October 29, 2015


Bilsington Priory wedding photography

Sara and Stuart wed on a beautiful Summer’s day in Kent, with a ceremony at Bilsington Priory and then heading to The Secret Garden  for dinner with their closest family and friends, before heading into London to dance the night away at the East Dulwich Tavern.

Here’s some lovely words from Sara herself, which sum everything up much better than I ever could!

“It was a small wedding with 25 guests, some of whom had flown over from Sweden (including Lil, the mother of the bride). Others live locally (including Stuart’s grandad Tom, who insisted on being photographed with the car!) or in London. We fell in love with the Priory straight away, and it suited us because we could have a non-religious ceremony in a spiritual place. The Secret Garden is set in a walled Victorian formal garden, and it felt like the perfect place for a wedding breakfast; it was so nice and bright and summery – and we loved the idea of eating in a greenhouse! And the East Dulwich Tavern was simply perfect for our evening reception; a bit quirky and theatrical, with a great floor for dancing. We had two DJs (Trev Collins and Andy Roadoiler) who played 50s rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll on vinyl all night. We didn’t want to leave…!

Stuart’s daughter Emily and my sister Andrea were bridesmaids, and we arrived in a 1955 Pontiac Catalina…. Stuart’s brother Brad was his best man. Stuart wore an original 1930s double breasted suit, and I wore an original, early 1950s wedding dress (and a vintage, 50s lucite handbag – any excuse for another handbag! Teehee). Our wedding invites were also original – unused invites from the late 40s / early 50s (we bought them from the US) in 5 different motifs. The wedding cake that was at the Secret Garden was modelled on one of the invites – the cakemaker did such an amazing job.”

Here’s just a little of what went down on the day…

Ellie Gillard is a wedding photographer offering modern, creative wedding photography in London, Norfolk and worldwide.