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Sunny days and a festival wedding at Kennington Hall

Updated: Feb 6


Kennington Hall in the Sumer with wedding guests sitting in the sun and relaxing with lawn games and entertainment.
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I first met Toni and Lee at Kennington Hall back in the autumn of 2021. They were at the Kennington Hall wedding open day and were having a look around to see if it was suitable for their wedding.


We got chatting and they started to tell me about the plans for their wedding and I was immediately hooked. I just thought "if they can make this work then I have got to be their wedding photographer". They had so many ideas and they are both such lovely people I just knew it was obviously going to be a laid back, fun, and very special day.


We met again before their wedding to chat over some of the finer points again and Toni started to tell me about her cake. Up until this point I didn't know what an amazing cake maker Toni was, in fact I didn't even know that she made cakes. Wow!! She is incredible at it. If you are looking for your wedding cake, drop me a message and I will put you in touch with Toni.


A close up photo showing a bespoke wedding cake with exquisite sugar work .
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Fast forward to summer 2022 and the big day arrives, and so does the heat. What a day! It was going to be a scorcher. Dawn and I arrived at Toni's home to get a few photos of her and her bridesmaids getting ready and also to get a few photos of them all on the cliff top overlooking the English Channel just over the road from their home. What an incredible location. With the dress reveal photos, the bridesmaids groups photos, and a few of Toni and her son in the camera it was time to drive the half an hour or so up to Ashford for their Kennington Hall wedding.


Family portrait of a bride and her bridesmaids on the cliff top looking out over the English Channel under a blue cloudless sky.
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As soon as I drove into the venue I could see Toni and Lees influence everywhere. Kennington Hall looked absolutely fantastic and it was evident how much work they had both put in. A bouncy castle, a rodeo bull, tug of war, a stilt walker (I didn't expect that) hay bales to sit on, garden games. It was a really lovely atmosphere and with the sun beating down it all felt like a perfect Kennington Hall wedding.


wedding guests having fun with the stilt walker at a wedding in Kennington Hall.
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Their wedding ceremony was taken by Karina (Simply Ceremonies) whom I have met at a few weddings now and it's fair to say Karina knows how to make sure there are tears of laughter, moments that make you go "awwwwww" and moments that pull on your heart. Toni and Lee managed to involve their guests within their ceremony which I always think is incredibly touching. They also arranged with me to have their wedding ceremony live streamed for those that couldn't physically make it, and again, a moment or two was taken to say hello to everyone watching the live stream too.



the bride and groom taking a selfie with their bridesmaids at a wedding at Kennington Hall
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The Bride andGroom taking selfies with the Best Men at their wedding at Kennington Hall
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The Bride and Groom holding hands and looking into each others eyes during their wedding ceremony at Kennington Hall
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The groom puts a ring on the brides finger during their wedding at Kennington Hall
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With the ceremony over the only way to exit really is whilst doing the conga, this was possibly the most epic exit I have seen a bride and groom take, and everyone, literally everyone loved it!


The bride and groom exiting the aisle whilst doing the Hokey Kokey. All of their guests are following behind.
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Toni and Lee wanted some time for all of their guests to relax under the sun before we went into the group photos so it was a perfect time for me to wander around and get photos of everyone either sitting down and chatting and laughing, or photos of friends dancing to the band, or to get photos of people being thrown from the bucking bronco. Seriously, every wedding should have a bucking bronco! There was just so much laughter coming from that corner of the Kennington Hall lawns for so long. Everyone was having a totally amazing time.


two guests enjoying the party and laughing with each other at the Kennington Hall wedding.
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a lady guest is having fun riding the bucking bronco at the wedding at Kennington Hall
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a bridesmaid is riding the bucking bronco at a wedding at Kennington hall
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guests watching the fun and laughing in the sunshine
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the bride and groom ar posing with each other at the bucking bronco while guests take their photo
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We then had some time to get all of the group photos on the lawn with Kennington Hall as the backdrop before it was time for the BBQ meal and ice cream from the ice cream van, both of which were perfect for such a hot summer's day.


the big group portrait of everyone, outside the main house at Kennington Hall.
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the bride gives the groom a kiss as he passes her an ice cream from the ice cream van on the lawn
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a young girl is sitting in the sunshine enjoying her very large ice cream
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We had speeches in the softening evening light and again there were happy tears, sad tears and more than just a few moments when we could all see how perfect for each other Toni and Lee are. Then we nipped inside to find the cake. Toni had made the cake and it had been kept inside in the cool and out of the 37 deg heat of the day. The cake was just incredible and the only way to cut such an incredible cake is with a sword of course. Perfect!



close up detail photo showing the icing decoration of the wedding cake at Kennington Hall
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the bride and groom are cutting their cake with a sword. The cake is in the main hall at Kennington Hall
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a couple are cuddling beside a large love sign on the lawn, the soft evening sun is lighting them from behind
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the bride and groom are sitting on the bonnet of their Ford Mustang on the lawn at Kensington Hall.
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the bride and groom in the evening sun, each of them is standing at the end of a large sign saying LOVE on the lawns of Kennington Hall.
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The laughter didn't stop throughout Toni and Lee's wedding day. Their first dance was photographed and then just before it was time for me to leave, the evening was lit up by a fire breathing act which was truly brilliant and absolutely everyone gathered for it.


a fire breather is entertaining the evening guests in the soft evening light.
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Toni and Lee had planned their wedding to be as unique and full of life as they are themselves. I can not think of many venues in Kent where you could ask to have a bouncy castle, a bucking bronco, an outside caterer and an ice cream van and the venue would say "yes, sure", let alone the hay bales, the marquee, and the fire breather. It seems to me that a Kennington Hall wedding and Toni and Lee were a perfect match for their gorgeous big day, and I am so pleased that they trusted me to be their wedding photographer. Thank you both so much.



the light up love letters are shining in the dusky evening skies at Kennington Hall
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