....and the animals came too!!!
Last week I travelled to Port Lympne animal reserve in Kent for the gloriously sunny wedding of Charlotte to Stephen.
It was a beautiful hot day, and the bridal party had the entire mansion house for their preparation, ceremony and later celebrations. Port Lympne is a stunning and huge animal reserve set in the Kent countryside, with all sorts of creatures large and small from all around the world. It's the first time I've ever photographed a brides preparation to the sound of Tigers roaring and Monkeys screeching! The mansion house is set near the centre of the park and has beautiful grounds that are closed off to the public on wedding days.
The rooms are large and airy, with animal paintings and statues everywhere. The ceremony itself took place outside in a large courtyard, backing on to a fountain, and accompanied by vocals from Adam Chandler and a guitarist from his swing band - Rhythm in Blues - who performed in their entirety at the evening reception.
There were lots of sunny smiles and continued mischief from their young son who kept everyone busy throughout the day. Once the ceremony was over and we'd had a stroll around the grounds, we had an African Safari adventure!! Yep. We loaded up onto two large trucks and trailers and were driven around the reserve for an hour so, in amongst lots of large African and occasional Indian creatures. The park has animals including: gorillas, rhino, elephant, big cats of various varieties too - but my personal favourites were the giraffes who came up to us to say hello!!
Once back at the mansion, one of the finest barbecues you'll find was dished up to the hungry group, before the evenings dancing, drinking and good times rolled on. Oh yeah, and did I forget to mention the bouncy castle in the animal room? :)
This was definitely a wedding with a difference and not one I'll forget too soon!
Thanks to the staff at Port Lympne and a huge thanks to Charlotte and Stephen for involving me in their big day :)
I've added some pictures below to give you a taster of their story...