What a treat we had photographing this amazing luxury, fun, Summer wedding at Goodnestone Park , a real privilege for a Kent Wedding Photographer.
Goodnestone Park is a stately home and gardens in the southern part of the village of Goodnestone, Dover, Kent. It is approximately 7 miles from Canterbury. The palladian house was built in 1704 by Brook Bridges, 1st Baronet. His grandson, Brook Bridges’ daughter, Elizabeth, married Jane Austen‘s brother, and Austen visited them on the estate regularly. This exquisite privately owned stately home has recently been restored to critical acclaim.
When we arrived at Goodnestone Park Jessica was in one of the many gorgeous bedrooms getting ready with her beautiful bridesmaids. The bridal suite was exquisite with a canopy bed and pretty floral wallpaper. Jessica had chosen soft pink as her accent colour, echoed in the bridesmaids dresses and the bouquets. The marquee was nothing short of spectacular with tall candelabras cascading with flowers and huge hanging rings of greenery and flowers from the ceiling, it really was a fairytale scene. James joined the Groom and Groomsmen in the local pub near Goodnestone Park ‘ The FitzWalter Arms ‘, where they were having a couple of drinks to steady the nerves.
The couple were actually tying the knot in The Holy Cross Church , literally a stones throw from Goodnestone Park. The Church like the marque was decorated beautifully in flowers.
After the service we whisked the couple straight off for some romantic shots, there were so many beautiful backdrops we could have photographed all day. As you can see by the pictures it was a glorious summers day but really windy, we had some fun keeping Jessicas veil on. The couple were keen to have a mixture of romantic and fun photo’s , we carried this on into the group photo’s also capturing lots of natural images of the guests having fun throughout the speeches and into the evening where they danced the night away to an amazing band.