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Hannah and Simon – the story of their bright and breezy June wedding

Put the kettle on, get comfy and enjoy. I struggled to narrow down the amount of images to show Hannah and Simon’s fun and very personal wedding last June in Graveney Church and then Poplar Hall. So there are a lot. Really … a lot. With such a full day planned, I’d co-ordinated timings with the bride and groom and arrived at groom prep to a very busy and cheerful group of guys …

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After gently pointing out the date on the table settings … I sped off to catch up with gorgeous bride, Hannah, and her bridesmaids and family who were getting ready in Whitstable.

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The light was pouring in through the huge picture window which faced right on to the seaside walk. Luckily Hannah had an alternative room to get ready in …

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The scent from the sweet peas in the delicate bouquets by Kathryn Goddard (www.kathryngoddard.com) was quite intoxicating and perfect for a June wedding.

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And then, the moment arrived … tears, smiles, giggles, the whole works!

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It was an exceptionally windy day and being right by the coast made it seem even windier but we popped out on to the balcony, under the watchful eyes of many passers by for a few shots with the girls!

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Then it was time to leave the ladies to their final preparations and to make my way back along the coast to Graveney. A small village with two churches that have the same name. Now, as a local, I know this … but some of the guests and ushers didn’t … thank goodness for mobile phones!

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Simon had a suit personalised with their wedding date, an antique pocket watch, Darth Vader cufflinks and a massive smile!

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Many of the guests were being brought to the church by vintage bus and so it was time to usher them into the church and await the arrival of the bride.

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The bride was escorted by her father … who also conducted the ceremony. That was certainly mentioned in the speeches! With emotional readings and music by Hannah’s cousins, a singing which drowned out the sound of the wind, Hannah and Simon were married.

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A short drive back to Poplar Hall with the bride and groom being transported in a beautiful car owned by Simon’s father!

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After group shots and canapés, it was time to enjoy the wedding breakfast served on vintage tea plates and china lovingly collected by Simon’s mother.

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We managed to pop out for a few bride and groom portraits, with my lighting assistant, Simon’s brother and best man.

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With a beautiful cake made by friends and selection of wedding photographs from years gone past, I saw quite a few of the older generation enjoying looking at the prints.

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Cake cut, tasted and shared …

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And the dancing began. And I got the “dip”! You smoothie, Simon!

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Friendly, fun, personal, enjoyable – what more can I say – thank you both so much for having me along and I enjoyed every moment. And my journey home was only five minutes – oh the joy of photographing local weddings! I wish you many, many happy years and adventures to come and I hope our paths cross again in the future. xx

Leigh and Bozena – an intimate wedding at The Swan in West Malling

Back in May of last year, I was invited to cover an intimate wedding at The Swan in West Malling with just six people. Leigh and Bozena celebrated their wedding on a warm and very sunny May day, with just close family and two friends. The smiles were wide and the emotion very obvious …

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As this was a short notice booking and midweek also, I was with Leigh and Bozena for just a couple of hours. But worth it to see the smiles and also to be invited to try some of the delicious canapés offered by The Swan. If you are planning a smaller wedding, do contact me sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk for details of midweek or shorter coverage weddings – it really is worth making the small investment for a professional photographer to capture those images which will last a lifetime!

And finally … here’s 2013 through my eyes …

Varied, fun, hot, tiring, exhilarating, busy … that was my 2013. Spending time with such fabulous couples on one of the most important days of their lives is amazing. I’ve shot weddings solo, I’ve second shot with other photographers but most of all, I’ve had fun. I’ve seen so many brides and grooms publicly announce their love for each other and that is pretty special.

So thank you to all of my couples who have shown me their love and commitment, their emotions to hold dear for a lifetime of memories and to embrace the fun. I’ve tried show in the images below how I feel about what I do. I’m sorry if I missed out some of your favourite images but feast your eyes …

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Thank you. Thank you all. It’s been great. I hope that we won’t lose contact and that we our paths will cross again in the future. Let’s make it happen. Much love xxx

P.S. The picture of the hedgehog is for Hannah. Because when I delivered their wedding album, Hannah and Simon mentioned that the hedgehog hasn’t been seen since the day of the wedding. See how important my job is … xxx

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