Looking back on 2012 and looking forward to 2013 …

The end of one year and the start of the next is always a great time to sit and reflect on what’s in the past and what is to come. I’ve had the best year yet in my photography business and wanted to share with you images from all my 2012 weddings. A further blog post will cover family photoshoots and also bump to baby sessions.

My wedding year started in March, when I joined Julie and Peter for their celebrations.

Julie and Peter wedding at Croydon Register office by Samantha Jones Photography

May then saw me at Jo and Christian’s wedding at Hamlet’s Hotel … a bright, warm and fun day!

Joanne and Christian at Hamlet's Hotel by Samantha Jones Photography

June was a busy month, with three wonderful weddings, first, Joanna and Tom in Lenham …

Joanna and Tom married in Lenham by Samantha Jones Photography

Followed by Jade and Callum and their Archbishop’s Palace wedding …

Jade and Callum at the Archbishop's Palace by Samantha Jones Photography

And hard on their heels was Emma and Mark’s wedding at St Edmund’s in Canterbury. Pink, stylish and fun!

Emma and Mark wedding at St Edmund's by Samantha Jones Photography

I had a couple of weekends with “back to back” weddings, ie a Friday wedding followed by another wedding on Saturday. Tiring but inspiring!

Pamela and Daniel’s wedding at Hadlow Manor was such an example. The summer of 2012 was quite a tough one, weatherwise, but the sun shone for this couple … and they were the first of my four weddings at Hadlow Manor in 2012!

Pamela and Daniel at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

The following day saw the celebrations of Carolyn and Daniel who were married in Woodnesborough on a day that was alternately sunny, raining, sunny … you get the picture!

Carolyn and Daniel wedding in Woodnesborough by Samantha Jones Photography

When I mentioned rain, I immediately thought of my next wedding at Lympne Castle with the lovely Frances and Phil – egg and spoon races, Bombay Sapphire Gin as wedding favours, cake made by the groom … gorgeous!

Frances and Phil married at Lympne Castle by Samantha Jones Photography

Rowhill Grange was the venue for Emma and Luke’s outside wedding which was delayed until the rain stopped. But it didn’t dampen their enjoyment of the whole day!

Emma and Luke married at Rowhill Grange by Samantha Jones Photography

August was filled with weddings – six of them in total! Such an amazingly busy month with very individual and personal weddings. Such as that of Tasha and Nick who celebrated a windy outside wedding at the Blazing Donkey. As far as personal details go, this couple filled their day with them!

Natasha and Nick married at the Blazing Donkey by Samantha Jones Photography

And the weather was hotting up for Lydia and Peter’s wedding in Whitstable and then at Provender House near Faversham. With a beautiful wedding cake made by Peter’s sister, and whole host of bridesmaids and some dashingly handsome groomsmen, the ingredients were all there for an amazing day!

Lydia and Peter wedding at Provender House by Samantha Jones Photography

I returned to Hadlow Manor just a few days later for Julie and Noel – oh the giggling! This image makes me smile every time!

Julie and Noel married at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

Another hot day in August saw me luckily by the seaside for the Dover wedding of Jakki and Colin. A very unusually styled wedding dress and a love poem … gorgeous!

Jakki and Colin at the Dover Marina Hotel by Samantha Jones Photography

Another two weddings followed in quick succession … and my first wedding at Quex House for the fabulous Charly and Mark – another lucky couple who managed to dodge the rain!

Charly and Mark married at Quex Park by Samantha Jones Photography

And a trip to the south coast of Kent for Sarah and Ray’s Sandwich Guildhall wedding with a super set of wedding guests and lots of post-wedding dancing in the sunshine – their wedding day was super hot!

Sarah and Ray married at The Guildhall in Sandwich by Samantha Jones Photography

Another four weddings followed in September … starting with teachers Rosie and David and their very large wedding celebrations in Chilham and Faversham. The couple had decided on a sharing wedding breakfast and the choice was amazing!

Rosie and David married in Chilham by Samantha Jones Photography

Teresa and Ray were another of my Hadlow Manor wedding couples on a beautiful and very warm September Saturday!

Teresa and Ray married at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

Another new venue for me, the wonderful Newlands Chapel and the fantastic Kily and Ed. Oh Kily, you took everyone’s breath away when you walked into the chapel … and you looked … gorge!

