I had been looking forward to joining Rebecca (aka TipsyBex) and Dave (aka BigDaveXXL) for their Faversham wedding celebrations at The Old Brewery Store … and they did not disappoint. Although the weather didn’t play in our favour, the smiles were broad and the emotion palpable. We had originally met up at another local wedding fair and rather hit it off. Rebecca and Dave are super relaxed, funny, kind and generous. This is truly reflected by the kind words spoken by their friends and the true depth of feelings shown by so many of the guests.
They are also Pokemon Go players and we have bumped into each other several times in our quest to “Catch ‘Em All”.
But back to the wedding … I joined Rebecca and her bridesmaids getting ready at the super-quirky Swan Quay Inn which is just a few minutes away from the venue.
And then I sped up the hill, cameras secure in a plastic bag (yes, by this time it was pouring down …) to find the boys … there is just the tiniest overhang on the beautiful old building which houses Britain’s Oldest Brewer.
And then down the hill, this time armed with extra umbrellas for Rebecca’s final preparations. This diminutive bride wanted to stop traffic .. and so we did!
The guests were ready and waiting. The ceremony room at The Old Brewery Store is situated at the front of the premises, with natural light coming in from Court Street. I had to squeeze myself right into the corner but was pretty sure that all eyes were on Rebecca and Dave as they made their commitment to each other. There were tears and emotion aplenty.
As I mentioned before, Rebecca is a little bit shorter than her husband so they had a cunning plan. Hidden under the registrar’s table was a step stool that Rebecca had been gifted years ago as part of a Secret Santa present … and it was put to great use. As I was at the front of the ceremony room, I managed to capture the moment that Dave offered the step stool to his new wife … and then we recreated the moment after the register had been signed so that I could get a clean shot … and also so that the guests who might not have seen exactly what was going on could see it again!
Speeches were made in the bar and many kind words were spoken and gifts given. And yes, a few tears shed … and then all too soon it was time to make our way through the Brewery to get the group shot under the clock and also family portraits. We just about had time to get those done before the rain started again …
Rebecca and her bridesmaids were able to have their portraits taken at the front of the building …
Whilst we kept the boys under the archway (at this point, it was raining hard and the lovely Vicki, who was the wedding co-ordinator on the day) was holding two umbrellas over me and my cameras!
It really was a challenging day weather-wise but the sun broke through at one point and my lovely bride and groom gave me a few moments to capture this shot … I think it was worth it!
The room at the Brewery Store is immense. It was the former wines and spirts warehouse at the Brewery and can hold up to 400 guests! I had a heads-up the day before in an instagram post that local company, Light of My Life had provided decorations so I knew there would be something spectacular … and there was!
And these lights created a beautiful backdrop for Rebecca and Dave’s first dance …
Then it was time for Dave’s favourite band to take over on the music side. I had seen the name Moroccan Mole featured in local venues but had never heard them play … they certainly got the guests dancing!
I bumped into one of the guests the following morning (I photographed Heather and Simon’s wedding coming up for two years ago) and it was great to see them as guests. Simon said the party was going well … and judging by a few photos on Facebook, it got very lively!
Thank you so much Rebecca and Dave for being such a fun and enjoyable couple to photograph and to gift me with being able to work in my home town of Faversham. I’m looking forward to editing and sharing your images with you … and maybe getting a gift or two on Pokemon Go …
Congratulations to you both!
P.S. Just in case you are curious to know what TipsyBex and BigDaveXXL look like… here they are …