Preston Court Manor Kent
Preston Court is one of my favourite wedding venues to photograph and I’m pleased that I’m a recommended supplier there. It’s surrounded by lakes and gardens and lies on the site of a medieval palace. A conservation area, Preston Court Farm has a variety of heritage buildings and a rural Parish church.
The traditional Kentish barn is available for wedding ceremonies and The Steam Museum collection can provide a unique backdrop for wedding photos. The working carousel is one of my favourite features at this venue though! The venue was recently voted as one of the top wedding venues in the UK on Buzzfeed. I’m booked for several weddings here in 2016/17.
Have a look at some recent weddings I’ve photographed at Preston Court here…
Simon & Karen’s wedding at Preston Court was one of the most vibrant and fun weddings I’ve ever shot! From the moment I got the house in the morning and heard Karen shout out “Olly, Olly, Olly” (to which I obviously replied “Oi, Oi, Oi”) I knew the wedding would be as fun as it promised to be. Karen had brought in 35 suppliers for this wedding (!!) there was everything from a champagne fountain to a fish and chip van to a saxophonist for the dance floor! I was amazed at the amount of thought they had put in to the flow of the day. They never wanted a lull at the wedding, they always wanted something going on for their guests. The evening was my highlight at this wedding- a sunset stroll with horses, Simon putting wedding cake right into Karen’s face and an Ibiza dance floor! Karen emailed me to say “Hi Olly!! The photos are AMAZING!! We are so chuffed thank you so much!!! What a day hey! We loved every second and it was a real pleasure having you and James capturing all the lovely moments for us! There are some real gems in there! Thanks olly xx”
Ian and Izzie had their ceremony at St Catherine’s Church in Faversham then had everyone back to their house for drinks and nibbles. At Preston Court we had the speeches including a Coolio “Gangsters Paradise” inspired rap from Izzie’s Sister (respect to my homie). After the meal there were lots of fairground games and dancing. Ian emailed me with this review “Olly was exactly what we wanted from our wedding photographer. We wanted to avoid endless stuffy formal photos and instead focus on capturing the genuine moments of joy that occurred throughout our wedding day. Olly and James did exactly that, working tirelessly throughout the day to give us the perfect reminder of our happy day. More than that, Olly was a friend, a support and a confidant. Olly’s style, a great mix of creativity, subtlety and warmth really helped to make the day as special as it was, and has ensured that we’ll remember it that way too.”
George & Caroline own Samphire (a restaurant in Whitstable) so food was understandably a real feature of their wedding day at Preston Court in Kent. From the best Iberico Ham you can get, fresh oysters, choice champagne to them bringing in their own chefs and waitresses they really put in a lot of thought into the food and drink. My highlights were the carousel, the live music, the Father of the Bride speech (amazing- had everyone laughing and weeping!) and of course the food! Caroline emailed me once they’d come back from honeymoon saying “Hi Olly. The photos arrived, we are so delighted, thanks so much! They perfectly capture the day, we couldn’t be more pleased.”
Tom & Hannah got married at Preston Court in Kent. They had a Great British Bake Off Themed wedding where guests brought in cakes for the married couple to judge. The cake that won would be their wedding cake! Tom & Hannah even ended up on The Great British Bake Off’s “An Extra Slice” with Jo Brand telling her about their day and one of my pictures was shown! Hannah sent me this lovely email after getting the pictures “We have literally just got back in from my parents house and we couldn’t wait to message you to say a great BIG thank you for our photos. We all sat down in my parents living room and looked at them whilst sipping on some bubbly and we were all able to relive the wedding day again. My family and I absolutely adored each and every one of your photos and we laughed and cried (happy tears) at how truly beautiful they were. You really managed to capture each and every moment and did so in such a gentle and natural way, none of us were aware that you’d taken the snaps! It was like having a good friend at our wedding and with your happy, kind and caring attitude, you made everyone feel at ease. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We really couldn’t speak more highly of you and will be recommending you to everyone and anyone that we know, whether they are getting married or not!”
Andy & Ina celebrated their wedding day at Preston Court in Kent in March 2015. This wedding saw the coming together of Andy’s English family and Ina’s German family. There were some traditional German elements to the wedding including some German food and also German sketches and games prepared by guests. The service at St Mildreds and the speeches were all translated so every guest was included. Andy & Ina were a delight to be around and in the evening when it was raining we went to get some pictures of them hanging out in the gypsy caravan. I loved this part of the day. It was like hanging out with old friends. I hope you enjoy these best pictures from the day. Ina sent me a message after she’d received the images saying “Olly, you wizard, we LOVE your pictures! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! Massive thank you, wonderful work!”
Jonathan & Louise made lots of village fete games for guests to play with outside, there were lots of rides on the carousel and Louise’s 90 year old Grandfather made the wedding cake! Jonathan & Louise were originally going to have their ceremony outside on the island at Preston Court but unfortunately the weather didn’t hold out so they were married in the barn. The great thing was that the rain held off nearly all of the afternoon so the games and the carousel could be enjoyed by everyone. This was a lovely wedding to be at and I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures from the day. Louise text me to say “We got the photos, they were perfect. Thanks very much. It was lovely to come home and look through the photos. Jonathan got a bit teary, which is new for him. But it’s happy crying. So job well done!”
If you are having your wedding at Preston Court then please get in contact and I’d be delighted to talk to you about your wedding photography.