Darren & Rachel
The Orangery, Turkey Mill - 17th June 2017
Darren and Rachel booked me back in 2014 for their June 2017 wedding so we had lots of time to discuss and plan the couple's wedding photography. They got married and had their reception at The Orangery, Turkey Mill in Maidstone. The venue was really beautiful with waterfalls, pagodas, rose gardens and a huge sweeping lake - a picture perfect scene! Well it would certainly have been if not for the torrential rain! I met the couple at the nearby Tudor Park Hotel where I got completely soaked going from the car to reception - goodbye any kind of hairstyle I had created that morning. After photographing both the bride and groom getting ready with their friends and family, it was back out into the rain to head to The Orangery. Luckily, the wedding was planned inside although Rachel's dream of walking over the flower lined bridge through the gardens had to be cancelled - a real shame. Guests were arriving and heading straight to the dryers in the bathrooms to get dry... don't you just love the British Summer!
Once everyone was dry and seated, Rachel with her Dad and bridesmaids made her walk down the aisle to meet her future Husband. Darren couldn't help but shed a few tears - although he claims he just had something in his eye. The ceremony was beautiful and the rain couldn't dampen anyone's spirit.
After the ceremony the rain eased up to just a light drizzle so we headed out with our umbrellas to get some shots of Darren and Rachel in the grounds. They were both great sports and didn't mind the rain at all - they were both on cloud nine after waiting for this day for 2 years. The rain then stopped for a short while - just enough time to get a few more photos outside including the popular confetti shot.
Before we knew it, the drinks reception was over and the guests were taking their seats for the wedding breakfast. The room was decorated beautifully and you could tell the effort that Rachel and Darren had put into it all. Rachel had bought herself, her mum and her grandfather all an apron each to protect their dresses and shirts - a great idea for the messy eater in us all. Once everyone's tummies were stuffed, the speeches were soon underway with the best man having everyone is stitches over some of the hilarious stories about Darren.
While the DJ was setting up we all moved back into the Orangery for the throwing of the bouquet. Rachel's dad couldn't bear to miss out so made sure he was part of the single ladies trying to catch the flowers, a very funny shot!
The first dance was very emotional for everyone and when Rachel and her dad shared a father/daughter dance afterwards there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Despite the awful rain, Darren and Rachel had the most amazing day and didn't stop smiling the whole time. They say that rain on your wedding day means good luck, this couple certainly don't need luck and it's clear they were made for each other.