Port Lympne is a location I know very well. But I have never photographed a wedding of my own there. I’ve visited for networking and had tours around the safari park and so I was delighted to be contacted by Crystal to see if I might be available for a few hours to capture their celebrations.

Crystal and Scott had decided to get married with only their children present and witnesses. They chose the iconic location at Archbishops Palace in Maidstone and wanted to keep it all very low key. However, they had also booked a safari at Port Lympne (https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/) and an overnight stay … and only told the children on the morning.

Excitement levels were high … not only for Crystal and Scott and their children but for me too. We had arranged to meet at the entrance to the Mansion at Port Lympne and although the weather was drab and quite chilly, we knew we had some exciting times to come.

wedding couple in the Moroccan Courtyard
The beautiful colours in the Moroccan Courtyard in the Mansion at Port Lympne are just stunning and created a wonderful background which really brightened the day.
wedding couple and children walk along together in the Mansion grounds
Port Lympne has such extensive grounds and lots and lots of photo opportunities. The Trojan Steps are an iconic part of the estate (but we did’t walk up them!).
wedding couple sitting on steps at Port Lympne

We were so lucky that there were also bluebells along one of the long paths which radiate out from the Mansion. Another stunning backdrop, provided entirely by nature.

wedding couple in the bluebells at Port Lympne
bridal portrait at Port Lympne
Despite it only being April, there was still colour around and I love this relaxed image of newly-wed Crystal.
bride and groom portraits at Port Lympne
And the finale? A personalised safari around the 600 acres of Kentish savannah in
Kent’s largest wildlife park. And a giraffe feeding experience too. our host had branches that we could lift up to the giraffes and we had to make sure that we didn’t touch them at all. So tempting as they are just the most adorable creatures.
feeding the giraffes at Port Lympne
It was truly a wonderful experience and I am honoured to have been able to share it with Crystal, Scott and their children. An amazing opportunity to capture some memories for this hugely deserving family.

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