Immaculately organised and beautifully presented … Lee and Geoff at Whitstable Castle {sneak peek}

As soon as I met Lee and Geoff (and the third person in their relationship … Terry) at the East Quay wedding fair in Whitstable earlier this year, I suspected their wedding would be full of emotion and fun. I could not have been more right. Lee is the events co-ordinator at a prestigious London venue and the attention to detail at their wedding was incredible. She kept me up to date with information at each stage of their planning. Everything was in the right place … at the right time. We all knew what was expected … and Lee and Geoff delivered. Amidst forecasts of heavy thunderstorms, the weather cleared. Blue skies and white clouds came as if directed by Lee herself. Yes, it was humid. But the beautifully manicured and tended grounds at the Castle afforded their guests the opportunity to stroll around, to take time out at the beach, to enjoy canap├ęs in the roof top terrace at the Castle. Oh it was lovely.

How do I choose a sneak peek for this lovely couple? Take a look … first, one of the best confetti shots this year!

Lee and Geoff wedding at Whitstable Castle by Samantha Jones Photography

And the gazebo allowed some beautifully soft light … and Lee was delighted that there was a match going on at the Whitstable Bowling Club so we had to ensure we captured that!

Lee and Geoff wedding at Whitstable Castle by Samantha Jones Photography 2

And they smiled and giggled and laughed. As we walked down to the beach, Lee and Geoff were deep in conversation. Sadly, the sunset didn’t quite match our expectations due to the impending storms but nonetheless, we took a few minutes for shots on the beach. With their favourite windmills in the background … just!

Lee and Geoff wedding at Whitstable Castle by Samantha Jones Photography 3

Thank you, Lee and Geoff. What more can I say? You have restored and renewed my vigour and passion for photography and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are amazing. I loved every moment and your wedding was truly a joy to capture. Thank you, thank you, thank you xxx

The summer holidays are looming … time to make some lasting memories? Family photoshoot {sneak peek}

I’ve known this fabulous family since little J was a baby. And I was delighted to be welcomed back for a session with these two lovely girls and their family. The weather was absolutely scorching and we really did have to work out the best way to mitigate that … but the hops created shade and some relief from the sun and the girls, both very different in their personalities, giggled and laughed (particularly when their dad was giving a running commentary …) and we got some amazing shots …

Family photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 1

Family photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 2

Family photoshoot by Samantha Jones Photography 3

There were so many fabulous images that I know mum and dad are trying to decide which ones to have as prints … I’m always so pleased when my clients are happy with what we’ve achieved, despite it being so incredibly hot! I can’t wait to see which ones you decide to display and thanks so much for inviting me back xx

Charlotte and Matt … smiles, giggling and a wedding steeped in history {sneak peek}

Having met Charlotte and Matt in February and hearing their plans for their day, realising the break neck speed with which Charlotte was organising their day (be honest, Matt, it was Charlotte …), I couldn’t believe that their wedding day was upon us. As their church’s history (St Margaret’s of Antoich in Barming hails from the 12th Century, and the Black Horse from the 18th Century The Black Horse) and the fact that Charlotte and Matt have been dating for 10 years … history was once again being made. Their rehearsal was giggly, full of laughter … Wil North, who conducted Charlotte and Matt’s ceremony was one of the most friendly, lively and accommodating rectors I have had the pleasure of meeting.

I was allowed free rein in the church and took my position in the choir stalls at the front. As Charlotte entered, I captured this …

Charlotte amazing smiley bride by Samantha Jones Photography

I love the delight and joy on her face … despite the fact that, apparently, her knees were quaking somewhat …

And as we spent time in the grounds of the Black Horse, with weather that was almost perfect (no rain, overcast and bright …), we took just a few minutes to capture some bride and groom portraits …

Charlotte and Matt Nolan bride and groom portraits by Samantha Jones Photography

Charlotte had told me that she doesn’t photograph well. I think that you can be the judge of this … I think that you looked amazing, Charlotte. Matt, your quick sense of humour had me giggling so much and thanks also must go to the two best men, Will and Mark. You made rounding up the masses so much easier.

Thank you both for inviting me to share your celebrations. I’ll be working on your images just as quickly as I can but, in the meantime, congratulations to you both xxx

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