Carole stalked Michael for a good number of years according to her son Scott’s speech at their wedding at St Augustine’s in Westgate-on-Sea (http://www.staugustineskent.com/weddings). I’m not sure who was most surprised … but this pronouncement certainly got some great reactions!

I first met up with Carole and Michael about a year ago and Carole told me how excited she was to be getting married in the Chapel at St Augustine’s. This venue nestles close to the coast in Kent, has an esteemed history and is a stunning place to celebrate a wedding.

And so it was that the last Friday in May saw guests coming from up and down the country to see Carole and Michael get married in the Chapel.

Carole’s colour scheme was red …

And this theme was repeated throughout, with lovely co-ordination too in the Chapel. Such a lovely rich colour and it really did pop in the photos!

This, the first of many selfies on the day. I was delighted to find out that there was a great team behind Carole and Michael’s wedding, notwithstanding the team at St Augustine’s themselves, but also Amanda at Thanetian Events (https://thanetianevents.co.uk/), Lizzie at Bizzie Lizzie Cakes (https://lizziebizziecakes.com/) and Karen at York Street Florists (https://www.ramsgateflorist.co.uk/Weddings.aspx). A dream team indeed!

Carole’s bouquet had a memory set in of her parents. They were truly with their daughter all day and much admired by guests. A lovely tribute and beautifully crafted.

The cute flower girls had wands and they were so relaxed in front of the camera. Their dresses sparkled and gleamed and both of the girls were incredibly well behaved.

Carole had lots of help in the lovely bridal room at St Augustine’s and appeared calm and confident throughout. And just a tiny bit excited …

Meantime, Michael was ready and the guests were arriving. The invitation had asked guests to wear red … and they did. Michael is a gentle, mild mannered man and made sure that he spoke to everyone before the ceremony.

The Chapel was the perfect setting and the colour scheme was en pointe. A truly magnificent place to say your vows.

chapel wedding

And I mentioned selfies …

selfie in the chapel

Carole and Michael had a short list of “formals” that they wanted me to capture and after they had processed out of the Chapel, they were met with welcome drinks in the strong sunshine. The gardens at St Augustine’s are well maintained and there is quite a choice for portrait locations all within a very short walk.

portraits in chapel doorway

The wedding breakfast was a cream tea. There was heaps of sandwiches and far too much cake … but I manfully stepped up the mark … I love a cream tea! Not having a three course meal meant that guests could more easily chat and move around the room, catching up and seeing old friends. Also, the speeches were brought forward which meant that guests had more time to enjoy the gardens and I had time for a few more photos …

From start to finish, Carole and Michael’s wedding was thoroughly enjoyable. Their guests were truly delighted to witness their vows and promises to each other and they really made everyone feel incredibly special.

Wishing you both a wonderful start to married life and many, many more happy years together.

Congratulations! xx

P.S. If you were a guest at Carole and Michael’s wedding and would like the gallery link, this will be available directly from Carole and Michael in due course.

P.P.S. If you’d like to chat to a photographer who can still function after a delicious cream tea, who not get in touch:

https://www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk/