Hannah and Stuart booked me as their wedding photographer at Penshurst Place a couple of months ago and I never tire of working there. In fact, I’m one of the recommended suppliers at Penshurst Place and this means I do get a few enquiries every year from new couples looking to use this stunning award-winning venue in the heart of Kent.
This 14th century manor house with exquisite Elizabethan gardens was once owned by King Henry VIII and has been the ancestral home of the Sidney family for the past 450 years.
I started with Hannah at her parent’s home in the morning. The family were all very welcoming as I we chatted in the kitchen something caught my eye outside – a fantastic chicken coop (or should I say palace) at the end of the garden. Having chickens myself (and having made a bespoke coop to fit around our tree), I could appreciate the workmanship that had gone into this amazing structure.
Hannah looked lovely in her dress by Emma Tindley who is based in East Grinstead. I first met Emma about ten years ago and have photographed many weddings where she has made the dress and they are always stunning.
I got to meet Hannah before the wedding but hadn’t met Stuart as he has been serving out in Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers. Hannah told me about the height difference between them (he’s 6’6 and she’s 4’10). Quite a difference but a couple of my favourite shots feature this height difference (i.e. Hannah snuggling in after the ceremony kiss and the first dance shot).
The Sunderland Room was used for the ceremony with the meal taking place in the medieval Baron’s Hall (overlooked by the Minstrel’s Gallery). I’ve photographed ceremonies in The Baron’s Hall too and although dimly lit, can look lovely with the roaring open fire in the middle of the room.
One of the great things about turning up as the wedding photographer at Penshurst Place is that no matter what time of year, there’s always fantastic shots to be had of the bride and groom around the gardens (provided the weather holds). Whether it’s the newly planted Jubilee border, the Peony Border in late Spring, the lavender in the Union Flag garden, the Lime Walk for Autumnal colour or my favourite, the Orchard with it’s gnarly tress and long meadow grasses. It’s always a pleasure to photograph a wedding here.
wedding photographer at Penshurst Place
If you’re planning a wedding at Penshurst Place or anywhere else and would like an unobtrusive snapper to capture it all, please get in touch.
I’m a documentary wedding photographer based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent offering reportage coverage of your wedding and I travel anywhere in the UK and overseas.
If you’d like to see all the pictures from wedding, click on this link http://craigprentis.zenfolio.com/hannahstuart. You’ll need to get the password from Hannah and Stuart, not me!
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