The Old Town Hall, Fordwich, Kent
As a wedding photographer, I have photographed at some of the best and grandiose wedding venue’s in the southeast of England such as Leez Priory in Essex, Turkey mill in Maidstone Kent, to name a couple and Sometimes it’s nice to just have a nice small wedding. With most weddings, especially the big weddings every part of the day as controlled by a management team and is set to an adhered time table, service at 1 pm, canopies at 1.30 pm, group shots by 2 pm and so and so on and it’s just nice to have a wedding where the time doesn’t really matter and the wedding
Saturday 13th December 2014 was just that wedding. Taking place at the “old town Hall”, Fordwich near Canterbury in Kent, Essentially a Tudor town hall built during the reign of Henry VIII, that was still in use until the late 18th century and is the smallest town in Britain. Now a wedding venue limited to 35 guests and literally that’s it. No bar, no dance floor, no reception area, just the one room for the service and still dressed and styled in its Tudor finery, a little hidden gem off the beaten track unless you know where to find it. From a Wedding photographer’s point of view, a pretty little venue, nicely antiquated with original fixtures and fittings, white wall and ceiling, original Tudor beams (for bounce flash), lots of natural light mixed with flash and the only concern being the limited amount of room for the processional. Outside a small courtyard area for the group shots backing on to the Great Stour, a very picturesque view of the river looking up towards Canterbury and in the summer I bet the view is stunning for summer wedding photography.