Wedding of Brett & Karen at The George Vaults in Rochester, Kent / by Dawn Webb

Saturday was probably the nicest day weather wise we have had in the UK since this run of bad luck and rain we all seem to be getting, good news really because I had to shoot the wedding of Brett & Karen in Rochester.

Karen my bride for the day was extremely nervous about having me shoot images in a documentary style, quite uneasy in front of the camera it was my job to help make her feel relaxed from the off.

Dawn was driving Belle for the day and collected Karen at 1 pm to make the journey into Rochester towards the The George Vaults along the high street.

The Vaults from the outside look nothing more than a pub from street level but below it has a hidden secret.  A beautiful stone clad tunnel of arches greet you as you slowly slip down a modern stair case, no windows and light supplied only by candle power my heart raced as I could barely see a thing! Fellow wedding photographers should be able to sympathise with me straight away.  It was a first for me to shoot in the vaults and one that wasn't particularly an easy one.  It to date is the darkest and tightest venue I have had to shoot in space wise.

'Relying purely on ambient light and fast primes at times my camera was working extremely hard to make images'

It was certainly a challenge but one that was great to help hone my skills and keep me on my toes.

Here is a little selection from the day as we made our way from the vaults up to and around the castle in Rochester and then back along to the cathedral via the high street amongst the crowds of people out shopping the local shops.