9 years ago Hannah and Phil started out their lives together. From the first glance of one another in a pub, to a successful iron influenced date in Bluewater topped with a Pizza Express, today was the day they would become husband and wife on their wedding day.
Ryan and I began our morning at Hannah’s mum’s house in Sedley, Southfleet in the lovely countryside of Kent. We were welcomed inside by Hannah’s bridesmaids and we were eager to meet the most important lady, our bride. Hannah looked amazing and that was before the dress was even on. She was very calm and the morning appeared to be running super smoothly. Smoothly, so smoothly that sibling Nick had just about enough time to catch up with an episode of Bear Grylls!
The house was beautiful and gave us plenty of opportunities to capture some really lovely footage. The weather was incredible and with temperatures reaching 29 degrees it was perfect for some filming in the garden. We were working alongside one of our all time favourite photographers Hollie Carlin! It’s always a pleasure working together and I can absolutely assure that this woman is so hardworking, she’s like a Duracell bunny and her passion is admirable.
The location of the church couldn’t have been more ideal. With about a 3 minute walk from the bridal preparations and opposite the village pub guests were soon arriving. A couple of trips back and forth later, the equipment was ready and raring all in position. From a distance we could see a cheeky chap with a rather larger smile on his face, of course it was our groom Phil. With the introductions complete and the time ticking on the guests made their way over toward the church.
Besides his two best men Matt and Will, Phil took to the front and stood awaiting his soon-to-be wife. Leading the way entered the bridesmaids and they looked beautiful. With two green dresses and two pink they each complimented one another fabulously. In the arm of her father Hannah began her first steps into the church along the aisle. She looked amazing and honestly Phil is an incredibly lucky man.
After the service and the formalities were complete I have to mention the extremely talented singer who sang Eva Cassidy’s hit, Songbird. What an absolute pleasure it was for us to witness such amazing singing and an emotion Phil who definitely shed a tear or two.
We were also treated to a lovely performance by Hannah’s aspiring students from her school ‘Miss Hannah’s School of Dance and Drama’. They were clearly very fond of their teacher and definitely did her proud.
A special mention to the lovely Steph Jackson of ‘Belle Fleur’ who created the prettiest flower and bouquet arrangements. We’ve gotten to known Steph very well lately and her passion and attention to detail in her work is amazing.
Our next location was Cobham Hall in Kent. As a girls boarding and day school the venue certainly poses as a classy, picturesque establishment that really is very classy and perfect for a wedding. The fine grounds are large and well-kept enabling guests to enjoy beverages on the lawn overlooking exquisite views. Hannah and Phil had arranged an old London bus to transport guests from the church to the reception. The driveway into the venue was superb and I’m sure guests on the bus were looking forward to checking out their surroundings.
Our next formality was the speeches and it was the father of the bride who really set the standard. With a little insight into the childhood and life of Hannah it was clear to see the love and support she had from her wonderful family growing up into the woman she is today. Phil also did a remarkable job and considering his lack of written words, he certainly didn’t lower that bar. The best men were soon to follow and their use of photographic evidence of Phil being Phil was, well… entertaining ;) . The photos were afterwards auctioned and a large amount of money was raised for a charitable cause.
Before no time at all the evening guests were beginning to arrive and the party atmosphere was looming. The music for this evening’s party was to be provided by fantastic band ‘Sync The Beat’. They were so so good and that dance floor was on a whole other level. Hannah and her bridesmaids certainly did their fair share of dancing when they took to the floor for a surprise routine. Hannah had choreographed a mashup of songs and routines with her mother, father and bridesmaids. It was brilliant and the guests loved it! It’ll certainly make some great footage for the video and we hope you enjoy watching it back as much as we did seeing it live.
We thank you both for having us, we had a real blast. It was a pleasure to be a part of your wedding day and we wish you joy and happiness in your newly wedded lives together.