Romany Gypsy wedding. How many of us have watched the fly on the wall Gypsy wedding documentaries on tv. The big fat dresses and the opulence of a Gypsy wedding. A big stereotype about the Gypsy way of life is that it’s flashy, attention grabbing and revealing in more ways than one!. In the real world every couple wants the best wedding in the world. The wedding of Lewis and Whitney in Christchurch in Gravesend, Kent was the perfect day, the weather was superb, Whitney the bride looked absolutely stunning in a traditional white dress, none of the stereotypical wedding dresses as seen on Tv.
With the start of any wedding day, it’s always the hustle and bustle of getting ready, time is flying, the champagne and the Prosecco is out. The excitement of the wedding service ever approaching, tick tock the clock is counting down. Pre wedding shots in the garden with family and friends and the day is set.
A major annoyance I find with church weddings is the stupid rules that clergy impose upon us the photographers, now if it was a set rule across the board, no photography, photography only at the back of the church, stand in one corner, then I could understand and abide by those rules. But it isn’t, the rules go from one extreme to another, one church will say “yes, do what you like” to another saying “no photography at all”. Roman Catholic, Church of England, it doesn’t matter. I understand the sanctity of the service, but come on, why are all church’s so different in their approach to photographers. At the end of the day its the Bride and groom that loses out, not the church. So all you couples out there looking to get married in a traditional church service and want lots of images of the service, make sure photography is ok in the church.Suffice to say the shots of Whitney being accompanied by her grandfather down the aisle was enough to move anyone to tears and she really did look very resplendent in her lovely wedding dress.
The village of Dode, medieval chapel deep in the Kent countryside, around the corner from the village of Luddesdown, Kent, An 11th century Norman chapel limited to 45 guests
This wedding from July 2014, one of the most exclusive venues in Kent. A chapel of its own, set in a valley with a history dating back to the iron age and possibly long before, remains of a “Roman road” next to the chapel. Hay was strewn on the floor, seat benches covered in wool, torches emitting flames, natural light streaming from stain glass windows, Yet privately owned.
The Wedding of Paul & Christine at the lost Village of Dode, 26th July 2014. A perfect day for any wedding, hot, slightly overcast but not a rain cloud in sight (unusually good British summer).
Bridal prep began at Christine’s parent’s house, moving onto the chapel, Paul and his sons as best men, top hat and tails, without the top hats, jovial and bubbly and up for anything. The guests were bused in on minibusses as the car parking was very limited to a handful of cars. Arriving in a vintage Rolls – Royce, Christine looked very much the stunning Bride, dad in tow. With the guests seated, Groom ready, a violinist in the balcony, and the bride about to begin her grand entrance, the service begins. A wedding full of laughter is the best in the world, no hiccups, no nervous Bride, beautiful violin music, natural streaming light, lovely wedding, perfect summers day and the professional says it all.
With no bar all refreshments were bused in, lagers and wine chilled in buckets of ice, canape’s served by waitresses from the evening venue, The Duke of Wellington in Ryarsh.
Group and family shots done, confetti shot, bouquet toss, Bride and Groom shots around the grounds, what grounds they are!, valley views into the distance and best of all the chapel itself, finishing with a romantic shot next to the Rolls.
The lost village of Dode
a truly romantic wedding venue that has to be seen to be believed, brash wedding venues there are in abundance, small intimate non-denomination chapels there aren’t. A unique experience.