The Shepherd Neame Brewery at Faversham is a truly special venue for a wedding. It is steeped in history as Britain’s oldest brewer (1698 is the Brewery’s official founding date) and has a very special atmosphere. It is also still very much a working brewery! A Shepherd Neame Brewery wedding is simply unique!
The Visitor Centre features a 15th Century function room which, with its wealth of exposed beams and superb octagonal crownpost, provides a cosy, comfortable and friendly atmosphere for ceremonies and receptions. We loved the intimacy of this room, and the attention to detail with the hop decorations and magnificent beer bottle chandelier. There are views over the Market Square which we used to give a different perspective on the arrival of the bride too!
The Brewhouse at the heart of the brewery is also licensed for ceremonies and for larger groups. The Old Brewery Store, is a full of character too! We thought it worked particularly well for wedding receptions as it’s decorated with vintage inn signs. This gives the room a real ambience of its own and can yet it’s large enough to accommodate up to 150 guests, plus live bands etc… Faversham Creek is also a few minutes walk from the brewery, and a lovely spot for wedding photos too!
We were enormously impressed with the wedding co-odinator, Samantha Jeal. Samantha clearly enjoys her job and takes time to get to know couples, their guests and their wedding suppliers on the day. Here’s what Sam told us about her role:
I just treat people as I would expect to be. I arrange appointments suitable to my couples even if its evenings, as my working week is never straight forward! I work closely with them on the run up and they can contact me as many times as they need to (or come in and see me), and then I am there on the day to ensure that everything we have discussed happens without them having to think about it. You do become attached to couples as with some weddings they may have been in the planning for a couple of years ,so you do get to know them quite well and at the end of the day you are helping plan one of the biggest days of their lives. I think the best bit is when couples come back just to have a cup of tea or a pint or even better introduce me to their first baby!!
It’s unusual to find a venue which has both a sense of space and intimacy too, for us as wedding photographers, a Shepherd Neame wedding ticks both those boxes brilliantly!
If you are planning a Shepherd Neame Brewery wedding, please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss our wedding photography collections, check our availability or to book us for your wedding. Please contact Tony on 07725 805768, Carol on 07703 493574 or email us at email@example.com. We are also happy to meet with you at the venue to discuss in more depth your wedding photography.