Crown Lodge – a beautiful wedding venue in the Wye Valley

In my job as a wedding photographer, I get to photograph beautiful weddings at beautiful venues. And I get to meet the owners, the co-ordinators, those “behind the scenes” people that make every wedding run like clockwork. And I am also lucky enough to be invited to see revitalised venues and reintroduced venues … such as the gem which is Crown Lodge.

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Ceremonies can be held in the tranquil outside area or, should showers threaten, in the light and bright venue itself.

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The views are spectacular …

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And the locals are very friendly too!

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If you are planning a wedding in 2016 or 2017, why not give the fabulous team at Crown Lodge a call.  You will be smitten, as I was. And, of course, if you are looking for a wedding photographer who doesn’t mind mixing with the locals, drop me an email sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can chat further!

A lovely testimonial from a lovely family

I had the pleasure of photographing Charlotte and Jon’s wedding at Oakwood House last March.  And we met up with much warmer weather back at their wedding venue to catch up and for some family photographs.

And I was delighted to receive such lovely words from a proud mum …

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It was an absolute pleasure xxx

First anniversary (plus a couple of months)

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Judy and Dave’s wedding at Pines Calyx. But when we met up again, it was far, far warmer, we were by the seaside (again) and Poppy came too.  Of course, she had lots of time to give love to Judy and Dave during the shoot …

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The meadows are in full bloom and Judy and Dave are working hard to create a wonderful environment for local wildlife to thrive.

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Judy also blogs about her experiences and I have found it quite fascinating to read more about their work:

https://walmermeadows.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/walmermeadows-tree-sparrow-project/

It was so lovely to spend time with you both again, and to meet Poppy, who is an incredibly agile Collie and certainly showed off her skills whilst I was there!

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I look forward to sharing the rest of your first anniversary photoshoot and hope to join you all many times in the years to come!

A festival of colour – Teresa and Allan at The Dover Marina Hotel

I was delighted to join Teresa and Allan for their seaside wedding last June.  It really was a fiesta of colour and the room was most beautifully set up with pom poms and butterflies galore.

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We were so lucky to be beside the seaside because the weather had turned quite humid but there were cooling sea breezes (and air conditioning in the ceremony room!)

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Teresa and Allan seemed just so relaxed and Teresa even had time to pose briefly with her brother at the door of the hotel …

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We decided to have the formal shots on the grand steps in front of the ceremony room … for two reasons, one, ease of access and two, because the sun was out and incredibly warm!

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Teresa and Allan were just a joy to photography, happy and relaxed the whole time. And they also received lots of congratulations from other people enjoying the seaside too!

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In the UK, with hot weather often come thunderstorms and this was the case but we had just a few minutes to dash outside and get a few more portraits on the beach.

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I so very much enjoyed photographing this colourful wedding with such a lovely couple and also had great fun working with them on producing their album.  I am sure that our paths will cross again in the future and I wish you both all the very best of luck in your future lives together and keep smiling xxx

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