Wedding Photography at Salmestone Grange

Salmestone Grange, is a beautiful and unique wedding venue situated near Margate. Between 1290 and 1400 Salmestone Grange served as a rural retreat for the abbot and monks of St Augustine's Abbey at Canterbury and remains one of the best preserved and interesting examples of monastic granges in Europe. The beautiful chapel, featuring stunning stain-glassed windows, was consecrated in 1326. The grange is now privately owned.

A lovely gravel driveway, enclosed by trees, gives you the first glimpse of the beautiful grange which features a cloistered central courtyard. The grange is surrounded by lovely gardens and offers lots of opportunities for wedding photography. Both religious and civil ceremonies can be catered for. There is charming accomodation available (which sleeps up to 14 people in 3 apartments) and a lovely bridal suite.

I drove through an absolutely torrential downpour to reach Cassie and Ben's wedding in June 2010 and I was planning on having to shoot the entire wedding inside. But just as I pulled into the driveway of Salmestone Grange the rain stopped and the post-storm light was absolutely amazing - phew! I started with some location and detail shots around the venue (including the rudest wedding cake I've ever seen) and then joined Cassie and her bridesmaids during the final stages of their preparations. I'd been warned that the father-of-the-bride might get quite emotional and, sure enough, on seeing how lovely Cassie looked the tears started. I then joined Ben and the boys for a few shots and then walked with Cassie and her entourage to the chapel. The chapel is very dark so you need really good kit - ideally prime lenses coupled with a camera that gives great results at high ISO settings. After the ceremony and signing of the register everyone popped outside for drinks and then I whisked Cassie and Ben around the grounds for their bride and groom portrait session. They were up for everything and willingly posed in the middle of an area of weeds - which gave absolutely spectacular results. We then joined all the guests at the front of the Grange for group shots and followed this with candids. I then shot the speeches, which took place before the meal, and departed as food was served.

Weddings at Salmestone Grange

Suzanne and Kelvin's Wedding at Salmestone Grange
Suzanne and Kelvin
June 2008

Clare and Simona's Civil Ceremony at Salmestone Grange
Clare and Simona
September 2009

Cassie and Ben's Wedding at Salmestone Grange
Cassie and Ben
June 2010

Caroline and Ben's Wedding at Salmestone Grange
Caroline and Ben
July 2011

Sarah and Carl's Wedding at Salmestone Grange
Sarah and Carl
September 2011

Jo and Harri's Wedding at Salmestone Grange
Jo and Harri
April 2012

Tanja and Christian's Wedding
Tanja and Christian
May 2014

Denise and Richard's Wedding
Denise and Richard
July 2014

Kalysha and Simon's Wedding
Kalysha and Simon
April 2016

Emily and Edward's Wedding
Emily and Edward
May 2016



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