As a friend of Alanna’s, I was absolutely delighted when she asked me to photograph her wedding day at Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells. What an honour!
We started the day at Alanna’s parents’ house for the preparations. All was calm until the maid of honour’s zip got stuck and she had to be sewn into it I had to jump in last minute as a sort of “emergency bridesmaid” to help get the bride in her dress, while her parents were working away with the needle and thread. What a stunning dress it was too. An ivory and champagne Art Couture gown with so much beautiful detail, you couldn’t take your eyes off it! The shoes were an elegant pair of Benjamin Adams heels in white and gold, which I really loved.
I had known for a while that Alanna and James were having their ceremony outdoors with a gorgeous view of Salomons Estate grounds. In the weeks leading up to the day the bride-to-be was frantically checking weather forecasts and panicking about rain – she didn’t need to worry, as we had the hottest day in the UK so far this year! We had amazing sunshine all day, it really couldn’t have been better.
Another of Alanna’s talented friends made the cake, which was a 5-tier masterpiece. Following the ivory and champagne colour scheme, with sugar flowers, lace patterns and some beautiful hand-piped flower details. The Script, ‘Never Seen Anything Quite Like You’ was the bride and groom’s first dance song. I hadn’t heard it before, but listening to the words it made a really beautiful and meaningful wedding song. The couple, having both Irish and Scottish heritage, opted for a Ceilidh band as part of the evening’s entertainment. This was fantastic as it got everybody up and dancing!
To finish off the night we had some fun with sparkler shots! This was my first time experimenting with sparklers at a wedding. The light-drawing was very tricky to get the hang of, but I loved the results… Even if I was out of breath by the end of it!