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Erin and her friends – a birthday party photoshoot {sneak peek}

I was delighted to be asked to come along and join Erin and her four friends for a birthday party photoshoot last week. We were lucky that the weather stayed dry and that we could bring in some sunshine with the use of reflectors … the garden had a great corner for some portrait shots, the cupcakes were delicious and the rock chicks … rocked!

Here’s the gorgeous birthday girl …

And her friends!

Trying to squeeze them all into the frame was a tiny bit of a challenge …

And I can vouch for the fact that the cupcakes tasted divine as I was kindly given one too!

We set up a small “photobooth” and those girls rocked …

And Erin was practising her model poses!

And the reason that all these girls had got together was … more CAKE!

I hope that all the girls had a great time, I certainly did and I’ll be working hard to open the online gallery so that you can share the images with your families. And thanks to mum, Suzie, for the cupcake … it was truly delicious! Happy birthday Erin xx

Rosie and David … eagerly awaited part two of their wedding day story!

I hope that you enjoyed part one – I know that Rosie did as she emailed me and, having enjoyed the first part, she was looking forward to the second … here goes!

In part one, I showed a montage of the bridesmaids and now it’s time to introduce the ushers, best man and page boy (I had to photograph them at different venues as they were all so busy, it was difficult to get them to stop, even for a minute!) …

How cute? (I mean the little pageboy on the left …) And here are the others …

Big thanks must go to Josh (top left hand) for his excellent people “herding” skills for the group shots! As Brogdale is home to the national fruit collection, it seemed fitting that the table names had apples and each place name was in an apple too …

In order for all their guests to feel fully involved in the celebrations, Rosie and David had organised that everyone “bring and share” – as a result, the tables were heaving with a huge array of delicious food and provoked conversation and comments all round.

And some championship bubble blowing too! The miniature railway was also open, to the delight of the children (and their parents who really wanted to go on the trains too …)

Again, the ushers came into their own in inviting guests to return to the marquee for speeches … Rosie’s dad proudly spoke of his daughter’s achievements …

And Dave spoke of his love for his wife and for their joint belief in God … as a teacher, he could certainly capture everyone’s attention!

And over to Dave’s best man … and “David Beckham” …

Time for a few more group photographs and the light was starting to fade so Rosie, Dave and I grabbed one of his brothers to help me with a little off camera lighting …

And the light was beautiful and golden …

Rosie had set up an area where their guests could write a message and take a photograph … I’m not sure if she had expected her husband to be stolen …

But they were reunited in time for a lively first dance!

And that started off the party too …

Rosie and Dave must have been exhausted but I left them delighting in the company of their friends, families and guests. It truly was a wonderful celebration of love and friendship and I hope that you have enjoyed part two of their story. Their disc has been delivered today … and slideshow will follow very soon. Thank you to everyone who made their wedding such fun and much love to you both for your future life together. xx

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Rosie and David are married … part one of the wedding day story!

You may have seen Rosie and David’s sneak peek on the blog and I’ve very much enjoyed looking through and editing their images. With their wedding being in a church and quite local to me, I attended the rehearsal and so knew what was expected and where and what I was allowed to do!

As their ceremony was scheduled for midday, it was an early start for everyone involved in the preparation for the day … I arrived at Rosie and David’s Canterbury home to be greeted by a buzzing and excited group of people!

But first, the details …

Beautiful flowers, in fact, some of the loveliest that I have seen so far … I guess it’s great to have a bridesmaid who is also a florist! And the dress – handmade by Rosie’s aunt and beautifully decorated too …

And Rosie had the most gorgeous wedding shoes too …

And, all too soon, it was time to be helped into that beautiful and unique dress …

And time for a few bridesmaids portraits too …

The dresses were incredibly flattering for all the girls and a great choice. And now on to the cheeky pageboy and the bride …

We all sped off to Chilham – all the guests were being guided into the church by the ushers and the bride was close behind … and being chauffeured by a headteacher, no less!

And it was into the packed church … with beautiful singing and a worship band …

And a groom smiling from ear to ear when he saw his bride …

It was an emotional and very moving ceremony. And wedding rings do feel strange …

Rosie and Dave had decided to have the majority of the formal photographs taken at the church and there was time for friends to catch up with each other and for me to be shown a jaunty array of socks …

And for family memories to be made … apparently, Dave and his brothers haven’t been in a photograph together for a long time … and grandparents, who have been married for, oh, a number of years, needed to have their special photograph taken too!

