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Mr & Mrs Howell - Port Lympne Mansion

Mr & Mrs Howell

Wedding venue – Port Lympne Mansion, CT214PD

Season - Summer 2016

The Day of the wedding

Ellie and Luke booked me last year and from the moment they booked me I’ve been super excited to photograph their wedding at Port Lympne Mansion, it’s the first time I’ve worked here and I love a new venue because it delivers a fresh set of eyes to a venue that’s been shot a thousand times!

Port Lympne Mansion has stunning views from its main terrace, which overlooks the south coast right to the sea and beyond as well as this it has manicured gardens, marble staircase and architecture and to top it off its surrounded by the zoo’s animals such as the lions which occasionally sound off in the distance.

The weather running up to the wedding had been very touch and go with rain present on more days than expected for the month of June, on the day of the wedding it seemed to follow suite with some of the heaviest rain id seen for a long time. This wasn’t going to stop us from having an amazing day and in some respects only add to stunning photographs. It was originally planned for an outside ceremony but this had to be changed because of the weather front, the place became a hive of activity as the heavens opened! The chairs and decoration were being moved into the ceremony room while a very wet Steph delivered the flowers from Belle Fleur.

I made my way to the Chaplin room in the mansion were Ellie and her bridal party were having hair and makeup done, after introductions it was time to get stuck in capturing the day unfold. The girls were soon opening bottles of Prosecco and having a great time talking all things weddings. Ellie had gone for a 1920’s theme with her wedding dress and hair to match, as the morning progressed you could see it all coming together as the girls got ready, the final touch was a matching hair piece and now the girls were ready to head downstairs to the ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

The bridesmaids started their walk down the isle followed by Ellie accompanied by her mum. When Ellie and Luke were face to face you could see the excitement in their eyes, as they got ready to take their vows. The ceremony was spot on and as formalities drew to a close the guys sealed the deal with a kiss. The New Mr & Mrs Howell signed the register and walked the isle one last time to lead guests outside into the lobby for drinks and photos before we headed to the gardens after the rain had subsided to throw the confetti.

Confetti was thrown overhead and the guys were enjoying every minute of the fun! After the hugs and kisses from their guests we headed down to the mansion terrace for some romantic photographs of just the guys on their own.

Wedding Reception

Before the wedding breakfast the wedding cake was cut so that it could be enjoyed after the meal with a tea or coffee, a great idea if you ask me. Guests were then ushered into the dinning room and asked to be upstanding for the new Mr & Mrs Howells entrance, which was followed by a roar of cheers as they made their way to the top table.

Evening Guests started to arrive and were there to celebrate with the guys as they cut the second wedding cake, which was made of five tiers of different cheese, the DJ was soon to call them up onto the dance floor for the first dance.

As the evening rolled into the night guests enjoyed the great music, sweet cart and of course the great selection of cheeses from the 2nd cake today. 

Here is a mix of some of my favorite photos from another great summer wedding with a great bunch of people at Port Lympne Mansion. Please feel free to comment and share and get in touch if you’re looking for a wedding photographer to capture your wedding day.

The finer details

Photography coverage – Bridal prep - 1st dance

Hour’s coverage – Approximately 10 hrs

Number of photos – Approximately 650


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