On a cold, wet, and rainy day in late March, I was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of Sarah & Terry. They and their guests did not let the weather hold them back though, and it was truly one of the loveliest weddings I have attended in recent times. I provided coverage for most of the day on this one, from the bridal preparations up until just after the first dances.
The wedding took place at Lympne Castle (near Folkstone), an absolute wonder of a venue which forms the centrepiece of the local village of Lympne. For the day, the wedding party were given the run of the place which really made this a very expansive and varied day. The blustery weather outside lent the venue an atmosphere of cosiness and warmth, with open fires in many rooms, and stone and oak lined walls, keeping everyone nice and toasty. The staff and management were excellent throughout, and were nice enough to grant me access to the hardly used 'secret' staff corridoors between the main rooms, which I used to grab a couple of unusual couple's shots of Sarah & Terry on a tile lined staircase and gangway (in fact the events manager mentioned that I was the first photographer he'd seen do that!).
Sarah and Terry both got ready in a pair of beautiful old stone cottages on site, which were the perfect blend of history and contemporary design inside and out. Little details were prevalent throughout, including custom coat-hangers to hold the dresses of the bridal party. Once they were ready, they still had three more venues within the castle to use during the course of the day! These were the grand oak-lined ceremony room, a huge marquee in the courtyard, and finally the cavernous great hall for the dances. We all also had use of every other room on the ground floor, as well as the outside spaces but use was limited due to the weather - in fact it was so wet and windy that the groups had to be done inside the ceremony room after it had concluded (I was lucky enough, however, to experience a 2 minute break in the weather which was just enough time to get the whole group shot before everyone had to rush in again!).
One particular part of the ceremony stood out to me, which was where Dennis (Sarah and Terry's pet Pug!) acted as ring bearer! This was a duty he performed admirably, running down the aisle with precision.
I really would like to live in this venue (if I win the lottery of course, and am able to put up with the possible presence of ghosts), but in the mean time must say that it was an ideal setting for a beautiful wedding day. Congratulations to Sarah & Terry, and a selection of photos are below: