Last Friday I had the great pleasure of working at Knowle Country House, Kent for Steph & Steve’s wedding photography. I had not shot any weddings here before and was looking forward to the challenge of working at a new venue in the beautiful Kent countryside.
I actually travelled down the day before so that I was close to the venue as I didn’t want to risk any hitches on the day due to traffic or the Dartford Crossing. This gave me the chance to have a look around the historic town of Rochester which boasts a Cathedral and a castle within spitting distance of each other. So I was fully imbued with a sense of local history before the big day. If I had more time it would have made for some interesting street and landscape photography – maybe next time I am down!
Knowle Country House is itself a beautiful country house set in picturesque grounds on the edge of a quiet village. Given that it was a March wedding the weather could have gone either way, but as can be seen from the pictures we were very lucky with some beautiful spring sunshine. One thing I liked about the opportunity of shooting the wedding photography at Knowle Country House was the choice and variety of backdrops. Inside, there was a light and airy conservatory used for the ceremony and party. There was also some nice period rooms for the wedding breakfast and speeches. Outside, there was a summer house, a walled garden with a pagoda / pergola (can never tell the difference!) as well as a small lake – all of which gave plenty of choices for different shots. It was particularly indebted to the owner of the house who has his private apartment on the top floor of the building. The window we were planning on doing the group shot out of couldn’t be opened. Thankfully, the owner very kindly let us use a window at the front of the building and we were quickly able to ask guests to change location without too much of a drama.
I had also bought some sparklers with me so towards the end of the evening I set up for a shot at the pagoda to take one of the Bride and Groom with a sparkler trail. I was really happy with the way it turned out.
The day ran really smoothly and the staff were fantastic – they gave me three puddings on one plate; obviously think I need feeding up!
Steph and Steve make a wonderful couple, they were a real pleasure to work with and I wish them all the very best for their future together.