Summer Wedding at Penshurst Place

It was such a pleasure to photograph Catherine and John’s wedding celebration at Penshurst Place in June. I had an amazing day with this fun and easy-going couple. Added to that, I got to shoot another wedding at Penshurst Place and the weather was lovely so it really was a dream day.

Bride and Groom Getting Ready

Catherine, who is from New Zealand, had her parents and best friend come over to stay with them for the wedding which was amazing. Catherine and John’s two gorgeous children were also very much a part of the wedding day so it seemed fitting that everybody got ready at the family home in Tunbridge Wells which is where I caught up with them. 

Catherine looked stunning in her beautiful dress that she bought at Isabella Grace Boutique in Tunbridge Wells. With hair and make-up done by Grace Nethercott Catherine looked every inch the perfect bride and absolutely beamed all day making my job all the easier.

The couple were in fact already married having had a small intimate civil ceremony the year before with immediate family and close friends. However, this day was all about having a full day of celebrations to enjoy with all of their family and friends. The ceremony was conducted by the same celebrant who officially married them the year before which made it all the more special.

A Vintage Bus

Catherine and John arranged for a fun Routemaster red bus to collect their guests from Tunbridge Wells train station and take them straight to Penshurst Place. The couple also joined everyone on the bus which added a lovely air of excitement as bride, groom and guests all travelled to the wedding together.  It was fab being able to take shots from the platform of the bus as it arrived at Pensurst Place!  My second shooter for the day was Claire Williamson and she was waiting in the entrance circle for the bus to arrive!

Penshurst is a 14th century Manor House and Gardens, once the property of Henry VIII, and is a premier Kent wedding venue. The gardens (especially in Spring and Summer) are just magnificent and give me so many beautiful backdrops when photographing brides and grooms. You can always find something different and no two couples end up with the same looking shots.

Summer Wedding at Penshurst

A Sunderland Room Ceremony

The wedding ceremony was held in the Sunderland Room at Penshurst Place.  With its beautiful sandstone and wooden panelled walls and is accessed via a dramatic spiral turret staircase. It makes a fantastic backdrop for ceremony images. The ceremony was beautiful and a real high point was Catherine and John’s daughter reading a passage from one of her favourite story books. It was incredibly sweet.

After the ceremony everybody headed outside to Penshurst Place’s inner courtyard for a drinks reception. This area is secluded from the public and hidden between the ancient walls of the house, the intimate inner courtyard with its colourful roses and scented peonies was the perfect setting for Catherine, John and their guests to relax and mingle. It was also the perfect setting for Claire and I to get some great group and informal images of everybody enjoying themselves.

Some Quiet Time

Whilst everybody soaked up the sunshine, I took the chance to quickly whisk Catherine and John away to get some romantic portrait shots of them set around the stunning gardens at Penshurst Place. There’s lots in bloom in June and we made sure to take advantage of it. I particularly liked the lavender in the Italian Garden and made a lovely addition to their pictures. Catherine and John were such fun and happily chatted to me as we walked around the gardens, it made it one of my favourite parts of their wedding day and I think, produced some of the best images too.

The Grand Barons Hall Reception

The wedding reception was held in Penshurst Place’s Barons Hall.  Completed in 1341, the Baron’s Hall is an awe-inspiring medieval room with a real fairy-tale feel owing to its 60 foot high beamed ceiling that really adds a sense of grandeur.  Everybody enjoyed a fantastic wedding meal and there some very well received speeches including a lovely one by the bride herself.  I particularly liked the couples choice of simple elegant table decorations and blue and white floral colour scheme created by the very clever Lisa of Lily and Myrtle.  It created a beautiful setting for the wedding reception along with the blue coloured lights added to the room and the lighting of the magnificent fire pit!

The evening celebrations kicked off with the cutting of the wedding cake which was made up of a small main cake and then a host of beautiful cup cakes which was made by Vintage Rose Cupcakes

Then Catherine and John took to the dancefloor for their first dance to live musical accompaniment and it wasn’t long before they were joined there by their loved ones. The sight of everybody partying seemed the perfect image to close the story of Catherine and John’s gorgeous wedding day.

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An elegant, laid-back, fun, family-friendly wedding. Congratulations to Catherine and John for getting married and creating such an amazing day for everyone. I hope my images will allow you relive it again and again for many years to come.

I’ll leave the last word to Catherine and John who sent me a lovely thank you card.

“Thank you so much for being such a special part of our day.  You made us feel so at ease, we had so much fun with you and your photos are stunning. You captured the essence of us, our family and the day beautifully.”


Second Photographer – Claire Williamson of Little Olives Photography

Venue – Penshurst Place

Bridal Gown – Isabella Grace Bridal

Hair and Makeup – Grace Nethercott

Flowers – Lily and Myrtle

Routemaster Bus – Red Route Buses

Cake – Vintage Rose Cupcakes


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