Wedding Photography at The Archbishop's Palace

The Archbishop's Palace, situated in the centre of Maidstone on the banks of the River Medway, is Kent's finest register office in my opinion. It features a beautiful building and occupies a stunning location - and, frankly, is not at all what you'd expect to find at the centre of a bustling and urbanised county town. Its name derives from the fact that, in the fourteenth century, it was one of the residences of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Couples can arrive by boat or car and then proceed along the gravelled driveway, surrounded by lovely lawns and flowerbeds. Adjacent to the main building is the gorgeous Apothercary's Garden, home to a wide selection of medicinal herbs, which is perfect for bride and groom portrait sessions. A number of ceremony rooms are available and are assigned, unsurprisingly, on the basis of the number of guests attending the wedding. The smallest of these is the Undercroft which features the highest placed plug socket I've ever seen - about 8 foot up the wall - and nobody seems to quite know why it's there!

Tina and Michael tied the knot on a rainy day in October - though rain did not spoil play! On arrival I took plenty of location shots and then joined Michael and his entourage for a quick photoshoot. I then got some candids of guests and photographed Tina's arrival in a vintage car. After the intimate ceremony and signing of the register in the Undercroft we wandered outside to be greeted with a torrential downpour. We therefore changed our plans slightly and sent the guests off to the reception at the Grange Moor Hotel whilst Tina and Michael ventured out under an umbrella, and the protective canopy of a few trees, for their portrait session. It worked really well and we got some great shots. We then joined all the guests at the reception venue and shot the groups inside. I then had the opportunity to take some candids and shoot the speeches which were held before the wedding breakfast. I departed as the food was served.

Weddings at The Archbishop's Palace

Ashleigh and Aytac's Wedding
Ashleigh and Aytac
August 2021

Jess and Jack's Wedding
Jess and Jack
October 2020

Inna and Nick's Wedding
Inna and Nick
August 2018

Wedding at Rianos Maidstone
Claire and David
April 2017

Wedding at Great Higham Barn
Kelly and Jack
March 2015

Hayley and Jason's Wedding at The Archbishop's Palace
Hayley and Jason
August 2013

Sam and Paul's Wedding at The Archbishop's Palace
Sam and Paul
September 2012

Nikki and Stuart's Wedding at The Archbishop's Palace
Nikki and Stuart
August 2012

Sharon and Ian's Wedding at The Archbishop's Palace
Sharon and Ian
August 2011

Kristy and Gemma's Ceremony at The Archbishop's Palace
Kristy and Gemma
July 2011

Michelle and Ade's Wedding at The Archbishop's Palace
Michelle and Ade
May 2011

Becky and Richard's Wedding at The Archbishop's Palace
Becky and Richard
May 2010

Tina and Michael's Wedding at The Archbishop's Palace
Tina and Michael
October 2009

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