Annie and Chris got married in a church then on to Westheath School in Sevenoaks for their reception. Westheath is a beautiful 18th century building with so much character in all of the rooms. It's set in 32 acres of land in the countryside of Sevenoaks. Not only does it cater for weddings and events, but during the week its primarily a specialist independent school. Proceeds from weddings and parties go to West Heath School’s bursary fund, supporting young people with special educational needs.
How did you guys meet?
We met at secondary school. I (Annie) was planning my friends 13th birthday and he wanted me to invite a guy called Chris Holloway...and it all started from there!
Who popped the big question & how?
Chris proposed in the most beautiful way. As a photographer myself, he knew I'd want it photographed and it had to have a beautiful setting and he delivered! We were living in portsmouth at the time and so he arranged a double date with us and another couple we knew, to go up the spiniker tower. I thought it was just going to a cute double date at a landmark I'd never been to before but little did I know, this was actually a set up for Chris to propose and his friends to photograph us! He proposed at sunset with the whole view of portsmouth and the sea behind us. Luckily for us as well, there was hardly anyone up the Spiniker that evening so it felt really intimate and romantic!
What made you decide on your venue?
We chose West Heath School for a number of reasons. Firstly, its beautiful! You get total exclusive use for the whole house and each room is beautiful in itself so the fact that we get all those rooms to ourselves, was a bonus. I've been to many weddings at hotels where you bump into other weddings and I didnt want that. I wanted everyone to be there for our wedding and feel free to wander around.
Lastly, it's a school for children with learning disabilities and the profits from every wedding actually goes towards funding the education of those children, which we loved. I honestly couldn't recommend West Heath School more highly. It was incredible!
How long did it take you to find the perfect dress?
It took about 5 shops to find the perfect dress, but it was totally worth it!
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
I know its cliche to say but I honestly couldn't pick my favourite part. The whole day was so perfect for us, everything about it was our favourite.
If you could give one piece of advice to future bride & grooms, what would it be?
Take time to soak it all in. We took a moment in the evening to take a walk outside and squeal about us being husband & wife and it was lovely. The day goes by so quickly and taking the time out to just be together is so important. I've been to many weddings where the bride & groom are on opposite sides of the room socialising with their own friends but we decided to stick together the whole day and it was the best decision. It was perfect taking in every moment with each other.
Finally, I would love if you could give me some feedback about the service I have provided you?
Amazing!! You were the perfect balance of subtle and assertive. You directed me and Chris really well and got some beautiful photos out of it. You took on board exactly what we wanted and provided us all the photos we asked for. You were lovely to work with and I hope we'll see each other again one day...maybe for a maternity shoot or something! Thank you for making our day and memories so special.
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