Heavy and slow moving showers … really? We didn’t see them … Chelsea and Ashley’s sneak peek

After so many days of beautiful weather with blue skies and just the tiniest fluffiest white clouds, the forecast wasn’t good. When I arrived at bridal preparations for Chelsea, it was raining. Whilst she was having the final touches put to her make up and hair, and the veil was being put in, we were all channeling positive thoughts. So much planning goes into every wedding but the only thing you can’t control is the weather. I’d cleaned my “wet wedding” umbrellas in the hope that it would ward off the rain … and, once again, against all odds, Faversham escaped the worst of the rain and we had the most amazing time …

Working with local suppliers, Chelsea and Ashley had made some great choices and it was like working with close friends. From Dave, the VW Beetle man, who produced a whole array of helpful things from the boot (hair spray, mirror, champagne …) to the amazing floral skills of Michele at FlowerArt (www.flowerart-uk.com), to the beautifully decorated reception venue, cleverly orchestrated by the lovely Amanda at Amanda Jane Wedding Design (www.amanda-jane.co.uk) to Sylvia and Leanda at Country Brides (www.countrybrides.uk.com) who dressed Chelsea in the most beautiful and incredibly flattering bridal gown … it was a day to be savoured and enjoyed.

Chelsea and Ashley wedding by Samantha Jones Photography

I could have photographed this gorgeous couple all day …

Chelsea and Ashley wedding by Samantha Jones Photography 2

And yes, they had a sweetie cart. And yes, they didn’t mind taking off their wedding rings …

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Chelsea and Ashley, you are such lovely, friendly and honest people. Sarah and I very much enjoyed sharing your day and all your celebrations with you. Thank you for feeding us and seating us with such interesting people and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for choosing me as your photographer to capture your special day. Much love xxx

Chelsea and Ashley’s pre-wedding photoshoot and the art of “telephone number” posing …

I admire the work of many photographers and I do follow lots of trends and blogs that they write. And Jerry Ghionis, an Australian photographer, uses the art of “telephone number” posing to relax his couples and get a diversity of images.

So when I had the chance to photograph Chelsea and Ashley just a few days before their forthcoming wedding, and knowing that Ashley really doesn’t like having his photo taken, I thought I’d channel Jerry and see what happened …

Chelsea and Ashley pre-wedding photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 1

Chelsea and Ashley pre-wedding photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 2

The movement in the placing of a hand, the bend in a wrist or the bending of a knee can make a huge difference in the final result.

Chelsea and Ashley pre-wedding photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 3

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As can pushing your tongue into the roof of your mouth … simple, but effective! And you wouldn’t notice the difference unless you saw two photos side by side to compare. The light absolutely loves you, Chelsea, and I can’t wait to photograph you in your wedding finery.

Chelsea and Ashley pre-wedding photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 7

The current forecast for their wedding tomorrow isn’t great. Sunshine and showers are forecast …

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So the wedding umbrellas have been cleaned … and we are ready. And it might just rain at all the right times, but whatever the weather throws at us, we are going to rock this wedding! … xxx

Feeling good and delivering results …

I had the pleasure of photographing Sara and Steve’s wedding at Pines Calyx back in May of this year. Everything combined on the day to make it just perfect. Sara and Steve quickly decided on the images that they wanted in their album and smaller “brag books”. One tiny change was needed to the final album design … which I delivered yesterday.

Sara and Steve's main wedding album

Here are some images of the smaller “brag books”.

Sara and Steve's mini albums

Sara’s nan and mum are both waiting impatiently for their copies. Sarah’s nan wants to show it to her hairdresser … but I have a sneaky suspicion that these albums are going to be enjoyed and shared time and time again. It really is worth making the investment to have something tangible to keep for future generations.

If I’ve photographed your wedding and you took the “disc only” option, maybe now is the time to this about an album … I love designing them and seeing which images are chosen. Drop me a line sam@samanthajonesphotography.co.uk and we can chat …

But, in the meantime, enjoy sharing your albums, Sara and Steve xx

Julie Davies Flower Workshops – flowers for friends and festivals!

Julie and I met last year when we were both exhibiting at a wedding fair in Faversham. She was wearing some beautiful and delicate flowers on her wrist – I asked her how they were made and our friendship, and business relationship, started from there!

Julie has invited me along to a couple of her workshops, the most recent of which had a wedding flower feel. With beautiful floral crowns and hand tied bouquets and table decorations, the ladies in the class were full of inspiration and didn’t mind modelling the final results!

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography

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Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 3

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 4

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 5

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 6

Julie Davies flower workshops in Faversham photographed by Samantha Jones Photography 7

As you can see, the flowers looked absolutely amazing and Julie is a patient teacher and is happy to work with anyone who loves flowers, whatever your experience level. She is holding two workshops in Faversham, at Creek Creative, both on 1 July, the morning session is where Julie will teach you how to create a hand tied bouquet and the afternoon session is where you will learn all the intricacies of making your own floral crown. Having seen Julie in action, I think it’s a fun way to socialise and to learn at the same time and you will leave with a beautiful floral display!

Flowers for friends and festivals

You can also find out more information by clicking on the following links:

http://juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk/diy-wedding-flower-workshop/

http://juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk/event/hand-tied-bouquets/

http://juliedaviesflowerworkshops.co.uk/event/floral-crowns/

https://twitter.com/JDflwrworkshops

https://www.facebook.com/JulieDaviesflowerworkshops

I’m looking forward to working with Julie again over the course of the coming months as I think she is a great creative and also an incredibly clever florist! Do let her know that you found her course details on my blog as I’m sure she’d be delighted to know!

Lynsey and Neil – socks with capes and a Grand seaside wedding {sneak peek}

Lynsey and Neil were recommended to me by one of my brides from last year (thanks Charlotte!) and I was delighted when we met up and they subsequently booked me for their special day. They are such lovely, friendly and open people – obviously madly in love and incredibly happy. We met up for a pre-wedding photoshoot last month so that we could get an idea for some locations and also for the kind of shots that they liked.

And the day dawned … after a week of hot, sunny weather, the skies were grey. As I drove, through rain, towards the coast, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad. But, on nearing Lynsey’s mum’s house, where bridal preparations were underway, the skies became lighter. The light was soft and gentle and the excitement when we entered the house was palpable … Lynsey and Neil had also engaged the services of a marryoke and videographer and things were in full swing!

Lynsey and Neil are jetting off to sunny shores for their honeymoon, but I wanted to post a couple of images that, I feel, sum up their day …

Lynsey and Neil at The Grand in Folkestone by Samantha Jones Photography 1

Lynsey and Neil at The Grand in Folkestone by Samantha Jones Photography 2

Lynsey and Neil at The Grand in Folkestone by Samantha Jones Photography 4

Lynsey and Neil at The Grand in Folkestone by Samantha Jones Photography 3

And a portrait with best boy, Jye. Who is the funniest and smiliest (and hungriest) best boy that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing.

Lynsey and Neil at The Grand in Folkestone by Samantha Jones Photography 5

I can’t wait to share your full gallery of images with you, Lynsey and Neil, and I’ll be working on them as soon as I can. In the meantime, thank you both so, so much for inviting me along to capture your special day … much love xxx

P.S. If you don’t know what a marryoke is, check out this link: what is marryoke?

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