20 Mar Chilston Park Wedding Justine + Johan
Chilston Park Hotel, in Lenham, Kent, is a Grade 1 listed building so it has a real charm to it, having been around for so many centuries! The venue itself has a lake which is surrounded by 22 acres of private grounds, the hotel has open fires and it truly is a stunning backdrop for those very important wedding photographs.
The Wedding of: Justine & Johan
Date of Wedding: 2nd May
The Venue: Chilston Park, Kent
Chilston Park Wedding, Kent
Another Spring wedding but although we were in the “Darling Buds of May” in the county of Kent it was far from warm! However, this did not dampen the sheer enjoyment of the day. With Johan being Swedish and his family over in numbers there had to be a Swedish twist to the days proceedings.
Justine’s bridal prep was at her beautiful parents home in Kent where I spent time in the morning capturing the buzz of the moment. I left for the church in good time so as capture the groom and groomsmen and guest arrival. Having spent some 10 years living in Denmark my knowledge of Danish did come in handy as all Swedes and Danes are conversant in their respective languages. Capturing an unexpected and unwelcome moment can be a bonus as a wedding photographer. The groom, Johan stepped into something unwelcome outside the church, it may have been mud but I think not! The Best man coming to the rescue with a yard broom and running water outside the church saved the day.
Guests arrived and were driven back to the venue on a London Red Bus, always a welcome sight, if not a tad tight in the Kent country lanes.
Arriving back at Chilston Park Hotel I was looking forward to capturing the magic of the wedding breakfast room – always a pleasure with beautiful natural light.
With the dual nationality theme, the wedding breakfast was full of traditions from both countries. Swedish songs, drinking and kissing games during the eve, speeches and more drinking rituals and a rendition of one of Justine’s favourite songs summed up the love for all in the room.
Truly a pleasurable and wonderful day, another fantastic memory from a super couple in what was a memorable wedding season, 2015.