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Four page wedding feature in Your Kent Wedding Magazine for Kirsty and Rob

You may have seen that I recently blogged about Kirsty and Robin’s wedding last July which they organised within the space of a week (Kirsty and Robin) but I thought you might also like to see the four page write up that their wedding had in the Your Kent Wedding Magazine.

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I was so pleased to be part of their day and to capture their memories. So lovely to meet you and your families and friends!

Sarah and Jon – a fabulous seaside wedding {sneak peek}

Hot on the heels (literally) of Clare and Carl’s wedding, I joined Sarah and Jon and their families and friends in Whitstable for a wedding where the temperature topped 27 degrees. Not for the faint hearted … nor for those wearing kilts, woollen socks, tweed waistcoats and jackets … but it was such an amazing day!

I started early at the hair salon with the bride and we then moved on to the Hotel Continental – the preparation room was at the front of the hotel, overlooking the beach and the cooling sea breezes were most welcome …

Sarah and Jon wedding at Our Lady Immaculate and East Quay by Samantha Jones Photography 01

Although it was a little tiring for flowergirl, Mia …

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After a service at the church of Our Lady Immaculate, we travelled back down to East Quay (www.eqvenue.com), the bride, groom and bridesmaids arriving in style in a Quirky Campervan!

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See what I mean about the kilts (and the airforce uniform … with sword later used to cut the cake)

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The weather was spectacular and Sarah and Jon had time for a few portraits on the beach.

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Joined by their absolutely gorgeous (and so well behaved) dog, Wilson, resplendent in bow tie (East Quay is a dog friendly wedding venue)!

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Just before first dance, we popped back out to grab a few sunset shots …

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And back inside for Sarah and Jon’s first formal dance as man and wife!

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Such an amazing day. Sarah, you looked absolutely stunning and your bridesmaids were the best ever to photograph … and Jon, thank you for letting me boss you and the boys around – I hope you think the pictures are worth it!

And to Wilson … you are just sooooo scrummy! Much love to you all xxx

Clare and Carl – a multi-coloured and hand made wedding {sneak peek}

I met Clare and Carl at a wedding fair in Faversham last year. When I heard that they were planning a local wedding, I kept my fingers crossed that they might book. And they did … and the more that I heard about their upcoming wedding, the bigger my smile became.

Clare had fabulous shoes …

Clare and Carl wedding at The Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography 01

The groom, super dapper, with personalised pocket watch …

Clare and Carl wedding at The Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography 02

The most relaxed, smiley, laughing and giggling “bride with mum and dad” shots I think I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing ..

Clare and Carl wedding at The Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography 03

Button holes made by the bride using … buttons …

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The biggest shower of confetti this year so far …

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The smiles continued …

Clare and Carl wedding at The Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography 08

And the details were a photographer’s dream!

Clare and Carl wedding at The Alexander Centre by Samantha Jones Photography 07

I have to limit the amount of images in a sneak peek, so I’ll stop now but I just have to say that I enjoyed Clare and Carl’s wedding so much, from the relaxed bridal preps right up to the delicious lamb in the evening, from the fabulous children who posed and laughed, to the guests who smiled and showed me their customised shirts … it was a wedding to be cherished, with friends and families from near and far.

So congratulations to you both and I’ll be working hard to get your finalised images to you as soon as I possibly can xxx

Kirsty and Robin … a wedding organised in under a week {their story}

No formal proposal and no engagement ring. A wedding dress lent by her sister. Invitations sent by Facebook message. A waiver to the usual 14 day notice period.

For a very good reason. Kirsty and Robin met in his mum’s kitchen. A laid back and relaxed couple, their love blossomed, despite Robin being often away on service in the Royal Navy. Whilst watching television one evening, a documentary about Gary Barlow singing at a fan’s wedding, Robin asked Kirsty which celebrity she would like to have at their wedding, should that day ever come. Kirsty immediately answered “my mum”. Sadly Kirsty’s mum had been battling cancer for over nine years and was unfortunately entering the final stages of her illness. They felt that if they didn’t try, they might always regret it.

Hence the wedding in under a week. The notice period at Wellington House was waived, a blessing organised at Ashford’s Pilgrims Hospice, the boys found they all had matching grey suits, suppliers were found, cupcakes were made by Robin and decorated by his sister … the ABode Hotel in Canterbury was booked and the wedding was on.

I had a call from Kirsty whilst I was shooting another wedding … I’d been recommended by a guest at a wedding that I photographed the previous year and I was available on their date.

And I was so very glad that I was …

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 01

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 02

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 03

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 04

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 05

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 06

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 07

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 08

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 09

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 10

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Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 12

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Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 24

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Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 31

Kirsty and Robin wedding at Wellington House and the Abode in Canterbury by Samantha Jones Photography 32

Did it matter that there were no wedding favours? Not at all. There was no formalised seating plan and this made no difference. The smiles and love and tears of sadness and of joy that were shared on Kirsty and Robin’s wedding day only served to reinforce what an amazing job I have. It’s priceless, it truly is. Sadly, Kirsty’s mum passed away the following week. But she was the driving force behind this wedding and will ever be remembered for that.

I love my job. I have the best clients. I am so very, very lucky. And Kirsty, don’t you forget that Robin promised you an eternity ring when your first baby arrives … excited!

Lee and Geoff and their summer wedding at Whitstable Castle – the story of their day …

With the advent of this current hot weather in the UK, it has served as a great reminder of Lee and Geoff’s celebrations at Whitstable Castle last July.  It was hot. Oh so very, very hot. With impending thunderstorms … but oh my goodness. What an amazing day.

I had met Lee and Geoff at a wedding fair earlier that year and I was delighted that they decided to book me on the spot.  This was to be my first wedding at the newly relaunched venue and I was really looking forward to it.  And because of Lee’s career in event management, I also knew that it would be well thought out and would run  to time.  And that the details would be amazing. As would the flowers … in fact, it was all pretty incredible!  So I’ll let the images do the talking …

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I so enjoyed spending the day with this lovely, genuine couple. Despite the heat, you were both the most consummate hosts, making sure that everyone was comfortable and included. I was delighted too that you had albums and hope that both mums were delighted with the results.

I hope our paths cross again in the future and once again, thank you both so, so much. I loved every moment xx

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