Spring Wedding at Penshurst Place
I felt a lovely connection with Shadé and Ben from the first time I met them. They are a wonderfully relaxed couple who had a beautiful wedding day at one of my favourite Kent wedding venues, Penshurst Place.
They opted to have a second photographer for their day, so I also got to work with my friend and fellow photographer, Claire, which is always a lovely treat.
Getting ready with the Bride
Shadé stayed at The Leicester Arms Hotel in Penshurst, which is just across the road from St John the Baptist Church, where the couple were having their ceremony. I love spending the morning with the girls; it’s so full of anticipation and joy and gives me many beautiful documentary photos opportunities. There were five girls plus the brides mum, so it was quite a crew!
One of my favourite moments was when Shadés dad arrived to escort her to the church. He was in full military dress, and the expression on his face was such a joy to see when he set eyes on his daughter for the first time in her Ellis bridal gown from Hayley Elizabeth Bridal. I often get a lump in my throat when I see my brides’ fathers’ reactions, and this was no exception!
Getting ready with the Groom
Meanwhile, Claire was having some fun with the boys, firstly at the cottage they rented for the night and then at the church before the guests started arriving.
Once ready, Shadé headed off with her dad in a stunning 1934 vintage Rolls Royce Phantom II for a short drive. Even though the church was only across the road, they wanted some time together before arriving. The bride and groom would do the same after the ceremony.
A very personal ceremony
The bride and her dad looked an absolute picture arriving at the charming Penshurst Church, and they entered the main door to harp music played by one of their family friends. It was magical.
Tom, Penshurst Church resident vicar, led a beautiful wedding service with extra special moments provided by guests Father Guy and Father Brian, the bride and groom’s close family friends. Soon they were signing their register and heading back out into the sunshine.
The couple arrived a short time later to join their guests at Penshurst Place and Gardens. I grabbed some shots of them with that beautiful car before heading under the arch into the inner courtyard and their drinks reception.
The drinks reception
I always leave my couples to spend some time with their guests before shooting their family photos and taking them away for their couple shots. I tend to use this time for taking lots of candid pictures of the guests plus any wedding details like the table plan, which was by the entrance to the Baron’s Hall. Shadé and Ben’s handmade table plan was a map showing their special places as their table names.
The gardens at Penshurst Place are extensive, but having already discussed their favourite spots for photos, it was a relaxed stroll around the beautiful setting, which gave the couple a little bit of time to themselves. I always urge couples to think about this time as one of the few times during the day that they can be alone together.
A foliage-filled Barons Hall
Penshurst Place always likes their bride and grooms to see their reception room before any guests take their seats, so Claire and I popped in before the couple to photograph all of their beautiful table decorations. The floral reception displays, plus Shades bouquet, the boys’ buttonholes and the church pew end flowers, were all created by Posy and Wild in Westerham Kent. I particularly loved the use of succulents in little glass jars; it was a completely different approach.
The speeches were a fun affair with lots of laughter and a little bit of embarrassment on the groom’s part, followed by cutting their incredible cake created by Rob Watson of Orange Rabbit Cakes.
After the couples first dance to Unchained Melody, I took the opportunity for some final beautiful shots of the two of them around the arches and architecture of Penshurst Place. By the time we went back in, the party was in full swing.
As a Kent wedding photographer, it’s always lovely to photograph weddings at Penshurst Place; no two weddings here are ever the same!
It was an absolute delight to photograph Shadé and Ben’s beautiful wedding and to spend time with them and their wonderfully welcoming family. A dream of a wedding.
After their wedding, Shadé and Ben sent me a lovely thank you card. Here are the very kind words that they wrote:
“Dear Penny, thank you so much for helping us remember our day for years to come – we are delighted with our gallery. You were amazing on the day; supportive yet non-intrusive and an absolute delight to work with. All the best, Mr & Mrs Delmaestro xx”
Second Photographer – Claire Williamson of Little Olives Photography
Venue – St John the Baptist Church followed by Penshurst Place
Brides Gown – Ellis from Hayley Elizabeth Bridal Boutique
Brides Hair – Hair by Priya
Flowers – Coralie at Posy & Wild
Cake – Rob Watson at Orange Rabbit Cakes
Wedding Band – Electric Groove
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