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St Marys Church Stone near Dartford in Kent was the chosen venue for the marriage ceremony. Wedding Photographers will be pleased to find that the vicar has very few rules regarding photography during the ceremony, though the internal layout and lighting are tricky if you wish to obtain frontal shots of the couple. The church is undergoing extensive renovation. Fortunately the south side of the exterior and the inside were cleared of scaffolding just prior to the wedding day! There is an area of parkland along a public footpath just outside the churchyard should the scaffolding reappear and your reception venue does not have a suitable area for group photos.
From St Marys we made the worryingly long journey to the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich. This is well and truly in London but fortunately all the guests arrived in good time -always a concern for photographers. Ellen and Alex booked The Painted Hall with drinks beforehand in the Colonnade. The grounds and The Painted Hall itself are open to the public; the Hall is cleared shortly before the start of the wedding breakfast. The grounds are open till later in the evening and we did some outside shooting once they were free of sightseers.
The Painted Hall has a long and fascinating history which you'll find on the official website. It includes the fact that it was where Admiral Lord Nelson lay in state after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar.
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