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Two ladies with a very spirtual nature … Samantha Jones Photography photographs two spiritualists

My work as a full-time photographer sees me experiencing lots of different situations … often taking me out of my comfort zone. But not in this case … I met the lovely Susan at a recent event and she asked me to take some up-to-date photographs of her and her colleague, Yvette, for use on their websites. Both of these lovely ladies certainly put me at ease and we had a fun time getting some great images for them to use …

And if you view Susan’s website (www.spiritualnature.co.uk) you can see that she is already using a selection of my images there. And they look great! Susan is based in Ashford and offers clairvoyancy, Reiki Healing and is also a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner. She is contactable either through the number on her site or her email (susan@spiritualnature.co.uk).

And you can read more about Yvette by checking out her site (www.yvettetamara.com). Her email address for contact purposes is yvettejenna@aol.com.

Thanks again ladies for making this shoot so much fun … and hugs to Tia (the cute little dog) too!

Kate and Blake … {wedding} part 2

After the ceremony at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, we all moved on to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale. Kate and Blake had hired the miniature railway (www.favershamminiaturerailway.co.uk) to entertain their guests, which, of course, made for some great shots!

And also for some great portrait shots of the lovely bride …

And we took a little bit of time away from the guests to get some shots lit with off-camera flash …

I think that shots like this set my photography apart from those taken by family and friends … creative use of light and directing my clients is fun!

So, whilst the bride and groom enjoyed their wedding breakfast with their guests, I popped home to upload and print a few pictures for Kate and Blake to take away with them. I returned for the speeches, and heard Kate’s father relate many stories of Kate and water …!

And then the happy couple cut their cake …

had their first dance …

And then the party started!

So, that comes to end of my story of Kate and Blake’s wedding celebrations. I do hope that they will be able to get an internet connection in Ghana to enjoy these images, but I am sure that they will have very many happy memories from their special day. It would be great if you could leave a comment below for Kate and Blake which I hope that they will see very soon.

Kate and Blake Barton {wedding} at St Peter and St Paul’s church at Ospringe

I have so many images that I would love to share with you from Kate and Blake’s wedding at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Ospringe. So I have decided to write two blogs post … starting with the celebrations at the church. The day started off with rain showers and I think that we were all watching the forecast with baited breath … but we did not need to worry, as the rain held off and the sun even made a short appearance!

Starting with Blake and his best man, his brother Brett:

And the gorgeous bridesmaids … being, well gorgeous!

And the last few nervous moments waiting in the church …

But no need to be nervous, Kate was arriving … ably assisted by her maid of honour, Anissa …

As Kate arrived alongside Blake, he whispered something to her …

St Peter and St Paul’s church is beautiful and I wanted to shoot without flash so as not to detract from Kate and Blake’s ceremony …

Reverend Ali who conducted the marriage ceremony, encourages enthusiastic participation by the congregation and they raised the rafters with their singing and their promise to support Kate and Blake in their married lives together. Both Kate and Blake’s mothers lit a candle representing their families and then Kate and Blake lit their own joint candle to symbolise their joining together.

After a blessing at the high altar, welcome the new Mr and Mrs Barton!

And on to the formal photography part …

And Kate and Blake leaving for their reception at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale …

Watch out for Part 2 which includes some fabulous bridal portraits, fun shots of the bride and groom and dancing. Lots and lots of dancing!

Kate and Blake Barton .. {sneak peek}

Congratulations to Kate and Blake who were married on 25 August …

I promised a sneak peek and here it is …

More will follow but for now, I hope that the new Mr and Mrs Barton have safely arrived in Ghana to start their new lives together. With all the best wishes in the world xx

Bespoke wedding stationers Arterworks and Samantha Jones Photography have a chat!

I met Carol from Arterworks (check out their site www.arterworks.co.uk) and she showed me her huge selection of bespoke wedding stationery.

Carol has been running Arterworks since 2006 and is based just outside of Canterbury. With her business also being available online, she is able to serve the whole country. Local consultations are free and design work (which is also free!) starts as soon as a commitment has been made by the couple. Where distance is an issue, consultations and discussions take place over the phone or via emails, and once a design is approved, samples are sent out for a first hand inspection.

Carol tells me that she works closely with her clients to create a unique bespoke and handmade design which covers the entire wedding stationery range, from save the date cards, to invitations and reply cards, orders of service and table plans.

In fact, pretty much everything you might need. Carol will even help to source more unusual items for her brides such as confetti in a particular colour! Each design is different and totally unique to the bride and groom – with so many different choices of designs, papers and colours, it’s not surprising.

Carol also offers a unique service in that she can produce bespoke watercolours which can be used throughout the stationery range. Here is an example of flowers for table names:

And after the wedding, Arterworks can still help. They provide bespoke guest books, photo albums and even storage boxes for those special reminders of the day.

Arterworks will be at a wedding fair at Solton Manor on 12 September 2010. If you do contact Carol, please do mention that I sent you and her contact details are: sales@arterworks.co.uk and 01227 830068.

{Thank you} from Rachel and Peter Amos … my most recent wedding couple

I just wanted to add this personal post … there are always so many people involved in making a wedding day special and I was overjoyed to receive a beautiful bouquet of multi-coloured roses from my wonderful bride and groom, Rachel and Peter.

I thought I would incorporate their kind words into a montage with a picture of the beautiful flowers …

If you click on their names above, you can view my blog post from their wedding day. I enjoyed it very much and I know that they did too. Bring on the “Rock the Frock” session … it’s going to be great fun!

Thank you both for the very kind gesture and it very nearly made me cry xxx

Maidstone photographer Samantha Jones photographs Rachel and Pete’s wedding celebrations at The Old Rectory

Apparently, it is lucky when it rains on your wedding day. Nature decided to play some tricks on us for Rachel and Pete’s wedding at The Old Rectory yesterday. Starting out with pouring rain the morning and then the most beautiful afternoon sunshine, there was a real mix!

Rachel and Pete booked me as their wedding photographer way back in October last year (see their engagement pics here … – they loved the style of my blog and decided that I was the photographer for them.

I had been looking forward to this wedding so much and they did not disappoint! From Rachel’s mad dash to the venue from her hairdresser (that chap in the caravan will never forget it …); to the amazing friends and family who came to celebrate their wedding; to the first kiss (before they were husband and wife) and Pete getting a “telling off” from the registrar; to the feeling that this couple are right for each other, both friends and now husband and wife.

Anyway, I digress … I promised that I would post a teaser from yesterday here … but I just couldn’t post only one, could I?

And after the ceremony …

The gorgeous couple …

And the super gorgeous (Nigel did mention that once or twice in his best man’s speech …) bride …

And one final shot in the warm evening sunlight … the happy couple!

The rest of the images will be ready for Rachel and Pete on their return from honeymoon but in the meantime, I wish them all the happiness in the world xxx

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