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I also joined Hilary and David for their celebrations at Mount Ephraim – a beautiful wedding venue on a gorgeous late September day.

And my wedding season stretched into October and my last wedding at Hadlow Manor was that of Carole and Peter. Fabulous, fun, relaxed and very entertaining … and the widest of smiles too!

Carole and Peter married at Hadlow Manor by Samantha Jones Photography

The weather was changing … and for my last wedding of the year, it was 6 degrees and gale force winds. It was great to see out my year for a Faversham wedding and Heather and Andy’s wedding at the Parish Church was windy, cold and full of emotion. And the memories of getting “the” sunset shot will stay with me for ever!

Heather and Andy married in Faversham by Samantha Jones Photography

So, that was my year in weddings. I love hearing from all my couples and sometimes even with good news of additions to their families. I’m so looking forward to 2013 and meeting lots of new brides and grooms and creating the most amazing memories. Happy New Year!

If you are interested in discussing your own wedding photography requirements, do email me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and you can find out more about the current packages on offer by clicking here.

Oysters and hearts – Jemma and Rob’s pre-wedding photoshoot in Whistable {sneak peek}

We had snow on Wednesday here in Kent. Which took us a little by surprise. Jemma and Rob are getting married in December 2013 and Jemma explained that she always wanted a December wedding – whether or not it snows … luckily they will be getting married and having their reception in the same venue so there shouldn’t be too many logistical problems of moving their guests from one place to another. The local farmers will also be on hand to clear away any snow … Jemma is organised. Very organised indeed. And a little excited too …

Pre-wedding photoshoots have a great value, in my opinion. It helps me to learn more about my couples and I do find it easier to shoot their wedding day when we’ve spent a couple of hours together, discussing posing and hand holding and hearing more about their plans. It should also help my couples to relax about the photography side of their wedding at least. And I hope that we achieved that yesterday in a chilly Whitstable.

What struck me about Jemma and Rob is that they laugh. With each other. A lot. I had to remind myself to keep shooting and keep my camera steady whilst watching them giggle and smile … lovely!

Jemma and Rob pre-wedding photoshoot in Whitstable copyright Samantha Jones Photography

Jemma had chosen some appropriate jewellery too.

Jemma and Rob pre-wedding photoshoot in Whitstable copyright Samantha Jones Photography

And more giggling …

Jemma and Rob pre-wedding photoshoot in Whitstable copyright Samantha Jones Photography

An oyster shell made a great background for Jemma’s beautiful engagement ring.

Jemma and Rob pre-wedding photoshoot in Whitstable copyright Samantha Jones Photography

They look great together, don’t they?

Jemma and Rob pre-wedding photoshoot in Whitstable copyright Samantha Jones Photography

The lattes were tasty and very necessary to help us warm up after being outside for an hour. But I think it was worth it.

Jemma had chosen some appropriate jewellery too.  <img src= and Rob pre-wedding photoshoot in Whitstable copyright Samantha Jones Photography

So, will it or won’t it snow for Jemma and Rob’s wedding? I know that it is going to be the most beautiful celebration and I can’t wait to be a part of it. xx

If you are interested in discussing your own wedding photography requirements, do email me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and you can find out more about the current packages on offer by clicking here.

It’ll only take a “Mo” … the big shave off at Whitehead Monckton

It has been quite strange to see so many moustaches around recently (and some rather dodgy looking ones, I might add) – November is the month where men around the world grow a moustache for Movember, charity raising funds and awareness of prostate cancer.

I was invited along to Whitehead Monckton www.whitehead-monckton.co.ukat the Maidstone offices to photograph the big shave off! Eight brave members of staff were putting themselves up for the popular vote and also having their rather tickly moustaches removed by a wet shave barber from King Barber in Maidstone.

Here’s the before …

Whitehead Monckton raising funds for the Movember charity photographed by Samantha Jones Photography

And some moustache twiddling before the final cut …

Whitehead Monckton raising funds for the Movember charity photographed by Samantha Jones Photography

And … action!

Whitehead Monckton raising funds for the Movember charity photographed by Samantha Jones Photography

Whitehead Monckton raising funds for the Movember charity photographed by Samantha Jones Photography

You may just spot the interlopers … I’m delighted to hear that over £600 was raised by the company but that the votes for the best “Mo” are still being counted! Thanks for having me along and for making a donation on my behalf to the charity too.

Here’s to next year!

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