, situated in the village of Knowlton just south of Sandwich, is one of my favourite Kent wedding venues. It features a magnificent privately-owned Elizabethan country manor house, set in a 1900 acre estate surrounded by beautiful parkland, hidden away at the end of a long avenue of lime trees. Ceremonies and the wedding breakfast, for up to 80 guests, are held in the Great Hall, with its chequered black and white marble floor, oak panelled walls and suits of armour. There's extensive accomodation for guests and a very roomy bridal suite. Weddings are hosted by the very charming coordinator Dawn.
My first visit there was for Clare and Kevin's wedding in November 2011. I started by wandering around the estate and taking plenty of location and detail shots. I then joined Clare and her bridesmaids in the final stages of their preparations followed by a photoshoot with Kevin and his entourage. After photographing the ceremony in the main hall we wandered out onto the gravel forecourt for group shots. I then whisked the couple off for their bride and groom portrait session - Knowlton Court and its grounds offer wonderful opporunities for creative wedding photography - followed by lots of candid shots with their guests (a very lively and fun bunch!) I shot further candids between courses during the wedding breakfast and then the highly amusing speeches. This was followed by the cake cut and first dance.
Georgia and Steve held their wedding there in July 2014 and were amongst the first couples to marry outside using the new gazebo - a great addition to the venue. They also held their wedding breakfast in a marquee which allowed them to host well over 100 guests. A lot of investment is happening at the moment, including a new barn which will be able to accomodate over 200 guests, which will allow a wider range of weddings to be catered for.
I've now shot quite a few weddings there in all seasons and weather conditions and know the Knowlton Court wedding venue intimately. If you're looking for a photographer for your wedding then please do get in touch.