Another one from the pre-Covid blogging backlog – Debbie and Andrew’s stunning, crisp and sunny autumnal wedding at Lympne Castle in Kent. A beautiful day, with two families coming together and sharing this stunning wedding venue with a fantastic sunset on top!

As usual, you can watch a slideshow of their day set to music, or read on below – or do both of course!

If you’re getting married at Lympne Castle, whether you’re planning a huge day or a small, intimate Covid wedding,  then do please Contact me to discuss your wedding!

Bridal Prep

I started the day right by the sea, joining Debbie, her sister and friend at the Hythe Imperial Hotel for bridal prep. Debbie’s lovely sunny room lit the scene beautifully as hair and makeup progressed, with her sister in the chair first while her friend opened the bubby! Debbie sat and wrote a few words for her wedding speech whilst I photographed the details. Soon Debbie was into the chair for her makeup and then got into her absolutely stunning and unique wedding dress. The huge bay windows and voile curtains really lit the scene beautifully.

Then it was time for me to jump in the car for the short trip trip to The ever-stunning Lympne Castle to photograph the scene and then meet up with Andrew.

Wedding Ceremony at Lympne Castle

Once I was at Lympne Castle I photographed the ceremony setting and some of the other details, then headed outside to capture the amazing castle in the beautiful late autumn sunshine – a very crisp day but stunning with the usual amazing view out to sea that Lympne Castle is famous for!

I soon met up with the groom, and once his buttonhole was on it was time for him to greet the guests who also enjoyed the view in the sun.

Before long it was it was time for everyone to make their way through into the very sunny West Wing Drawing Room where Andrew greeted each guest into the ceremony room. This really was the joining of two lovely families, with multiple children, so it was great to see a ‘pick a seat not a side’ sign, which really felt like everything was coming together.

Once everyone was in, I kept checking outside for Debbie, and seeing she was being interviewed but loving the light, I quickly and surreptitiously grabbed a picture. Debbie and Andrew had planned a quick first look and were then going to walk into the ceremony together so I needed to be on my toes!


Debbie and Andrew grabbed a glass of champagne and then led the guests out onto the rear terrace for a drinks reception in the beautiful sunshine. It was so great that they managed to get outside and mingle in the sun, as it was mid November so such an amazing day for it!

After confetti and the big group shot of everyone, we moved into some quick family groups up on the top lawn, which, out of the sun, was a little bit on the chillier side!!! I then quickly grabbed some bride and groom shots in the fading but beautiful golden hour sunshine! The bride and groom, plus a few hardy guests were then treated to the most amazing sunset over the coast.

Time to then head back inside to the fire whilst I captured the reception room details in the great hall.

Wedding breakfast

Once I’d captured the details in the beautiful golden light of the amazing wedding breakfast room, it was time for Debbie and Andrew to welcome the guests in via a receiving line and then make their entrance.

Both Debbie and Andrew have strong links to Uganda, as they both undertake charity work there (great interest to me as I was actually born in Uganda!) – the wedding favours reflected this Ugandan flavour and were so unique! Plus one lucky young chap also got a signed cricket ball as well!

Speeches and Evening 

After the wedding breakfast it was time for the speeches – one of Andrew’s friends, then a touching joint speech by all the children, then Andrew and then finally the bride.

Then it was time for everyone to make their way back through to the Drawing Room for tea and coffee round the cozy roaring fire, very fitting for the time of year.

First dance and party

Once the great hall had been turned around and the band set up, it was time for the guests to make their way back through for Debbie & Andrew’s first dance which kicked off the amazing party. Some great dance moves for me to photograph!

And then it was time for me to pack and up leave the guys to it – congratulations once again to Debbie & Andrew!

All photographs copyright David Burke Photography