Brogdale Collection {bridal photoshoot} and other things …

So, where was the sun? Just when we needed a glorious day for a photoshoot … none. None at all. But this didn’t dampen our spirits today at The Brogdale Collection www.brogdalecollections.co.uk. With bridal gowns from Country Brides of Faversham www.countrybrides.uk.com, flowers from Michele at FlowerArt www.flowerart-uk.com, cakes from Sally at www.sally4cakes.co.uk, our beautiful electric blue VW Camper Van from Nick at www.weddingcamper.co.uk, vintage china and ephemera from www.moreteavicar-online.co.uk and make up and hair by Lauren from www.stylish-solutions.co.uk and, of course, photography by me www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk, we were set to go!

Here’s just a quick taster of some of the shots which we managed, despite the overcast skies, to achieve. Brogdale has recently been licensed as a wedding venue and there are so many amazing places in the grounds to shoot …

It was great fun spending time with everyone today and I hoped that you all enjoyed it! I would thoroughly recommend any of the suppliers from the shoot … and I hope that they would recommend me too! Next time, sunshine …

Two weddings in two days and two double rainbows … Vicky and Cliff {married} at Salmestone Grange

Just the quickest of sneak peeks today after my double header of weddings. Today I had the pleasure of joining Vicky and Cliff and their families and friends at Salmestone Grangenear Margate for their wedding celebrations. After a brief shower, there was sunshine for the group shots and then some gorgeous light for my time alone with the newly weds! Here’s your sneak peek …

And yes, I nearly did fall in the pond getting this shot … just a bit further back, just a bit further …

Have a lovely honeymoon and the images will be ready for you on your return. And thanks for the delicious meal too … the strawberry cheesecake was just perfection! xx

Amanda and Rob {married} at Chelsea Register Office

What a day! A Red London bus, a wedding at Chelsea, rain, hailstones, rain, some more rain and then sun, a double rainbow and a trip on the London Eye … congratulations to Amanda and Rob who were married today at Chelsea Register Office. Just a quick sneak peek for them … and all the best wishes for your future lives together!

Hope you enjoyed the rest of your day and that the celebrations last long into the night!

Testimonials {are a beautiful thing}

Are you one of my fabulous clients? Whether wedding, engagement, lifestyle or business client, testimonials are a great way to spread the word about the experience that you had with me, your photographer. My testimonial page www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk/testimonials on my website is being updated to include current (and if I do say so myself, glowing …) testimonials that I have received. I also encourage my clients to find me on Google and FreeIndex and to post testimonials there too.

As I am currently the nominated photographer for www.thebestof.co.uk/local/canterbury, they also have a review page on local businesses. If you are local and you have used me as your photographer, why not fill out a review form here and, whilst you are there, check out some other great offers on the site for local companies.

I always love to hear from my brides and grooms once they have received their images. Here’s a recent note from Ellie and Ed (their wedding is here):

“We received the discs yesterday and I must say they were beautifully wrapped and presented. We looked through the photos together last night and we absolutely love them. Thank you so much. I can’t say how pleased we are. Thanks again!”

Thanks Ellie and Ed! You can find other testimonials here on my blog too. So get clicking and get writing and make your photographer a very happy one!

Andy and Jimmy at Chapel Down Winery {sneak peek}

Andy and Jimmy celebrated their commitment to each other as life partners yesterday at Chapel Down Winery. The sun shone, the Pimms flowed and it really was the most amazing ceremony! With readings from John Donne, William Shakespeare, W H Auden, Christopher Marlow and A. A. Milne, it was full of light and laughter … and bubbles!

In choosing my sneak peek from yesterday’s wedding, I had been given the nod that Andy and Jimmy’s exit from their service would be full of bubbles … and they didn’t know anything about it!

Now these boys move fast … and were in absolute fits of laughter whilst their guests applauded their exit! I was delighted to be a part of their celebrations and to feel so very welcome amongst their family and friends.

Oh, OK then, one more fabulous portrait of the boys in the vineyards at Chapel Down …

Thank you to everyone and especially to Andy and Jimmy’s best people, their master and mistress of ceremonies and their ushers who made everything go like clockwork.

Beautiful {Baby} A … seven weeks old and delicious!

You may remember my “bump” shoot way back in April … a mother’s love. Well, now meet gorgeous baby A who made her arrival seven weeks ago and who is … well absolutely gorgeous! I’m just posting a couple of teasers here as I know her proud dad (and mum too) would love to share them with family … be prepared to fall in love …

This gorgeous little one was the strongest I think I’ve photographed at such an early age. She was incredibly curious … and just happy!

I hope that you enjoy sharing these images with your family … and looking forward to coming back in six months time to see you all again! If you are expecting, or have a newborn, check out my bump to baby packages. All in the comfort of your own home with a beautiful album at the end of the three sessions filled with images of your choice. More details are on my website: www.samanthajonesphotography.co.uk. Do drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk if you would like to discuss further.

Ellie and Ed … the story of their {wedding} at Mount Ephraim

I first met up with Ellie and Ed way back in 2010 on a cold and bright autumn day. I was delighted when they booked me as their photographer for two reasons – firstly, they were so excited about their wedding and secondly Mount Ephraim, their venue, is only five minutes drive from my house. Actually, there are lots and lots of reasons why I was so pleased that they decided to have me to document their day … sit back, relax and enjoy their day!

I met up with the girls during bridal preparations, with Shelley and Sharon bustling around and arranging and pouring champagne … and with a beautiful dress (‘Aphrodite’ by Sophia Tolli) and fabulous shoes and accessories, I knew it would be a wonderful day!

The girls were being beautified by the amazing Vicky Lord (www.vickilord.co.uk for hair) and Lucy Jayne (www.lucyjaynemake-up.co.uk for make-up) and were transformed …

But more of that in a moment … whilst the girls were finalising their preparations, I strolled around the venue … keeping my fingers crossed that the rain would hold off as Ellie and Ed were intending to have an outdoors ceremony …

With cakes by the fabulous Janet of Delicakes (www.weddingsdelicakes.co.uk (two of Janet’s cupcakes are shortlisted in the National Cupcake Competition 2011 run by British Baker Magazine) and flowers by the lovely Michelle at FlowerArt (www.flowerart-uk.com), (both of whom I recommended), the scene was being set …

The boys were now turning up for Ed’s interview with the registrar and confirmation was received – the outdoors ceremony was going ahead!

With two lovely readings … and a rather persistent wasp … Ellie and Ed were married!

Then up to the house for canapes and drinks … the rain had started in earnest by now so the group shots were a little delayed. We took a few moments for a couple of portraits of Ellie and Ed …

But luckily, there was a break in the weather and it was back outside again!

The wedding breakfast looked amazing and the food superb (www.chefscottanderson.co.uk) and I busied myself with setting up the photobooth for the evening … but then the sun came out so we dashed outside for a couple of shots in the garden.

Then on to the speeches …

… during which there were some embarrassing moments and some tearful moments …

And best man Dave caught everyone’s attention with a rather risque memoire of the groom …

I kept a watching brief on the changing weather and managed to get in some fun shots in the “booth” …

And then there was the most amazing sunset …

I don’t think I’ve had a wedding day where the weather was quite so changeable and I was so pleased that Ellie and Ed took my suggestions of leaving their guests, just for a few moments, as it was worth it for the photographs that we captured.

And finally, their first dance to “Seaside” by the Kooks and sadly it was time for me to leave … but I am sure that the celebrations lasted long into the night.

Thank you again to all your families and friends who made me feel so very welcome. And I wish you both all the happiness for your married life together! xx

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