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Gabby & Frazer | A First-Look, Enchanting Woodland Wedding at Crown Lodge, Wye Kent

Updated: May 19, 2020


For Gabby and Frazer's wedding at Crown Lodge, we decided to do things a little differently: they had initially planned on a surprise wedding for the friends and family, and so organised an evening wedding disguised as a Birthday party. However, it became more and more difficult to keep the secret and eventually everyone was told that we were really celebrating their special day!

Due to the initially ruse, the ceremony was scheduled to occur during the glorious soft light of golden hour; starting at 6pm, ending at 630pm and with the sunsetting at 6.45pm. To ensure we had daylight for the couples photos and group shots, we therefore decided to capture a "First Look" - breaking with tradition, I photographed Frazer turning to see the beautiful Gabby for the first time before the ceremony.

The venue of Crown Lodge was perfect for our First Look moment - a beautiful tree lined trial with fairy lights, and the first autumn leaves adorning the floor. Gabby look stunning, with hair by Michelle at Bubbles and Bows, her striking make up by Jodie Milton, and her structured, silk dress from Wed 2 Be which complemented her beautiful tattoos perfectly. Needless to say Frazer shed more than a few tears after seeing his Bride for the first time!

After the First Look we took 30 minutes together to capture Gabby and Frazer's couples photos. This is where their choice of venue really shined: from the tree lined trial with the fairy lights, to the wooden gazebo and benches and of course the spectacular views over the Wye downs. They also invited their nearest and dearest friends and relatives to the First Look: so after the couples photos we took some time to capture their group shots nestled between the trees with gorgeous dappled light streaming though the leaves.

With all the formal shots complete, Gabby headed off to the local pub so she was out of sight as the remainder of the guests arrived. And then as the sun began to set, creating a gorgeous golden glow, we all took our positions at the ceremony gazebo and awaited Gabby's re-arrival. After the I do's we took some amazing confetti shots as the couple made their way inside the Lodge ready for the evening festivities. .

Speeches, a cake cut and first dance followed, as well as three types of yummy paella, served with the most beautiful sunset backdrop. Friends and family partied into the night: a perfect end to an amazing day.

Thank you again Gabby and Frazer for inviting me to capture your unique wedding day. - and for introducing me to such a fabulous venue, that I am now a proud recommended supplier for!

You did your wedding your way and it was just fantastic to be a small part of it. Both your friends and family made me feel so welcome, and I was even lucky enough to receive a 5 star review from Sunel (Gabby's mum!).

Congratulations and thank you again, I hope you cherish your photos for years to come.

Love and wishes

Annie x


Psst. Think I might look right for you? Then get in touch and Lets Talk - Annie Smith Photography UK (me!) - creating Beautiful, relaxed, storytelling wedding photography for modern, fun, romantic couples, based in Sussex, covering Surrey, Kent, Brighton, England and Beyond.

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