Wedding photography at St George Hotel
As a Rochester based photographer, I have photographed many wedding’s at the St George Hotel. Based on the New Road in Chatham the hotel has been run by the same family for over forty years and is in the third generation of family management. Ideally situated for the Medway Towns of Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester and Strood this North Kent Hotel is the perfect wedding Venue. The Hotel has been modernised as has many ensuite bedrooms. There is also ample free car parking. Bride and grooms often get ready in separate rooms at the hotel and only have a short walk to the licenced Stirling room which caters for four to sixty five guests. The larger banqueting hall holds 65 to 100 guests.
I normally arrive earlier in the morning to photograph the bridal preparations and see the groom and his party once they are ready. The light and airy Stirling room is ideal for civil services and civil partnerships. The hotel is also used just for wedding receptions catering for up to 300 guests in the Stanley House Ballroom if required. I normally use the area at the front of the hotel for arrival photographs of the bridal party and guests.
Once the wedding gets under way there are several good spots I use to capture the ceremony in detail. The pre-reception drinks are normally served in the upstairs bar. I then take the bridal party over the road to start the family groups. The New Road gardens are ideal with many good locations such as the band stand and rose garden. There are many paths which climb up the bank that I use and they offer commanding views of the River Medway and hotel. I normally start with the bride and groom and work up to the group shot.
As the hotel caters for the smaller wedding up to the larger 300 guest wedding, my packages are ideally suited to the venue and the mixture of budgets. I offer DVD packages up to the popular story book. Packages can be tailored to meet a bride and grooms specific needs.