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Salomons Estate


Royal Tunbridge Wells

Alex & Amanda

19th July 2015

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Salomons Estate


Royal Tunbridge Wells

Alex & Amanda

19th July 2015

Alex and Amanda were one of the first couples to contact me when I first started to go it alone in the wedding photography world. To say I was nervous the day before their wedding was an understatement, but they quickly put me at ease and were one of the kindest and most considerate couples I have had the pleasure of working with.

 

I am a real believer in having a pre-wedding shoot in the weeks before the wedding. It helps to calm your nerves, as well as provide you with a beautiful collection of images. We arranged Alex and Amanda's on a weekday evening in the stunning grounds of Burrswood Hospital, we luckily dodge all the rain showers and storms and had so much fun; they were relaxed, confident and romantic! 

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Bridal Prep


Bridal Prep


 A stunning Photograph or a wedding dress hanging outside Salomonds in Tunbride Wels

Their wedding took place on a Sunday in July at the church where they first met, and their reception was at Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells, surrounded by hundreds of their friends and family.

My coverage started with bridal prep at one of the beautifully light and airy rooms at Salomons. Everyone was relaxed throughout the hustle and bustle of the bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done and flower girls, friends and family busying themselves about the wife-to-be on her important day!

We were joined by the amazing Andy and Keith from Ignite Films. These guys are the best video team I have had the pleasure of collaborating with! Their work is incredible and they have the work ethic to match!

Check them out at - www.IgniteFilms.com

 

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Groom Prep


Groom Prep


While I was photographing Amanda's family and bridal party, my second photographer James was busy keeping the guys organised and on time. In between making tea and teaching them how to correctly fix a tie, he managed to document all the finer details that make up the memorable day.

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The Moments Before


The Moments Before


We then moved on to the church. James was able to capture all the excited guests arriving while I finished up at Salomons with Amanda and her entourage – this is where having two photographers to document your day is truly invaluable.

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The Wedding Ceremony


The Wedding Ceremony


When we both joined up, we were able to document the service from multiple angles, providing the bride and groom a huge variety of images. Whether depicting the dramatic walk down the aisle, or getting the romantic close-ups at the front, we work tirelessly throughout to harness a range of vantage points to creatively capture the whole service without ever being intrusive. 

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Onto The Celebrations


Onto The Celebrations


Once the wedding ceremony finished, we continued to photograph all the day’s memorable moments, from the throngs of friends and family ready to congratulate the beautiful couple outside the church, to the guests arriving at the reception. These are the images couples often long for, and are some of the hardest to perfect. You have to ensure you capture everyone’s natural emotions without being spotted. 

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Family Photos & All the Details


Family Photos & All the Details


After stealthily navigating and photographing the reception, I stopped to take the formal family photos. But my second photographer James kept himself busy setting up the lighting for the speeches and capturing the details in and around the room where the wedding breakfast takes place.

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Just Amanda & Alex


Just Amanda & Alex


Salomonds Wedding Outside Image of Bride and Groom
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Unlike most wedding photographers, I won't just focus on the bride and groom right after the reception – from my experience they are normally too excited, tired or distracted. All these elements tend to give us unnatural, stiff and awkward images, I would much rather get these images an hour before sunset once all the nerves and worries have settled and the beautiful, fading sunlight can give the stills an awe-inspiring look!

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The Speeches


The Speeches


People laughing and happy at the wedding
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Salmon Weddings, Into to the Bride and Groom

I love photographing the speeches at a wedding - it's even better if there are two of us doing it. We can split up so that one of us will always be focused on the ‘top table’ waiting for that reaction, while the other can scout the room and capture all the laughter and tears from friends and family.

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The Cake


The Cake


After all of the food was eaten and the booze drunk, it was time dessert time, which means one thing on a wedding day: the all-important cutting of the cake. This old tradition has evolved from – believe it or not – breaking a cake over the bride’s head, to the first task the married couple complete together. It's a great opportunity for their friends and family to share and, of course, a fantastic moment to capture!

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Photo Booth


Photo Booth


I had my handy photo booth set up and ready to roll in an adjoining room. This is a really great way for couples to get lots of photos of their guests, as well as plenty of fun group photos without any of the wedding day formalities! I tend to build and set it up while everyone is eating, which means its ready to go when the guests begin to lay down their knives and forks. 

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The First Dance


The First Dance


The last planned event of the day is the first dance. While the lights get turned down and the music turned up, everyone knows it's time to dance! Alex and Amanda had practised a little routine for this occasion and the balcony around the room provided me with a unique perspective to shoot the dance!

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To The Last Dance


To The Last Dance


Once the happily married couple had finished their first dance, the party really begins. The band opened it up, inviting everyone onto the dance floor. I had never seen, let alone photographed a ceilidh, it was crazy! It was organised chaos. Grandparents were spinning around arm in arm, guests where cheering left, right and centre, people were cartwheeling and piggybacking was the norm! All the guests were enjoying themselves so much and it really was a joy to photograph.

Alex and Amanda chose my deluxe package and were presented with over 950 images of their day, including over 150 from the photo booth and over 100 from their pre-wedding shoot.

 

We were joined by the amazing Andy and Keith from Ignite Films. These guys are the best video team I have had the pleasure of collaborating with! Their work is incredible and they have the work ethic to match!

Check them out at - www.IgniteFilms.com