Port Lympne Mansion Wedding
You may remember this lovely couple, Sabina & William, from this sunny engagement shoot last year – https://blog.cbarnesphotography.co.uk/2013/11/06/the-secret-garden/. We can’t believe how quickly that time has flown by! In no time at all their wedding day arrived, so we rolled up at Port Lympne early in the morning to capture everyone getting ready. I started with the girls up in one of the rooms in the mansion…
Dad was clearly having the time of his life – a pastry in one hand and champagne in the other!
Meanwhile, Andy met up with the boys as they made their final preparations. He took advantage of some of the unique features inside the mansion to photograph the rings (let’s face it – not every venue has its own rhino)…
The morning mist was lingering perfectly in this avenue of trees, creating a pretty unique atmosphere…
Beanie (who couldn’t wipe that smile off her face!) and her Dad made their way down the stairs to the ceremony room while the boys waited anxiously…
And here we are – the ceremony room, painted from floor to ceiling with the most incredible murals! Not a dry eye in the house.
Although the weather was dark and cloudy, the view across the marsh was still quite incredible!
After a few group shots we made our way inside to warm up. By this point the cake (made by this very talented supplier http://www.weddingcakesashford.co.uk/wedding-cakes-kent.html) had arrived, and was ready for admiring! Without a shadow of a doubt, the most breathtakingly detailed cake any of us had ever seen. Every tile, every flower, every hinge and every window was exquisitely finished.
In a twist unique to this venue, the guests were treated to a safari trip around the park!
Meanwhile we had a lovely time shooting with the newlyweds 🙂
Looks a little different in the sunshine
There were plenty of spring flowers in the grounds – blossom, daffs and bluebells. Fair play to Sabina for venturing off the path and getting stuck in!
The famous (or infamous?!) Port Lympne stairs! I remember racing up these as a child – turns out it’s significantly harder to make the climb in a wedding dress.
As well as wearing two very special rings on her wedding ring finger, Sabina had also been given a family antique to wear – a stunning opal.
Soon the guests had returned from their safari adventures, and were ready to warm up and have something to eat!
So it turns out that, when presented with two options, wedding guests will always choose the embarrassing best man’s speech over the flattering tribute to the groom!
There was plenty of wild dancing that went on long into the night! We SO enjoyed capturing this day that we were quite sad when we left and our work was done. We wish Beanie & William all the best for a life bursting with love and happiness, and can think of few people that deserve it more.