Our first stop – The Ferry House Inn. The location is a highly important part of our day and as far as location goes, the venue couldn’t have been situated in a more idyllic location – The Ferry House Inn, Isle of Sheppey. Having a childhood full of wonderful memories as Islanders ourselves we were extremely excited to return to one of our favourite, charismatic venues afar beautiful sceneries oozing with great video opportunities. As a Videographer, Ryan’s role is rather high pressured, filming events on cue in addition to capturing those spontaneous twinkles in newly wedded eyes. From the initial glimpse of the blushing bride walking down the aisle, to the first dance as a married couple. We were at complete ease knowing we were returning to such a hospitable environment that warmly welcomes us as suppliers and of course it’s guests.
The venue is one of my upmost favourites for creating such an atmospheric element of peacefulness. So peaceful in fact that the population of Harty in 1911 was around 87 people! – We did say peaceful! No cars and distant motorways, just the innocent sound of the Swale estuary.
Situated on the Isle of Sheppey, off of the northern coast of Kent the Island is connected to the mainland via two bridges; Kingsferry Bridge and Sheppey Crossing. Of course it was absolutely inevitable that the newer bridge of the two was closed for maintenance and many guests flocked in from afar on the old-school vertically lifting bridge. That’s what you call bad timing! Nevertheless everyone made it to the big day and on time – hooray for Kingsferry!
When we greeted Kimberley in the early afternoon of the day, she was as cool as a cucumber – completely relaxed and excited to finally be tying the knot. We took the dress and captured it using the slider – slowly moving the camera into the scene with the dress hung from a ceiling beam. Kim’s dress was a classy strapless, crisp white A-line number with a diamante belt and an elegant train. She looked stunning and it fit beautifully. Story has it that another dress was involved, but don’t worry Kim, it’s a brides provocative and you undoubtedly made the right choice.
A slight gloomy start to the day, a few heavy clouds upon the sky and a small glimpse of the suns attempt to shine. However, comeuppance was claimed on the arrival of the bridal party walking along the aisle, the golden glow appeared just in time. Cameras at the ready, microphone on and groomsmen in place, we were all set to begin the ceremony. Alongside niece Bella, son Elliott and sisters Chere, Jasmine, Ruby and finally Kim, the bridal party had arrived and didn’t they look lovely. With Ryan positioned towards the back of the ceremony manning two cameras and me at the front with one, I’m lucky enough to capture the complete portrayal of emotion from the groom. One of the most memorable parts was Lee turning to the Celebrant and asking “Can I turn around now” and of course he couldn’t hesitate any longer in receiving his soon-to-be wife. An image, I’m sure, forever retained.
The afternoon went fantastically. Guests enjoyed mooching around the grounds, munching mini burger canopies, in which Ryan was highly impressed with, and sipping beverages in the sun.
Speeches were vastly approaching and the guests were seated and in for a real treat. Something I was particularly fond of was the wedding breakfast with seating arrangements. Guests were encouraged to sit with whoever, whenever and wherever which is sometimes a little less awkward than having the ‘Odd Bod Table’ – we all know what I mean – and ensured everyone was completely content throughout the afternoon.
First dance time! The lighting is of great importance in this part and being the helpful assistant that I am, I got to have my twirl on the dancefloor whilst Ryan adjusted the light accordingly – it’s obviously an extremely, high complex part of my job ;)
They danced under the disco ball among friends and family in whom they adore whilst a few teary eyes were dried and a few more wines consumed. The night was just beginning and the guests headed onto the dance floor to boogie the night away…