and her family, I took the new Mr & Mrs away for some time together and captured some sunny pictures in the rustic Kent countryside they so clearly love.
The guests made the most of the longer daylight hours and warmer weather, spending the evening in the garden. Just after the first dance, having spotted a beautiful golden sunset, I stole the bride and groom away for a final picture, a fitting end to this memorable rustic country Kent wedding.