Hayley and Paul fell in love with the chapel at St Augustine’s (http://www.staugustineskent.com/) the moment they walked in. And I can understand why. Their wedding saw me photograph at St Augustine’s for the first time. When I saw the decorated chapel, I could understand completely why this lovely couple, who’ve had to wait to be wed, wanted their wedding to take place here.

wedding chapel at St Augustine's

The outside area has a gazebo but Hayley and Paul had decided that the chapel was the place for them. Luckily the rain was holding off and so I managed to get Paul, his best man, and his two youngest boys outside for a few photographs.

Hayley and Paul chapel wedding

Those boys! So cheeky!

Paul groom memory pin

The bridal preparation room at St Augustine’s is at the other end of the building from the chapel so it’s quite easy to keep bride and groom apart. And it’s nice and bright, too. And I was delighted to see my long time friend, Karen, in action (https://www.mobilemakeup.co.uk/).

Hayley at bridal preparations

Oh Madison. You are just too cute! All too soon, it was time for the bridesmaids to put on their gowns and for Hayley to have the finishing touches. Hayley had particularly asked for an image of her putting on her dad’s buttonhole:

bride putting buttonhole on father

And then time to walk along the corridors to the chapel. Hayley was cool and composed. A slight incident with her shoes happened on the walk with her father. Quickly remedied and she continued up to meet her groom. A true Cinderella moment!

a Cinderella moment
Hayley and Paul married in the chapel at St Augustine's

On exiting the chapel, the bride and groom pause …

shower of confetti in the chapel at St Augustine's

Checking the weather app, I could see that rain would be arriving in about 15 minutes so Hayley and Paul agreed to do the formal images outside (carefully finding a safe, dry place on which Hayley could stand). It was worth it:

Hayley bridal portraits

And then into the Ruby Room where the sparkling decorations from Thanetian Events (https://thanetianevents.co.uk/) exactly matched the wedding theme. A prayer by young Peter began proceedings and the speeches, emotional and entertaining, took place in between main course and dessert. And five minutes between the rain showers meant we could get a few more portraits:

Hayley and Paul's wedding at St Augustine's

The corridors in St Augustine’s are light and bright. The sun broke through and I couldn’t resist asking Hayley for just a minute more … stunning!

Hayley near the chapel at St Augustine's

Wedding days move so fast. You think you have all the time in the world and then it’s suddenly time for cake cutting and first dance. With a personalised cake topper and sparkly cake though:

wedding cake with personalised cake topper of bride and groom

Working alongside a videographer, Rob, from Confetti Productions (https://confettiproductions.co.uk/) meant that I could use his video light for the first dance, along with my own off-camera light set up:

first dance at St Augustine's

All in all, a wonderful day of celebration. This lovely couple have faced challenges along the way but their love for each other is evident and deep. Congratulations to you both and it was so great to be a part of your day.

P.S. If you are looking for a Kent based photographer who has an accurate weather app on her phone, who can whizz you in and out for portraits in under ten minutes, then I might just be the one for you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch. My contact details are here: https://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk/contact/