What a delight it was to shoot Ashley and Stella’s big day at Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells and a great opportunity for a kent wedding photographer. We are contacted by the couple after they saw another wedding we had photographed on Facebook. Stella called me and explained that their day was to be a little different than the norm because of her chinese heritage. We were also accompanied by our videographer Sue of Suzanne Boxall Wedding Videographer.
Along with the usual full day that we cover they also wanted us to capture the games that they play before the service. The idea is that the groom and the men of the bridal party have to break into the brides room and win her heart by undertaking certain challenges. This made for some great fun photographs , the bridesmaids had some wicked ideas up their sleeves including making them wear pants on their heads,( clean I might add ) , to putting lipstick on each other , bursting balloons without using their hands and eating some not so savoury looking snacks. I think Ashley must have passed the challenge as the beautiful service then went ahead on the terrace overlooking the stunning grounds of Salomons Estate.
Salomons Estate has a rich and eventful history. The name of this historic estate helps preserve the memory of three generations of the extraordinary Salomons family: Sir David Salomons, the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London, who courageously campaigned for the political rights of religious minorities; Sir David Lionel Salomons, a scientists, engineer, photographer and inventor; and Captain David Reginald Salomons, whose heroic self-sacrifice during the First World War has been dramatised in ‘The Dreamers’, a West End musical.
We covered the group shots then went off with the couple around the beautiful grounds including some pretty lakes, bridges and of course the house itself ,this really is a gorgeous romantic setting. We also had the chance to get some more evening shots a little later on after a chinese tea party had taken place on the stage of the reception room. The room itself had been decorated very tastefully with lovely twinkly lights strewn above giving a magical feel. We stayed until the first dance and came away tired but really excited to see the images we had captured and we weren’t disappointed!