Autumn Wedding at Elvey Farm | Abi & Tom
A deliciously golden Autumn day was just perfect for the Wedding at Elvey Farm Abi & Tom. The Autumn is absolutely one of my favourite times of the year for a wedding. If the weather is good, it is perfect. It’s not too hot, which means comfortable bride’s and grooms (and no running make-up) but even more importantly the light is soft and golden – the kind of light that makes us wedding photographers super excited and keen to fire the shutter at every available opportunity. Unlike many modern documentary wedding photographers I do still place a huge amount of importance on capturing lovely natural couple shots – see more blog post on this here for more.
Wedding at Elvey Farm
Soft and even lighting makes for beautifully natural photographs with no harsh shadows, squinting, or extremes of contrast – ideal for newlywed couple portraits. This wedding’s suitably warm couple, Abi & Tom chose to have their special day at Elvey Farm in the heart of the garden of England, Kent. The bridal party and groomsmen both had exclusive access to fantastic spaces allocated by the venue for getting ready. The bridal prep area is a round turreted brick building which adds a real sense of grandeur and brings feels of a childhood fairytale to the occasion, it really made our bride feel truly pampered and special.
Abi had sadly only recently lost her Dad, so her brother stepped in to do an amazing job in the “Father of the bride” role. An intimate ceremony in the main farm building was followed the opportunity to catch some of that golden Autumn light and some further portraits in the grounds which, while compact have loads of great nooks and cranes for capturing a variety of different backgrounds to keep everything interesting. Guests mingled and sipped on fizz and canopees while catching the last few rays of the day before we headed into the marquee for the breakfast.
After the wedding meal the Bride and Groom’s guests enjoyed both very witty and emotionally charged speeches that were appreciated and affectionately received by all in attendance.
As the light faded the party mood began to rise. A tunnel of sparklers was a great way to kick off the evening proceedings. With the drink flowing, guests increasingly reached for their dancing shoes and continued long into the warm October evening.
At the end of a twisting, winding little lane, nestled amongst 75 acres of farmland in the prettiest countryside in Kent. As far as the eye can see, there are fields, orchards and hills, with Pluckley’s church spire in the distance. There’s been a Guest house here since the 1980s, but Elvey Farm has been around much longer. The Hall House was built in the Middle Ages, and the Stable Block, which is part of the Guest house, has been at the heart of the farm for centuries.
Whether you’re sipping champagne on the verandah outside your suite, or you’re exploring Pluckley’s charming village square and shops, you’ll be surrounded by the quietest, the most idyllic countryside in Kent. But this is no ordinary Guest house. Elvey’s accommodation has been renovated to the highest standards. Expect stylish contemporary bathrooms in the Stable Block, fully renovated rooms with every comfort, and friendly, personal service.
Set in a converted medieval oast house, stable, granary and barn, this luxe farmstead guesthouse in a rural setting is 9.1 miles from Ashford and 9.2 miles from Leeds Castle.
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Damien Vickers is a Wedding photographer shooting weddings in a photojournalistic style across the UK. Delivering vibrant, and natural documentary wedding photography for laid back and fun loving couples with a quirky, or non-traditional approach.