Today we were in for a fun packed wedding day! Our bride and groom, Lily-Mae and Jake had booked us for our ‘Highlights Marryoke Combo’ and ‘Guest Cam’ in addition to our normal day of filming. We were super excited to start our day and made our way to bridal preparations at ‘7 Hotel and Diner’ in Halstead, Kent. Situated just outside the M25 Junction 4, the hotel offers an American stylised theme throughout spacious rooms and a 1950s diner. It was ideal for this morning’s preparations and we arrived with lots of important people to meet. There was a cracking atmosphere amongst the hotel with family members all spread between levels and rooms. A layer of hair-sprayed mist aired through the hotel with bottles of L’Oréal Elnett commuting between the bridesmaids and parents rooms. It was actually Lily who was the most organised, excited and waiting to put on her dress. At the age of 19, it was almost unbelievable that Lily had organised such a special day and was remaining completely calm under the anxious rush of preparations. I think the nerves must have got to one of the guests; baby Ronnie who certainly made a show on Grandads t-shirt. Haha poor Grandad!
We made our way between bedrooms and captured the final touches to hair and makeup. Today I was extremely lucky in that had I the opportunity to witness Lily in her dress before leaving the bridal prep and continuing our journey. I wasn’t quite sure how the dress was going to come together but with the 2nd hoop on and the lace tied, it was beautiful. It was an unusual dress with a ruffled bottom and halter neck top. It was simply stunning and fit Lily perfectly. I couldn’t wait to see Jake’s face when he would wait for her at the aisle.
The morning flew by and it wasn’t long until we had to leave and make our way to the church. The service was to be held at St Mary the Virgin Church, Downe, Kent. We unloaded the car and walked to the church where I began setting up the equipment. The church was in such a beautiful location with a picturesque village and blossoming flowers.
Nearly ready and in came the groomsmen and Jake arriving in extremely cool army trucks! Before no time at all the guests were seated and we were all awaiting the arrival of Lily and her father. Although I had already seen Lily dressed and ready it was even better vision at the church and she looked incredible. It was a lovely service and made personal to Lily and Jake.
Our next stop was Chelsfield Lakes in Orpington, Kent. The venue is also a golf course spread across acres of open land, perfect for the couple shots with attractive views. One of the most stunning sights inside the venue, was the 5 tiered, pink and white, diamante covered, sparkling and amazingly detailed cake made by the incredibly talented Julie Matthews of ‘Julie Scrumptious Cakes’. Honestly, you should have seen it!
The guests were soon seated and Ryan and I had some down time to check the footage and recharge our human batteries. We were joined by friends Glen Nash from Wedding Disco Genie who was this evenings DJ and photographers Nicky & Laurence Bennett of ‘Last Minute Photography’. Before we knew it the evening was drawing in. The speeches were complete, the cake was cut and it was nearly Marryoke time. There are many perks of having a golfing venue for your wedding day but one of the biggest HAS to be the unlimited use of golf carts. We were extremely fortunate in having three carts, one for Ryan and I, the photographers and of course the most important people, Lily and Jake. We took to the wheels and made our way across pathways (we made our own) and into the sunset for a beautiful backdrop shot. We shared lots of laughs and it has to be our best golf cart experience. What we didn’t tell Lily and Jake was that we have lugged the speaker on board our cart and it was time to get their Marryoke on. We played their song through, which was around 5 minutes long and oh my goodness they were absolute naturals. The best part was ‘Hillbilly Rock and Hillbilly Roll’ which has to be my favourite Marryoke track of all time. Lily took the lead and in no time at all Jake was busting out the moves too. We can’t wait for you all to see this part! What a great choice of songs.
We returned to the venue and gathered new Marryoke recruits and in their flocks they walked towards us with a daunting, “what have we got ourselves in for” kind of look. Honestly we could have not asked for a better group of people who were brilliant and made our jobs a whole lot easier. A special mention to our mother of the bride who was amazing! I’m sure you will be featured throughout the footage, rightly so, and your dance moves were on point.
We had a fantastic time and would like to thank you all for being such a lovely group of people to work with. Editing the footage was a difficult process, with so much action and great laughs from you all. Lily and Jake you were so sweet and we wish you all the happiness in the world as the new Mr & Mrs Carlisle.