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Court Lodge Estate Lamberhurst Kent Bridal Photo Shoot | Oakhouse Photography

Court Lodge Bridal Photo Shoot

Earlier this month we had had the privilege of working on a styled photo shoot with a team of local wedding professionals. We had wanted to do our own full shoot for a while, but getting the right people on board (and finding a time when we would all be free!) was never going to be an easy task! Organising a shoot at the end of the summer season also proved especially hard with people either away on holiday during the summer, or super busy with weddings!
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Shepherd Neame Brewery Wedding Photography

Shepherd Neame Brewery: Wedding Venue Kent

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!

Faversham Wedding Venue

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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!

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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!

Wedding Reception at Shepherd Neame Brewery

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 hello@oakhousephotography.co.uk. We are also happy to meet with you at the venue to discuss in more depth your wedding photography.

Tony and Carol - Oakhouse Photography

Oakhouse Photography at The Knowle Country House

The Knowle Country House: Kent Wedding Venue

Hidden away just off the M2 in Kent is the gorgeous The Knowle Country House, a secluded wedding venue in the village of Higham, Kent.

It was originally built as a rectory in the 1850’s by a great friend of the author Charles Dickens. The property is situated in 14 acres of grounds which include beautifully maintained gardens and orchards. It is now a privately owned wedding venue and restaurant. The owner resides in the first floor apartment at the property.

Access from the main road is very easy with 2 separate entrances which bring you to the front of the main building. We loved the fact that there is ample shade from the established trees, perfect for us to capture informal and formal photographs of the bride and groom and the wedding party’s arrival.

Wedding ceremonies can be held outdoors in the gardens with the main centrepiece being a wonderful gazebo. In the event of poor weather conditions, the ceremony can take place in the light and airy function room which looks onto the gardens.

The lawns and grounds are beautifully maintained and there is a lovely surprise for couples (and photographers!) as behind the rear wall lies a pond and the orchards. It really is the perfect place to capture some beautiful natural wedding photographs..

Although this will be our first wedding at The Knowle, we have photographed at similar style venues and love working at these properties. As wedding photographers, we love the scope which the grounds allow for informal and relaxed photographs of guests mingling. There is also ample space for formal group shots, if required. The open shade allows us to place our brides and grooms in soft, diffused light to capture that ‘dreamy’ feel associated with those special moments.

As keen gardeners ourselves, we love the grounds of The Knowle for it’s beautiful manicured lawns, the roses and also the clever layout and design of the gardens. We also appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into planning and maintaining such a beautiful garden.

Here are some of our images of the stunning The Knowle Country House following our pre-wedding visit for Kirsti and Ben’s wedding:

Pre-wedding visit to The Knowle Country House Kent Wedding Venue

Oakhouse Photography at The Knowle Country House

Entrance photo to Knowle Country House Kent Wedding venue by Oakhouse Photography

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Roses at The Knowle Country House

Oakhouse Photography at The Knowle Country House

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Function Room at Knowle

Summerhouse at Kent's wedding venue, Knowle Country House

Oakhouse Photography at The Knowle Country House

Gate to the Orchard, Knowle Country House

The gazebo at The Knowle Country House by Kent wedding photographers, Oakhouse Photography.

If you are looking to get married at The Knowle Country House, 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 hello@oakhousephotography.co.uk. We are also happy to meet with you at Knowle to discuss in more depth your wedding photography.

Tony and Carol - Oakhouse Photography