Martin & Lauren’s The Moat Barn Wedding Day – Kent Wedding Photographer – James Grist Photography
Today on the blog is Martin & Lauren’s Wedding Day. I had the great pleasure in documenting my twin brothers wedding back in late august. Massive thanks to Jon who assisted on the day.Martin & Lauren got married at St Thomas of Canterbury R.C. Church in Sevenoaks, followed by their reception at the Moat in Wrotham.
Lauren’s family priest married her and Martin in a beautifully intimate ceremony at St Thomas of Canterbury R.C. Church. They felt their priest did a brilliant job in adding humour to the ceremony whilst primarily focusing on the importance of the service. It was important for Lauren and her family to have their priest for their special day, as he has seen them through some hard times over the past years, so it felt right for them to have him help make their happy memories together, and celebrate something so positive. The church itself is beautiful inside and Lauren loved it’s unique character.
Martin and Lauren were really happy with their reception venue on the day. The Moat Barn turned out exactly how they had imagined, with the birdcage center pieces and candles. One of the aspects of the venue they loved the most, was the old wooden beams which had dainty fairy lights carefully wrapped around them, they felt that those made it really cosy and relaxing on the day.
Lauren wore a fishtail dress with layered ruffles tumbling down from knee height, to the end of the train. The bodice had a sweetheart neckline, with lace appliqué and delicate diamanté sparkles. She chose the dress to suit her personality, and because of the way it made her feel when she first tried it on.
For her hair, Lauren wanted something timeless and romantic to compliment the style of her dress. She went for a classic updo with soft curls pinned up in a unique vintage slide. Because her dress in itself was such a statement, she opted for simple natural makeup, with soft colours around the eyelids, but went for a slightly more dramatic, winged eyeliner, to bring out her eyes.
The colour scheme for the day was lilac & purple. The Bridesmaids wore cream lace dresses, with covered buttons at the back matching the style of Lauren’s dress, with either lilac or purple heels to match the colours. The four Flowergirls also wore cream dresses, with a different shade of purple/lilac sash for each of them, with matching hair accessories. The Groomsmen wore different suits, in similar styles to each other to mix it up a bit, and add a relaxed feel to the day.
Lauren had this to say about their day. ‘The day went brilliantly. There are moments I will never forget, especially seeing how emotional Martin was as I walked down the aisle, that was shocking & endearing, as I never thought he would cry. Martin’s speech meant the world to me especially because I knew how nervous he was about it & surprising him with my own speech is something I’ll remember forever. I wanted those we love to see how much he means to me, and to see all the lovely things about him that I see. Every part of the day was exciting, from getting ready in the morning, to our first dance – it was everything I could ever wish for. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was the best day of our lives.’
Kent Wedding Photographer – James Grist Photography