A Perfect Venue

One of the best things about being a Kent wedding photographer is getting to photograph weddings at Penshurst Place wedding venue, it’s one of my favourite local venues.  So for me, Sophie and Dan chose the perfect venue for their summer wedding.  And the sun shone all day!  In fact it was one of the hottest days of the summer.

The Bride Getting Ready

On the day of the wedding I arrived early at the nearby Leicester Arms Hotel where Sophie and her bridal party were getting ready.  It’s always great fun to spend the morning with brides and to get some images of them all getting ready.  Everybody was in good spirits and there was, of course, a little bubbly to help things along and calm the nerves!

Sophie looked absolutely stunning her wedding dress from Ocean Bride in Hove. It had a pretty lace detail and a silhouette that looked beautiful on Sophie. The dress combined pretty hair and make-up (by Powder and Pin) gave Sophie a look of effortless glamour. Sophie looked so comfortable as a bride and beamed all day.

Once Sophie was ready to leave, I headed to Penshurst Place for their ceremony.  Even though it’s only a short distance it’s always good to travel in a vintage car! Wedding transport was a Vintage Rolls Royce (hired from Hartwell Classic Cars).  Keep scrolling for more details about their gorgeous day.

A Medieaval Backdrop for the Ceremony

Penshurst Place is such a beautiful wedding venue.  If you can’t choose between a castle or a manor house wedding then don’t, Penshurst Place offers both. Penshurst Place weddings can be large or small, indoors or outdoors and the 14th century Baron’s Hall, Tudor banqueting rooms and 11 acres of beautiful Elizabethan Gardens mean that you will have views of the beautiful Kent countryside which offer me endless stunning backdrops when photographing my couples.

Sophie and Dan’s ceremony was held in the grand Sunderland Room with its beautiful sandstone and wooden panelled walls and a sweeping spiral turret staircase.  It’s a fairytale room for a wedding ceremony.

The bride arrived at in the entrance circle with time for Dan’s sister to adjust her veil. This moment was one of my favourite that I captured during the day, I just love Sophie’s nervous smile in the image.

It’s always great to work with other professionals in the wedding industry and this is never more so the case than when I work with those fabulous people at Cut Above Productions who were there making a wedding film.  I have worked with Carol and her team many times before and they are always so friendly, professional and a delight to work with..

At this point I would also like to mention and thank my second shooter on the day Claire Williamson who enabled me to capture Sophie and Dan’s wedding from all angles!

Drinks and Canapés

After a beautiful ceremony everybody headed outside to Penshurst Place’s inner courtyard for a drinks reception and I took the chance to get some great documentary shots of the couple and their guests followed by a few group shots of the family and wedding party.  As Sophie and Dan’s guests chatted and enjoyed the sunshine I took the couple off into the stunning gardens (and the very hot sunshine) to capture some lovely informal shots of the two of them as they spend some time alone for the first time during the day. 

The wedding breakfast was held in Penshurst Place’s Baron’s Hall.  Completed in 1341, The Baron’s Hall is a breath-taking medieval room crowned by a 60 feet high original chestnut beamed ceiling.  It’s a stunning setting for a wedding reception. 

A Naked Cake!

It’s generally the  details at weddings that tell you something more personal about the bride and groom.  At Sophie and Dan’s wedding I loved the style of their wedding cake.  It was a naked cake that looked so pretty and understated with a topper saying ‘All you Need is Love’. Sophie, Sophie’s Dad referred to the wedding cake topper during his speech and led everyone in a spontaneous chorus of ‘All you Need is Love’.  It was a lovely moment.

After the reception Sophie and Dan’s guests all meandered back outside to enjoy the last of the sunshine and making the most of the low light I took some romantic portrait shots of Sophie and Dan that were amongst my favourites of the day.

Evening entertainment started with the cutting of that beautiful naked cake and a romantic first dance.  It wasn’t long before Sophie and Dan were joined on the dancefloor by their guests, where many remained for the duration.  This lot were definitely up for a party!  And with the sun down and the dancefloor full it was time for me to take my leave. 

Thank you

Sophie and Dan are such a warm couple who just relaxed and enjoyed their day and their wedding was full of love and laughter.  Working with lovely couples like Sophie and Dan and getting to be a wedding photographer at Penshurst Place are what I love most about being a Kent wedding photographer. 

Congratulations to Sophie and Dan for getting married and creating such a memorable day for yourselves, your family and your friends to remember.  I hope my images will enable you to relive it again and again for many years to come.


Venue – Penshurst Place

Bridal Gown – Ocean Bridal in Hove

Hair and Makeup – Powder and Pin

Vintage Rolls Royce – Hartwell Classic Cars

Videographer – Cut Above Productions


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