Time for a portrait outside of Chilham Castle …

And then off to Brogdale for the start of the reception!

Do join me later this week for part two!

With his superhero kiss curl, William was christened!

Way back in 2009, I photographed the gorgeous Amelia’s christening, and I was delighted to be invited back to photograph William, who I first met for his newborn photoshoot, at his christening!

Here’s your sneak peek … and it was great to see lots of familiar faces too …

And he didn’t raise a murmur!

We then travelled across to The Warren for face painting, games and some more photographs …

And gorgeous Amelia!

We popped outside for the godparents to have their photographs taken …

And check out William’s super cake, made by his mum!

And here’s an updated image of William and Amelia’s cousins – they’ve changed a bit in three years!

Thanks again for inviting me to capture another part of your family history and I’m looking forward to the next time already! xx

Kily and Ed went to the chapel and they got married – {sneak peek}

The sun shone. The temperature was perfect. The chapel at Newlands was lit by candles. All was right with the world. And the moment that I, as their photographer, set eyes upon Kily … my heart skipped a beat so goodness knows how Ed felt the first time he saw his bride enter the chapel door. I have known Ed for a couple of years and was delighted to be asked to photograph his marriage to Kily. And just how “gorge” did you look, Kily?

I know that you are looking forward to your sneak peek before you jet off on your honeymoon adventure … and I wanted to find a couple of images that, for me, summed up your day. Laughter, smiles and love. What more can I say?

Lots and lots of laughter …

And, because everything was just perfect for this fabulous couple, we had a beautiful sunset too …

Thank you to everyone who smiled at the right times, to Matt and Dan for not minding when I got their names muddled, but most of all, to Kily and Ed – you made my day an absolute joy and I wish you much love and happiness, now and always. xx

Teresa and Ray {married} at Hadlow Manor – sneak peek …

Saturday was hot. Bright and sunny and perfect for Teresa and Ray’s celebrations at Hadlow Manor. Teresa and Ray had booked me at a wedding fair at Hadlow in March and I just couldn’t believe how quickly their celebrations had come around. Their ceremony was emotional but also light hearted – an absolute reflection of this lovely couple. I’m delighted to share your sneak peek(s) …

There was the most beautiful light in the corridor next to the room where Teresa and her daughter were getting ready. And Ray doesn’t look at all nervous …

We had time in between courses and after the wedding breakfast (which was delicious, by the way) to stroll out into the grounds for a few “couple” shots …

And I’m so glad that we did!

It was a pleasure spending the day with your families and guests and I hear that the celebrations went on long into the night! I hope you’ve enjoyed your sneak peek and I’ll be working hard to get your final edited images to you as soon as possible … xx

Samantha Jones Photography on the internet – Profile Picture for one of the Cooks To Market competitors!

I have a great friend, Janet, who makes the most delicious cakes. We met at a networking event way back in 2009 and have since become firm friends. We’ve been lucky enough to work together at weddings and also to meet up quite regularly (but there’s never enough time to cover every topic …). Janet made my parents wedding anniversary cake, I’ve photographed her “baby” son Elliott and she made the most gorgeous cupcakes for Ellie and Ed’s wedding at Mount Ephraim. I photographed Janet for promotional purposes and for her to have professional business portraits when she was featured in a Kent wedding magazine. In fact, our paths continue to cross.

So I was more than delighted to hear that Janet and her friend Suzanne had decided to enter Sky Living’s new Cooks to Market cookery show and that one of my images was used on their “Meet the Cooks” section.

Sadly, you can’t really see too much of the cooks but this image was taken at Brogdale during their cherry festival at which Janet and Suzanne were showcasing their new product, Delikones. However, I am delighted to see that the copyright has been properly credited – a little moment of fame …

Here’s the full image if you would like to see the ladies in full (so to speak!):

I’m delighted to see how successful Janet has become, she is incredibly motivated to ensure that her business succeeds and she also is a wonderful person who makes delicious cakes. I can’t wait to tune in this week to see how she and Suzanne get on!

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