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A small, intimate, family affair … Sarah-Jane and Chris’s wedding at The Alexander Centre {sneak peek}

I was delighted to be recommended by venue co-ordinator Lynsey at The Alexander Centre to Sarah-Jane and Chris to capture their mid-week wedding celebrations. Sarah-Jane explained that it was originally going to be a small affair (Chris and Sarah-Jane have a large joint family) but then it was decided to invite their close family too. So it quickly become a bigger celebration and one which lit up the main thoroughfare in Faversham on a incredibly sunny and warm day.

They were cheered at by passers-by, hooted at by drivers and generally made Preston Street a joyful place to be. And, very kindly, they did let me know when a car was coming so that I didn’t get run over … judging by some of the gasps of horror from the little flower girls, it may have been a close run thing on a couple of occasions!

But anyway, as promised, here are Sarah-Jane and Chris’s sneak peek(s) …

Sarah-Jane and Chris wedding at the Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography

And with such a large bridal party, it just seemed to make sense to get them in a line … but oh my word, counting to three and getting them to jump at the same time was a challenge in itself … props to bride Sarah-Jane!

Sarah-Jane and Chris wedding at the Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography 2

Just such great fun! I loved every minute and thank you both so much for being such an incredibly fun and lively couple! xx

Your Kent Wedding magazine … I’ve been “quoted” …

Your Kent Wedding magazine is a bi-monthly glossy publication, full of inspiration for brides and grooms to be. I’m delighted that two of my couples from this year have been entrants in the magazine’s “Wedding of the Year” competition, with Hayley and Dominic winning their round and now Sara and Steve are in the next round! Do please pop over and vote for this lovely couple – I’d love the full glory of their seaside wedding to be shown (you can easily vote by clicking here).

Also, and an exciting first for me, I was asked for some sage advice for brides who want to look their best in their photographs. You can see my hints and tips below …

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A tiny peek … Natasha and Darren and their seaside wedding …

“I’ve waited 22 years for this …” was the resounding cry from both mums at yesterday’s wedding at The Dover Marina Hotel. Well, the weather could not have been better for Natasha and Darren’s celebrations – an intimate affair with just six guests and the bride and groom. And there were tears and smiles and joy.

Natasha and Darren have asked me not to put any of their images online but we did discuss a tiny sneak peek …

A seaside wedding by Samantha Jones Photography

The skies were the most amazing blue. And I had such fun with this lovely couple and their nearest and dearest! Thanks for having me along xx

Jill and Kevin and a sunset in Whitstable {sneak peek}

I met Jill and Kevin earlier this year at the wedding fair at The East Quay in Whitstable and was delighted that they decided to book me for their celebrations in October. It’s going to be autumn themed wedding and we are all hoping for a gorgeous sunset as this fab couple have even sorted out the timings for their meals so that we can dash outside and take advantage of whatever the weather throws at us!

We met up last week on a gorgeously mild evening, with huge storm clouds gathering but it was only when I was on my home that the rain started. Their pre-wedding session was very helpful for me, and I hope for them too, as it shows what can be achieved within a particular timeframe and also shows me how comfortable they are with each. And yes, they were comfortable, lots and lots of laughter and skimming stones …

Jill and Kevin pre-wedding photoshoot at The East Quay in Whitstable by Samantha Jones Photography

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Two very different images for their sneak peek, one shot into the sun and the other using the gentle light from the setting sun. I have a suspicion that this wedding is going to be fun. Lots and lots of fun … Jill and Kevin will have their favourite image from their shoot mounted into a signature board for their guests to sign – an alternative and long lasting reminder of their day!

Not so much a cake “smash” as a gentle cake “smush” … {sneak peek}

Gorgeous little Aoife is one of my newborn to one year clients. With three photoshoots under her belt, we’ve come to the end of our current photographic journey … and mum Lucy had the idea of a cake smash. We both agreed that this was the most delicate cake deconstruction and something which Lucy really hadn’t expected … but here is Aoife … doing her cake “smash” …

Cake smash by Samantha Jones Photography

I would absolutely love to shoot more of these cake smushes or smashes. Do drop me a line if your baby is turning one, or if he or she is sitting up … and you fancy getting a bit messy. Or we could just eat cake …

Bright colours and unique and truly beautiful collaged couture … Peisley Originals on the beach!

I first met Tracie, creator and genius behind Peisley Couture, at the Faversham Hat Festival at Easter. The colours and vibrancy of her creations caught my eye but I declined the chance to try on one of the dresses because I would have wanted to buy it on the spot … Tracie and I chatted about putting together a photoshoot for some of her latest designs and I was delighted when she contacted me with a date, for a shoot at Whitstable …

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The colours are so vibrant and worked so well with the surroundings at Whitstable. The weather helped too …

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With every fibre of my being, I want this dress. I want to wear it when I’m shooting weddings. I want it, I want it, I need it …

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You can find out more on Peisley Originals Facebook page Peisley Originals Facebook page and follow the blog too www.traciepeisley.com

Kirsty and Robin – a wedding at Wellington House and The Abode {sneak peek}

Often, my bookings come from word of mouth referrals for weddings often a year or even 18 months away. When Kirsty called to check my availability, she enquired if I was available for a Tuesday in July. I checked my calendar for 2015 and confirmed I was. She then told me that it was for 2014 … in only eight days. There are particular reasons why Kirsty and Robin organised their wedding in such a short time. And if you know them, you will know why. But I was honoured to be able to capture their special day – and Kirsty was such an amazingly calm bride, who sent me so much information, that I knew we would get on brilliantly. I first met Kirsty and Robin on the morning of their wedding and they are an incredible couple. Thank you so much for asking me along and I’m delighted to share your sneak peek(s) …

Kirsty and Robin garden portraits by Samantha Jones Photography

There’s quite a “fad” at weddings to bring along large sized balloons for the couple portraits … well, this one wins hands down!

Kirsty and Robin portraits and balloon by Samantha Jones Photography

Kirsty and Robin, thank you so, so much for making my job an absolute delight. For being so warm and welcoming and thanks to your family and friends for helping organise, cajole and encourage a flagging, and very hot, photographer! I’ll be working on your edits just as soon as I can … much love Sam xx

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