Rachel & Temi’s Rochester Wedding Photography
Back in August of 2018 (a very hot day I should add) I had the pleasure of photographing Rachel & Temi’s wedding day at the Corn Exchange in Rochester.
I have known Rachel since school so I was absolutely honoured when she asked me to photograph the day.
Rachel and Temi have been together for over 5 years now, they both met at university through a mutual friend. Whilst we (myself and my second photographer Toby) were photographing the day it was very clear just how well suited these guys were – constantly laughing and smiling and just genuinely happy to be in each others presence.
Rachel & Temi chose a local church in Bexley, Kent for their ceremony. The couple wanted to make sure they embraced both English and Nigerian cultures throughout the day, which despite each having their own traditions it was important to them that they intertwined (which as you can see, they did and it worked perfectly). Along with this – they wanted the overall day to be classy and elegant, sticking to a very simple blue/navy an ivory colour scheme.
‘We worked with Kenny who attends our church but has her own decorating company called Kehz Touch events. She did a fantastic job of listening to our ideas and incorporating it into what she knew she had available. She also knew the venue which really helped her to know what would look good’.
Having known Rachel for many years I knew she and Temi wanted a very natural approach to their wedding photography. Because of this, I wanted to minimise the posing and focus on capturing their big day as it naturally unfolded. The Corn Exchange was absolutely beautiful, with large rooms and lots of light, we had lots of space to work with. After the meal we managed to sneak the couple out into the town for some golden hour photos around the castle and the quaint pebble streets.
After the big day, Rachel & Temi had a nice relaxing honeymoon in Zante – very needed after all the chaos of wedding planning!
Scroll down to see the advice Rachel gives future brides, as well to see the suppliers she used!
‘Try to listen to your family but also remember that this is your wedding. If they are helping you with the finances then it becomes more tricky but you have to be honest if there is something that you really do/don’t want to happen. Stick to your budgets. We stuck to ours but it still feels crazy when we think how much money we actually spent on just one day. Start your planning early as this can help you to look around for the best offers. Attending wedding fairs and shows local to your venue is a great way to meet local suppliers who might not charge you quite as much because there won’t be as many delivery costs, so it’s worthwhile attending as many as you can (especially the free ones!)’.
Catering: Magic Fingers
Cake: Baking Beautiful
Grooms Suit: Moss Bros
Grooms Waistcoat: Hockerty
Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS
Groomsmens Suits: Next
Venue: Rochester Corn Exchange
Dress: Abigails Collection
Entertainment: DJ MRI/Good Works Entertainment
Wedding Cars: Aarion Wedding Cars
Videography: WTM Films