A Sassi Holdford Wedding Dress & Countryside marquee wedding in Kent.
Believe me when I say Tom and Emma know exactly how to throw a party. Their church and countryside marquee wedding was such a fun day – even the rainclouds couldn’t dampen anyone’s spirits, so they eventually stopped trying and made way for glorious sunshine instead!
The wedding started at the local church, where Emma and Tom got married in front of their nearest and dearest in a beautiful ceremony. We welcomed the newlyweds out of the church with a super fun, super colourful confetti shot, and then made our way to the reception.
Emma and Tom had chosen to have a marquee wedding hosted in Emma’s parents’ back garden. After drinks, guests were ushered in by a bagpiper, and then met with a beautiful handpainted sign by Rachel Joy Price. I love the idea of using handpainted signs as décor, because after your wedding you can always keep it and use it home décor too for the perfect reminder of the day you had!
The clear sides of the marquee meant you still felt like you were in a big garden but the real floral magic was going on inside the tent (no offence Mother Emma!). The super talented ladies at Theatre Of Flowers had installed metres and metres of suspended stems and foliage at the apex of the marquee, creating a stunning hanging floral installation. Coupled with hoops of greenery on the back walls of the marquee, the whole feel was that of an enchanted forest.
Guests sat down at long trestle tables which ran the length of the marquee, adorned with place names designed by Emma’s very talented sister (who also designed my logo, coincidentally!) After some hilarious speeches – Emma and Tom sat opposite each other at the table, so they caught each other’s reactions in full – dinner was served, and after that it was party time. The joy of a countryside marquee wedding is that whilst outside everything’s peaceful and idyllic, it can be heating up inside the tent, as Tom and Emma proved. Emma’s brother-in-law’s band performed for the guests and got everyone up and wiggling; this even included Tom’s 90-year-old grandad throwing some shapes on the floor!
Emma’s dress was a simple and elegant design from Sassi Holford, with puffed sleeves for a modern take on classic and worn with (of course!) Jimmy Choos. Emma opted for natural looking make-up during the day but switched it up with a red lip for the dancing. That’s how everyone knew to get up and party!
Congratulations to Tom and Emma on their gorgeous countryside marquee wedding, and massive thanks to Emma Hill for second-shooting with me on the day! (If you’re reading this and thinking ‘…what on god’s earth is a second shooter, don’t worry. A second shooter is a photographer who can come with me on the day to assist and maximise the shots we can get. For example, it means we can cover both bride and groom prep. I vet mine very carefully to make sure they’re a good match in style and conduct to make sure they blend seamlessly into your day – if you’re thinking you might need one for our booking, feel free to get in touch to chat!)