To kick off the week I am excited to share this stunning Medieval Wedding at Salmestone Grange with a beautiful handfasting.
The couple are Edward and Emily and they were married on Tuesday 17th May 2016.
Images were captured by David Fenwick Photography.
David Fenwick is a Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in Sandwich Nr Canterbury, Kent.
He says of his work…
“I’ve always loved taking photographs but got more serious about it when I bought my first Canon SLR camera in 1992.”
“Since then my camera has always accompanied me on my numerous trips around the world, during which time I’ve found my main love has become people photography.”
“Hence the natural progression to wedding and portrait photography.”
“I started shooting weddings in 2005 and now photograph over 50 a year.”
I hand over to gorgeous Bride, Emily…
How did you meet?
“We met 3 years ago working for the same company, our colleagues arranged a party and set us up together.”
“Edward wasn’t going to go at first but changed his mind at the last minute!”
“We started chatting and arranged to see each other again soon after – the relationship soon blossomed!”
Tell us about the Engagement?
“In January 2015 we sat down with each other to talk about the next step in our relationship.”
“We knew we wanted to get married but we definitely didn’t want something straight cut and traditional!”
“We both love a theme and settled on a Medieval Handfasting – the ancient rite of marriage before the churches were formed in England.”
“We thought it would be fun for everyone to dress up and thankfully everyone was on board to make the effort and join the festivities!”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“With any theme, extensive research was done and we definitely wanted to make not only ourselves, but also our guests have a truly memorable day.”
“I scoured the internet for a unique wedding gown – I wanted something that was both medieval and bridal which was surprisingly hard to find (although maybe I’m just picky)!”
“I finally found the perfect dress when I stumbled across the incomparable Etsy store of Romantic Threads.”
“Belinda, who designs and hand makes custom fantasy wedding gowns was amazing.”
“The detailing was just stunning and knowing that there are just a handful of the same gown across the globe gave it a very unique feel.”
“The gown itself is modelled on the dress Drew Barrymore wears at the Ball scene in the film Ever After, the live action version of Cinderella.”
“Belinda really is wonderfully talented and I would recommend her in a heartbeat for those who wish to go way off the rack with their wedding dress!”
“Our wedding photographer (David Fenwick) is a real pro, being renowned throughout the country for an extensive collection of wedding photography awards.”
“He’d shot weddings at our venue before and he worked tirelessly with us to capture a real essence of romance through image.”
“We will be forever thankful to him for capturing those beloved memories that will last a lifetime.”
“Katie Keen of True Blue Cermonies was wonderful, and got on theme wearing Medieveal Dress and performing a lovely handfasting ceremony.”
“Our fantastic wedding stationer Jess Chidwick worked with us to create medieval invitations with a wax seal which got our guests in the spirit from the get go!”
“We hired a medieval decorating company to dress the banqueting hall with heraldic flags, thrones, a set of stocks and a free standing suit of armour to create an authentic feel.”
“We also hired a medieval instrumentalist and poet/storyteller to bring to life the atmosphere of the medieval period.”
“We added some unique touches, such as a pewter cake topper with two dragons meeting to form a heart.”
“We also had two toasting goblets that also featured the meeting dragons when entwined together.”
“We chose Salmestone Grange as our venue – a 14th century desecrated monastery that was just breathtaking.”
“It was so fitting with our theme and the staff were just wonderful to work with, they really went above and beyond for us.”
When did you get married?
“We were married on Tuesday 17th May which marked our 3 year anniversary as a couple.”
“I only found out during the planning process that my grandparents were married on the same day in 1947 and that definitely enhanced a sense of unity for me.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“The best part of our day was definitely seeing people enjoy and immerse themselves into the theme.”
“Everyone made a really top effort and we were very proud to have them all there with us.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Don’t be afraid to stay true to who you are as a couple – it’s very easy to be steered into another direction by people who are actually trying to implement their perfect day through yours.”
“If you want a theme, go for it.”
“If you want to be removed from tradition, don’t be dissuaded.”
“If you want to pour your heart out, own it!”
“Above all, have a blast and stay in the moment to make the memories count!”
“Lastly, eBay & Etsy are amazing for personalised & handmade touches, particularly if you’re going with a theme.”
Thank you so much to David for sharing his amazing imagery.
Thank you also to Edward and Emily have gone into so much detail to create an amazingly authentic medieval wedding day.
I love the way the guests have entered into the spirit of the celebration, and the styling is so in keeping with the period.
Venue – Salmestone Grange
Custom ‘Ever After’ Wedding Gown – Romantic Threads
Groom’s Clothing – By The Sword Inc. Clothing
Photographer – David Fenwick Photography
Celebrant – Katie Keen (True Blue Ceremonies)
Videographer – Terry Hobday (TDH Media)
Medieval Instrumentalist/Poet/Storyteller – Peter Optical
Cake – Creative Cakes (Maidstone)
Medieval Decorators – The Costume Company
Wedding Stationery – Jess Chidwick
To Contact David Fenwick Photography
Phone: 01304 615110