Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange {the story of their day}

When I first met Charlotte and her sister at a wedding fair, little did I know what a fun and detailed wedding Charlotte was planning. She had read in a wedding magazine that weddings should be styled and have a theme – so she took that to heart and themed the wedding as Alice in Wonderland. Great table plans, sweeties galore and hats, lots and lots of hats!

I arrived to meet up with Daniel and his ushers and to capture guests arriving. The forecast was mixed, sunshine and showers and we certainly had both of those during the course of the day (right at the end of the formals, it started to rain … great timing)!

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

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Wedding transport varies from horse and carriage, to Rolls Royce to limousine. But never have I heard the bride’s arrival before seeing her … she arrived in her dad’s electric blue hot rod which had been preceded by her bridesmaids in another hot rod!

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

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And, of course, with a bridesmaid as cute as Olivia in a cute little dress that she could spin around in …

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

The chapel at Salmestone Grange is really quite beautiful with colourful stained glass windows and centuries of history. Once everyone was seated, Charlotte walked in to a scattering of rose petals and accompanied by proud dad Keith. Daniel did look a little nervous but as soon as his future wife arrived, there were smiles and laughter all round!

Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

Once the register was signed and kisses exchanged, we completed the formal shots on Charlotte and Daniel’s list just in time as the heavens opened. But we then were whisked away from the venue in a beautiful Rolls Royce and popped down to the sea for a few shots. We really were so very lucky … the skies cleared, just for a bit …

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Charlotte and Daniel at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

I must say that I was a bit scared when some dog walkers came past … I held my breath and hoped with all my might that they wouldn’t jump up on Charlotte’s dress!

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Then back to the venue for confetti – I do always recommend that brides and grooms shouldn’t breathe in for this bit! Charlotte had lots of help with removing most of the confetti as she was a bit concerned that it might stain her amazing dress … I love her natural laughter and genuine smiles!

Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

I mentioned the details before but check these out, along with the incredible cake!

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Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

We did pop out in between courses to make use of the available light – it was changing so quickly, one minute sunshine and then next gentle rain. But I don’t think you would see that from the smiles!

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Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

Soon it was time for the wedding breakfast (delicious, as always!) and then on to speeches … again, Charlotte was just throwing her head back with laughter!

Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

I left the party after the first dance … more guests were arriving and the laughter and smiles started all over again! I’ll end this post with a montage of Charlotte and her friends … details at a wedding have their place, but I think the true memories are of people.

Charlotte and Daniel married at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

Congratulations to you both and thanks so much for inviting me to share your day. I can’t wait to share your final images with you. xx

Charlotte and Daniel are married at Salmestone Grange … with Hot Rods, Alice in Wonderland and smiles all round {sneak peek}

Dodging the showers is something that, as a wedding photographer, I have to accept is part of the job. But with fingers crossed, a fair wind and a little bit of luck, the weather for Charlotte and Daniel’s wedding yesterday was nearly perfect. But, oh my goodness, those who know me are aware that I am very rarely rendered speechless … but Charlotte, you looked stunning and composed and happy … and arrived in a Hot Rod!

Charlotte arriving at Salmestone Grange in  a Hot Rod by Samantha Jones Photography

And Olivia, the flower girl, with such a bubbly personality and endearing smile!

Charlotte and Olivia at Salmestone Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

And the bride and groom. Perfect!

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Thanks to your family and friends for being so welcoming, to the ushers, Kyle and Chris, for being so helpful, to Charlotte for being beautiful … I love my job! Congratulations to you both, Charlotte and Daniel, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your special day and have a wonderful time on your honeymoon xx

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