Celebrating the union of Elena and Benjamin, that tied the knot with a stunning Port Lympne Kent wedding bursting with English country style. This Kent wedding was filled with character and class, successfully mixing a more traditional countryside English wedding vibe with added personality through exotic twists and a disco ending.

The day began with bridal prep. Elena got ready in a jungle themed frescoed room of Port Lympne Hotel: a breathtaking early 20th century country manor nestled in acres upon acres of picturesque Kent countryside which has a history of hosting prestigious guests which include the legendary Colonel T.E. Lawrence (also known as Lawrence of Arabia) and Sir Winston Churchill.

While Elena and the girls were getting ready, the guests began to arrive. Canapés and drinks were served in the pink Moroccan-inspired inner courtyard of the manner house with live music playing from the grand piano setting the mood.

The intimate wedding ceremony was held outside with Port Lympne Manor as a backdrop. Then, it was time for the newlyweds to spend some time (almost) alone for the first time as husband and wife. We walked the grounds of Port Lympne and took this opportunity to shot some formals with some incredible natural light, before returning for the wedding breakfast.

The wedding cake featured the bride and groom in the form of two giraffes, as a hint to what was to come next. Random? Not quite, because after lunch, an announcement came on: “Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now time for our private Safari, please make your way outside where your jeeps will be waiting for you”. We spent the next hour driving through Port Lympne’s very own Safari Park, set in acres of pristine Kent countryside overlooking the sea. It was both incredible and surreal to watch giraffes graze in the middle of the English countryside sat in military grade trucks in our finest wedding attire. Not your typical Kent wedding.

We arrived back from the safari as the sun started to go down, which in wedding terms can only mean one thing: party time!

Indeed, as night fell, the dance floor opened and the wedding quickly turned into a colourful rave. As the DJ got the beats pumping, the glow-sticks came out and brightened up the almost pitch black dance floor. At midnight, a troupe of feather-clad carnival dancers – flown in specifically for the evening entertainment from Rio de Janeiro – got the dance floor kicking with techno-samba beats well into the wild hours of the morning. As dawn broke and wedding approached its end, we all stepped outside to wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness and adventures with a final farewell to the bride and groom with giant sparklers.

This Kent countryside Port Lympne wedding was a real treat! What began as a relaxed and chilled out traditional English country wedding, turned into a 14-hour long spectacle filled with unbelievable surprises which really spoke of Elena and Benjamin’s personality. If I would have to sum it up in a sentence, it would be: a one of a kind Port Lympe wedding, merging the more traditional elements of a Kent country wedding with a multitude of exotic experiences to tingle all the senses.

Congratulations to the gorgeous Elena and Benjamin and thank you for making me part of your wedding day. It was so much fun! Can we do it again please?

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Andrea Verenini

Luxury photographer. Italian. Easy going. Eternally searching for unique couples to frame in breathtaking light and stunning scenery around the world. When not travelling, he can often be found obsessing over the latest crime-docuseries next to a Margherita pizza and a good Old Fashioned on the rocks.

Hi I’m Andrea, a portrait and fashion photographer specialised in weddings. I am based in the UK and Italy but work all over the world. My unique style blends classic painterly tones with more contemporary editorial techniques to create powerful cinematic photographs. I describe myself as a visual storyteller, documenting precious fleeting moments in your life through the art I love so much: photography.