, set in the Weald of Kent near Tonbridge, is a stunning wedding venue and justifiably won the Kent Wedding Best Venue of the Year Award 2011. Arriving at the venue, a sweeping driveway provides magnificent views of the manor house, the original part of which was built in 1341. Passing through a grand entrance leads to the inner courtyard (where reception drinks are held) and then to an awesome medieval dining hall with a central fireplace - where civil ceremonies and the wedding breakfast take place. The gardens at Penshurst Place are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in England. It features 11 acres of stunning walled Tudor gardens, with high yew hedges partitioning the gardens into smaller areas. Both the house and gardens provide wondeful opportunities for wedding photography. Please explore the galleries below to see weddings that I've shot at Penshurst Place.
When I arrived at Penshurst Place for Marina and Phil's wedding it was tipping down with rain and I had to take all my location shots from under an umbrella! I then joined Phil and his entourage for a photoshoot followed by lots of candid shots of the guests. I then nipped back outside to photograph Marina arriving in a very cool Volkswagen campervan. Fortunately the rain had stopped by this point. I then photographed the ceremony in the main hall and managed to discreetly make it up to the minstrel's gallery to get some shots looking down on the room during the ceremony. Afterwards Marina, Phil and I wandered around the grounds for their portrait session, followed by a few group shots and then lots more candids of the guests (which is always preferable, in my opinion, to lots of group shots and very few candids of the guests!) The wedding breakfast was then served in the main hall, followed by speeches, cake cut and the first dance.
Katherine and Nigel got married at Chiddingstone Church and then held their reception at Penshurst Place. On arrival we wandered around the gardens for the bride and groom portrait session. The sun was incredibly strong and as a result I tried to keep the sun behind them where possible - this eliminates ugly shadows on faces and leads to an attractive rimlight around subjects. This was followed by a few group shots and lots of candids of the guest during the pre-meal drinks reception. After the wedding breakfast I photographed the speeches and cake cut and then made my way back to Sandwich.