So back in February in pre-lockdown days, I was to be found shooting another engagement, this time at Penshurst Place in Kent. Miriam & Greg were the excited couple in the spotlight. They are getting married there in a few months, so it was an excellent opportunity to check out all the best locations and get the couple really relaxed and ready for the big day. Penshurst stately home & gardens date back to the 16th century. It's famous for its links with Henry VIII, as a former hunting lodge. It was also used as the set for the 2008 film "The Other Boleyn Girl". So on arrival we knew we were going to be spoilt for choice!
Starting off at Lime Walk with its avenue of large leaf lime trees, we stopped and reeled off a few shots in a charming wooden doorway that led through to Coronation Walk.
Here we were greeted by a superb avenue of daffodils which framed the couple perfectly.
Carrying on through the gardens, we ventured over to Diana's Bath, a beautiful expansive pond full of lilies of all colours. By now, the couple were getting into their stride and starting to have fun. Luckily the weather was on our side, giving us the perfect light for photographs.
A few more couple shots at the Paved Garden and then into the house for a recce of the great Barons's Hall. The 14th-century hall quite literally took our breath away with its vaulted chestnut roof, arcaded windows and original octagonal hearth. Here we talked through the ceremony and discussed shots. The raised Minstrel's Gallery would be perfect for getting some excellent wide shots and really showing off the venue to its fullest. By now, I was getting very excited and cannot wait for the actual wedding day to come around.
After some relaxed shots in the library, we stepped outside as the early spring afternoon light was beginning to fade.
The Italian Garden by now was looking idyllic with its oval lily pool and classical statues. Here we had more fun with the couple trying some out some intimate poses - really making the best of the available light.
Finally, to wrap up a great afternoon shoot, we headed over to the Garden Tower and ancient steps. Here the couple were perfectly framed for our last set up with the last rays of golden sunlight peeking over the garden walls. Satisfied we get some great shots in-camera, there we happily concluded Miriam & Greg's engagement shoot.