Linda and I visited Lympne Castle in Kent to reconnoitre photo locations for Sarah and David’s wedding in August. The Castle is in Kent, near Dungeness, and has a commanding view of the English Channel a couple of miles away.
From a photographer’s point of view, it is an excellent venue. There are a number of external locations which could be used for large group photos: stone courtyards, a lawn with the castle as a backdrop, and a terrace with a coastal backdrop, plus any number of intimate locations for the bride and groom’s photos. If it is bucketing down outside, internal locations for large group photos may be limited, but there are spaces which could be imaginatively used. The wood panelling may cause some snappers a few problems, but nothing that the seasoned campaigner will be troubled by.
The venue is nicely compact, so guests won’t wander off too far. The smaller wood-panelled West Wing ceremony room is close to the Great Hall, which is used for the wedding breakfast and the evening reception – and also as a ceremony room for a larger number of guests.
The staff were friendly and helpful, and are clearly proud of their venue. I’m looking forward to working there.
Here’s a few pictures…