Hayne House Wedding Photography

Country House Wedding, Kent Weddings

I loved my first wedding photography job at Hayne House Wedding Venue in Hythe Kent with Hazel and John. Hayne House is a family run wedding venue set in 35 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds accessed by a long sweeping countryside drive.

Bride and Groom Getting Ready

Hazel was getting ready in the Princes Suite of the Hunting Lodge, and I joined her and the girls a couple of hours before the 1 pm ceremony while she was busy doing her makeup with her sister helping. The Princes Salon is the lodge’s bridal suite and has a series of interconnecting rooms comprising the glamorous bathroom and getting ready room. Hazels two sisters and two friends were bridesmaids and joined the bride and her mum in the suite to get ready. While the girls were still getting ready, John arrived in a London black taxi with his three boys, and I was there to meet them as the cab came up the winding drive. We took some shots with the taxi and around the gardens before I headed back to Hazel.

Hazel looked stunning in her Alma Novia wedding gown from BOA Boutique in Richmond. I loved how her two little nieces were so excited to see the gorgeous bride! Before she headed to the ceremony, Hazel had a lovely surprise gift from her groom. He had sent her a bottle of Cristal champagne and a ‘Wifey’ swimsuit for their honeymoon!

The Ceremony

The portico of the hunting lodge was the location for Hazel and John’s beautiful wedding ceremony. Despite the weather being a little changeable, the sun shone brightly during their vows. Katie Keen of True Blue Ceremonies conducted their beautiful bespoke ceremony. They made their promises to each other, and then each took a letter they written to the other and placed it in a box along with a nice bottle of wine. They planned to open the box on their first anniversary, celebrate with the wine, and repeat the whole thing with new letters each year. It was such a touching ceremony witnessed by all their close family and friends.

The confetti moment was terrific, and I captured one of my favourite all-time confetti shots with the two of them kissing amongst the pretty pink and blue petals!

I focused on capturing the tables, and all of the pretty wedding details in the Orangery during the early part of the drinks reception before the guests could head into the wedding breakfast. The beautiful floral displays, which included lots of my favourite greenery eucalyptus, were created by the talented Hannah from Patina and Petal.

I headed into the gardens with the couple shortly before their wedding breakfast, and although it was a bit drizzly, we made the most of the time and captured some lovely shots.

The Orangery Wedding Breakfast

The couple cut their beautiful naked wedding cake before being seated, followed by food and some lovely emotional speeches from the brides’ sisters, the groom and the best man. The best man even did a short rendition of the macarena dance! The guests chilled out in the bar after dinner, and soon we were heading for the dance floor, and the bride and grooms first dance to Madness It Must Be Love.

Rainy Day Photos

By the end of the evening, the rain had started to come down heavily. I don’t usually ask my couples to step out in heavy rainfall, but Hazel and John were keen on having some evening shots, so we risked the weather. It was worth it!

What a fabulous day this was and such a joy to photograph for Hazel and John.


The Suppliers

Venue – Hayne House Wedding Venue

Celebrant – Katie keen of True Blue Ceremonies

Brides Gown – Alma Novia from BOA Boutique Richmond

Florist – Patina Petal

Videographer – Dom Balls Videographer

DJ – Paul The Wedding Chaps Kent