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{Mount Ephraim} pre-wedding session with Lydia and Gary

How do I choose which pictures to show you? I met up with Lydia and Gary at Mount Ephraim on Sunday to chat more about their wedding plans and schedule and to shoot their engagement session. The day had started off rather rainy, but the sun broke through and showed the gorgeous Edwardian mansion at Mount Ephraim in its best light.

Lydia has been following my blog and had an idea of what to expect at the photoshoot … and I think Gary got into the spirit of things …

The grounds at Mount Ephraim are beautiful at any time of the year, but the magnolias and camellias are particularly stunning at the moment …

And the tulips …

And who would have known the instructions “make a heart with your hands” could cause such hilarity … in fact, Lydia and Gary barely stopped laughing for the whole session!

Lydia and Gary are planning to be married in the grounds at Mount Ephraim – the law states that you must be married under a structure, and the pergola in the grounds provides the roof …

Lydia is confident that it will look absolutely beautiful on the day and I believe her. The wisteria right next to the pergola is just starting to bud … will the flowers be out at the end of May?

There are just too many gorgeous shots to show … Lydia and Gary are also looking for more candid style of photography on their day and I think this next one is just fab …

I love using different depths of field …

And getting the whole picture …

We ended the session with a cream tea and discussed some final timings for the day. I really can’t wait to photograph Lydia and Gary’s wedding … in just over a month’s time! See you soon …

{Wallett’s Court Country House Hotel and Spa} by Samantha Jones Photography

I met this week with Kevin Francis of ubiquitous hospitality (www.ubiquitoushospitality.com) at Wallet’s Court Country House Hotel and Spa (www.wallettscourt.com) which is situated at Westcliffe, near St Margaret’s-at-Cliffe near Dover.

Wallett’s are adding weddings to their long list of benefits of visiting Wallett’s Court. As well as being featured in The Good Food Guide 2010 and being recommended by Conde Nast Johansen, Wallett’s Court is truly a haven in the Kent Countryside.

As a wedding photographer, I was itching to take some pictures of the beautiful grounds and facilities at Wallett’s Court which will make an exceptional backdrop to anyone’s wedding celebrations.

Here’s a sample of images that I took while taking a stroll around the grounds:

I was also fascinated by the concept of “Glamping” (glamorous camping …) in a teepee in the grounds …

The teepee is fully fitted out as a luxurious bedroom and I’ve never seen anything like it!

As a wedding photographer, I always look out for the more unusual places to photograph my couples … and Wallett’s Court certainly has lots of great photographic opportunities. Do let me know if you are celebrating your wedding at Wallett’s Court and I would be more than happy to discuss your photography needs further!

Thanks to Kevin and the staff at Wallett’s Court for your kind hospitality and hope to be working with you soon!

{Sandra and Dai’s wedding} Woodlands Park Hotel, Leatherhead Register Office and La Capanna

What a beautiful day for a wedding. Saturday 17 April found me in Surrey for Sandra and Dai’s wedding. In temperatures of over 20 degrees, it had all the ingredients for a wonderful day. I hope that you enjoy the slideshow … and there will be plenty more images available on-line for Sandra and Dai’s family to enjoy on their return from honeymoon.

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Brogdale Collections near Faversham in Kent

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a stroll around the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale near Faversham with Sally Roger who co-ordinates bookings for weddings and party celebrations at Brogdale.

We had the most gorgeous of weather, with the first blossoms just starting to show on the trees. Sally was explaining how any wedding photographer needs to have permission from the Collection and a guide to accompany them if they wish to take the bride and groom into the Collection for photographs. I have a wedding booked here for September this year and Sally mentioned how the fields of fruit are like shining lights, with rich autumnal colours.

But here’s a quick little taster of a few images that I took – I decided to process these with a vintage action and love the way that the sky looks so dramatic …

The Brogdale Collections website is here: Brogdale Collections. If you are considering having a celebration at Brogdale, whether it is a wedding or an anniversary, do contact me to discuss more. As I am Faversham based, it’s very easy for me to get to Brogdale and I love to promote local venues too!

And the miniature railway can be opened up on request …

Lords Golf & Country Club, Rayleigh, photographed by Samantha Jones

I met up with Vikki and Mark who are getting married at Lords in February 2011 … we had a chat and a good look around the venue, coming up with some great ideas for photos … including the driving range (I won’t forget, Mark …). I am pleased to say that they have asked me to photograph their wedding and I am over the moon at having the chance to photograph such a great couple at such a great venue. I was also Vikki’s sister’s wedding photographer way back in August 2009 (Jo and Ed at Langtons) and will also be photographing Jo’s new arrival, due in the early autumn.

Whilst we all know that February probably won’t be warm, I took the opportunity to have a look around Lords to record the details … the venue room is bathed in light …

And the grounds are fabulous …

So looking forward to organising our pre-wedding shoot and the wedding itself … February will come round quickly!

Samantha Jones photographer shoots a very windy pre-wedding session at the beach

Thank goodness we rescheduled this pre-wedding session – Tracy, James and I were supposed to be meeting up at the end of March but it was freezing cold and very unpleasant. So we delayed by a week or so … and here are some of the images that we got … it was windy, but beautifully sunny …

We were a bit cold due to the wind, but we were getting more creative … love these shots, put together by Tracy:

Tracy manages and runs Virtually Organised (www.virtuallyorganised.com), which means that she works remotely for clients and carries out administrative tasks on their behalf, including accounts. However, I think she could get a job as a creative stylist!

Pre-wedding sessions are included in all of my wedding photography and, in my opinion, an important part of getting to know my clients. We have fun and try different things and my clients get used to the whole idea of being photographed. And then it’s not such a shock on the actual day.

Thanks to Tracy and James for braving the wind (and the mud …) and looking forward to your wedding in June.

Read’s wedding {Sheila and Bernie}

Sheila and Bernie celebrated their wedding at Read’s in Faversham on Good Friday. I had a great time photographing their preparations and celebrations … from the moment I walked into the Willow Room at Read’s to meet Sheila and her daughters … to the moment when I left them choosing from the scrumptious menu for their wedding breakfast … it was fun!

The weather worked out well for Sheila and Bernie as it had been raining in the morning and was looking very threatening indeed, but we managed to get outside (despite the cold …) for some pictures for them to remember their day … hope you enjoy the slideshow!

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Sheila carried out one of not so well known of the traditions in the saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, some blue … and a sixpence in your shoe”. There were readings by Georgina and Donna and some tears too … Darren was best man and it was a lovely, intimate ceremony.

Read’s certainly is a wonderful venue, with fabulous attention to detail and I am sure that Sheila and Bernie were well looked after on their special day.

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