2020 was not a year for many weddings. However, I was delighted to be part of Hannah and Ilker’s intimate, autumn wedding in Tunbridge Wells at The Mansion House (https://www.akentishceremony.com/register-offices/the-mansion-house/). It was my first visit to this particular registry office. The colours of the trees in the nearby park were changing creating the perfect autumn wedding backdrop.

Also, Hannah and Ilker were happy to have their portraits taken before their ceremony. They have a young son and wanted to make sure that he could be part of the photographs.

The weather was overcast, gloomy and a little cold. But the beautiful colours in the park made it worth the two minute walk.

intimate autumn wedding
autumn wedding with happy couple

Despite the wedding party being only three people (Hannah and Ilker’s lovely neighbour was a witness, as was I) and their son, Hannah had some truly beautiful flowers which complemented their choice of an autumn wedding.

cute boy with wedding bouquet

The registry office at The Mansion House is warm, welcoming, light and bright. We were made to feel very welcome indeed. After a few more pre-wedding photographs, Hannah entered, accompanied by their young son. These smaller weddings were given the name “cereminis”. Still a celebration of love, just on a smaller scale. I was incredibly honoured to be a witness, my first time in 14 years as a wedding photographer. But that did mean no photographs of all of the witnesses signing the register!

exchange of rings autumn wedding
just married bride and groom autumn wedding

The weather was starting to close in and rain was forecast. We took a few moments to step back outside to the fire station next door which had some beautiful carved tiles.

bride and groom portraits

The colours were warm and a beautiful foil against the colour of Ilker’s suit and complemented Hannah’s bouquet.

And just to the other side of the garden, this beautiful splash of colour … a perfect backdrop for an autumn wedding.

autumn wedding with bright colours

Hannah and Ilker’s wedding images were initially delivered via a secure online gallery. After chatting further, they made the decision to have a personalised USB and also an A4 album. I delivered this beautiful product (white leather, gold inlay) earlier this week and they were both delighted with the end result. Hannah said that she couldn’t envisage how the final album would look but that she couldn’t wait to share the album with family and friends.

The Covid lock down has been challenging in so many ways. Plans put on hold. The pause button pressed. But, although I only photographed a fraction of my normal amount of weddings, 2020 will certain stay in my mind.

Wishing you both many, many years of happiness and laughter together xx

If you are planning a wedding for 2021, no matter whether small or large, why not get in touch through my website: https://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk/contact/. You can also see more of my portfolio there too. I enjoy travelling throughout Kent to capture weddings and celebrations.