Stunning Kent Wedding at the beautiful Allington Castle

May 1, 2019

I have lived in Kent my whole life and last year was the first time I had ever heard of Allington Castle. When Niki called me and asked me to be their Wedding photographer and then told me their venue was Allington, I did a silent little happy dance on the end of the phone. It is a Medieval 12th Century Castle with weeping willows, a moat, Italian garden, Great Hall (once dined in by Henry VIII no less) and resident swans. Think Leeds Castle but smaller, more intimate, private but absolutely no less gorgeous. I'm not sure it could be more beautiful or perfect a setting for their wedding ceremony.

Niki & Nigel have been together for years but I loved Niki's excited apprehension before the ceremony. Her gorgeous smile was infectious and her dress choice was just perfect for her. An absolute highlight for me was being lucky enough to be there when her dad, Eric, saw her in her wedding dress for the first time. The emotion and beaming pride in his eyes gave me a lump in my throat. Those are the moments you dream of as a wedding photographer.

Their ceremony didn't disappoint either and the light in the Great Hall was divine. Despite being together for years, the looks that Niki and Nigel shared between them were like they were falling in love with each other all over again. Honestly, they couldn't take their eyes off each other and it was so heartwarming to witness.

These are a few of my favourites from their amazing day. I know I have said it before but I will say it again; I love this job. Thank you so much Niki and Nigel x

Stunning Allington Castle, Kent wedding venue bathed in spring sunlightStunning Allington Castle, Kent wedding venue bathed in spring sunlightA weeping willow bathed in sunlight in front of the gate of Allington Castle, Kent Wedding VenueCream sashes decorating the chairs in the medieval Castle of Allington, Kent Wedding VenueThe Great Hall in Allington Castle, Kent Wedding Venue Gorgeous wedding flowers on the ceremony table in the great Hall of Allington Castle in Kent Basket of confetti outside the Great Hall at Allington Castle, kent Beautiful bride having her wedding makeup applied in beautiful window light Smiling Bride as she looks at her reflection on a mirror getting ready for her Wedding at Allington Castle, Kent Bride to Be slippers and balloons as the bride gets ready for her wedding Stunning wedding dress hanging int he window of Allington Castle, Wedding venue Kent Bride having help doing up her gorgeous wedding dress in Allington Castle, Kent Bride having help doing up her gorgeous wedding dress in Allington Castle, Kent Stunning lace up back of Wedding Dress Close up of Bride having help doing up her gorgeous wedding dress in Allington Castle, Kent Stunning bride bathed in window light before her wedding at Allington Castle, Kent Bride in her wedding dress in front of window in Allington Castle, Kent Wedding Venue Beautiful Wedding Flowers in natural light at Allington Castle Close up of beautiful bouquet help by Bride before her ceremony Bride and Mother of the Bride raising a toast before the ceremony Groom and Groomsmen walking towards camera before his wedding ceremony at Allington Castle Groom and Groomsmen posing before the wedding ceremony Father of the Bride seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time at Allington Castle Bride and her father in an emotional embrace before her ceremony Bride being walked down the aisle by her father towards her groom at Allington Castle, Kent wedding venue Bride walking down the aisle in the Great Hall, Allington Castle Brides father holding the hand of his daughter next to her groom during ceremony Bride looking lovingly at her Groom in Allington Castle Wedding ceremony Emotional wedding guest as her friend gets married Bride and Groom looking at each other during their ceremony at Allington Castle, Kent Wedding venue First kiss of Bride and Groom at Allington Castle Bride and Groom hold each other after their ceremony Bride and Groom walk back down the aisle after their ceremony View from balcony of Bride and Groom after their ceremony at Allington Castle Bride and Groom leaving the Great Hall at Allington Castle Bride and Groom showered with confetti as they exit their Kent Castle Wedding at Allington Bride and Groom showered with confetti as they exit their Kent Castle Wedding at Allington Bride and friends walking to Great Hall in Allington Castle Bride throws her bouquet to her friends in the Courtyard at Allington Castle Bride throws her bouquet to her friends in the Courtyard at Allington Castle Bridal bouquet being caught in the Courtyard at Allington Castle Groom throws brides bouquet to his friends in the Courtyard at Allington Castle Groom throws brides bouquet to his friends in the Courtyard at Allington Castle Male guest catches bouquet in the Courtyard at Allington Castle Bride and Groom leaving the gate of Allington Castle after their wedding ceremony Bride and Groom embracing through the magnolia at Allington Castle Bride and groom kissing through the magnolia at Allington Castle Allington Castle bathed in evening sun with wedding guests Bride and her mother outside Allington Castle, Kent Wedding venue Bride and Groom in the back of their bridal car leaving Allington Castle Wedding car with Bride and Groom leaving Allington Castle, Kent Wedding venue

Suppliers:

Venue - Allington Castle  https://allington-castle.com/weddings-at-allington-castle/

Dress - Alta Wedding https://www.altacostura.co.uk

Flowers - Hunker Down Daisy http://www.hunkerdowndaisy.co.uk

MUA - Clare Lake Make Up Artist https://www.clarelakemakeupartist.co.uk

Hair Stylist - Hair by Ken https://www.hair-by-ken.com

Wedding car - Glynne Matthews http://www.aarionweddingcars.co.uk

3 Comments

  1. Kerrie Gibbons - Wedding Planner

    What fabulous photos of our first wedding at the castle for 2019! Thank you Nicola for sharing them with us it was a pleasure to work with you and hopefully see you at the castle again soon!

    Reply
  2. Eric Mitchell

    I cried on the day and I’m crying again now looking at these wonderful photographs!
    It was a privileged and proud to give my special daughter away, in such a special place, on such a special day.

    Reply
    • nicoladawson

      Awww thank you so much Eric. It was such a beautiful day and so wonderful to see you beaming with pride. I’m so glad I was a small part of it.

      Reply

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