Oak Grove Wedding of Sam & Rosie
A few years ago now I shot the wedding of Rosie’s Mum Lynn. Rosie had managed to acquire a “+1” from Tinder. Well, I must have made an impression as on July 7th this year they got married. The “+1” was Sam. Now I always treat any wedding as a potential job interview but its still nice when things go according to plan. When they told me about the venue, The Oak Grove at Upchurch in Kent I was sold! A venue i’d never worked before too (It was only a year old!).
Getting Ready and Camper Vans
Rosie got ready at home, surrounded by her bridesmaids and her Dad. The morning was incredibly chilled. The videography was being done by a friend of mine, the very talented, Anneka Ireland and as we’ve worked together many times it added to the relaxed vibe.
Rosie looked amazing with her vintage sheer dress complimented by her whimsical hair and flowers. Her transport to The Oak Grove was provided by a friend in his camper. Not just any camper, this was simply the best looking and restored VW i’ve ever seen!
The Oak Grove and Confetti. . Lots of Confetti
I’d prayed for sunshine after visiting the venue with Sam & Rosie some weeks earlier for their Engagement Shoot. Luckily my payers were answered. The Oak Grove looked stunning bathed in glorious sun with just a hint of breeze to cool the guests and wedding party.
The ceremony was simple and quite stunning. Two readings with just the right ammount of humour coupled with a whole lot of love! Well, it included a poem about cheese.
Sam had told me that after the ceremony, when they walked back down the aisle to Im a Believer that confetti cannons were being triggered from behind the gazebo and to be ready as it would be a little crazy . Now i’ve seen confetti before, how different or crazy could it be??
OH MY GOD.
This was next level pyrotechnics and confetti. I can say confidently that I will never see the like of it again. Two huge explosions and a
shower monsoon of confetti rained down. For over 5 minutes!!
Speeches, Flares and Light Shows
The wedding breakfast was a very beautiful affair with speeches and present giving. After Sam, Rosie, Anneka and myself went for a small walk to try to get the bridal pictures. Rosie had been adament that there was to be flares. Who am I to argue. We mixed traditional and a modern style of bridal portraits. I know that they both love them and who knew that Rosie has odd fingers (hence the strange picture!).
All that was left was to cut the cake and have a dance. Again no ordinary first dance, Sams Dad Traviss, and best men had through their Disco management company rigged up a light show to compliment their first dance!
A suitably fantastic end to an amazing day!
Enjoy the pictures!