What a joyous day – photographing a wedding again! After the longest gap between weddings in nearly 12 years of photographing them, it was an absolute pleasure to be there for Emma and Thomas at their wedding at Lympne Castle, near Hythe in Kent.
Emma and Thomas first booked me back in June 2019 planning for their wedding to be in 2020. As we all know, a few things happened last year to scupper such plans, and they had to postpone to 2021. Thankfully the roadmap wasn’t changed and their wedding went ahead on the new date in April 2021.
It was my first time photographing a wedding at Lympne Castle & it made a striking impression. It’s is tucked away down a sidestreet just far enough that you start to question if you took a wrong turn, before you see the massive archway, with flower bordered driveway leading down to the castle itself. On the other side of the building, it’s strategic location on a hill affords it incredible views down to the coast.
Emma and Thomas were married in the West Drawing Room with restrictions meaning they could only have 15 attending. On the plus side, this meant they had room to bring in two beautiful framing trees either side of them, which would not have been possible with a full room. After their ceremony the first to congratulate them was their Dachshund ‘Belle’ who couldn’t wait to kiss the bride. All the guests then moved to the front of the venue to give Emma and Thomas a confetti blessing, before having drinks on the terrace area, and enjoying the coastal view.
After the guests departed, I took Emma & Thomas around the grounds using a few of the plentiful location options for portraits of them. It felt so good to be back doing the job I love, and I felt privileged to be their photographer.
Wishing Emma and Thomas congratulations and a very happy future together.