On Saturday, Sue and I headed off from home at 8 am in what can only be described as shocking weather, sleet, snow, and rain all the way up the M3 and M25 but even that could not dampen our spirits or our plans for a great day with Polly and Jerry at the wonderful Brompton Barracks officers mess. We arrived in Chatham in Kent just after 10 am and familiarised ourselves with Brompton and the local Garrison church before heading off to find breakfast. We found a local cafe less than a mile from the church and ordered a coffee and breakfast, The staff were amazing and invited us to hang around in the warm whilst we waited for our start time of 12:30 so we did just that. Good job really because it was really cold and snowing on and off until about 11:45.
Just after 12, we headed off to the church to say our “hello’s” and wait for Jerry and the boys to arrive. Because of the bitter cold, Jerry stayed in the pub, who can blame him? 🙂 but once he arrived at about 1:30 there was a flurry of activity and Sue and I had a blast photographing people arrive, It only takes a hearty “good afternoon” to make people realise that we are fun and bring on the lovely smiles, these moments make for beautiful photographs. Polly wanted these arrival shots rather than preparations today and Sue and I pride ourselves in our flexibility so were happy to swap things around.
Shortly afterwards Polly arrived looking amazing, quickly into the warm church and the waiting guests and family. A beautiful ceremony with a few lovely tweaks, the Canon got everyone to look around for a photo half way through, which was a nice touch. Afterwards, we all spilt out into the church yard for warmed Pimms and hot chocolate, another nice touch.
After a few group photos, we headed off to the lovely Brompton Barracks for the reception and spent a couple of hours enjoying the Royal Engineers hospitality and capturing beautiful relaxed photos. A little later in for dinner and speeches including a surprise one from Polly. Then the cake cutting which was a lot of fun and then dancing. 180 people on and around the dancefloor was an epic sight.
After the first dance, Sue and I headed home, arriving 16 hours after we left 🙂
Such an amazing and well organised day, beautiful church, venue and people and an absolute joy to photograph. Thank you guys it was amazing X
Here are a few photos from this wonderful wedding I hope you enjoy and love them as much as we do and look forward to your comments and seeing you again soon,
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