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Blossom …

A quick personal post to end the week before I’m off to second shoot a wedding on Saturday at The Orangery and then to exhibit at Bridgewood Manor wedding fair on Sunday.

The majority of my photography is for my clients and I tend to hang up the camera when I’m not working.

But last week, in the garden, whilst testing out a new lens, I saw this …

Cherry blossoms against a blue sky by Samantha Jones Photography

It’s so quintessentially spring. It epitomises the change in seasons that we are so lucky to have in the UK. Sadly, now that the winds and rain have returned, the blossoms are falling and the time is nearly past.

But it will be summer soon … have a fabulous weekend, whatever you are doing and just stop, once in a while, to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us all. xx

Faversham Hat Festival – the first ever and hopefully, the first of many!

The whole town was buzzing. The Best of Faversham market, along with the regular market, stalls lining the streets and the Hat Festival in the Alexander Centre. I absolutely love meeting new people and photographing smiles and enjoyment. I was delighted to be invited along by Rachel, who owns the Hat Shop in West Street, for the first ever Faversham Hat Festival.

It was busy, and fun and enjoyable, and I did meet lots of new people and caught up with some who are already friends and/or clients. I also had a small pop-up studio with me and, when I could, took photographs of those who stopped by …

Here are a few …

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 1

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 2

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 3

Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography 4

If you’d like to see more photographs of the event, why not pop over to my online gallery hosting page http://samanthajonesphotography.smugmug.com where you can find two galleries of images.

I also met the artist Tracie Peisley (traciepeisley.com) who is not only an artist, but a creator of beautiful, beautiful things …

Tracie Peisley by Samantha Jones Photography

I now have dress envy … to all of you who stopped by to say hello, who took the time to make a hat or who just picked out one from their hat collection, congratulations. And to Rachel, who organised the event, well done for all your hard work and I hope that next year is bigger and better still!

The stars of the show … the fabulous behatted dogs at the Faversham Hat Festival!

OK, the heading isn’t strictly true. The dogs that I photographed weren’t all wearing hats but they are certainly cute … The first ever Faversham Hat Festival was a great success and was incredibly busy! I didn’t have enough time to chat with everyone who stopped by my stand but I did manage to get some great shots!

The stars of the show - jaunty dogs at the Faversham Hat Festival by Samantha Jones Photography

Faversham Hat Festival fabulous dogs by Samantha Jones Photography

If you’d like to see both galleries (dogs and people), why not pop over to my online gallery. The galleries aren’t passworded so you should be able to access them easily.

There was also a special offer running for family photoshoots so if you’re interested, drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and I can send you more information. And I can photograph your dogs too!

But, in the meantime, congratulations to everyone who worked so very hard for the first Hat Festival and I’m looking forward to next year already! You can out more about the business that worked so very hard to launch this event … the Hat Shop in West Street, Faversham.

Gemma and David – a September wedding at The Little Silver Hotel

I first met Gemma and David at Gemma’s brother’s wedding when he celebrated his marriage to Emma at Rowhill Grange. It was great to be invited back to photograph another family celebration and also to see some familiar, and friendly, faces!

The day dawned bright and clear and, on arrival at The Little Silver, it was time to crack on with the details …

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 1

And I was allowed to see the dress … beautiful in lace, delicate and just perfect for Gemma’s petite frame.

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 2

The girls had given Gemma a book, filled with photographs and lovely words. Smiles all round!

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 3

Buttoning a bride into her dress always seems to take longer than you think but armed with crochet hook and two pairs of hands, both mum and mum-in-law-to-be were on the case.

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 4

See the beautiful brooch detail on Gemma’s bouquet?

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 5

And then it was outside to find the boys. Who didn’t seem nervous in the slightest …

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 6

An outside wedding in the UK is always a risk but there were absolutely no concerns with the clear blue skies!

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 7

The bride’s proud father walked her slowly along the red carpet …

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 8

And, under perfect summer skies, Gemma was married to David …

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 8a

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 9

In the US, the next part of a wedding is often called the cocktail hour. I think we term it welcome drinks and canap├ęs which Gemma and David’s guests enjoyed in the gardens whilst we had time for a quick stroll around the grounds for some portraits.

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 10

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 11

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 12

Gorgeous, aren’t they?

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 13

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 14

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 15

The theme was black and white with accents of red with amazing flower displays all within the Kent Hall.

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 16

Now, I listen to a lot of speeches. Some of which are very entertaining, some of which reveal secret snippets about the couple but this speech from best man Glenn, set to a slideshow and to the tune of a well known Madness song, with words inspired by Gemma and David, was hilarious. As I think you can see from the reactions of the bride and groom!

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 17

I don’t often see bouquets being tossed at weddings but Gemma was determined … as determined as bridesmaid Alex was to catch it against some stiff competition!

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 18

All too soon it was time for cake cutting …

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 19

And their first dance together as man and wife.

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 20

Before I left everyone to their celebrations, we had just a few minutes outside for one final shot, helped by Gemma’s brother, Luke and his iPhone!

Gemma and David wedding at Little Silver Hotel 21

Thanks so much for inviting me to share your day and I hope that we will meet again at future family celebrations! xx

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