March 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


Katie and Matthew got married last summer at the awesome Lympne Castle, which is an impressive Grade I building dating back to the 13th century.  It sits on the edge of a cliff looking over the Romney Marshes.  The ceremony was held at the local church, which is just next door to the castle, and where Matt proposed, under the arch way.

The couple chose Lympne Castle because the venue is special to them as it is where Matt's mum is laid to rest and so it is a very special place to the Groom's family, including his brother and father, who were Groomsmen. As Katie says 'The church was extra special for us because around the back, Jane, Matt's mum is there watching over us. The venue (Lympne Castle) was right next door which meant we could keep Jane close to us all day and family could go and visit her graveside'.

I was excited to shoot at Lympne Castle because the surroundings are just incredible and the scenery absolutely amazing, especially with the Kent coastline visable in the distance. Katie says she fell in love with the venue, due to the grand big windows that overlook the gardens and the coast, from the main building, which made a perfect spot for a photo op, during bridal prep and during the private couples session later in the day, too. The whole venue is magical and the perfect setting for a wedding, with many lovely spots for photos.

The Church Service ...

The wedding itself was a church service in the church next door not far from the castle. It is just just a short walk between both venues, with a secret door in the Castle wall, which takes you right to the Church entrance. This was useful as a shortcut when it started raining, right after the ceremony. During the ceremony they had several beautiful readings from friends and family. It was a lovely ceremony. Katie had to fight not to cry during her wows, and she did this by taking big breaths to contol her emotions. Most of my couples will already know that I do like a good bit of crying at a wedding. I love capturing all the emotion from your big day.

The Reception ...

The reception was in a marquee and they had a 3 course sit down meal in the afternoon, and a buffet in the evening. They decorated the venue with wildflowers and Lilies, because they were the Groom's mum's favorite flowers. For dinner they had a roast dinner, which was absolutely delicious. The first dance involved the wedding party getting on the dancefloor to get the dancing going, and they finished off the evening with drinks a plenty! One of the funniest parts of the day was during the groomsmen prep was when the groomsmen decided to put on the spare bridesmaid dresses; they got quite into being 'bridesmaids', even feeling each others 'boobs' - I think they secretly loved it!. The whole day was fun filled; they also had lawn games during the day, after the meal, which everyone joined in with and got competitive about too! Katie says 'My favourite part of the day was the speeches and listening to the stories told by the best men (all three!). I also loved watching everyone having fun on the evening especially two of the best men, who did a parody to Despacito'.

The finer details ...

Katie got her dress from a shop called Bridal Gowns at Jodi in Maidstone and Matt got his suits from Suits Direct in Ashford. Katie says 'The venue was beautifully dressed by the Wedding Studio with a huge thanks to Mimi Fleur for the flowers. The church ladies at St Stephens Church Lympne also did a brilliant job with the church flowers that we donated back for their Sunday service'.

Katie and Matthew met at Uni in York and have been together for 5 and half years. When they first met at Uni, while studying the same course. Katie did not like Matt as she thought he was a 'stuck up' Southener. The Best Man made this a feature of his speech, which had everyone in stitches. They got together in their third year at uni after becoming good friends. The couple then moved to Kent in December 2015 to spend more time with his mum before she sadly passed away.  They got in touch with me as I had shot Katie's younger sister, Rachel's wedding to her hubby Ben, a few years previously and their enquiry was exciting for me as it meant I got to travel down to Kent from Doncaster for their big day. They said even though they were also paying for my travel and accommodation, my prices were competitive compared to most Kent based photographers, plus they already knew me, so knew they would feel comfortable with me as their photographer.  I was happy to travel to cover their big day, especially as they already felt like friends. The wedding was a mix of southerners & Northerners, with many of Katie's friends and family travelling from Doncaster, as well as me. As such, I already knew quite a few of the guests. Katie says  'Huge thank you to all our friends and family for travelling down to celebrate our wedding day and a special mention to Matt's old school friend Rory, who came up from Spain!'

Advice from the couple on planning your own wedding ...

Katie says that if you’re planning your wedding, the biggest piece of advice she could give you is first create a Pinterest account. It is great for ideas! And to also allow the groom to make decisions with you because it is after all, his wedding too. Finally, Katie says make sure you enjoy every moment of the planning and day itself, because it soon flies by and before you know it your 8 months into the marriage! 

Katie and Matthew’s wedding was totally epic and had such a fun atmosphere. Here’s their stunning wedding!

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