Tristan and Emily were married on 24th April 2016. I was super excited for their big day as they had mentioned that they were marrying at the beautiful Lovekyn Chapel in Kingston and then boarding a boat for the reception! A BOAT! I could barely contain myself.
I joined Emily in the morning as she did her bridal preparations at her parents house in Ewell. It was just her, her parents and her brother and his husband, the whole morning was so chilled! I was in love with all her gorgeous details and all the gorgeous light in her parent’s house!
I was delighted to find the same beautiful light followed me to the Lovekyn chapel, which was super intimate and cosy. The service was incredibly emotional, Emily shed a tear during the walk down the aisle and Tristan gazed lovingly into her eyes as he spoke his vows. The guests the followed the newlyweds our into the small courtyard for their drinks reception. I had to take advantage of the adorable mint green door outside the church for some bride and groom portraits before we headed off to the river side.
The New Southern Belle was waiting for us as we approached the docks. She was a charming vintage mississippi style stern wheeler boat in a bold blue. The couple had decorated the inside with pom-poms, flowers, bunting and vintage teacups! After some amazing afternoon tea, we set out to the front of the boat for some more bride and groom portraits with the river as a backdrop. It was definitely a first for me!
Once all the formalities were out of the way, the boat headed into full on party mode! Tristan’s family are South African and MAN do they know how to party! The whole boat erupted into a dance floor with both young and old joining in the fun! A traditional South African song came on and everyone was singing and chanting and doing amazing moves that I had never seen before! Truth be told, I didn’t want it to end!