The Orangery Maidstone
at Turkey Mill is a stunning wedding venue and a wedding photographer's paradise. It's situated in 9 acres of beautifully-landscaped parklands estate just outside Maidstone. The river Len runs through the grounds and it also features a waterfall and mill pond, with woods and a lovely stone boathouse providing a beautiful backdrop. Ceremonies are held in The Garden Room, which is well-lit, owing to a wall of double-doors and its glass roof, or outside under a gazebo. Receptions are held in the spacious Orangery. It's not that often that aesthetic and practical considerations are so well met in a single venue. It's one of Kent's finest wedding venues in my opinion.
I've photographed over 20 weddings at The Orangery Maidstone wedding venue at Turkey Mill. To see the opportunities for wedding photography at The Orangery Maidstone then please view the galleries below.
After photographing the final stages of Gemma's bridal preparations at her parent's home I made my way to Turkey Mill. I spent a good 15 minutes just photographing the grounds as they're so stunning. I then did a quick photoshoot with Ben and took some candids of the guests. I then photographed Gemma's arrival and her walk over the bridge towards the Orangery for the ceremony. After the ceremony we tackled the group shots and then Gemma, Ben and I had a wander around the grounds for their portrait session. We then joined the guests at the drinks reception which gave me the opportunity to take more candids. This was followed by a receiving line and speeches. I then departed when the wedding breakfast was served. Sophie and Ben's wedding was photographed in late March but it felt like summer - off came my coat and jumper and I spent the whole day photographing in shirtsleeves! The itinerary was very similar to Gemma and Ben's wedding. Anna and Alex got married at the Holy Cross Church in Bearsted and then we relocated to Turkey Mill for the reception. I photographed Anna and Alex as they arrived together over the bridge to be greeted by their guests in front of the Orangery and then we tackled the group shots. We then set off around the grounds for the bride and groom portrait session (Anna and Alex were very brave and balanced right at the edge of the lake, allowing me to capture a spectacular reflection shot). We then joined the guests at the drink reception for candids and a receiving line. I departed as the wedding breakfast was served.